You Were Born to Speak

Richard Newman

You Were Born to Speak



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Richard Newman used to have a crushing fear of speaking in public, but today he is one of the most prominent experts on communication in the world. Everything changed when a life-affirming experience helped him understand the value of non-verbal communication. He shares the secrets to his technique in his book You Were Born to Speak, which helps us dust off an innate talent we were all born with: the capacity to build relationships with others.

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Analysis and key concepts


People need to be in the company of others to learn how to build relationships. So, communication is about much more than just words


Communicating means entering a relationship with another person with one specific aim: altering the way the other person thinks and behaves


Knowing how to be in the company of other people is an important part of communication, whether you are sitting or standing, your posture must, above all, show that you are a human being


Before we had spoken language, we communicated via movement: ignoring body language reduces the efficacy of communication, and it is important to understand which movements are helpful and which ones get in the way of our message


Gestures reinforce your words visually and should be aligned with what you are saying, rather than contradicting it


However interesting the topic of your speech, presenting it with a monotonous voice is boring and inconsistent with your message


Telling a story allows us to capture our listeners’ attention, but we must remember that the speaker’s problem is not the one that needs solving, neither is he the hero of the story




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Improve your ability to communicate.
  • Make the most of body language.
  • Build better relationships.

Richard Newman began to work as a communications technique consultant in 1995, after living for some time in a Tibetan monastery in India, where he learned the “secret” of non-verbal communication. He founded a consulting company in the UK called Body Talk, which teaches people in 21 countries around the world such as doctors, celebrities, businesspeople and sales representatives, how to successfully communicate in business meetings, pitches, presentations and speeches.

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