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Can Anyone Learn Cold Reading?

Yes, anyone can learn cold reading. However, just like anything else in life, some people will have more of a natural aptitude for it than others, and some will pick it up more easily.

What makes a good reader? Well, the following qualities usually help:

  • a genuine interest in people, and the richness and variety of life
  • a talent for improvisation
  • a good speaking voice
  • emotional depth, empathy and resonance
  • a sense of humour

I've taught cold reading and ACR to lots of people, and I've met very few who couldn't pick it up at all. It seems to be something that everyone can do, to some extent.

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