Carol Kinsey Goman


About Carol Kinsey Goman - Speaker on Leadership, Body Language, Communication and Change:

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker for corporations, conferences, universities and government agencies. She is an authority on the impact of body language in the workplace - especially on how it aligns with what you're communicating and how it builds or weakens leadership effectiveness.

Her speaking engagements are designed to give audiences powerful and practical strategies that can be implemented immediately, and have positive impact on change. She is a sought-after presenter, whose list of clients span more than 300 organizations in 26 countries:

  • Corporate giants including Consolidated Edison, 3M, Federal Express, Fluor, General Electric, Bayer Pharmaceutical, DuPont, S.C. Johnson, Chevron, AT&T, Consolidated Edison, and PepsiCo
  • Major associations including the American Institute of Banking, American Productivity & Quality Center, American Society of Association Executives, Sales & Marketing Executives International, and the American Society of Training and Development
  • High-tech firms including Amazon, Expedia, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, and LinkedIn
  • Healthcare organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Healthy System West, American College of Surgeons, BETA Healthcare Group, and Atlantic Health System
  • Financial institutions including Bank of America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, First Interstate Bank, Goldman Sachs, Travelers, WellPoint, and Guardian Insurance
  • Government agencies including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Department of Energy, Department of Veteran Affairs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, and the Library of Congress
  • Women’s conferences including CFA Society Women’s Symposium, Global Executive Women at Expedia, Professional Business Women of California, UNC School of Government, and Women’s Leadership Conference, Trinidad
  • International firms including Petroleos de Venezuela, Dairy Farm in Hong Kong, SCA Hygiene in Germany, Landstinget Dalarna in Sweden, National Provident in New Zealand, the Panama Canal Commission, Royal Bank of Canada, Petrofac in the United Arab Emirates, British Petroleum, and Wartsilla Diesel in Finlin Finland

Carol is a leadership contributor for, with her Forbes blog on Body Language Hacks that Make You Look Like a Leader - which has garnered over 91,000 views. She is also the author of twelve business books, including The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How You Lead and The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and What to Do about Them. With a new book in progress, Carol is currently working on Stand Out - How to Build Your Leadership Presence - that addresses projecting leadership presence (anticipated release date: 29-Sept-2020, Kogan Page). Make a note to obtain a copy - for Carol's next leadership go-to publication.

Her video course for Linkedin Learning, Body Language for Leaders, is the most popular course in the history of the company - with over 2 million views. She has recently added a course on Collaborative Leadership. Carol is also a content expert on the e-learning company, Athena Online.

Her expertise has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Industry Week, Investors Business Daily, CNN’s Business Unusual, PBS Marketplace, the Washington Post’s “On Leadership” column, MarketWatch radio, and the NBC Nightly News.

Carol has served as an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University in the International MBA program, at the University of California in the Executive Education Department, and for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States at their Institutes for Organization Management. She is a current faculty member for the Institute for Management Studies, presenting seminars throughout the United States and for Excellence Squared, presenting seminars in Canada and Europe.

In addition, Carol is a California-based executive coach with two specialties: (1) assisting leaders as they craft and deliver key messages, and (2) helping senior managers prepare for C-Suite roles by increasing their leadership presence, which she defines as “the ability to influence and impact others by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma.”

Before her work in the business world, Carol was a therapist in private practice, a nightclub performer, and a majorette for the 49ers football team - but not in that order.

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What Carol Kinsey Goman Talks About:

Body Language for Leaders
Body language is the management of time, space, appearance, posture, gesture, touch, facial expression, eye contact, and voice. When your verbal and nonverbal messages are out of alignment, communication suffers and your impact is weakened. Aligning your body language with your key messages is the secret to increased leadership effectiveness. Find out how to nonverbally project confidence, build trust, inspire others, and convince skeptical audiences.

Body Language for Women Who Lead
When first introduced to a leader, followers immediately and unconsciously assess her for warmth (empathy, likeability, caring) and authority (power, credibility, status). Women are champions in the warmth and empathy arena, but lose out with power and authority cues – mostly because they fall prey to ten common body language traps. Find out how to use body language that shows you are both warm and powerful.

Body Language that Sells!
Great salespeople know the importance of great body language. Success in customer service, sales, and negotiations is heavily influence by nonverbal factors, such as the way your gestures match the other person’s, the level of interest and energy in your voice, the amount of eye contact you use, and how well you can read (and respond to) the nonverbal signals you are getting in return. Find out how to use body language as a valuable tool for gaining rapport, projecting credibility, uncovering deception, and closing the sale.

Leadership Presence
Leadership presence is not an attribute that is automatically assigned to you because of your business results. It isn’t necessarily reflective of your true qualities and potential. Instead, it depends entirely on how others evaluate you. Being perceived as a leader, when interacting with customers, peers, or executives is the essence of leadership presence. Find out how to project confidence, retain your poise under pressure, present ideas decisively, and engage others in ways that are authentic, empathetic and motivational.

The Power of Presence for Women Who Lead
You may have a leadership title (or great leadership potential), but is that how others see you? Women face unique challenges when it comes to being perceived as a leader. You can’t avoid making an impression, but you can control the kind of impression you make. Find out how to develop the attitudes, actions, and strategies that give you presence, and most powerfully influence others to see you as the leader you truly are.

Collaborative Leadership: Creating Inclusion and Building Trust
Creating collaborative teams that are networked to span organizational boundaries requires a new leadership model – one that replaces command and control with trust and inclusion. The collaborative leader’s role is to encourage team members to see themselves as empowered and valued contributors in service of a common goal. Find out how to build collaborative relationships and create an environment of trust in which people choose to participate and contribute.

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