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David Givens
David B. Givens began studying "body language" for his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as Anthropologist in Residence at the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. from 1985-97, and is currently Director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies in Spokane, Washington. He taught anthropology at the University of Washington and teaches in the School of Professional Studies at Gonzaga University.

His expertise is in nonverbal communication, anthropology, and the brain. Givens has led seminars for lawyers, judges, social workers, salespeople, and physicians; worked with local law-enforcement agencies and the FBI; and consulted with the U.S. intelligence community. His scholarly articles are recognized as international classics by the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Givens and neuroscientist Paul D. MacLean introduced the word "isopraxism" (the reptilian principle of mimicking) into the English language, as announced by the executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary in the Atlantic Monthly. He was a member of a team of anthropologists, linguists, astronomers, and nuclear physicists charged by the U.S. Dept. of Energy with designing a marker to warn human beings 10,000 years in the future about the dangers of nuclear waste.

Givens has spoken to the Smithsonian Institution, National Academy of Sciences, European COLIPA, U.S. EPA, Washington State Administrator for the Courts, and other groups. He has done consulting for Sandia National Laboratories, the Bechtel Group, U.S. Department of Energy, Pfizer, Epson, Wendy's International, Dell Inc., Unilever, Hallmark, Masterfoods USA, Kimberly Clark, and Best Buy. His ideas on nonverbal communication have been written about in Omni, Harpers, the New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report and in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Givens is the author of Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship, Crime Signals: How to Spot a Criminal Before You Become a Victim, and Office Signals: What Corporate Walls Would Say If They Could Talk (forthcoming). His online Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, and Body Language Cues is used around the world as a reference tool.

DAVID GIVENS, Ph.D., is also the director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies in Spokane, Washington. He has been a consultant for Pfizer, Epson, Wendy's, Dell, Unilever, and Best Buy, and teaches Communication and Leadership in the graduate program of the School of Professional Studies at Gonzaga University.


Reading the Person in Front of You: David, the world's leading expert on the topic, discusses nonverbal signs, signals, and cues, and how to read them. David speaks across the globe to major corporations and high-level executives.

Visual Cues of Deception: David discusses how to tell when someone is telling a lie. An ideal presentation for corporate groups by the world's foremost authority.

Love Signals: A talk on the silent language of courtship, David's book, Love Signals, and how we can read the signals of attraction.


- Your Body at Work. A Guide to Sight-reading the Body Language of Business, Bosses, and Boardrooms. HOW DO YOU MAKE IT IN BUSINESS? STOP LISTENING AND START WATCHING Your Body at Work is a guide to seeing past the words that fill the hallways, conference...

- Crime Signals. How to Spot a Criminal Before You Become a Victim. Crime Signals helps you stop crime before it starts. David Givens, one of the nation's foremost experts in nonverbal communication, offers a fascinating and...

- Love Signals. A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship. A world renowned anthropologist explores the nonverbal signs, signals, and cues human beings exchange to attract and keep their mates.