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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language by Susan Constantine

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Introduction

This is where it all began over a decade ago. I bought my first book on how to read body language. As a jury consultant, I wanted to know how to read jurors better.

Armed with my new knowledge, I watched the prospective jurors as they entered the courtroom, single file, and filled the gallery—pierced tattoo guy, the CEO in his pressed navy-blue suit, the football coach, the homemaker, the cash-strapped single mother, the retiree, the grandmother, the woman who looked like she’d had a really tough life, the small business owner, the college student, the military retiree … the list goes on.

We had to pick 12, but which ones? I listened carefully as each juror gave a five-minute rundown of their life and worldview. I paid attention ...

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