Knowing and understanding your own body language and the body language of others is an amazingly powerful tool. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  1. You can understand your emotions and feelings better by paying attention to your body.
  2. You will have a better understanding what you are communicating to others.
  3. You can increase your confidence or receptiveness by simply adjusting how you are standing or sitting.
  4. You will become a better listener and observer of people’s wants and needs.
  5. You can alter your mood with a few simple gesture changes.
  6. Understanding body language will improve your business interactions.
  7. Understanding body language will improve your social interactions.
  8. You will become a better speaker as you learn the impact of how you present yourself to your audience.
  9. You will catch others being deceitful.
  10. You may catch yourself being deceitful too!

These are just a few of the many ways understanding body language will benefit you and others. Here are two books I recommend reading to get a better understanding of body language.

What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro and Marlin Karlins

Joe is an Ex-FBI agent who draws from his experience interrogating 100s of people. Great book, a very practical story filled approach to help you learn about body language.

The Definitive Book on Body Language by Barbara and Allan Pease

This book is full of practical tips and images to help you understand body language from a layman’s perspective. Easy and entertaining to read.┬áVery practical reference book for body language learning.

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