Reading body language is an essential skill for any coach and there are many books written on the subject. The difference here is that Joe Navarro has been using the art of reading body language as a FBI Counterintelligence Officer for 25 years. This book aims to teach you, a mere mortal, how to speed read body language, decode sentiments and spot deception. While much of the work focuses on the uses for law enforcement officers, there is much here that can be applied to sport and business coaching.
We all know the human body gives off thousands of signals at any given moment but learning how to read these signals can give an advantage in all areas of life. Joe outlines his ten commandments for observing and decoding nonverbal communications. These 10 ‘Commandments’ help lay the foundations for the rest of the information provided in the book.
Since reading the book, I more aware of people’s small signal movements. This heightened awareness has helped my business and I also started monitoring the movement/placement of my own feet and legs to watch for small levels of discomfort. This is an excellent book for any coach with examples that can be used both internally and externally.