The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

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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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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.

 

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 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 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 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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