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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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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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    Sam Motes Tampa 09-02-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 09-02-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Charisma for dummies"

    Good advice on building your Executive presence. Very similar to other Executive how to books but it can definitely stand on its own.

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    Joshua D. Moffitt Chicago, IL USA 06-25-13
    Joshua D. Moffitt Chicago, IL USA 06-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "More authors should record their own books"
    How could the performance have been better?

    I was unable to get through this audiobook because the reading was not enjoyable. Although she has a very clear pleasant voice, the recording sounded very robotic. I really wish more authors would choose to do their own recordings; so much was lost in this recording.


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    Kimberley Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-23-13
    Kimberley Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Clear useful information"
    What made the experience of listening to The Charisma Myth the most enjoyable?

    She clearly demystified Charisma.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Olivia Fox Cabane again?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Cordileione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved seems like the wrong word for non fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    I re-arranged my office because of some points in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey TRABUCO CANYON, CA, United States 05-18-13
    Audrey TRABUCO CANYON, CA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding guide book to gaining charisma"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend to anyone in business needing a boost


    What did you like best about this story?

    insightful, clear, well articulated


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the exercises the author provided were helpful


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Charisma Myth?

    insight into human behavior


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    Ethan 05-17-13
    Ethan 05-17-13
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    "Nice little book, good techniques"

    Lots of techniques/exercises mentioned, many focused on relaxation, mood and communication. Thankfully, there was relatively little theory. The authors personal stories were not overdrawn. This book won't turn you into a charismatic person, but you'll probably get something out of it.

    The editing was a bit weird, I could tell where different audio was sliced in.

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    InnaP 05-04-13
    InnaP 05-04-13
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    "Very helpful in navigating social situations"
    What did you love best about The Charisma Myth?

    It was to the point and never became borring.


    What did you learn from The Charisma Myth that you would use in your daily life?

    I plan on listening to this book over and over. It brings up many interesting points and different approaches to daily situations.


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    Silverback 05-02-13
    Silverback 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You can improve your charisma....Really"
    Any additional comments?

    Eloquently written and read. This book is easy to listen to and is packed full of practical and useful information. The thing I like the most about this book is that it is written from the perspective of actually improving the readers charisma. Rather than fill readers will lots of useless theory on charisma and human interaction, Cabane gives the reader real world practical advice as well as exercises to improve your charisma.

    If there is any negatives about this book, it is so full of great techniques and advice that you’ll probably have to listen to it 2-3 times or more to get the most out of this book. With that being said, she also provides the key exercises in both MP3 (see her website) and PDF so you have a handy takeaway guide you can immediately use.

    I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    631lisae East Northport, New York United States 04-28-13
    631lisae East Northport, New York United States 04-28-13
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    "Excellent advice, narration a bit weak."
    Would you listen to The Charisma Myth again? Why?

    Yes, I've listened to it several times.


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Cordileione – was your favorite?

    Narrator mispronounces a few words--most notably the word "often"--she pronounces the "t," which is very distracting.


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    sasha New York, NY, United States 04-24-13
    sasha New York, NY, United States 04-24-13
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    "Good Practical Advice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Charisma Myth the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book, the outline of information was very easy to navigate. I could go back and relisten to chapters I wanted to focus on, which is challenging with audiobooks. The material was practical and the author gave good examples to help absorb it. I appreciate the 'tricks' the author gives to get you into the right mindset to be charismatic. The book had a positive impact on daily interactions right away. Overall, I would say it's worth a read for anyone looking to boost their leadership and personal skills. Or if you need a reference to help navigate and manage office politics.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information was easy to absorb, the examples were interesting enough. There was a ton of practical and applicable advice.


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Cordileione – was your favorite?

    I think the most memorable was the example Lisa gave from her own experience. How she prepares for presentations and meetings.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The call to action to practice the skills in the book at low stakes networking events - it makes them more fun and interesting.


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    David NASHUA, NH, United States 04-17-13
    David NASHUA, NH, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good information, Scattered presentation"
    What made the experience of listening to The Charisma Myth the most enjoyable?

    The information is presented in a logical and helpful manner. The only problem I had with the book was the reader sounded like she was spouting the words from the page without actually reading them. There were even parts where the volume would dip dramatically (usually during technical explanations) which could have easily been corrected with basic editing and equalization.

    Over all a worth while book, I just wish it was delivered a bit better.


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