I have a confession. I’m an expert junkie.

I could care less about reality TV stars or movie actors. I heart bloggers, social media personalities and web experts. Nothing gets me going more than a killer social media profile, a hot blog or an on-fire Twitter feed.

Why do I have this bizarre obsession? These Internet Icons are kicking ***, doing what they love and growing serious profits. There is nothing more inspiring than that! I have also always loved to study charismatic people. I want to know, why are people drawn to them? What about them is so magnetic?

Of course, the top thought leaders have awesome content, but there is more at work.

Internet Icons know how to use their body to get what they want.

I’m talking about:

The Body Language of an Expert

More than 60% (some studies say up to 93%) of our communication is nonverbal. So no matter how good your content is, your delivery has to be even better.

The following Internet Icons have an authentic and powerful nonverbal style that we can all learn from. Watch the video above to see how these Icons win you over with their body language.

1. Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferris is a productivity guru and he is the master of presence. He has a secret power body language he uses in his awesome ted talk on Smashing Fear.

2. Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is the creator of Rich, Happy and Hot Bschool and is a master marketer. I have to admit I have a little girl crush on her. But who doesn’t? Her signature body language move conveys wisdom.

3. Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi is a financial guru and creator of I’ll Teach You to Be Rich. His cl***ic move is a great way to engage his audience. Hint hint: It has everything to do with his glorious eyebrows.

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4. Danielle Laporte

Danielle Laporte is a fierce female entrepreneur and author of the Desire Map. One of her many strengths is her engaging body language. See her signature move in the video.

5. Derek Halpern

Derek Halpern is the founder of the marketing blog Social Triggers and he produces some frickin’ amazing videos. I have watched a lot of his content and figured out what his body language secret is.

6. Kris Carr

Kris Carr is a wellness activist and star of Crazy Sexy Cancer. Her brand is fantastic and her videos get hundreds of thousands of views. Want to know why? Check out her body language move.

7. Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau is an author and entrepreneur who has a great fan base. Chris is a great speaker and his body language secret helps put him in high demand. During Chris’ Ted talk on Fear and Permission he is a master of the stage using this nonverbal technique.

Bonus:

One more bonus tip for you. Do you notice how in all of these videos our internet icons show their torso? Most people make the mistake of just showing their upper body in videos. But the more of our body we show, the more people can trust us and connect with us. So in your videos make sure to push the camera back and show off what your momma gave you.

About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a national best selling author & founder at Science of People. Her groundbreaking book, Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People has been translated into more than 16 languages. As a recovering awkward person, Vanessa helps millions find their inner charisma. She regularly leads innovative corporate workshops and helps thousands of individual professionals in her online program People School. Vanessa works with entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and trillion dollar companies; and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CBS, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, the Today Show and many more.

17 replies on “7 Body Language Secrets from the Internet’s Greatest Experts”

  1. Nancy

    Thank you for sharing all of this! I listen to podcasts in my car, when I’m cleaning, while I’m out in the garden, during a pilates workout … I can see my more focused learning times are going to be on your website, FB page, you-tube, and TED talks! (After listening to three of your interviews, I had to jump on your site and now I’m HOOKED! If I lived in Oregon, I’d be begging to be a guinea pig, a non-paid intern… anything just to keep learning.

  2. Karla

    I love this! I also have noticed that powerful leaders appear warm when leaning in and I have seen leaders do this! This article is very cool!

  3. Anna Saldi

    I love how you provide very specific examples of actual entrepreneurs we all look up to (you’re not the only one with a girl crush!). The best part is seeing the body language in action, and that’s exactly what this article showed me. Thank you!

  4. Liam Hayes

    Good stuff. I personally also admire certain people who are not TV or film celebrities. Like Tim Cook and Elon Musk. I think it’s great to notice the body language of the successful to get a better idea of how they do what they do.

  5. Bella Perennis

    It’s sooo cool you’ve put this together. When I train new movements or try to get better I watch videos of people who do good presentations and try to mimick their movements on the go.

  6. Robby Smith

    These are all great tips! I wonder if these cues come naturally to these internet icons or if someone trained them on nonverbal communication. Either way they get the attention of their audience.

    1. Robby Smith

      Hey Dan- Great question! The answer to your question is yes, men can definitely use the Head Tilt. It’s a slight gesture that subconsciously signals the other person that you are open and listening to them. Try this with a triple nod on the next person you are communicating with, and see how deep the conversation goes.

  7. Vanessa, you rock my world! Girl crush right back atcha!!! Everytime I watch a video or read a little blurb I learn another little nugget of wisdom! You and your work has made an impact in my consulting practice! Happy 2015 to and your team!

  8. Kimberley Weston

    Vanessa, I love how in the video you illustrated the examples by echoing the the signature body language moves of each person as you were discussing them – the only one missed was a little strut across the screen 🙂

  9. Bob

    Curious about the Kris “trick”. I’ve heard that the direction of the head tilt gives different impressions. One piece I read claimed that tilting your head to the right signifies “integrity”, and tilting to the left signals “attractiveness”. Is there anything to those claims?

    1. Vanessa Van Edwards

      Hey Bob!

      Thanks for this insight, you know I have never seen anything like this in the science. Nor do I think I have seen it in practice. If I see something I will post about it though!

      Cheers,
      V

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