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The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism | [Olivia Fox Cabane]

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.
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Publisher's Summary

What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

The Charisma Myth is a mix of fun stories, sound science, and practical tools. Cabane takes a hard scientific approach to a heretofore mystical topic, covering what charisma actually is, how it is learned, what its side effects are, and how to handle them.

Please note: The accompanying workbook for this title is available at http://AskOlivia.com/book/exercises/.

©2012 Olivia Fox Cabane (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Fox Cabane's distinct writing style...makes listening to each chapter both informational and fun. Each exercise is practical and easy...If you are interested in increasing your ability to be charismatic in your unique setting or employment, this audiobook will give you direct skills to use" (PsychologyToday.com )

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    Eric 01-22-15
    Eric 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    I loved this book. there was a great balance of stories, exercises, and reference to research to make it very easy to digest and implement this book.

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    Alison Smith Fairfax, CA 01-18-15
    Alison Smith Fairfax, CA 01-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Okay"

    Nice reminders. Nothing groundbreaking. I've read many self-help, leadership, and spiritually oriented books, it doesn't have the depth I was looking for.

    For more concrete and actionable information, try "Executive Toughness" or Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People".

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    Alessandro 01-15-15
    Alessandro 01-15-15 Member Since 2014

    46, father of two, son of two continents. A skeptic in Rome. That's me bathing, next time please knock...

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    "Worth the listen"

    This is not the most inspiring book I've "listened" to (and maybe it's also due to the narrator) but it's worth the time.

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    Mr. Berner 01-15-15
    Mr. Berner 01-15-15
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    On the same level of "how to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie. Worth your time and effort.

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    LesL SETX 01-10-15
    LesL SETX 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    Great book full of usable tactics. I am going to listen to it again. Commentator was easy to listen to.

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    Jack Buyer Dallas,TX 12-21-14
    Jack Buyer Dallas,TX 12-21-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Identifying the penultimate destinations !"
    Would you try another book from Olivia Fox Cabane and/or Lisa Cordileione?

    Not if it is in the same genre


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Build a convincing story from uncharismatic to charismatic .


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not really intriguing enough


    What did you take away from The Charisma Myth that you can apply to your work?

    Being a gorilla !!


    Any additional comments?

    When the toast turns brown it is ready to be eaten !! Picking up the visible indicators of an end state to a goal isn't exactly a guide book worthy of read or listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 11-09-14
    Kristin 11-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoughtful and simple"

    I have tried several of the "skill" type books and detested them. This was simple everyday stuff that I really enjoyed!

    I had a disagreement with my director and actually utilized lessons from this book to better handle our interaction and it turned out very positive. The greatest part it was simple and remembering that a smile on your face goes a long way to project it in your voice.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-02-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT"

    Olivia Fox Cabane is a management consultant, a sketchy profession that is loved, hated, and feared by organizations. The profession is loved because it offers opportunity for objective assessment of management strengths and weaknesses. An outside consultant offers newly hired leaders an expedited assessment of an organization’s management quality. It is hated because expense is often greater than benefit. Internal organization leaders abdicate part of their responsibility by hiring outside consultants.

    Consultants have no skin in the game. Consultants make recommendations and then leave. They leave uncertainty in their wake because managers fear losing their jobs based on outsider assessment.

    However, Cabane’s book, “The Charisma Myth” is a refreshing and encouraging dissection of the best that consultants can offer struggling managers. Though considerably more focused than consulting work done by management development gurus like Peter Drucker, Cabane is a life line to struggling managers that underestimate and under-utilize their innate abilities. Cabane avoids clichés and speaks directly and clearly to all human beings that wish to be leaders and/or good managers.

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    rebeca 08-14-14
    rebeca 08-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it!!!"
    Would you listen to The Charisma Myth again? Why?

    Yes, over and over, because it has so many techniques to learn how to be charismatic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but has so many information that I wouldn't recommended


    Any additional comments?

    Love her voice!!!

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    Lindsay 07-08-14
    Lindsay 07-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great information and advise but can be dull..."
    Where does The Charisma Myth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to but the topic and stories can be dull. I have been listening in small doses and find it very helpful in day to day life and work.


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