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Learn Speak Teach Ep.25 w/ Mark Bowden

We all have an approach and retreat response in us. An approach response is characterized by a desire to move towards something, while the retreat response is characterized by a desire to move away from something. Our body language is one of the most powerful ways to create a pleasant or unpleasant impression on another. Join this conversation with Mark Bowden as we talk about the fundamentals of how to communicate with others, the neural architecture of engagement, and the science of why some people are going to engage with you while at other times they just won’t.

Mark Bowden is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on body language, behavior, and nonverbal communication. He has been voted the #1 Body Language Professional three times. A sought-after keynote speaker globally, Mark trains groups and individuals on using their body language to stand out, win the trust and gain credibility every time they speak. Mark is a member of viral Youtube Channel The Behavior Panel.

As the founder of communication training company TRUTHPLANE®, his clients include leading business people, teams, politicians, presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and current Prime Ministers of G7 powers. He is a bestselling author of 4 books on body language and human behavior, with his first book Winning Body Language, now translated into five different languages. Mark is also the presentation trainer for The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA, and ranked #1 in the world by The Economist.

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During this episode, you will learn about;

[00:01] Pre-show

[03:02] Introducing today’s guest, Mark Bowden

[05:04] Body language when speaking on a podcast versus having a in-person interaction

[06:37] Mark’s backstory into becoming a body language and human behavior expert

[08:45] How people get along with others based on their judgment

[10:42] Beginner tips on how you can be received better by your clients in business

[15:11] An example to illustrate the misalignment of behaviors, actions, and words

[18:52] Choosing an audience that matters to you the most

[21:00] Mark’s resources you can use to learn more about The Behavior Panel

[23:47] Knowledge does not guarantee success

[27:40] Understanding your negative and positive bias

[30:11] How Mark manages to compartmentalize all the information without judging

[33:46] Mark’s recommendations of how you can set an excellent office environment

[37:55] Rapid Fire Round

[39:38] How you can reach out and connect with Mark

[40:17] Episode wrap up

Notable Quotes   

~ “Every human being has the approach and retreat response in them, and there are certain environments that they’ll be more likely to approach and others to retreat. Therefore, we can choose our behaviors and body language to give us the best opportunities to stimulate people with a correct judgment.”

~ “If you make everybody your audience, you’ll fail. Besides, you should pinpoint the right audience and those who matter to you the most. Some people matter more than others if you aim to communicate clearly.” 

~ “Getting more knowledge is not a guarantee of success. It only increases its chances. In fact, nothing in the world is guaranteed. We live in possibilities and hope.”

~ “Though you can learn a lot of things by reading books or listening to a podcast, the best and easiest one is through interaction and networking with people and peers. From them, you get first-hand information about their successes and failures. ”

Get Mark’s Books

  1. Winning Body Language: Control the Conversation, Command Attention, and Convey the Right Message without Saying a Word:
  2. Truth and Lies: What People Are Really Thinking:
  3. Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work:
  4. Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals: Control the Conversation … with Your Customer, Without Saying a Word:

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