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Leveraging Thought Leadership

Jun 26, 2022

Imagine being 18, and standing on the doorstep of a monastery in the Himalayas, believing you are there to help the monks speak better English — to find out they do not speak any English at all. Could you teach the language, using only body language and tone of voice?

This is the actual story of our guest Richard Newman, and the beginning of his fascinating journey into the lessons of non-verbal communication.  Richard is the CEO and Founder of UK Body Talk, the global leader in evidence-based training on the psychology of communication, and the author of You Were Born to Speak, which is Richard’s personal journey of discovering the secrets of communication and is filled with practical strategies that you can immediately apply to transform your success.


Richard shares the story of his journey to a Tibetan monastery to spend six months teaching the monks English. During this time, he learned much about non-verbal communication, and how comfort and discomfort can impact our shared dialogue. During our conversation, Richard shares the insights that help people move out of their comfort zones, so that they can become aware of and change habits that stand in our way. He teaches ways to unlock communication, how to mentor others, and ways to inspire those around you through earnest communication.


Moving people to change habits, or encouraging a business to make large changes, isn’t as simple as providing evidence that the change is for the best. Richard explains how storytelling can be a great tool to connect with the emotional mind stagnant. Then, we can connect with the logical brain and share information that will support and maintain change. 


The insights Richard shares into communication are powerful, and can help move employees, companies, and executives forward!


Three Key Takeaways:

  • Moving people through change means taking them into an uncomfortable place. In order to be successful, your thought leadership will have to offer a safe space to listen and accept new ideas.
  • Storytelling is a powerful tool that,if done correctly, can change people’s beliefs and actions.
  • In order to get people to accept your thought leadership insights, you have to help them feel a sense of ownership in that idea.