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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.49(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
For more information about the book, please visit: www.CharismaMyth.com
For more information about Olivia Fox Cabane, please visit: www.AskOlivia.com
Table of Contents
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
Recommended Resources 225
Chapter Summaries 229
Charisma Exercises 235
About the Author 257
What People are Saying About This
“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.”
“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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A lot of very specific information.
Not a good book. Very generic.
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.
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.
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.