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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 AskOlivia.com/book/exercises/.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Could Not Find It Compelling

I struggled mightily to get through this book, but in the end I floundered. I don't think it's any fault of the author, as so many people have said they benefited from this book. I personally could not connect with the message of the book. One day, I will chose to go back and finish the book and maybe discover what I had been missing from the first time. Until then, I cannot give this book any review more than 3 stars, since it was not compelling enough to keep me reading.

The idea that anyone can master the art of charisma falls very short of what I believe after what I read. Anyone can learn to play a game, a sport, or learn a skill, but it is my belief that only certain people can master those ideas. Was Oprah born charismatic, or did she learn it. Probably both right? Same for Michael Jordan, and Einstein. Einstein had to learn math, but there was some innate ability inside him that made him who he was.

I did not find any ideas so far remotely helpful or relatable. The relatablity of the book is very important to me, as that is what keeps me interested. I don't believe I'm uncharismatic, in fact I take pleasure in my ability to charm certain people. But I'm not naturally charming, and do believe some part of me wants to develop that. This book did not give me any insight into my own abilities. So I couldn't help but turn away.

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Recommended.

Good information. Well presented. Some info borrowed (nearly verbatim) from other sources, but you can never hear wisdom too many times.

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great info and insight

loved it. I am currently putting these into action but continue to practice under low stakes situations.

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great book!

one of the best books I've ever read. it definitely helps in achieving a charismatic behavior

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Horrible performance, mediocre story

Would you try another book from Olivia Fox Cabane and/or Lisa Cordileione?

Probably not. Very little new to me.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the structure is there. Ideas are valid, though not new.

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

Oh, no!

Was The Charisma Myth worth the listening time?

I would say not in this performance.

Any additional comments?

If you're unfamiliar with the content - wait for a new narrator.

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Just what I was looking for

What made the experience of listening to The Charisma Myth the most enjoyable?

The quality of the audio was superb. I truly enjoyed the order of the chapters and how they fit to culminate in the last lesson.

What about Lisa Cordileione’s performance did you like?

Her voice was attention getting yet smooth. It was a pleasure to listen too.

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Great read, and author gives great examples

Great book, everything its easy to understand and describes accurately the types of charisma and how to incorporate it into your daily life

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How to win friends & influence people on steroids<br />

Nearly 100% of the books I read are on personal development, and this book is at the top of the list. If
you want people to take you seriously then you need to read this book.

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Intriguing and Useful

I've been intrigued by the topic of charisma for some time now. So, when I saw this I had to give it a listen. I love how charisma itself is broken down into 4 main types. The book is full of tools and visualizations that are easy to apply everyday, I have lots of bookmarks and I look forward to continuing to practice them.

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A terrible mistake

What disappointed you about The Charisma Myth?

I have an eclectic taste in books: my fave would be historical fiction (Bernard Cornwell, Ken Follett, etc.) but I've been getting in deep to biographies lately (I recently finished one on John D. Rockefeller and now I'm mid-stream on George Washington). I thought I'd roll the dice to and see what this book was about. I got maybe 20 minutes in and couldn't take anymore. This is the only book I've actually stopped without finishing (usually I'll plow ahead even when I don't enjoy the book bc I was raised to finish what you start). I just couldn't continue on with this book. It was very obviously psuedo-scientific. Couch dubious "studies" as an authority and then repeat the same point over-and-over until you just can't state it again. Then repeat it 5 more times.

Has The Charisma Myth turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely. If it resembles a self-help book, count me out.

What aspect of Lisa Cordileione’s performance would you have changed?

Make narrators voice less annoying. Maybe that's unfair. The content was remarkably bad and that could color my opinion of the narrator.

What character would you cut from The Charisma Myth?

N/A

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book.