• The Charisma Myth

  • How to Engage, Influence and Motivate People
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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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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Decent information. Boring narrator

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

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  • GJ Photo [Gerry]
  • 02-15-22

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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  • 08-03-22

need to be able to visualise.

interesting enough to learn about the techniques available to people. More than a little irritating to be told over and over to visualise if you don't have the capacity to see images in your mind.