Body Language

What is body language and why is it important to becoming a master communicator?

Your body language includes your gaze and facial expression; how you move, carry and conduct your body and how you gesture.

Body language is critical for a master communicator. Whenever someone sees you it forms an impression and a potential for loss or gain. Subtle movements, minor gestures and your gaze can undermine or contribute to you owning a conversation.

Master your body language with this collection of articles.

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How to communicate like George Clooney
Are you being judged by the way you speak?
Do you take the emotion out of your communication?
Michael Kelly quoted in the Financial Review article – How to avoid a car crash interview
When under pressure, are you brilliant at the basics?
Michael Kelly quoted in the Financial Review article – Are octogenarians like Biden and Trump fit to govern?
Confident, composed, clear & convincing. My analysis of RBA Governor’s 1st press conference
Get promoted more quickly, by solving problems
You’ll be replaced, if you’re not a excellent communicator
Did you believe the messenger? My analysis of the Optus CEO’s response to the outage
The secret to projecting power and influence
Analysis of Qantas CEO update
How to interject in a meeting
When using a story can have negative consequences
Do you have what it takes to be an enterprise leader?
Conquer fear when presenting
Learn from Morgan Freeman’s gravitas
Powerful, subtle techniques to ‘own a room’
Learn from the magnetism of former U.S. president Bill Clinton
Robert F. Kennedy’s 50% rule for being successful
Here’s how to feel more comfortable with small talk
Scoring NSW Premier D. Perrottet and NSW Opposition leader C. Minns
Don’t make this mistake at the start of your job interview
What separates experts from amateurs
This little known speech may be Obama’s best
Passion sells – How to engage and excite your listeners
Learn from one of the greatest U.S. speeches of the last 40 years
Q&A is not the time to make a speech
Here’s how to ‘own’ and occupy physical space when communicating
Sunak’s statesmanlike performance in PM speech
Analysis of Optus CEO’s response to cyber attack
Eckhart Tolle’s secret for speaking without fear
Measured, believable speaking from Union Leader Alex Claassens
Lessons on ‘How to Speak’ from luminary MIT Professor
How top leaders welcome feedback
7 ways to make an impact without speaking
Is your handshake letting you down?
Powerful body language techniques you can use immediately
Launching my Social Responsibility for seniors
Captivate your audience through charismatic speaking
Impactful quotations to improve how you communicate
Accenture CEO on how to package a message
Anthony Albanese – How stumbling when you speak undermines your message
Stop Press! New ‘Behind the Voice’ YouTube channel launch
The key reason why Boris Johnson is still U.K. Prime Minister
Anthony Albanese’s best speech to date
How to move past ‘feeling inauthentic’ when communicating
Can people set their clock by what you say?
Medvedev’s self-destructive beliefs
Are you just winging your presentations?
If you’re hesitant to ask for help – you’re an amateur
Leadership lessons from psychopaths
Every meeting is an opportunity for self-branding
Do you have a policy for hybrid meetings?
Remembering Colin Powell
Ernest Hemingway on getting the words right
Leadership lessons from former Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer
When you open Q&A – never use this question
Canadian PM Justin TRUDEAU on how to HANDLE a QUESTION
WHY your VIRTUAL communication STILL needs WORK
LEARN the art of APOLOGY from former UK PM, David CAMERON
Don’t CHOKE with this TIP from Ash BARTY’S Mindset Coach
Why you CHOKE & what to DO about it
WIN Your PITCH with this Tip from KOBE Bryant’s Coach
Why we’re still NOT listening to Anthony Albanese
How Gen. Colin POWELL projects CERTAINTY when he communicates
5 top tips for PRESENTING to your BOARD
My simple process to AVOID being INTERRUPTED
How to communicate like DENIRO & PACINO
HOW does Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi PERFORM in an INTERVIEW?
HOW a DOCTOR’S, exam prep TIPS can HELP you
Do you HAVE a FEAR of being INTERRUPTED?
WHAT is Your BODY Language SAYING about YOU?
Executives: Can YOU Be Compassionate and DEMANDING?
HOW to INTRODUCE Yourself – the RIGHT Way
The BEST Communication – Right MESSAGE, Right TONE…RFK
KEYS to BRINGing out the BEST in YOURSELF and others
The RIGHT way to SIT, stand, GESTURE & move your BODY
BIDEN – impassioned, GENUINE & statesmanlike in victory SPEECH
VIDEO: Communication TIPs when WEARING a face MASK
Five SURE FIRE ways to UP your LISTENING Game
The DANGER of NO Face-to-FACE meetings
EVERY TIME you SPEAK, you’re AUDITIONING for leadership
Obama’s SPEECH at 2020 DNC, Deconstructed
HOW to correctly SPEAK when WEARING a Face MASK
Are YOU demonstrating AMBIGUOUS leadership?
HOW to ‘SELL’ yourself and your MESSAGE – James SPADER
HOW to be MEMORABLE when everyone else is FORGETTABLE
HOW to DEAL with an AGGRESSIVE audience member – OBAMA masterclass
Job INTERVIEW? Do you KNOW how to NAIL the CRUCIAL first 7 minutes
Do you HAVE a PLAYBOOK for video office SET-UP and VIRTUAL communication?
HOW does Joe BIDEN come ACROSS in person? – first person EXPERIENCE
The ART of Communication through VIDEO conferencing – GEMS
How to STOP being perceived as SUBMISSIVE and START projecting YOURself with CONFIDENCE
GUIDE on WHEN to do FACE to Face versus VIDEO meetings, RE-visited
DOES your BODY language PROJECT self-DOUBT in video meetings?
ARE you FACING up to DIGITAL communication?
WHY being ASSERTIVE in VIDEO meetings, PAYS-off
Guide for WHEN to do FACE to Face vs VIDEO meetings
What’s the BEST facial EXPRESSION to ENTER with?
FIX your VIDEO conference ‘look’ – NOW
VIDEO conference communication MASTERY – 2 minute SERIES
Will the handshake SURVIVE?
How to MAKE your VOICE sound FRESH & NEW
LEADERSHIP tips from former TWITTER MD
REQUIRED reading for LEADERS – E. Shackleton’s LESSONS
PM Morrison’s STATESMANLIKE presentation
5 PROVEN tips for PRESENTING to your BOARD
OWNING space – DON’T ‘GLUE’ your UPPER arms
DON’T walk away – LEADERSHIP communication when ATTACKED
Do you MAKE this MISTAKE in the BOARDROOM?
What MATTERS is WHAT the ‘customer’ PERCEIVES’, pt.2
B. Hartzer – what matters is what the ‘customer’ perceives
ASK for HELP with this TESTED technique
DON’T Present LIKE Steve JOBS
GESTURE & SPEAK like you OWN the room – MASTERclass
What MAKES for a TOP executive COMMUNICATOR
STOP Press: NEW Video – PLAN and DELIVER memorable presentations
GENERAL C. Powell’s BEST under-PRESSURE techniques
LEARN from the IDEAL Orator – CICERO
M. Obama’s ORATORY revisited – Enthusiasm ‘SELLS’
‘MIRACLE on the Hudson’ SULLY’S daily deposit LESSON
T. Friedman of NYT shows HOW to ‘OWN’ SPACE
FLAT, uninspiring, stilted FIRST SPEECH – A. Albanese
RUSHING is junior – ‘OWNING’ time … is senior
D. TRUMP & H. CLINTON debate analysis RE-VISITED
PM Morrison WINS first election DEBATE
Are you a ‘PRE-PACKAGED’ leader?
PM S. Morrison LOSING his COOL
DIGNITY – J. Gillard’s concession speech RE-VISITED
How NOT to be INTERRUPTED at LT & Board presentations
Are you one of those SERIOUS looking executives?
Why Obama LOOKED like a leader – and G.W. Bush didn’t
Ken Henry’s 7:30 ABC interview body language, deconstructed
“What people say and do in the most innocent situations . . .
An analysis of Sam Stosur’s body language
Gold standard in short-form TV reporting / A. Kohler
How to sit, stand, gesture & move your body in the right way
‘Paid off’ points you can use right away
My top presenting tips
How to project energy – Lessons from Bradley Cooper
Here’s what you can learn from A. Lincoln’s oratory
How to walk, so you don’t get mugged
Avoid this handshaking mistake
Project energy in your body with these 7 techniques
Avoid this body language error in the boardroom
What the face of medicore leaders looks like
A body language mistake – Lesson from Tony Abbott
An important point about what your body language is conveying
Use this pratical gesture technique to drive home a point
The danger of ‘fake it til you make it’. A re-frame of Amy Cuddy
Avoid distracting your audience with this ‘Calm the arm’ technique
How being good at poker can help you be a better presenter
Do you make any of these first impression mistakes
A body language presentation to use when you’re attacked
3 Barack Obama presentation mastery techniques
Learn from Alan Joyce’s composure under extreme pressure
“So much of leadership is in their eyes. . .”
How to walk, so you don’t get mugged
Roman orator Cicero’s ‘how to carry yourself’ advice
Avoid this body langauge mistake in the boardroom
Be brave by using this body language technique
Why you should use this eye contact technque when presenting
How to move in stand up presentations to project certainty
You can learn from this comedian presentation technique
How to ‘hold the floor’ in a meeting
How to project certainty when shaking hands
How to project certainty and look intelligently curois
Maximising positive impressions – your gaze
First impression – long, lost friend technique
A surprising finding about first impressions, from Harvard
Three powerful techniques to look like a leader
Body language ‘to do/not do’ from K. Rudd and T. Abbott
Why you need to project certainty
What not to do. T. Abbott’s physical presentation
The body language signs that you’re fatigued
A key Learning from Obama’s body language

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DeliveryYour message through the use of your body, voice and words
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