I’m a teacher and I like to study, which is why I started this blog. I also like to study other people. So I also got very interested in body language.
To be honest, that dates back to the time I played poker more seriously. I wasn’t bad at it btw, I consistently won money but wasn’t good enough (or perhaps dedicated enough) to turn pro.
Live poker and teaching have one thing in common: reading body language is a very valuable skill to have. In fact, it’s profitable in a lot of situations: from salespeople to public servants, a lot of people could use it professionally. And even in your personal life knowing a bit about body language will help you.
I haven’t posted one fact on this blog before. I was a police officer for 4 years when I was younger. I won’t go into details why I did that and why I quit, but it still is an experience I cherish. And it explains why in my search for material on body language I ended up buying the book of this review.
A few professional poker players started promoting a book by Joe Navarro called read ‘m and reap. In this book Joe taught people how to use body language as an edge in live poker games. But the reason It really peaked my interest is that he was an ex FBI agent specialized in interrogation. A bit like Tim Roth’s character in de series Lie to me.
I read the book and started using his stuff. Pretty soon I made a lot more in live poker games than I did online. (The reason I kinda quit poker is because I started to dislike it, not because I started losing)
At the same time I started to study for my teacher’s degree. And my communications teacher also was pretty big on body language. So I decided to buy another book by Joe called ‘What every body is saying’. And boy was I impressed.
This book is well written and very readable. It does not have the typical barrage of big words academics use. However the depth he reaches is astonishing and the way he constantly interchanges theory and practical use is of an academic level, without having to be a university student to be able to process it.
He has you convinced he knows what he is talking about by page 10, and you are really sucked in to it by page 20. In fact you’ll find yourself engaged in this book like you normally would be with a great fiction book. But of course it is all very real. And of course it is all illustrated very well.
So if you want to know more about body language I believe this is the book to start with. In fact, it is probably the only book you’ll ever need. Although I’ve read most of his other stuff as well now, he really is someone you can’t get enough of.
What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People (Amazon)
What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People (Amazon uk)
Phil Hellmuth Presents Read 'Em and Reap: A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells (Amazon)
Phil Hellmuth Presents Read 'Em and Reap: A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells (Amazon uk)
Lie to Me Complete Series Seasons 1-3 DVD Set (Amazon)
Lie to Me - Complete Season 1-3 [DVD] (amazon uk)