Dave Lukas Chats with Richard Newman
348: Lift Your Impact, How To Communicate and Tell Your Story to Make a Difference with Richard Newman
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Richard Newman. Richard is the Founder and CEO of Body Talk, the global leader in evidence-based training on the psychology of communication.. Since 2000, Richard and his team have trained over 120,000 people worldwide, with clients ranging from CEOs, Vice-Presidents and leadership teams across many industries, including Virgin, Expedia, NYU, Microsoft and 3M in 46 countries.
Richard is an award-winning author and in-demand speaker with expertise in leadership communication, storytelling, mindset, and personal impact. His latest book is called Lift Your Impact: Transform Your Mindset, Influence, and Future to Elevate Your Work, Team, and Life, reveals. The book details the small communication changes that can create a massive difference in the way you are perceived by those around you.
Effective communication is one of the most, if not the most important skills in life and business and Richard can teach us a lot about how to be our best in this area along with how to better tell our stories and improve our presence.
From a very young age, Richard realized he was not great at communication. He was called a shy child and was introverted. Many years later, he also found out that he was slightly autistic. When he was 18, he decided he wanted to something more meaningful and adventurous that did some good. He got the opportunity to go to a monastery with Tibetan monks and help teach them English. He thought they would already have some proficiency in English. He was wrong. At 18, he flew to Delhi by himself, then had a 2 day train journey to get to the monastery. He found himself in a little town and the monastery they took him to ended up being the wrong one. There was actually 7 monasteries in this small town. It took 5 different monasteries to get to the right one. But, to his surprise, they did not speak any English and Richard did not speak Nepalese and Indian.
After sitting with them for a little while, they started to communicate through body language. He realized that he had to make sure his body language and tone of voice matched, and he could communicate. By the time his 6 months was up, he had learned some of their language and had gotten them to where they were pretty proficient in English.
He came back to the UK fascinated with communication and studied acting for 3 years. He took what he learned and started teaching effective communication as a hobby in local community.
He started to get referrals and this is how his business was born.
Were they any other unexpected life and/or business lessons that you learned from spending time with monks at 18?
What are the pillars of great communication?
You say most people in business are telling their story wrong. How do we tell a better story?
At the 25 min market, Richard does a great job explaining this, so it is best to listen.
Tell us more about how to have better presence when speaking or leading others…
Anything else surrounding mindset that you feel is important for us to know?
Talk about how you almost lost your business, but brought it back to be even more successful…
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