Language of Faces

In these uncertain times when communication is done over a screen or behind a mask, learning to improve your ability to interpret nonverbal communication is more important than ever.  The Language of Faces was first developed by Robert Whiteside in 1950 when he was studying the field of personology.  His research lead to a book called, “Face Language.”  Over the years this concept has been studied and used to learn more about approachability and communication. 

                Though this is ancient wisdom and less known than the more mainstream approaches to nonverbal communication, there is a plethora of knowledge to be gain with learning to read facial structures.  Randi has taught hundreds of classes over the past 30 years, including a class of 130 social workers, and continually gets the feedback that her clients feel they have “more control over their conversations,” because they have insight into how to approach them.

                Building your comfort level in having conversations is beneficial for most professions, but especially useful for those who work with others.   Mainly because it increases one’s ability to be fluid with the conversation and less sensitive to taking barriers put up by others personally.  Also, as you heal and reduce barriers in your life, your facial structure with change and adapt to reflect the changes.

Here are some ways that increasing approachability and communication can benefit your life.

Reduce Anxiety

  • This increases your comfort in social settings by learning who is open to communicating.
  • You are more relaxed because your perception is on what they are presenting with in the conversation rather than your fear of having the conversation.
  • You can move the conversation along based on the information you are gathering from their facial features, rather than getting stuck in the awkwardness of the conversation.

Confidence in Communicating

  • Knowing how to speak to people increases comfort and learning what their face structure is telling you gives more insight into how to approach for the most success.
  • People’s confidence immediately increases because they stop taking other people’s barriers personally.  It is not about you; it is their challenges. 

Safer with Strangers

  • Empowered in a room of strangers, because you can gather information on who you should talk to and whose less open to wanting to engage.
  • Helpful at Clubs/Bars, Parties, Conferences, Trainings, Business Meetings/Gatherings, etc.
  • Look at people’s face to know who you connect more effectively with.

Increase Receptivity

  • Learning how to be open to your barriers.
  • Increase openness to areas of yourself that are closed off or restricted.
  • Knowing what information is available to gather from facial features.

Boost Your Career

  • Break through your personal barriers and change how you present to others.
  • Interviewing – this course is helpful for being interviewed as well as for interviewing others.

A simple glance at someone’s face can give you knowledge on whether someone is approachable or not. This leads to better ideas on how to communicate more effectively and efficiently.  Stop wasting time and energy trying to be heard by someone who isn’t open to listening.  Learn how to find those that are openminded.

For more information on The Language of Faces course contact Randi Hughley at 303-947-4397 or by email at