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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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    Michael 02-26-13
    Michael 02-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Content interesting but Narration poor"
    Would you try another book from Olivia Fox Cabane and/or Lisa Cordileione?

    Maybe by Olivia Fox Cabane but not if read by Lisa Cordileione!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Charisma Myth?

    The subject matter is very common but it is all very educating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Cordileione’s performances?

    No. Unfortunately whilst she has a nice voice for the purpose of Narration very little effort has been put into rehearsing the structure. She leads sentences that need pauses into each other and ones that require to lead there are gaps. It is like it has been written with random punctuation. I am shocked really that the Author didn't listen to it before it was released considering the subject matter. Even the producer/editor should have picked up on it .It makes the Author seem very unprofessional and does not inspire you to seek further works.
    Why would a professional narrator do such a shoddy job? Does she not want any more work?


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Charisma Myth?

    Anyone who likes interaction between people really would benefit and anyone who wants to know how not to read aloud.


    Any additional comments?

    Redo the narration, same person but done properly

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    Carol Prickett 02-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very helpful"

    I felt other reviewers may have expected too much from this book or may not be open to the idea of taking responsibility for ALL the messages sent forth in every human interaction. Deliberately controlling body language and speech in order to gain the cooperation of others is not a violation of ethical human behavior codes. This book reminded me of specific ways in which I need to be more careful. I felt it was well worth the time invested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christian NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 02-24-13
    Christian NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Charisma Myth to be better than the print version?

    This book can change the way you interact with people in your daily life. If you want to be charismatic, this is the book you grab!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Rio Rancho, NM, United States 02-24-13
    Michelle Rio Rancho, NM, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2013

    I love audio books, fiction and nonfiction. I seem to be drawn to the Scandinavian writers and their narrators.

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    "Makes Total Sense"

    I was skeptical about a trait such as charisma touted as one that could be earned. I think I was wrong. The book was laid out logically and made effective use of powerful examples. Ms. Cobane should be making money hand over fist as a consultant.

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    Texfiddler 02-22-13
    Texfiddler 02-22-13 Member Since 2012

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    "WOW this will change your life....really!"
    Where does The Charisma Myth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably the best book on personal human to human relationship management that I have ever read.


    What about Lisa Cordileione’s performance did you like?

    Super job, but you can tell that some portions were over dubbed much later. The dubs are at a lover volume level.


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

    Yes...you can but I am on the second listen and will be looking forward to the third and fourth.


    Any additional comments?

    Really amazing good...must read.

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    Michael 02-20-13
    Michael 02-20-13

    I am a middle aged male who thinks radio is bubble gum for the brain, so I listen to books in the car. At least one a month.

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    "Good ideas, Lags in middle, highly edited voice."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, this is time well spent. I would recommend this book.


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

    It starts off good, but really drops off as the concepts that you are learning become really basic in the middle. The foundation is good.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't thing that I have listened to a book with more injected words. It is just too many. It is understandable that changes were made and they did not want to re-record the entire book, but the edits really add no value and it is mostly just one or two words each time. It is almost a demonic kind of injection...:)


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

    People must believe that you have the power to effect them and if you are fully present, with warmth, you got charisma.


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    Christopher SURPRISE, AZ, United States 02-03-13
    Christopher SURPRISE, AZ, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Actionable!!"
    If you could sum up The Charisma Myth in three words, what would they be?

    I was able to put the content to work immediately. I would highly recommend it be read (listened to, an ongoing debate I have with my peers) in an environment where you can write down information. I listened on my commute and feel I missed certain things. I will be listening again.


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    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 02-01-13
    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 02-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Thoughtful book about being at your best"

    The book is about interacting warmly with others, but includes other self-help topics about controlling yourseful in difficult situations. I don't plan to follow the author's step by step plan, but the book really made me think about several things I can change about myself. I plan to reread it more thoroughly and do some of the exercises.

    The only negative I have is that it is a little padded with information and exercises that are found in most self-help books, but there is enough on-topic to think about to make this a recommended listen.

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    AO 02-01-13
    AO 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book has very helpful ideas for becoming for charismatic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    na


    What about Lisa Cordileione’s performance did you like?

    good


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Pause after someone else talks so the person thinks you were listening rather than waiting to talk.


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    Kathy Carmel, CA, United States 01-20-13
    Kathy Carmel, CA, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an interesting subject that I had not thought much about. The author has studied and is an expert on the subject of charmisa. She talks about who has it, different types, and how to get it. I'm finding it very intersting.


    What does Lisa Cordileione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think reading the book would be good too, because she refers to some charts and boxes that probably have bullet points that you miss with the audio. But I'm busy, I would never have time to read the book, so the audio is best for me.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I know I will listen to it again, there was a lot of information in there, and I'm always multi-tasking while I am listening,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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