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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.

©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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Good book. You can learn improve.

make sure you focus while you listen this, you will have to stop and think sometimes. I bought this in a hurry but it was better than most of the books I have chosen for selfimprovment.

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  • K
  • 02-03-16

Spellbound

Wow! So much insight in this amazing book. It made me realise many ways to improve my interactions with others. Now to apply it..

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  • Sam S
  • 07-24-16

Very thin on content, pointless advice

I am not being harsh and i really wanted this to be a good book. But at one point the author goes on and on about how you should close the window if its distracting you, feel comfortable - temperature of the room! The book of full of anecdotes like this. The book is very thin on material, its just been stretched out with pointless examples like these.

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  • Kelly
  • 09-08-15

GREAT content, did not enjoy the narrator!

for the first time in a long time, I wish I had read the book and not listened to it. content great, useful tips... but the narrator was hard to follow and really annoying.

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  • rjj
  • 12-01-17

A mixed up offering

not so much about charisma but really a collection of disjointed self-help snippets that just don't work well together . I cannot point to one single usable nugget in this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-18

Extremely helpful

As someone who was poorly socialised as a child, this book has been extremely helpful to learn how to interact with people. It's definitely more business oriented, but the advice is applicable to the more casual world too.

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  • M. Sara
  • 04-10-16

You need to have a workbook!!

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

CHANGED MY LIFE

Any additional comments?

You need to have a workbook to complete some of the exercises. In the audiobook when they refer to tables or diagrams it can get frustrating not knowing what is being referenced.

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  • iain hunter
  • 03-01-16

Excellent, if excessive at times.

Applied psychology-type sections excellent but found some of the "be the big gorilla" advice somewhat extreme. I'd like to be more charismatic, yes, but don't agree that should involve me intimidating people on the pavement! That said, that was a small excerpt from an otherwise excellent listen.

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  • paul
  • 12-11-16

was ok.

i enjoyed parts, wasnt excited about what the next chapter would bring. needs some real life applications that i can take away and use

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  • USER
  • 08-26-16

Some tips are too selfish for me but still good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this as a great manual because it delivers what it promises.

However, I found some areas as too self-centred and less evolved for humans, to my taste.

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

What about Lisa Cordileione’s performance did you like?

overall a good narrator.

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

not really, because I found some areas too self-centred and less evolved for humans.

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  • Demetri
  • 05-07-18

One of the best self development books ever !

A really practical and holistic guide to building not only charisma. Deals with stress, anxiety, career management and interpersonal skills. A must read! Brilliant !

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  • Mul
  • 11-21-17

Crucial information for anyone

This book is a great insight and I strongly believe anyone would benefit from this content. to improve your charismatic effect or simply to be aware of it and how to manage it. I have listened once but will likely buy the hard copy to review. Highly recommended, ignore your feeling hesitation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-18

Fantastic content that needs to be re-recorded due to poor editing

The content is brilliant. Inspiring and super helpful. Already I’ve noticed a significant shift in how others relate to me, and in how much more confident I feel. I’m smiling at everyone now, and enjoying beautiful eye contact. Life changing.

The performance was sub-par though, and edited very poorly. There were many obvious mid sentence edits which made it sound disjointed throughout. There were also countless double breath due to poor editing, making it feel unnatural. It made it difficult to listen to and I just had to push through. Thankfully the content was enough to keep me going.

Given this is such a popular book, I can’t see why the publishers don’t re-record it so that it matches the professional standard expected on Audible.

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  • Nat
  • 04-21-18

Beat book ever

A must read or listen for anyone remotely interested in improving simple communication, but will take you to the next level. Happily surprised that it was based on honesty and integrity and not on deceitful manipulation to get your own way.
Could not recommend it more highly!

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  • Andrew M
  • 08-06-15

Excellent book, one for which I'll listen to again

This is one of those books that I know I'll come back to more than once. Full of good into and very practical.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-18

Ok - Think and Grow Rich regurgitated

decent enough, pretty much think and grow rich written 100 years later. id recommend think and grow rich

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-18

Great practical content

Olivia Fox Cabane really has captured something great here in terms of improving Social awareness. I found a lot of quality information here, I definately recommend.

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  • Ant
  • 07-16-18

An excellent read

One of the best written book on leadership development skills. It consolidates a number of leadership texts into a well crafted and simple to understand handbook. One to read more then once and to keep on hand for guidance when in need.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-18

Will change your life

If you read one book. Make it this one! I listened to this book twice in a row when I first heard it and still want to revisit it. It is filled with heaps of useful tips and insights about how to interact with people. After listening to it and putting some of the skills to use my life has shifted dramatically!

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  • Ken Craig
  • 06-18-18

Smart, easy exercises to apply

User friendly way to provide immediate improvement on your charisma, relationship building and communication style. Don’t expect deep psychological insights here, but if you want the tools to apply, this is your book. Definitely apply the practices and exercises as you go. I found myself pausing it, writing down the exercise and then trying to use it as soon as possible.

Narrator is good but could be listened to 1.25x. The audio seems to have been poorly edited and not compressed correctly, as you notice very significant variations in volume at certain points.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-18

Life changing

I honestly feel like this book is going to change my life from this point on.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-18-17

Simple and profound

Charisma is the most important skill you can master. This book makes learning it easy!

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