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The Charisma Myth Audiobook

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

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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

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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    H. Qin Milwaukee, WI 07-24-12
    H. Qin Milwaukee, WI 07-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Needs summarized workbook; Loses value without"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone that owns the physical book, considering that would be the only way to actually do the activities when she says things like "Fill out the form below to find out your results regarding this principle." Too bad I can't open and fill out the audio book...duh


    What did you like best about this story?

    Useful ideas overall.


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

    Her voice. But how about what I am lacking from not having the book: The tables, graphs, visuals, and worksheets


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Charisma Myth?

    none.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me the work materials needed to make this audio-book useful.

    87 of 101 people found this review helpful
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    Cory St. Paul, MN, United States 12-17-12
    Cory St. Paul, MN, United States 12-17-12
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    "A little robotic"
    What did you like best about The Charisma Myth? What did you like least?

    I feel as though some of the information in this book is a little robotic and unnatural. I fully admit that doing any kind of new activity is going to feel a little unnatural at first but this is to a strange extreme. For instance the author suggests living life at times "method acting". This is where a person thinks of a scene which brings up feelings that you want to convey. For instance, if you want to convey warmth, think about something before hand that makes you feel the feelings of warmth. This to me is phony.

    There are however very good and extremely practical applications which can be easily done without feeling fake. An example would be to take a full second or two before speaking to ensure that you absorb what the other person is saying. That isn't being fake, that is just good, common people skills.

    For the reason that the book is scattered with some hints of genuinely good advice and applications, I don't give the book a terribly negative review. This book however is by no means perfect. I don't like criticizing but if you go to the books website and watch the author speak, she kind of lacks the very same warmth she purports to be able to project. I think this has to do with the fact that in the book she talks about deciding which kind of charisma to turn on and which ones to turn off. She was probably trying to turn on the "authority charisma" and turn everything else down... but I just don't buy it. I didn't see it working from her and I frankly can't see it working for me. The most charismatic people are the ones who are most interested in other people, genuinely. That in mind, go read the go-giver or the go-giver sells more. Not as much science, not as many hours but all of it is solid, good, applicable advice.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Felician Milwaukee, WI 07-13-12
    Ellen Felician Milwaukee, WI 07-13-12 Member Since 2017
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    "This Generations Dale Carnegie....This is a Must!"

    Amazing Book. This book breaks down how we can fix certain self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. This book will grow your confidence, self-esteem, and re-duce stress. Really an effective life changing book.
    Everyone should have this book. It is a fun read and truly beneficial. And guess what once you pick this book up you will read it...unlike the other self-help books you eventually give up on.
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    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 03-10-17
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 03-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "You'll want a text version of the book too"

    Probably the best business self-help book I’ve ever read and I read a lot of them. (“How to Win Friends” may be a little better.) In fact, it took me forever to finish because every chapter had so much great, usable suggestions that it took a while to digest. Includes great exercises to make some of the messages sink in. And if you don’t think you want to be charismatic — I know I didn’t — you especially need this book because charisma is about more than you think it is. This will help you in all facets of your life. Grade: A

    The narration did the job fine, but you'll want a text version you can refer back to because it is so thick with ideas/suggestions you'll want to reference again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erick CHEVY CHASE, MD, United States 11-19-12
    Erick CHEVY CHASE, MD, United States 11-19-12
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    "Great Book"
    Would you listen to The Charisma Myth again? Why?

    Yes, Gives you many ideas in a simple language that you can understand and put it to use immediately.


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

    Mind is connected to body and body to mind. By working one or the other you can elevate your charisma myth.


    What about Lisa Cordileione’s performance did you like?

    Clear enunciation and melodic voice


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

    Be present in the moment and too trick the mind to always project charisma.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis 01-03-13
    Curtis 01-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Solid information but nothing new"

    Book starts out with solid information about Charisma. But ends up being a compilation of good advice about emotional intelligence in general. In the middle of the book I lost interest because there was nothing really new.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 11-09-12
    Kim 11-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best books I have heard"

    Great book, incredibly insightful. I found myself finally understanding specifically where I have gone wrong in the past with interpersonal relationships. I am in the process of listening to it a second time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelyn 10-03-12
    Jocelyn 10-03-12
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    "More than what I expected!"
    If you could sum up The Charisma Myth in three words, what would they be?

    Life Changing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the different ways to increase your charisma.


    What about Lisa Cordileione’s performance did you like?

    Nice voice- easy listening


    Any additional comments?

    People have noticed positive change in me.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 06-24-13
    A. Yoshida 06-24-13
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    "Didn't dispel the charisma myth"
    What did you like best about The Charisma Myth? What did you like least?

    Despite the title, the book didn't dispel the myth for me that charisma can be learned. If you've read articles or books on public speaking, you'll find many of the same recommendations in this book -- be authentic, really listen to people, be willing to be vulnerable and reveal something personal about yourself, practice and visualize your presentations, and mirror the person whom you want to build a rapport. There were a few suggestions that were new for me: divide and conquer (convince your detractors separately, not when they're all together in a big, important meeting), dress well and comfortable (look good but not go overboard that you're uncomfortable and give off negative body language), and reframe stressful situations into positive ones (such as instead of thinking about how you might mess up a presentation, think about how you got this assignment because your boss has such confidence in your abilities).

    While the author may have helped her clients become charismatic, I don't think it's something that can simply be learned from a book. It probably requires a coach understanding what you're facing and giving advice that specifically address your problems. If charisma could be gained through authentically wanting to connect with the person, listening intently, and mirroring, we would have learned it in high school.


    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Stellagirl 03-04-13
    Stellagirl 03-04-13
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    "GK Chesterton is right!"
    What didn’t you like about Lisa Cordileione’s performance?

    The plus is that the speaker's got a great voice, fun to listen to! Some opportunities: It would be helpful is the speaker offered sign posts when moving to a new section by pausing before starting it. In a written book, we can see the headers; not so, in an audio. Also it's really annoying that the reference is to "the box below". Why not ask the author/performer to modify the audiobook edition to that the speaker talks through the sidebars? I noticed in Bill OReilly's books, he makes small modifications ("in this audiobook, we'll discuss xyz"). Finally, and most importantly, the author emphasizes the importance of completing various worksheets. Why not make the worksheets easily downloadable for audio book listeners.


    Any additional comments?

    GK Chesterton (or maybe CS Lewis) said we need to be reminded of what we know more than we need to be taught something new. Many of these concepts are things we all know ... the reminder of their importance is invaluable!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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