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The spycatcher

Personally approached at the tender age of 23 to join the FBI, Joe Navarro became one of the youngest agents ever to join the renowned investigative agency. He went on to spend the next 25 years at the FBI, working both as an agent and supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Through his work he was able to study, refine and apply the science of nonverbal communications. His acumen in this field and his success as a spy-catcher, led Joe to train FBI agents and the intelligence community.

Retiring from the FBI in 2003, and meeting overwhelming demand for his notable insights into human behavior, Joe has dedicated himself to speaking and consulting with major corporations worldwide.

Today Joe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the application and use of nonverbal communications in business.

Joe Navarro Body Language expert

The speaker and educator

Described by his audiences as “dynamic,” “superb,” and “captivating,” Joe has lectured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia.

A gifted educator and speaker, Joe utilizes his FBI experiences to guarantee his lectures are not only fascinating, but also fun and engaging, sharing the scientific as well as the practical.


Through his experience working with CEOs and senior leaders of major global organizations he is highly sought out for his expertise on leadership, influence, and the behavioral qualities that drive more effective leaders and in turn happier, more productive workforces. In 2021 he shared those powerful insights in the book, Be Exceptional: Master the Five Traits That Set Extraordinary People Apart. 


Joe earned his Master of Arts degree from Salve Regina University and lectured annually for a decade at the Harvard Business School. He sits on the Global Advisory Board of The Libra Group, supporting its Executive Team and Board of Directors. He provides strategic guidance to the group that is active in aviation, energy, hospitality, real estate, shipping, and diversified investments worldwide.

Joe Navarro Body Language expert; speaker and author

The #1 bestselling author

Joe has been writing articles and books for the past 30 years. Today, he has 14 published books available in 29 languages. He has also written regular monthly columns for a variety of publications.

His books include:

  • International #1 bestseller What Every BODY is Saying with Marvin Karlins

  • National bestseller Dangerous Personalities with Toni Sciarra-Poynter

  • Joe's most recent book Be Exceptional with Toni Sciarra-Poynter

  • The Dictionary of Body Language

  • Three Minutes to Doomsday

  • Louder Than Words with Toni Sciarra-Poynter

  • Advanced Interviewing Techniques with John Schafer and currently used by the FBI’s counterterrorism division

  • Hunting Terrorists: A Look at the Psychopathology of Terror

  • Read 'Em and Reap with Marvin Karlins.


Joe also has a number of eBooks available on a variety of topics, more information can be found on the BOOKS page.

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