Sunday, July 22, 2018

Book Review on Audible - The Power of Body Language by Joe Navarro

Title: The Power of Body Language
Author: Joe Navarro
Genre: Self Help
Publisher: Nightengale-Conant
Release Date: October 14, 2014

About the Book:
Instantly discover what's really going on around you!
Know the truth before you ever hear a word!
Approximately 80% of communication is expressed nonverbally. When you know how to unlock the secrets of people's nonverbal cues, you'll always have the upper hand in any situation.
In The Power of Body Language, former FBI counterintelligence officer and recognized global expert on nonverbal behavior Joe Navarro teaches you how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for revealing behaviors. You will discover:
  • How the subconscious limbic system drives all body language.
  • Why the face is the least likely place to gauge a person's true feelings.
  • What thumbs, feet, and a simple handshake reveal about moods and motives.
  • The most powerful behaviors that reveal our confidence and true sentiments.
  • Simple nonverbals that instantly establish trust and communicate authority.
  • Why things taught about nonverbals in the '70s and '80s are incorrect.
  • And more!
Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:
The Power of Body Language is written and narrated by Joe Navarro, a former FBI counter-intelligence officer and expert on non-verbal communication.  Sounds fascinating, doesn't it?  Actually, this audible book was somewhat interesting but quite drawn out.  I imagine it would be much more interesting to attend a lecture by Mr. Navarro and listen to him in person.  I did pick up a few interesting facts about reading body language, but this seems to be very basic information starting with an explanation of how the brain works and then he proceeds to discuss body language starting with the feet and working our way up the human body.  Many bits of information are repeated and not much seems to be conclusive.  

When Joe Navarro stated that couples whose feet didn't touch at night were not content with each other (anyway I think that's what he said), it kind of got to me.  I love my husband but he has poor circulation and his feet are icy cold.  No way will I allow his feet to touch me at night!

I did find the foreign customs interesting.  Not everyone worldwide greets people the same way and what may be considered normal here in the U.S. may be rude behavior elsewhere.  Like I said, there were some interesting facts and I'm glad I listened to this Audible book, but I doubt I would recommend it unless someone wants a good basic start to reading body language and plans to study this subject further.

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About the Author:

For 25 years, Joe Navarro worked as an FBI special agent in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment. Today he is one of the world’s leading experts on nonverbal communications and lectures and consults with major corporations worldwide. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University and frequently lectures at the Harvard Business School.

He has appeared on major U.S. and International media outlets including CNN International, Fox News, BBC, The Times (UK), Crossfire with Chris Matthews, CBS, NBC, NPR Radio, The Washington Post, and The Times (UK), on topics as varied as body language and management practices. 

Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul called him “a world class observer” and David Givens praised him as “a master of reading nonverbals.” Joe is a frequent presenter and Keynote speaker as well as writer; his articles have been featured in Psychology Today and The Washington Post.


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