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  • The Charisma Myth

  • How to Engage, Influence and Motivate People
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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The Charisma Myth

By: Olivia Fox Cabane
Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
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What if charisma could be taught?

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 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.

©2013 Olivia Fox Cabane (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Engaging, clear and chock-full of wisdom, practical recommendations and uncommonly good sense." (Stephen Kosslyn, director, Center for Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford) 

"Cabane has done us a big favour. She's woven solid science and engaging narrative into an instructive treatment of the role of charisma in leadership." (Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence)

"If you are interested in increasing your ability to be charismatic in your unique setting or employment, this book will give you direct skills to use." (Psychology Today)

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Practical and relevant advice

This is an excellent book on charisma and how to relate more positively to people. It contains a lot of advice and tools that are found in other similar self-help books of this genre, eg visualisation, body language, positive attitude etc but they are presented in a way that is relevant to the specific focus of the book, which is about acquiring and projecting charisma in personal interactions. The techniques given are such as to be long-lasting rather than just quick fixes. This book is well structured and easy to follow. It is likely to be helpful to anyone who reads it (listens to it) but those who spend a bit of effort in applying the techniques properly will gain the most benefit. The narrator is not the author but it is extremely well read and holds the listener's attention throughout. A very useful and practical guide to improving your relationships with strangers and those you already know, particularly in business settings.

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This book is full of fluff

I feel like this book could be 3 hours long. Instead, it goes around in circles and talks about lots of topics without delving too deeply into them before jumping to another point.

if this is your first book about charisma it may be great for you, however, if you've listened to one or two about charisma, science of people, body language or communication, you're better off choosing another book

I also feel like the narrator is giving me a lecture, there's no major emphasis of points or major timings

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Needs editing

it's a decent self help book with lots of tools, however if you've already listened to a lot of self help books then this is more of the same. The issue with this audiobook is that it needs to be edited - there are times where she seems to move away from the mic to talk (lower voice) it doesn't happen much but it does happen a few times. Also she doesn't pause before she begins new sentences or headlines.

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  • 01-04-22

Decent information. Boring narrator

I wish there was more science in this bokk. The narrator is very monotone and lacks emotion.