The art of decoding body language

Martin Brooks

Our guest today is Martin Brooks. Martin is a top communications coach, author and speaker who specialises in how to use your body language more effectively when communicating.

Our nonverbal behaviour or body language affects how others see us. But it may also change how we see ourselves, and therefore how we use our bodies can have an impact on our minds. Learning to decode nonverbal communication can help us understand other people’s thoughts and feelings, and it can help us make ourselves better understood, too, whether it’s friends, family, colleagues, or strangers. There is a wealth of meaning in the body language of those around us, and most of us aren’t even aware it exists.

Martin discusses his approach to decoding body language, and how to open up a world of understanding and communication, by being able to gauge more easily what a partner, client or colleague is genuinely thinking or feeling.


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2:47 Martin once said: “It is my mission in life that people should be rewarded in line with their potential, not just how well they can communicate.” Why is this a driver?

5:03 The most common instances where poor body language holds people back

8:45 How to recognise that your body language is sending off the wrong signals

14:14 Is body language a cultural construction?

18:44 Micro expressions

26:05 Is there a link between high emotional intelligence and reading body language?

35:40 Learning to communicate with his daughter

43:03 How can we communicate more confidently?

48:50 Martin’s biggest influences

53:45 Which part of Barack Obama’s body language is innate versus learned?

56:10 The most effective forms of body language to use in the business world

59:04 The Body Language Decoder card deck

1:02:49 How to interpret gestures

1:06:33 On deception

1:09:27 Is the virtual world having an impact on our body language?

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