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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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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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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
  • Surrey
  • 01-12-17

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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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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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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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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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
  • Manchester, UK.
  • 26-08-16

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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Too little to take out

Expected something quite different. Ideas are too ethereus and very little that could be pulled out. History line easy to lose as the reader doesn’t retain attention.
One thing to rescue is the idea of the brain and triads.

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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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  • Eduardo F. E. Silva
  • 16-09-18

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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  • Silver Sirel
  • 08-09-18

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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  • David
  • 09-08-18

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
  • 03-02-16

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..