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Body Language For Dummies, 3rd Edition



Body Language For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Elizabeth Kuhnke

ISBN: 978-1-119-07644-5 May 2015 344 Pages


The complete guide to mastering the art of effective body language

Body Language For Dummies is your ideal guide to understanding other people, and helping them understand you. Body language is a critical component of good communication, and often conveys a bigger message than the words you say. This book teaches you how to interpret what people really mean by observing their posture, gestures, eye movements, and more, and holds up a mirror to give you a clear idea of how you're being interpreted yourself. This updated third edition includes new coverage of virtual meetings, multicultural outsourcing environments, devices, and boardroom behaviours for women, as well as insight into Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's research into how body language affects testosterone and cortisol, as published in the Harvard Business Review..

Body language is a fascinating topic that reveals how the human mind works. Image and presentation are crucial to successful communication, both in business and in your personal life. This book is your guide to decoding body language, and adjusting your own habits to improve your interactions with others.

  • Become a better communicator without saying a word
  • Make a better first (and second, and third...) impression
  • Learn what other people's signals really mean
  • Transform your personal and professional relationships

Realising what kind of impression you give is a valuable thing, and learning how to make a more positive impact is an incredibly useful skill. Whether you want to improve your prospects in job seeking, dating, or climbing the corporate ladder, Body Language For Dummies helps you translate the unspoken and get your message across.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Body Language 5

Chapter 1: Defining Body Language 7

Chapter 2: Looking Closer at Non-Verbal Gestures 35

Part II: Starting at the Top 45

Chapter 3: Heading to the Heart of the Matter 47

Chapter 4: Watching Facial Expressions 63

Chapter 5: The Eyes Have It 77

Chapter 6: Mastering Lip Reading 95

Part III: The Trunk: Limbs and Roots 109

Chapter 7: Taking It From the Torso 111

Chapter 8: Arming Yourself 127

Chapter 9: Letting Your Hands Do the Talking 143

Chapter 10: Standing Your Ground 169

Chapter 11: Playing with Props 181

Part IV: Putting the Body into Social and Business Context 191

Chapter 12: Being Aware of Territorial Rights and Regulations 193

Chapter 13: Rating, Dating and Mating: Courting with Your Body 211

Chapter 14: Interviewing, Influencing and Playing Politics 231

Chapter 15: Crossing the Cultural Divide 255

Chapter 16: Reading the Signs 271

Part V: The Part of Tens 279

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Spot Deception 281

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Reveal Your Attractiveness 289

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Find Out About Someone Without Asking 295

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Improve Your Silent Communication 303

Index 309