How to Save Money on audiobooks

My one greatest weakness has always been, and most likely always will be TV. Well, in today’s world, you could replace the word “TV” with Netflix or some other form of on-demand movies and TV. It’s actually a bit embarrassing the volume I’ve consumed over the years, and to make it worse, it includes some poor quality shows, as well as the high quality ones. Past sins include watching Leprechaun 3 during law school finals and binge-watching the entire Iron First series. Not sure I’ve hit rock bottom, yet.

Fortunately, I also love books, but the challenge has always been finding the time to read them. Enter an amazing hero - audiobooks! Either through your local library or from a service like Audible, you can listen to books on your commute. While I still love a printed book the most, if I’m honest I consume about 80-90% of my books via audio these days and it has been a tremendous benefit.

Think about it this way. Let’s say you have a one hour commute. Thirty minutes in and thirty minutes out. An average audiobook takes about 5 hours to listen to. So if you just listen to it on your commute, you will finish one book a week and about 50 books a year! Think about the amount of additional knowledge and enjoyment you could be getting without changing your schedule one iota!

Oh, the saving money bit. I recently cancelled my Audible subscription. When I tried to cancel, they tried to keep me as a customer by offering me the next 3 months at 50% off. So by trying to cancel, I could be saving money. So if you’re like me and you love audiobooks, but you also love saving money, try cancelling and see if you get this offer.


For you, the readers of EZPZ, Audible is offering a FREE audiobook with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.

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10. How to Score a Charisma K.O.

The Charisma Chronicles: episode #10 of 10

At a certain level having Charisma seems like an unfair advantage.

It’s like you are a boxer weighing 30 lbs more than the other guy the night of the bout.

It’s more powerful than Charm. You can be charming and people will find you likable, but they will not necessarily go out of their way for you.

It’s more effectual than Innovation. How many great innovations never saw the light of day because the inventor or company couldn’t figure out how to market it properly?

It’s more versatile than being Physically attractive or Socially connected. Both of these have their limitations and if the person in question is not attracted to you or doesn’t care about your social circles you are stuck.

Part of the Power of Charisma comes from the fact that it works with anyone, anytime, anywhere. Here is where it can be easy for our thinking to go astray.

Ding, ding!

Round 1

Because we see the tremendous power and versatility of Charisma in a certain person, we assume that if we only had the same attributes and did the same things as that person we would also be powerfully charismatic.

So what do we do? We start to dissect the things they do. We start to copy them. We start to match them them move for move and then . . . we fail. It doesn’t work.

Just before the bell, we are sent reeling to the mat. Knock down #1.

The ref begins the count, “1, 2, 3 . . .”

We slap the mat in frustration, jump up and storm back to our corner.

Round 2

Between rounds we despair that our initial strategy didn’t work.

Maybe we didn’t try hard enough? Maybe we picked the wrong person?

Or maybe, and this is where a lot of people end up, Charisma is more an inborn talent that you either have or your don’t. Or at least it is easier for some people to naturally gain.

Because we don’t think we can win anymore, we just go through the motions trying not to lose too badly.

Again, just before the bell, we suffer Knock down #2.

Through the fog you hear the count, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5 . . .”

On wobbly knees we make it back to our feet and stumble back to our corner.

Round 3

That last knock down seemed to have knocked something loose in our understanding - in a good way.

We begin to realize that charisma is created by an invisible, intangible force between people. As a result, each match, each round, indeed each moment is unique and may require different reactions and skills. We start to see that charisma is not about entertaining the crowd with the moves we want to showcase, but more about sensing where the audience wants to be emotionally and taking them there.

Charisma is the ability to sense, and ultimately deliver, exactly what is most needed from an emotional perspective in a given moment.

Now our emotional footwork starts to flow, our conversation and actions start to really connect, and we are leading others with skill and ease. Once we realize what the need is and unleash the right combination to take the person there, BOOM!

We score a thundering Charisma K.O.!


I’ve really enjoyed your company on this journey of the Charisma Chronicles. I hope you left with some good memories and some insights and tools you can leverage to enhance your Charisma.

If you’d like to continue the conversation, email me at or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Finally, please send any Charisma success stories my way. I love learning from others.

Take care and thanks for joining me!

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If you are curious about the other principles that underlie the elusive trait known as charisma, I have just released my first book, Unlock Your Charisma.

Available on Kindle and Apple Books, get the insights you need to become your most charismatic self.