Your Body Talks About You: Richard Newman

Show Notes

The mysteries, myths and magic of non-verbal communication
How to better read and convey body language

Episode 168 (Richard is based near London in the UK)

In this conversation with Richard Newman:

  • Why your words alone might not convey emotion

  • Sending congruent messages from verbal and non-verbal channels

  • The mistakes we make when we only hear the words

  • Body language and tone of voice presents the palate

  • The three minds that evaluate the message -survival emotional, logical

  • Why you need to see and hear beyond the words

  • How do we evaluate the truth

  • Why the CEO and CFO need to align their body language with the words

  • How to read body language in context and from clusters

About our guest Richard Newman:

Richard is the Founder of Body Talk. Over the past 23 years his team have trained over 120,000 business leaders around the world, to improve their communication and impact, including one client who gained over $1 Billion in new business in just one year, using the strategies that Richard teaches. 

Richard’s research on non-verbal communication was published in the Journal of Psychology. His study proved that you can increase your leadership ratings by 44% and win 59% more votes in an election by changing a few simple behaviors.

Richard’s new book ‘Lift Your Impact’ explores how you can ‘Transform your mindset, influence and future, to elevate your work, team and life’.

Learn more about Richard and his services at the website


Excerpts from this conversation with Richard Newman:

Do we use body language as an indicator of emotion or an indicator of truth versus untruth?

Yeah, so I think a palette of emotions the great way to explain this and I should say that, I love words, I'm passionate about words. I've written a couple of books. I was very proud to win a speech writing award and going back a few years ago.

And so words can be extraordinarily valuable. But then you got to think about if you are with people, then your body language and your tone of voice is there as the palette that brings this to life and though you don't want to just have a grey Canvas, you need to express it, you need to express what that message really means.


I was terrified to stand up and speak in class, because I just didn't have any confidence around communication. And now I was onstage teaching in front of 1000s of people and enjoying it not just teaching but teaching communication.

And so it's one of those things that you can learn. And if you think about it a little bit like this, you know, it's worthwhile learning lessons where if you approach tennis the same way as as body language, if you think well, you're just a natural or you're not then imagine any of the great tennis players who's doing well at the moment like Novak Djokovic.

If you imagine when he was five years old, his parents said to him, oh, there's a tennis court over there. Just go and be yourself just be natural, you'd be a terrible player, he wouldn't have any idea how to play the game, you wouldn't be a champion.

But instead what happened is he had lessons around forehand backhand serve volley and everything else around the game. And then he built that up in his own way, his own method, his own style, too, as his own personality on the court.

The same goes with body language is that you can start to learn what the principles are. And the important thing around that is that you make them your own.




Your host is George Torok

George is a specialist in executive communication skills. That includes conversation and presentation. He’s fascinated by way we communicate and influence behaviors. He delivers training and coaching programs to help leaders and promising professionals deliver the intended message for greater success.

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