Monday, March 18, 2013

Review of THE CHARISMA MYTH by Olivia Fox Cabane

Rating: 4 out of 5

If you're not naturally outgoing, it can be really frustrating when you struggle to communicate and get your ideas across clearly. Some people seem to be born with charisma and some don't. But if you're not naturally charismatic, does that mean you're doomed to be uncharismatic? In her new book THE CHARISMA MYTH, Olivia Fox Cabane states that charisma can be learned by anyone.

Using research in behavioral science Cabane deconstructs the myth that charisma is something people are only born with. Charisma is about exhibiting presence, power, and warmth, and much of this exhibited by our body language. The whole book is about behaviors and mindsets we can learn to be more charismatic. Cabane provides exercises throughout that are helpful developing new charismatic behaviors. Some of them are a little weird, and not all of them are equally helpful.

Overall, the book should be able to help anyone be more charismatic if they put the exercises into practice. It's an interesting book with great illustrative stories throughout.

Review copy provided by Portfolio Hardcover

Photo Credit: Portfolio Hardcover

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