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  • The Charisma Myth

  • How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism
  • Written by: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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The Charisma Myth

Written by: Olivia Fox Cabane
Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
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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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Great tips

Listened to in my car, very great tips and guidance with improving charisma. I enjoyed the examples how she helped people with low self esteem or trouble getting a promotion improve their charisma and attain their goals and dreams just by changing a few things.

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Charisma is a process, here's how

Like many things, charisma takes a conscious effort to build and it begins with confidence to pull it off. Another author in this field breaks down confidence as something which is built by several acts of courage, courage is described as "doing the right thing" within a very short period of time from first having the thought of taking the action.

This book builds on that idea, it gives you some tools to build a mindset of Charisma. This can be learned by anyone. I'm sure you've at some point felt like your mouth is immobilized in certain situations. You cannot speak well and have horrible body language. This is all internal and can be overcome by some mental exercises and building confidence.

The problem is, some people's environment (the city they live in, their relationship or workplace) is an obstacle too difficult to overcome. It's hard to re-frame your mind in an environment where you have NOT been charismatic for a long period of time. It is possible, but it is easier for some to make changes to the environment. Getting off to a good start with charisma in a new environment will easily build momentum. Think of a friend which you were charismatic with right from the first day you knew them. It's harder to start being charismatic with someone who you have known for a while and NOT been charismatic. This is human nature and can be overcome but think of each new person you meet to START being charismatic from day 1. This book will help you do that.

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Loved it.

This book is based on research and experience, which I love. There is no excess in it, every sentence and paragraph is filled with value. It is a provocative invitation to understand charisma, how can we harness it and perfect it and its power in business and life. This one goes to the list of my new favourite books. And I personally loved the voice of the narrator, it made it even better. Enjoy!

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New and handy info!

Loved the categorization of different types of charisma and this book felt like a well rounded and informative new take on leadership, influence, and persuasion.

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Amazing

One of the best effective books I have ever read - listened to - I love it, and greatly Recommend it if you want to personally improve!!

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Waste of money

Read the 3 reviews which were all 5 stars. I don’t agree. Super basic tips with little description and very little on steps to accomplish to intended goal. It’s great you tell me what makes someone charismatic but not how to achieve them. Gave up by chapter 4.

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Fantastic read

This book is a real eye opener. A must read for just about anyone. I strongly suggest u listen a little, absorb, and resume

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Excellent

Very good listen. Came back to it several times. Very helpful exercises. A must read.

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Practical Guide to Charisma

Field manual on building a charasmatic personality. need to take notes and practice maximum effect

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