I enjoyed the palpable compassion you could feel from the words from the book. You could tell the author was deeply influenced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You can tell that His Holiness is one of the most compassionate yet gently charismatic people alive today. It is also enjoyable to know that you can apply these principles not matter your personal worldview on religion or "higher power."
I enjoyed a particular story where the author witnessed His Holiness quietly approach a nervous looking man in a crowd of many and focus solely on him for a few minutes. At the end of the conversation, the nervous man was visibly lightened.
I found the content to be valuable, though a bit drawn-out for what it really was saying. I found many helpful tips and steps to take that I've already put into practice and am seeing some results. I am sure it will take a while before it becomes natural. I am out-going, but can come off cold and I needed something to help me figure out where I was going wrong.
I would compare the book to How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (a book I very much enjoyed). There were many parallels in the advice given by the authors. Carnegie's book offers many more examples while I felt that Cabane's book gave more details and was a bit more modern. Both have timeless advice, but if I were to suggest one over the other, it would be Carnegie's book.
Unfortunately, this is where the book really fell short the most. The narrator absolutely lacked charisma, of all things. I constantly found my mind wandering while she was reading and having to remind myself to come back to the "conversation." This is not a typical issue for me with audiobooks. It was so bad for me, that I found it ironic that she was reading the Charisma Myth. Her tone barely had any inflection, and definitely did not have a conversational tone to it. It felt like she was reading straight from the page. It is also my understanding that the author, Olivia Cabane is an accomplished speaker. I wonder why she did not choose to narrate her own publication?
No, not only is the narration long and boring, but the content does require some division and time to "digest" between topics.
With a different narrator, I may have been more impressed with this title. As stated, I did learn some new pointers...I was just underwhelmed with the presentation.
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