The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

by Olivia Fox Cabane


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591845942
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 78,811
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT, and the United Nations. 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Charisma Demystified 9

2 The Charismatic Behaviors: Presence, Power, and Warmth 13

3 The Obstacles to Presence, Power, and Warmth 27

4 Overcoming the Obstacles 43

5 Creating Charismatic Mental States 67

6 Different Charisma Styles 98

7 Charismatic First Impressions 115

8 Speaking-and Listening-with Charisma 128

9 Charismatic Body Language 143

10 Difficult Situations 165

11 Presenting with Charisma 187

12 Charisma in a Crisis 201

13 The Charismatic Life: Rising to the Challenge 206

Conclusion 222

Recommended Resources 225

Chapter Summaries 229

Charisma Exercises 235

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

About the Author 257

Index 258

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“The top book I’ve read all year.”
—Dr. Tina Seelig, Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering, and author of inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity .
“Olivia Fox Cabane offers hands-on advice and a practical guide to humanizing leaders without comprising integrity or authority. She focused on the ‘it’ factors that can make a real difference.”
—Laura Lang, CEO, Time Inc.

“Cabane has done us a big favor. She’s woven solid science and engaging narrative into an instructive treatment of the role of charisma in leadership—a topic that (until now) we only poorly understood.”
—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

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

“We can’t all be as charismatic as Alexander the Great or Madonna, but with Cabane’s help, we can sure get close!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of Mojo

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The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of very specific information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a good book. Very generic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since grade school, I've recently just picked up the hobby now a habit of reading about six months ago so I may not be the "professional" on reviewing books of any kind. But from your average played every sport possible as a kid through my teens and not exactly a "bookworm" per say. I must tell you that this book is extremely informative, exciting, and truly easy to read. Even for an old jock like myself. It explains this mysterious characteristic of Charisma thought only to be a genetic passing or that only the lucky posses it, truly shows that not only is that not true but this in deed a skill that can be not only be taught but can really and truly be learned by anyone who has the will and dedication, whether you believe this or not this is backed by studies, stories, even the most highly sought after and respected scientist, professors, and the true Philosophers of the 21st Century. Not only do I recommend this to anyone and everyone, I insist that if this "Skill" is the only thing keeping you from that raise you've been working so hard on, or that promotion, or that transfer to that department you've always dreamed of all the way up to that guy or girl that's had your Heart from first sight but have been always lacking this skill. Worry no more the answer is here. Go Ahead and Be that Guy you've always Admired, the one who got all the good seats at the games, the most beautiful women, the best table at the restaurant, inside all of the greatest nightclubs when the line wraps around the block this is your Key.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has some good tips for distressing, which most people probably know how to do. I was disappointed in that it is written more for people in business who give presentations, etc. It has some good tips but overall I was disappointed in its content.
CorkyGW More than 1 year ago
Why spend the day stomping snakes when you could easily walk around them? Listening for things that go bump in the night? Let your dog take care of it. That's its job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago