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|
|Author(s)||Olivia Fox Cabane|
|Cover artist||Elyse Strongin and Neuwirth & Associates|
|Publisher||Penguin Publishing Group|
The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane
Back Cover Text
What if charisma could be taught?
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.
"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's 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“We can’t all be as charismatic as Alexander the Great or Madonna, but with Cabane’s help, we can sure get close!”
"Cabane has done a masterful job of pulling together scientific findings and personal insights to present a coherent and compelling view of charisma. This book is engaging, clear, and chock-full of wisdom, practical recommendations, and uncommonly good sense."
"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."
"Fox Cabane's distinct writing style...makes reading each chapter both informational and fun. Each exercise is practical and easy...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"
"Charisma Myth is an easy read, effectively integrating stories and research, strategies and applications, techniques and practices."
"Practical and groundbreaking: 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. Highly recommended to anyone seeking an easily approachable and engaging guide to developing their own charismatic skills"
—Blog Business World
About the Author
An expert in the fields of charisma and leadership, Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT and the United Nations. As a frequent keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies, she helps people become more persuasive, influential, and inspiring. From a base of thorough behavioral science, Olivia extracts the most practical tools for business; giving her clients techniques she originally developed for Harvard and MIT. In addition to being a columnist for Forbes, FastCompany and The Huffington Post, Olivia is often featured in media such as The New York Times, Bloomberg or BusinessWeek. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal as well as NPR's Marketplace show.
Table of Contents
- Introduction 1
- Chapter 1 - Charisma Demystified 9
- Chapter 2 - The Charismatic Behaviors: Presence, Power, and Warmth 13
- Chapter 3 - The Obstacles to Presence, Power, and Warmth 27
- Chapter 4 - Overcoming the Obstacles 43
- Chapter 5 - Creating Charismatic Mental States 67
- Chapter 6 - Different Charisma Styles 98
- Chapter 7 - Charismatic First Impressions 115
- Chapter 8 - Speaking-and Listening-with Charisma 128
- Chapter 9 - Charismatic Body Language 143
- Chapter 10 - Difficult Situations 165
- Chapter 11 - Presenting with Charisma 187
- Chapter 12 - Charisma in a Crisis 201
- Chapter 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