Articles by Carol Kinsey Goman

Communication

Reading body language at work: 5 mistakes you don’t want to make

No matter what the culture at your workplace, the ability to read nonverbal signals can provide significant advantages for the way you deal with people. You can start to gain those advantages by avoiding these five common mistakes.

According to Science

We’re all liars at work: Here’s why

In “Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind,” David Livingstone Smith poses the theory that lying is deeply embedded in our subconscious as a result of evolution.

Office Life

How to spot a liar at work

Most workplace lies are discovered after the fact — after you’ve signed the faulty contract, hired the wrong person, or agreed to work on that career-limiting project. But wouldn’t it be a great professional advantage to spot liars in action, before the harm was done?

Communication

3 reasons you made a lousy impression – and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again

You were dressed for success, rehearsed and ready to wow them. So what went wrong? Chances are you got off to a bad start — and maybe that less-than-positive impression began before you said a word. Here are three small mistakes that might have had big (and negative) consequences:

Communication

Body language that tells your team how you really feel

Do you know that your team is constantly evaluating your emotions through cues in your body language — and that they can do so in a fraction of a second?

Confidence

Don’t try to fake confidence – do this instead

The problem with faking confidence is that it requires so much conscious effort that it is rarely successful. Whenever you attempt to conceal any strong feeling and fake another, your body almost always “leaks” nonverbal cues that are picked up consciously or subconsciously by your audience.

Body Language

I instantly knew I couldn’t trust you: How and why I was wrong

It took me only seven seconds to assess your confidence, competence, status, likability, warmth, and, yes, your trustworthiness. I felt you were untrustworthy for five reasons — none of which had anything to do with your actual trustworthiness.

Productivity

7 tips for inspiring collaboration

It’s not just corporate profits that suffer when collaboration is low: The workforce loses something too.

How To

10 tips to supercharge your success

Can success be accelerated?

Body Language

10 body language myths that limit your success

Not everything you’ve heard about body language is accurate.

Advice

5 ways you can come off untrustworthy in less than 10 seconds

Knowing whom to trust is an important social and business skill. It takes only seven seconds to assess someone's confidence, competence, status, likeability, warmth, and trustworthiness. Here's how to come across well, and quickly.

Advice

How women can take control of their leadership presence

Women face unique challenges when it comes to being perceived as leaders. They may even add to these challenges by buying into to the “Imposter Syndrome,” or using body language that appears submissive, or waiting for others to recognize and reward their achievements.