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Gina Barnett's "Play The Part" On Tuesday's Access Utah


Gina Barnett has coached executives and leaders worldwide from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, small businesses and non-profits. She has been speaker coach for TED Talks for the past five years.


In her book, “Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success,” Barnett focuses on embodiment: how the body affects our thoughts and emotions and, in turn, how we engage and are perceived.


Barnett began her career on stage and has spent more than 30 years writing, coaching and ‘playing.’  Barnett says, “Great acting teachers spend their lives observing human beings and behaviors to impart to their students the tools to truthfully portray them. The techniques actors use to usher audiences into imaginary worlds evolved for a primary purpose to emotionally move those audiences.”  She says that those techniques and skills can help us to better communicate and connect in business and in life.

We’ll revisit our conversation with Gina Barnett from August 2015. She’ll talk about her book, working with TED speakers, and the impacts of body language and signals.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.