Many of us believe that charisma is something you either have or you don’t—that it’s an inborn trait possessed only by a lucky few. But the latest science offers a far more hopeful message.
In fact, becoming more charismatic and persuasive is a choice that anyone can make; all it takes is an educated perspective and a little practice. To find out more, check out the five life-changing books below.
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Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication
By Vanessa Van Edwards
For anyone who wants to be heard at work, earn that overdue promotion, or win more clients, deals, and projects, the bestselling author of Captivate shares her advanced guide to improving professional relationships through the power of cues. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Vanessa Van Edwards, in the Next Big Idea App
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
By Amy Cuddy
Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that don’t need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mindset in our day-to-day lives. Listen to our professionally-read Book Bite summary in the Next Big Idea App
Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen
By Zoe Chance
A Yale professor teaches you how to cultivate charisma, negotiate comfortably and creatively, and spot manipulators. It’s an ethical approach to influence that will make life better for everyone, starting with you. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Zoe Chance, in the Next Big Idea App
From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life
By Arthur C. Brooks
Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and Eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, a Harvard professor shows us that true life success is well within our reach. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Arthur C. Brooks, in the Next Big Idea App
Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
By Susan David
Developed by Harvard psychologist Susan David, emotional agility is a revolutionary, science-based approach that allows us to navigate life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. Listen to our professionally-read Book Bite summary in the Next Big Idea App
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