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The Sonya Looney Show

Hey everybody! My name is Sonya Looney and welcome to my podcast. For those of you who don’t have any context on me, I’m a plant-based World Champion ultra endurance mountain biker. I travel the world and have met some incredible people with world class attitudes and ways of living that motivate me daily, and I want to share their paths of mastery with you. This is a podcast interviewing inspiring leaders across the categories of wellness, endurance fitness, plant-based nutrition, mindset, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself.

Jul 8, 2022

Mark Bowden is a body language expert, keynote speaker and bestselling author of the books Winning Body Language; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; Tame the Primitive Brain; and Truth & Lies, What People are Really Thinking. He’s well known for his TedX talk “The Importance of Being Authentic” and his YouTube channel and weekly show “The Behavior Panel.”

Mark has a system of nonverbal communication called GesturePlane™ that helps audiences maximize the power of using their own body language to stand out, win trust and gain credibility.

He is also the founder of a communication training company TRUTHPLANE®, where he offers presentation skills training with live sessions or online learning.

Mark trains business and political leaders and he is the go-to media commentator on body language of politicians, celebrities and public figures for CNN, CBS, and Global News, and he is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and GQ Magazine.

In this week’s podcast, Sonya and Mark talk how to be approachable when you walk in a room, body language, charisma and more.

Key Takeaways


  • Curiosity
  • Agreement vs acceptance of others
  • How to be approachable when you walk into a room
  • Levels of understanding someone: phatic, data, evaluation, emotion, self reflection
  • What is charisma
  • Truth plane vs grotesque plane
  • How you talk with your hands impacts energy