Life Lesson Quote for March 31, 2012

When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 30, 2012

Cry with someone.  It's more healing than crying alone.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 29, 2012

You don't have to win every argument.  Agree to Disagree.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 28, 2012

 Pay off your credit cards every month.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Book Cover Suggestion for My New Book SNAP



A fellow speaker just sent me this book cover Idea for my new book SNAP. I have a cover chosen but, this is such a fun cover idea.




Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 27, 2012

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 26, 2012

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

What Makes Someone Look Powerful?

What makes someone look powerful? A distinctive pattern of nonverbal behaviors characterizes high-status persons. A recent meta-analysis ( a study of many research studies) shows these three factors.

• facial expressiveness,
• greater bodily openness (what I refer to as open body windows)
• smaller interpersonal distances (that is high status people approach others at closer distances.) Think about it this way - a boss, by virtue of their status can come into your cubical and interact closely. A lower status person might stand outside the cubical and ask to enter and stand further away. Powerful people come in and interact closely as behaviors that are characteristic of higher status persons (Hall, Coats, & LeBeau, 2005)

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Business Etiquette - Here To Stay So Take Note with Quotes from Patti Wood



http://www.gsu.edu/magazine/2012spring/770.html

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 25, 2012

When in doubt, just take the next small step.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 24, 2012

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Life Lesson Quote for March 23, 2012

All that truly matters in the end is that you loved

Look forward to fun one line life lessons on my twitters and blogs. The first ones are from Regina Brett's Life Lessons article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

3 Tips for Team Presentations to High Level Executives

3 Secrets to Successful Team Presentations to High Level Executives

Yesterday, I was coaching a group of fantastically motivated, hardworking, immerging leaders at one of my pharmaceutical clients. They where preparing to give team presentations to the big wigs of their organization. If you follow my blog, you know that the beginnings and endings of presentations can make or break your presentation. It is often the smallest behaviors that have the biggest impact on the outcome of your presentation. The team had already worked many hours on their own portion of the presentation. They each had great content for a single speech.  They each new what they wanted to say and they each wanted to impress the big wigs.  But they didn't know how it would look as one seamless presentation.
One of the things I  suggested to the group is that they get together after their presentation to celebrate their success. They just contacted me from their celebration. What worked for them at the beginning and close?  They sent me a email with what they did in the meeting. These  are three things they used from our work that worked to improve their team presentation.


• So that the team could bond with the audience and look professional and not computer with each other for a power position we formed a greeting line at the entrance of the meeting room . so that each executive shook our hands with all four members as they  came in, we even had the executives that tried to come in the side door come in the main door to greet us. The executives loved it.
• We wowed them with our “Imagine” attention getter that allowed each of us to speak and express our passion for a high performance team.
• We were prepared for the tough questions. The practice with you yesterday creating and answering the questions helped. We know how to answer the “We hope the audience doesn’t ask questions."  The practice responding and tossing questions to fellow team members prepared us for the tough questions. During the presentation we were able to toss them easily to each other.

One of the things I also suggested is that they get together after their presentation to celebrate their success. They just called me from their celebration. What worked for them at the beginning and close? Here is what they said:

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Do They Look In Love? What Does Their Body Language Reveal?



Patti weighed in on Bachelor Ben and his "fiance" Courtney's body language as they were eating dinner with Ben's sister and her boyfriend for Hollywoodlife.com. Read her insights below! Also, read the full article in Hollywoodlife.com at the link below.

Patti's insights:
Courtney is “sheltering” with her head tilted toward and shoulder closest too him down toward him. That shows she feels he can protect her. The fingers on his hand that’s around her shoulder are nicely relaxed and spread and his thumb is actually resting up and her shoulder in a protective hold. I see loving care between them.

http://yfrog.com/oe6ixnzhj

Link to article:
http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2012/03/21/ben-flajnik-courtney-robertson-relationship-bachelor/

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

What Does Nick Gordon's Body Language Reveal About His Relationship With Bobbi Kristina?

Hollywoodlife asked Patti to weigh in on the body language of Nick Gordon with regard to his relationship with Bobbi Kristina. Read her insights below and check the link to view the video.

http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2012/03/15/nicholas-gordon-bobbi-kristina-brown-relationship-marriage/

He actually stood up very well to that aggressive attempt at an interview. I was impressed with him today. I specifically liked it when he was asked a question about how Bobbi was doing his entire demeanor changed. He looked back and connected with the reporter, his body language was relaxed and his paralanguage (voice) slowed down and became real and warm as he said, “She is doing very well she is standing strong.” He also authentically emphasized the word VERY. His nonverbal response to that statement indicates he truly cares about Bobbi and he is willing to stand up to the media who might question how stable and well she is doing. That was genuine.

Regarding all the strong “No comment” responses to the questions about the relationship his avoidance turning away continuing what he was doing, the strident tone and the quick grimace indicate there is perhaps a romantic relationship. If you are innocent of a claim or if you agree with a question, you are likely to make a strong statement. The “no comment” rather than “We are family and I love and support her as a brother.”

Their body language together today shows only a bit more commitment on his part. Specifically notice how he doesn’t OPEN UP his hand and take her hand in his and lift it up. She again is the initiator and wants to be seen as a couple.

You use to be able to hold hands with friends and siblings, but in the last 10 years we identify hand holding as a signal of romantic and sexual interest.

http://www.tmz.com/2012/03/16/whitney-houston-nick-gordon-bobbi-kristina-brown/

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Burnt Bread Recipe

After months of friends having me over for dinner as I finished up my book, I am now back to hosting dinner parties again.
The other night my friends looked forward to the bread accompanying the mushroom ravioli with green peas and pearl onions and salad I had fixed for dinner. Later that evening while we were up in my office checking out possible book covers my friend Richard asked, “What’s that smell?” and we discovered the burnt pesto bread in the oven. Another friend asked for the recipe so here it is.

Burnt Bread Recipe

• Take several friends seat them in chairs
• Place buttered pesto bread in the oven at 350 degrees
• Do NOT set the timer
• Add fun stimulating conversation
• Pour a glass of wine for each person ( two or three glasses if you want the
charcoal to be extra crispy)
• Serve a yummy dinner with cherry pie for dessert
• Enjoy the smoky aroma of burnt bread as it fills the house.

WA lah!


Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon’s Body Language. Are They a Couple?



Are they a couple? Patti shared her insights on their body language with Hollywoodlife recently. Read Patti's insights below, watch the video and see if you agree!

She wants them to be a couple and wants his support. She reaches out quickly and with neediness three times in those few movements to hold hands with him. If she felt secure with him she would be more likely to reach out her hand slowly knowing that he would meet her hand half way. Instead she quickly grasps. In the one instance when they are crossing the street he briefly rebuffs her attempt to hold hands then gives in. The neediness is also shown in both videos and she has to move quickly, in a scuttle motion in one case, to keep up with him. And he is not slowing down for her. Though I like that he reaches out briefly to put his arm around her, he doesn’t fully comfort by wrapping the arm around her and leaving it there. He instead gives a reach to hold but doesn’t follow through removes his arm quickly.

http://www.tmz.com/2012/03/14/whitney-houston-bobbi-kristina-pda-kissing-nick-gordon-video/#.T2HqEJd2gap

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Bobbi Kristina's Body Language During the Oprah Interview


Listen at the link below as Patti analyzes for ShowBiz Tonight the body language of Bobbi Kristina during the recent interview by Oprah and Ray J's body language when being interviewed about Whitney Houston's death.

Patti on ShowBiz Tonight:
http://www.youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert?feature=mhee

Oprah's Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84x0EsBRqsE

Ray J's Emotional Interview:
http://www.eonline.com/news/ray_j_whitney_houston_i_miss_you/295171

Patti's Notes:
Bobbi Kristina, (Whitney Houston's Daughter) body language insights during Oprah Winfrey interview March 11, 2012

Repeating statements in effort to believe the positive things she is saying and make them true.
Bobbi shows a lot of self-comfort cues at the end of the statements showing that many of the positive things are not true yet but she is using them to reassure herself.
When we are little our moms touch and hold us rub our head and comfort us.
Self-comfort cues are a way to reassure ourselves when Mom’s not there.
Often sweeps her hands away from her body when talking about hearing her mother’s voice or music, showing she wants that painful voice to get away from her and out of her head.

When Oprah asks Bobbi if she can listen to her Mother’s music, she brushes her hair back three times and as she says, “I can hear her music” and as she brushes it back the third time she puts her hand into holding it in knuckles up fist. Distinct comfort cues that show she not only doesn’t want to hear her mother’s music but that she is fighting against the thought of hearing it.

“I can hear her voice,” she is striking with open hands away from her head as if she wants her Mother’s voice out of her head.

I got you, scratching her hair away.

Bobbi says to her Mother’s spirit “I will always need you. “Pushing her hair away and scratching the back of her head. “I can hear her voice talking to me.”

Bobbi says “Her spirit is strong” she puts her hands in her pockets, “It is a strong spirit,” she shakes her head no.

“I wake up at night all the time. At 5:00 in the morning.
“I just start praying,” Again her hands flow out and away.

Bobbi says, “I remember what she told me, what she taught me. “ “That’s what I take in that’s all that I take in.” She does another scratch this time scratching the hair away from her head one, two, three, four, and then five times. The intensity of this scratching motion on her right side of her head show some of what Whitney taught her daughter is what Bobbi would like to scrape away.

“I can still sit there and laugh with her” her hands and arms scoop that in “I can still sit there and talk with her” she takes her finger and scratches behind her ear.

“The first night I couldn’t stay there… the next morning...” she does a clear the throat cough that indicates the pain that morning after her mother died is tough going down.

“I thought it was ok to stay in the house” she holds her hand palm out to brush back her hair and shutters her eyes. “Still have all the things she has given me” she repeats it again.

Time code 5: 00 Bobbi says, “No one knows she was an amazing spirit”
Oprah says “That’s why we are doing this so people can hear…” Bobbi interrupts, “and that’s what I want.” Bobbi says that with more conviction than anything else in the interview.
Oprah finishes her thought, “The truth.” Hearing those words the truth, Bobbi says the words “that is exactly what I want,” but she for the first time in the interview scratches her nose, showing she doesn’t like the smell of what the truth may reveal. She then speaks of what she does want the public to know.
“She was my mother, she was a best friend” “We were one unit.”
Asked about dealing with the Paparazzi “Is it harder for you without her, she clears her throat, “At first it was.” “Did you ever feel she would leave?
“Last day,” coughs it out.
10:00 all these negative thoughts


Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

When is it Time to STOP Selling the Dress?

Patti is featured in the Jan/Feb issue of VOWS magazine which recently hit the stands. Check the link below for her insights on knowing when to STOP selling!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/84575364/Time-to-Stop-Selling

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

Baby Body Language - Ava Maria




Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.

What Your Body Language Says About You

Some people always do well during job interviews, seem to have more fun at cocktail parties and generally get along better with other people. Wouldn't you like to know their secret? The answer may be no secret at all. They could simply have more awareness of body language -- both their own and that of others.

Patti shared her insights on what your body language says about you with Healthy Life. Click the link below to find out!

http://www.healthylifect.com/home/article/Talk-This-Way-3377426.php


Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at http://PattiWood.net. Also check out the body language quiz on her YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.