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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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    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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    Caitlin 07-04-14
    Caitlin 07-04-14
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    "Buy the book (one of those things with paper)"

    This was a fascinating book with more real world exercises and tips than other books of this sort. Unfortunately I find the bookmarking on audible clumsy and going back yo reference things difficult. If this came with a pdf companion of the 'putting it into practice' sections I would have given it 5 stars.

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    Gordon S. McLeod Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 06-30-14
    Gordon S. McLeod Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 06-30-14 Member Since 2013

    science fiction writer

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    "An Excellent Recommendation"
    If you could sum up The Charisma Myth in three words, what would they be?

    A must read.


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

    It opened my eyes to not only the numerous charisma problems I have, but also the many strengths I had that I'd never recognized until now.


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

    The book has a number of sections that deal with the way you speak, and so hearing those parts spoken is really helpful.


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

    I very nearly listened to it all in one sitting. I managed it in two.


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    TA.D 05-26-14
    TA.D 05-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Where was the Charisma?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Charisma Myth to and why?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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?


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

    No, not only is the narration long and boring, but the content does require some division and time to "digest" between topics.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    L. Chambers 05-18-14
    L. Chambers 05-18-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Narration races through"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is reading very well, very clearly, and at top speed. She is reading quite literally and saying things like "try the exercises on the next page," and then zooms on, so that I find myself wondering what those exercises are. I don't think this book lends itself very well to the audible format. I am enjoying the content very much but wish the narrator would slow down once in a while (even just for emphasis) and possibly read in context, such as to follow up statements such as "try the exercises on the next page" followed by actually reading them. I'm not happy with the audible format for this book.


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

    No.


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    Stephen J. Smith 05-14-14

    I enjoy listening to fantasy, some science fictions and have recently found myself enjoying the lecture audiobooks.

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    "A lot of info presented in a hit or miss style."

    When I purchased this audiobook I wasn't exactly sure what would be taught, but I was pleasantly surprised. I've studied body language for quite some time and there is a decent amount of information on using body language techniques to improve your charisma here, which I greatly enjoyed. What I enjoyed even more however, was the techniques focused on improving the inner self and the information on different styles of charisma one can use when well practiced.

    There is a con here, but it is only slight and may not effect everyone else as it did I. While the narrator, Lisa, did a fine job, there were a great many times that editing (at least I think it was editing) was inserted into a sentence that sounded quite different from the normal voice. It may have been the same narrator being edited in after the fact, but it was enough to be a bit irritating and jarring for me.

    With that small con aside, I will say that there is a lot of potentially useful information, a lot of which is practicable in the daily life. If even a fraction of it makes one more charismatic and confident then it is worth it. I think that eventually I will be going back through this audiobook again, due to all of the information.

    4.5 out of 5 for me.

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    Floyd Dales Houston, TX 04-04-14
    Floyd Dales Houston, TX 04-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good insight to a non-intuitive topic"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought that the book gives some good practical advice on how to be more charismatic.

    I think I even appreciated more that the book explained what charisma actually is in a way that I had not thought of before.


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

    There are no characters in this book per se.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Turn it on and take over.


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    maryann Detroit, MI, United States 03-10-14
    maryann Detroit, MI, United States 03-10-14
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    "Encouraging & applicable.Aimed toward business men"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on the friend. If they wanted to be more "likeable" at work or in life, I would. I didn't feel like it was all about charisma but more of a step-by-step process is bettering yourself, growing your presence, and being more likeable (which in the end is being charismatic). If you know yourself (your strengths and weaknesses) well, then the rules and practices in this book will definitely benefit you, because you will know where to focus the work. It's defnitely a book I will come back to for future situations and refreshers on her advice. I wish I had a hard copy but thankfully, she has some great PDFs on her website that serve as good refreshers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Olivia Fox offers great, applicable ways to become more "charismatic" .I like the way she laid out the book. She gives a formula. Start with yourself and these tips, then move onto these more advanced tips. Some of the advice (esp in the beginning) is pretty standard but she does offer some good yet simple suggestions that I had never thought of or implemented before.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator (and I'm assuming Fox herself) has a way of giving instructions without sounding condescending. She also recognizes some "practices" may be awkward at first but to work through it. That made her advice resonate with me more, because she realizes "self-help" or other strategies to improve your life can be cheesy and uncomfortable. But she assures and explains what this practice will do, how it can be used, and examples of it being used.

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    Jennifer 03-09-14
    Jennifer 03-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dynamite!"

    This is a dynamite book - and I can't even remember how I stumbled upon it. It really should be renamed - because it's not truly about a single kind of charisma, and in fact the book would be better served not even to use the word given old-school prejudices. The book is really about creating appropriate "presence" with others to better develop unique and mutually satisfying relationships across personal and business lines. This is a fantastic resource, and I hope to use tips from the book to better prepare medical students for the "real life relational" aspects of going out into their rotations and dealing with others.

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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 01-21-14
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.

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    "Great information and applicable teachings"

    This is an easy listen with lots of great isable tips and insights. I have started to use some of these methods and and noticed a difference in the way people relate to me. I have listend to the book a few times and each time I absorb new information. The narration is good and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to benefit from a little more charisma.

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