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Body Language in the Workplace and Why It Matters PDF Print E-mail
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I’m forever seeing articles on websites, in newspapers and magazines about the body language of dating, but very little coverage is ever given up for body language in the workplace.

After all, most of us spend about thirty or forty hours a week working and most of us have to do it alongside other people. So it makes sense to understand your colleagues and clients almost as well as you understand the moods and attitudes of your friends and family.


That’s simple, the more you understand people’s attitudes and emotions about anything, the more options it gives you as to how you handle them. The better you handle people and situations, the more progress you make in your career.
There’s an old saying:

“It is your ATTITUDE, not you APTITUDE that determines your ALTITUDE”

I’m sure you can spot the people in your organisation that have a “Can Do Attitude” and those that don’t. And I’ll bet that those that have the “Can Do” attitude have completely different body language to those that don’t.

The “Can Do” person also seems to know just how to handle other people and all manner of situations instinctively both in their personal and business lives.

The “Can Do” person is the one the gets noticed and usually promoted, they may not always be good at their job but they have the knack of getting noticed by the right people, who then believe they are right for the job.

The key to having a “Can Do” attitude is to understand the people around you, how they tick, what they want out of their job and life in general.

The more you understand people the easier it becomes to have a “Can Do” positive mental attitude because understanding their Non verbal signals, movements and gestures gives you insights into their future likely behaviours.

This can alert you to upcoming trouble, giving you the opportunity to avoid it by doing something different before it gets to that point or you could even amplify someone’s good mood about something to motivate even more.

It all starts with noticing what their body does, what signals it sends. It’s obvious but most people miss the signals they are being sent by others body language because they’re too tied up with the verbal language. While the brain is busy thinking the eyes seem to switch off from noticing the body signals, movements and gestures
Start by taking the time to just observe other people in your work environment. Look at them when they’re talking with others, notice any differences in how they speak with different people.

Are they different with the boss to how they are with you?
Are they different with men and women?
Are they different with confident/shy people?

You’ll know who the best person is to help you with a particular problem, who’s the best person to give a certain job that has a specific deadline and who’s the most reliable.

After all the old saying; “Actions speak louder than words” is oh so very true, as no business can function and survive without the people in it taking action.

“Can Do” people show they “Can Do” things by the way they act most of the time. Their posture reflects their confidence in their abilities to do whatever is necessary, consistency is the key to reading people.

Everyone has their own idiosyncrasies so you have to go with what you see most often always taking note whenever they step outside this pattern. These are BIG indicators something has changed and gives you an opportunity to find out what before it affects the business:

Posture is one of the first observable behaviours you can see and research by the British Chiropractic Association found that 61% of people equate good posture with confidence and true confidence comes from the belief in their own competence to “Do” things.

Eye contact:
Eye contact is another important area of the body language of the “Can Do” person because in most cultures, not all, maintaining good eye contact is a sign or respect. It also shows they are actively listening and taking note of what you say, plus if they’re looking at you, you can read their facial expressions, as you give them instructions or ask their opinion.

Head Movement:
Nodding and shaking the head in the right places shows active listening too and “Can Do” people are for the most part good active listeners.

These are just a few simple areas of easily observable behaviour that can help you in your business by getting the right people to the jobs you need doing to keep your business running at the top of its game.

“Can Do” people keep Companies alive without them you have a “Can’t Do” Company and that will kill your business.


For a more in depth look at body language in the work environment check out the free sample of my new book "Body Language: It's What You Don't Say That Matters" on Amazon - Click Here

How To Handshake PDF Print E-mail
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Handshakes can be a mine field, do you grip hard, soft?

How many times do you pump up and down?

Do you get your hand out first?

Do you bother at all?

Here's just a sample of what they can mean and how they can be interpeted.

Click Here to read a sample of the book and read the reviews.


If you really want to learn more about body language why not join me on 25th & 26th February 2012 for a weekend course at the University of East London

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New Book January 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Yes, it's finally here, well very nearly!

Launching January 2012 but available on Pre Order through Amazon CLICK HERE

"Woe betide a lying guest on my show when 'Phippsy' confronted them! While they were spending their time and energy,
talking ten-to-the-dozen, jabbering on about how innocent they were, Phippsy just watched....their eyes, the way a foot was jiggling up and down, their hand movements. Because those people knew they'd been found out once The Body Language Guy stood up.

They learned the hard way that it's not just what comes out of your mouth that communicates, it's all those little things you do while talking, that scream even louder!

I've learned so much from him over the years.

So, if you want to know why people don't take you seriously, how to tell if someone's lying or just how to improve the way you interact
and communicate with others....start reading! After all, Phippsy is definitely one of the best Body Language experts around....."

Trisha Goddard - Trisha Goddard Show

"Having worked in the fields of Human Psychology, NLP & Hypnotherapy for the past 21 years I can honestly say that Robert Phipps work on body language is a must have book for anyone who communicates with people on a regular basis, whether that be in a personal or business situation! In otherwords every human being who wants to get the best out of every situation in life should read this book. Entertaining, Enlightening and Highly Educational, I would unreservedly recommend this unique publication as the Secrets and Techniques
it contains are truly powerful and worth many times the small cover price."

Dr. Jonathan Royle - Renowned Hypnosis Trainer

"Robert's understanding of his subject is deep and thorough - he knows what he's writing about. Plus, he can communicate that knowledge, so that every reader can put it into practice and have it make an immediate difference to everyday life. Clear, helpful, packed full of facts, insights and interactive exercises, this is the book you need if you want to master body language."

Susan Quilliam - Psychologist and Agony Aunt

"Recognising what you - and others - are doing with body language turns 'instinct' into powerful knowledge. In this book Robert Phipps can help us all, at work and play, use body language to our advantage. Even learning one thing, such as looking above the bridge of someone's nose, could make a difference. read and see how."

Gill Cox - Agony aunt



NLP Eye Accessing Cues PDF Print E-mail
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Samuel L Jackson in The Negotiator talks about body language when detecting lies and "Eye Accessing Cues", which is a way of seeing the sorts of things people are thinking by where their eyes move to access information in their brain.

Be warned there is some strong language in this clip.
10 Types of Handshake PDF Print E-mail
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There's much more to a handshake than most people think and here's a quick guide to the ten different types

Accepting To Improve Your Personal Life PDF Print E-mail
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Accepting to Improve your Personal Life 

Do you have the ability to accept the things you can change and the things you cannot change? Do you have the ability to accept that other people are opt to change them, rather than you changing them? Do you accept that you are who you are, regardless of what others think? Can you accept the many changes that take place in your life?

If you answered yes to one or all of these questions then you are off to a good start in improving your personal life. If you are willing to accept, you have the ability to laugh, even when something is not funny. For instance, if someone pushed you, you could stand back and laugh. The push is only a threat to your emotion, which you will see, accept and find a way to gain control of the situation. 

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