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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

One person who definitely has charisma and, indeed, lives up to her name is the actress, Charisma Carpenter.  (Strangely, she was named after an Avon perfume!) Many of us don't have it, however, or we would like more of it.  The Charisma Myth is designed to help us.

The Charisma Myth is full of useful suggestions to assist people to be more charismatic.  Cabane tells readers about the different types of charisma and when to use them.  She also provides helpful advice for dealing with many different types of scenarios, such as making presentations and being charismatic in a crisis.

Many will like the chapter about how to be charismatic in difficult situations the best.  This chapter includes advice about dealing with difficult people, delivering bad news and delivering criticism.

The book also has great exercises to help readers become more charismatic.  It's certainly hard work but, at the very least, The Charisma Myth will help you to listen more carefully and be more patient.  I would also love Cabane to come to Australia and teach some of our rude journalists NOT TO INTERRUPT!

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