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The Charisma Myth

How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism (Int'l Edit.)
Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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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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AWEsome

This book was a Paradigm Shift for me. Am an introvert entrepreneur, so you can imagine why I wanted to learn about being charismatic.
and the book contained WAY more than what I imagined it to be.
I never would've thought that charisma starts from within. Actually, the techniques beautifully yet concisely described in this book made an immediate profound impact on my own interactions. heck one of the techniques ACTUALLY made me tear up from relief (Responsibility Transfer)
it's not a short book, I really wished it would be double its length!

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My absolute favorite self development book

It's funny that I told people I was studying Charisma and they found it funny that you could study it, proving the point of the title: the myth that people are whether born charismatic or not.
Not long after started listening to The Charisma Myth, I knew charisma was going to be my best tool in life so far. I was born already somewhat charismatic but this book still provides with dense wisdom and insights that otherwise would take me too long to realize, and pinpoints the exercises curated after years of expertise.
Learning charisma is really close to learning to be a better person, a better you. My life has already started to change, and I'm enjoying every minute of the journey.

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Powerful book

Well read by author and nice that there was summeries in end of the chapters. If this stuff works its very powerful. Lookin forward to test it out.

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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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  • 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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  • Kelly Lundberg Official
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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?

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-19

Great insight into the world of charisma

This books makes you aware of the unaware. Some tips and tricks are incredibly good and have worked in practice.

I look forward to applying more of the learnings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

Good book, mediocre performance.

An interesting book to hear, but the volume of the narrator changed abruptly a few times.

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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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  • Steve
  • 04-07-19

Terrible narration.

Whilst the book does contain some useful information and I did learn a few things there are two problems with this audiobook. Firstly the narration is horrendous, annoying and sounds like a computer. The information therein is somewhat interesting, but could be found elsewhere in a far more concise manner. But the narration is so bad that you can’t concentrate for too long.

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  • Anita
  • 04-06-19

Well worth a listen. Lots of helpful tools and techniques.

I really enjoyed listening to this and will listen to it a few more times as it was a lot to take in. Would benefit from an accompanying pdf with the practice exercises. I started trying some out before I got to the end of the book and was amazed at how some little changes made a big difference. What you get out of it will depend on how natural you are at this already and how much you can still learn.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-18

terribly boring.

Terribly boring. Teaches you nothing new. The narrator is a perfect cure for insomnia.
don't waste your money on this book.

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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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  • Brad
  • 10-16-19

Frequently adds robotic voice

The content which I haven't finished seems fine. It's frequent addition of a robotic voice which is highly distracting. This happening once or twice I could put up with it. Be prepared for distracting robotic voice dropping in.

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  • Sarah w.
  • 10-01-19

Love it

Can't wait to listen again! Tips were very helpful and easy to put into practise. Already feel more confident talking to people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-19

Recommended by my work mentor

Loved it! Crap need to put more words, so hi, my name is Ana. ok

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  • Alice
  • 07-07-19

Slow, boring and repetitive

Ponderous and painfully slow reading. Repetitive and too long winded to get a few quick points across.