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Olivia Fox Cabane
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4 April 2013

In The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane provides powerful advice to make absolutely anyone more charismatic.

What if charisma could be taught?

Charisma can be a huge asset if you're applying for a job, improving your relationships, or leading other people. The Charisma Myth shows you how to become more influential, more persuasive, and more inspiring. Soon you'll be able to move through a room and have people say: 'Wow, who's that?'

Many people believe that charisma is unchangeable - you either have it or you don't. But that's simply not true. This groundbreaking, bestselling book reveals how charismatic behaviour can be learned by anyone.

Olivia Fox Cabane helps some of the world's best-known people become more charismatic. Here she breaks charisma down into its fundamental components, revealing the secrets to how it works. Improving your charisma doesn't mean transforming your personality: it's about adopting a series of practices that suit you. So what are you waiting for?

'Charisma is not a gift, it's a tool. Cabane makes a big promise with this book and delivers on it' -Seth Godin

'Until I encountered Olivia Fox Cabane, I'd naively believed charisma was an intangible, magical aura... around a couple of hours can transform a reasonably personable person into someone magnetic' -Sunday Telegraph

'If you are interested in increasing your ability to be charismatic, this book will give you direct skills to use' -Psychology Today

Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, and the United Nations. She is a frequent keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies. From a base of thorough behavioural science, Cabane extracts the most practical tools for business, giving her clients techniques she originally developed for Harvard and MIT. She has been featured in media such as Forbes, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (4 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670922870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670922871
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charisma is not a gift, it's a tool. Cabane makes a big promise with this book and delivers on it (Seth Godin)

Until I encountered Olivia Fox Cabane, I'd naively believed charisma was an intangible, magical aura...a couple of hours can transform a reasonably personable person into someone magnetic (The Sunday Telegraph)

If you are interested in increasing your ability to be charismatic, this book will give you direct skills to use (Psychology Today)

Charisma Myth is an easy read, effectively integrating stories and research, strategies and applications, techniques and practices. (New York Journal of Books)

About the Author

Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, and the UN. She is a frequent keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies. From a base of thorough behavioural science, Cabane extracts the most practical tools for business, giving her clients techniques she originally developed for Harvard and MIT. She has been featured in media such as Forbes, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal.

www.AskOlivia.com


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for practical advice 12 Nov 2012
By JKR
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This book offers practical advice on ways in which to improve one's charisma. The author starts off by introducing the three 'elements' of charisma, and dissects each of these. She focuses on ways of improving one's inner mental state as a way to improve charisma. The end point is to improve one's ability to cultivate a positive mental state, and suppress negative ones. I personally find the visualisation techniques to be very effective, but they do require a lot of attention and concentration. A lot of the exercises are writing exercises, so in order to get the most out of it don't expect to be reading this book as a way of relaxing before going to bed.

I want to stress that I find this book extremely good. It's packed full of exercises. My only criticism is that it may be a bit too packed - I quite like a bit of filler between exercises, perhaps to illustrate the exercises a bit more. However, this is a personal preference - some people may well prefer her straight-to-the-point style.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This book seems to fit a new slant - how charisma isn't so much an innate ability but one that can be turned on almost at will with 'internal skill'; it is a distillation of the author's many years of practical business advice to high-ranking CEOs and leadership teams in Fortune 500 companies demystifying behaviours that project presence, power and warmth. However the science behind the science of charisma is surprisingly like you might have come across before.

As with most self-help books it doesn't seem to matter what aspects of human behaviour you invariably want to change, eventually you arrive at the tendency towards a negativity bias (inaccurate and unhelpful thoughts) and raising awareness of the traps the mind falls into. Conversely the key to such positive fulfilment is the distortion of reality through the power of the imagination when applied with affirmative action.

"The Charisma Myth" at its core then is another book with an NLP type behavioural psychology twist of breaking down a talent into its constituent parts many avid readers of Self improvement might find slightly short changed by. I did find myself absorbing the same rudimentary literature relating to body language and presentational skills that had been doing the rounds ever since psychological explanations were applied to sales. In fact, the four types of charisma style that form the crux of de-constructing charisma in this book can be seen as the four Jungian archetypes, which may or may not have have crossed the author's mind: the warrior = focus charisma, the lover = kindness charisma, the king = authority charisma, and the magician = visionary charisma.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and easy to read 23 July 2013
By Flor
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The book treats the subject of charisma in an easy, sometimes funny way. Still the autor manages to keep it relevant and concise. Some of the tips provided in the book are really useful and applicable to real life situations. However, it states sometimes the obvious and lacks the depth I was expecting. All in all it is an interesting book that I would reccomend to anyone interested in the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to know 29 May 2013
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I am really enjoying reading this book. I have been doing the exercises as I go along and putting them in practise in my day to day life and they work.
I must for all of us who love to communicate and be with other people.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book 27 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
Charisma as a topic can give birth to all kinds of philosophical texts. This is a practical, well written, well researched book that cuts through the confusion and delivers on what charisma is and how to get it. It feels throughout the book like Olivia is right there talking to you and just watching some of her videos on YouTube you can see for yourself that she practices what she preaches to remarkable success! Buy one for yourself and two more for your best friends - its worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great 9 Jan 2014
By Adrian
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I'm 'over 21' and feel I have earned the T shirt over the years regarding exec development courses/books, but this is simply one of the very best business books I have ever read. From start to finish it is full of fascinating insights, interspersed with great tips and pointers; it delivers both immediate and long-term benefits, which is quite some accomplishment !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely useful life skills. 3 Nov 2013
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So many self help books are "all gong and no dinner" but I found this book to be a refreshing exception. The basic premise of the book is that charisma is very often a learned skill rather than an inherent personality trait. But.... and here is where the real nitty-gritty of the book lies.... it is very difficult to have charisma if you are not comfortable within yourself. The author does a very competent job of explaining how the many causes of low self esteem and lack of self control in difficult circumstances can be overcome as well as going on to explain the essential skills needed to connect with other people in a deep, warm and meaningful way. To sum up, I have learned that if a book contains just one good idea that you can realistically use in your day to day life , it is a good buy and this book contains many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charisma Myth 4 Sep 2013
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I was attracted by the title of the book. I am actively seeking to enter national politics and thought this book might give me an insight into how potential voters might perceive me. There are lots of examples in the book and I could easily relate to these as my interest is politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Really interesting and full of good advice. Olivia Fox Cabanne has given some lectures that are posted on YouTube so when i saw those lectures it made me interested in buying the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Apollocreed
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anybody who struggles with his public image.
An excellent book for personal development and can be highly recommended. Of all the books I have read this is the best.
Published 20 days ago by E. Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
An excellent, thought provoking book. Very useful for individuals or 'trainers'. Also very easy to read and absorb the ideas.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Pa Houghton
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
I usually love books and reading. I literally read anything and everything, but this book is such a drag. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leia
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful...
This is a well researched and useful book. It is based on the author's experience of teaching charisma techniques at leading American universities, and that enhances its value... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. J. W. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read for anyone in sales and/or leadership
I have not finished the book yet, just started the 4th chapter but I am compelled to write a review! I feel like I should have known about this book 6 months ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
One of the best Self-development books. Her book has changed my misconception of Charisma. Very well written book, I can't praise enough.
Published 3 months ago by 1996
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is an amazing read! Anyone who needs a little help with the way they project themselves or wants to boost their charisma levels, this is the book for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by harry stotter brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charisma Myth: Master the Art of Personal Magnetism
I highly recommend this book, for me personally it has helped me greatly. Since reading the book and putting into practice all the suggestions and exercises I believe they worked... Read more
Published 5 months ago by HB
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
I found this book a bit long winded at times and didnt really learn a great deal from it but perhaps it wasn't what I was looking for
Published 5 months ago by jb007
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