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The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
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it was amazing

Fantastic book. Cabane is clearly an expert in this field and the techniques described are immediately employable. Not only that but (and here's why the book is really exciting) the speed at which you will notice how people begin responding to you differently is almost instantaneous, or at least I found it to be after finishing the book. Bonus points to Cabane for explaining that one must actually go through all of the exercises to ultimately reap the benefit. The layout of the book is also expertly crafted with a handy reference guide at the end. Plus her writing style makes it mostly a pleasure to read. I feel like this book is a modern day 'How to Win Friends and Influence people', or more accurately is like Dale Carnegie's teachings on steroids.

Some key things you will learn: There are different styles of charisma, and you can employ different styles based on your own personality, your audience, and your goals. The principles of being in a charismatic state are tied largely to how you feel, and Cabane will give you a plethora of ways to tweak and enhance your state to achieve this. Also: The book goes into some detail on why charisma is tied largely to human evolution, which is fascinating, and never crosses the border into the realm of 'interesting but not useful'.

Everything in this book is there for a reason, there is no fluff or filler, and it is all useful.

Finally, simplified to the extreme, the three cornerstones of mastering charisma are power, presence, and warmth. The book teaches you how to cultivate and express each of these states, meaning if you largely forget much of what you've read, by and large accessing charismatic states should remain a skill that you can almost always count on. Though you will naturally need discipline to practice and balls (read: courage) to take action. Ten out of ten book.
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message 1: by Cian (new)

Cian Sounds exactly like your sort of thing? Must order it if you recommend it so thoroughly!


Zack Zefferini Do check it out if that kind of thing interests you, though if it's not a specific interest it may bore you, letting you know just in case :)


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