The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

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The book itself is excellent: it’s evidence-based, filled with useful information and practical tips, and well-written.
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What if charisma could be taught?

 

The charisma myth is the idea that charisma is a fundamental, inborn quality—you either have it (Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs, Oprah) or you don’t. But that’s simply not true, as Olivia Fox Cabane reveals. Charismatic behaviors can be learned and perfected by anyone.

 

Drawing on techniques she originally developed for Harvard and MIT, Cabane breaks charisma down into its components. Becoming more charismatic doesn’t mean transforming your fundamental personality. It’s about adopting a series of specific practices that fit in with the personality you already have.

 

The Charisma Myth shows you how to become more influential, more persuasive, and more inspiring.


 

About Olivia Fox Cabane

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OLIVIA FOX CABANE has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT, and the United Nations and is a frequent keynote speaker. As an executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies, her clients include Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup. She is a regular columnist for Forbes and has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal. She lives in San Francisco. Visit askolivia.com.
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Portfolio. 273 pages
Genres: Self Help, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Bob Morris on Mar 29 2012

Those who read it will increase their understanding of the art and a science of enriching their relationships with others. That is indeed an admirable goal. Helping her readers to achieve it is a precious gift.

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Reviewed by Jack Malcolm on Apr 01 2012

The book itself is excellent: it’s evidence-based, filled with useful information and practical tips, and well-written.

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Reviewed by Kevin Eikenberry on Apr 22 2012

This book is worth reading if simply to convince you that you can become more charismatic. It is more valuable, though, when you actually practice what it suggests.

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Reviewed by Wayne Hurlbert on Mar 27 2012

...the power of the book is how Olivia Fox Cabane combines a compelling analysis and breakdown of the key elements of charisma, with practical and easy to understand advice and exercises for developing one's own charisma.

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rahul 31 Jan 2013

This is an informative book. Good to know the different types of charisma - warmth, authoritative, focus & visionary. The narrative is a bit boring though. The book could have been more entertaining.

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