Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success

Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success

by Gina Barnett


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Learn the secrets of great communicators, professional speakers, and C-level executives

“Gina is a maestro of public speaking! She coached me for my TED talk, and I am forever grateful to her for giving me the technical and emotional training I needed to take the stage.”

—Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet

“Gina is an incredible coach who’ll increase your impact when presenting in an executive setting—or any professional interaction. But she can’t be everywhere, so this book is the next best thing! A must-read.”

—Greg Behar, CEO of Nestle Science and Health

Every body tells a story. From the moment an actor steps on stage, an audience collectively feels whether his or her performance is authentic, forced, or over the top. Business professionals are also performers—and the workplace is their stage.

In Play the Part, executive communication consultant Gina Barnett brings the same techniques actors use to bear on all types of presentation and communication situations, from the board room to the conference stage. She reveals how the body affects our communication and thought patterns and how to align these consistently for maximum success. Featuring practical exercises, she shows you how to develop presence and become more intuitive, so you can navigate challenging communication situations with optimal results.

You worked hard to earn your title. Now it’s time to play the part.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071835480
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gina Barnett is the founder of Barnett International, Inc., an executive communications consulting firm. She’s coached and consulted with thought leaders in finance, technology, healthcare, science, and the arts. Since 2011, she’s been speaker coach for the main stage TED Conference.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Why Play the Part? 1

PART I: The Stories Our Bodies Tell

1 Use Your Head 17

2 Have a Heart 53

3 Gut Smarts 91

4 Standing Tall 103

5 Center of Unconscious Gravity 117

PART II: Presence Is a Skill Not a Gift

6 Presence 131

7 Designing Messages to Increase Presence

8 Presentation or Conversation? The Style of Delivery 171

9 What Is Your What? Connecting with Yourself 189

10 Connecting in a Virtual World 205

Epilogue: Putting It All Together 215

Appendix A: Exercises by Chapter in Order of Appearance 219


Appendix C: Selected READING: Books on the Voice 235


Index 245

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