Joe Navarro

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Joe Navarro
Joe Navarro at PopTech!.jpg
Joe Navarro speaking at Pop!Tech


Cienfuegos, Cuba
Education B.S.
Alma mater Brigham Young University (BYU)
Salve Regina University (SRU)
Occupation Author, Professional Speaker, Ex-FBI Agent and Supervisor
Spouse(s) Thryth

Joe Navarro (born 1953) is an American author, public speaker and former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and supervisor. Navarro specializes in the area of nonverbal communication and body language and has authored numerous books including, What Every Body is Saying, Dangerous Personalities, and Louder than Words.


Joe Navarro moved to the USA at age 8 with his family shortly after the Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba.[1] After earning a B.S. degree in Justice Administration (Brigham Young University)[clarification needed][clarification needed] and a Master of Arts in International Relations (SRU), Joe worked as an FBI special agent and supervisor in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment for 25 years.[2][3] He is one of the founding members of the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Program and he also served as a SWAT Team Commander and Bureau Pilot. Since retiring from the FBI, Navarro writes books and lectures to share his knowledge of human behavior.[4][5] He is on the adjunct faculty at Saint Leo University [6][7] and has lectured multiple times at the Harvard Business School. Since 2003 Navarro has been a consultant to the State Departments and is a fellow with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research.[8][9]

In 2005 Navarro got involved in the World Series of Poker Academy, training players on poker tells after a chance meeting with Annie Duke on a Discovery Channel program about detecting lies.[10][11]

Since 2009, Navarro has been a regular contributor to Psychology Today Magazine (Spycatcher blog) and authored “Every Body’s Talking” as a Special for the Washington Post.[12]

Joe Navarro's next book Three Minutes to Doomsday, will be published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. Smokehouse Pictures, George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company has picked up the book, which is based on the work Navarro did as the FBI’s top body language expert during the Cold War.[13]


Navarro is the author of six books. What Every Body is Saying is Navarro’s best-known body language book, an international bestseller available in 27 languages. His most recent book is Dangerous Personalities, which was published in October 2014. Joe's book, Louder Than Words was elected as one of Six Best Business Books to Read for Your Career in 2010 by Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network, FINS.[14] Navarro is also the author of Hunting Terrorists, Advanced Interviewing Techniques and Read ‘Em and Reap, as well as a series of short booklets available as e-books, written exclusively for Amazon Kindle.[15]

Education initiatives[edit]

In 2009 Navarro partnered with Nightingale-Conant, the world’s largest producer of self-improvement audio programs and produced The Power of Body Language.[16] He also launched an online course in 2009 to share his knowledge with others on how to observe, decode and utilize nonverbals in their personal and professional life. This was undertaken for the benefit of those who could not travel to attend his seminars.


  • Schafer, John and Joe Navarro (2004) Advanced Interviewing Techniques; Proven Strategies for Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Personnel. Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois. ISBN 0-398-07444-5.
  • Navarro, Joe (2005) Hunting Terrorists: A Look at The Psychopathology of Terror. Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois. ISBN 0-398-07594-8.
  • Navarro, Joe (2006) Read ‘Em and Reap. Harper Collins, Pub. ISBN 978-0-06-119859-5.
  • Navarro, Joe (2008) What Every Body is Saying. Harper Collins, Pub. Reap. Harper Collins, Pub. ISBN 978-0-06-143829-5.
  • Navarro, Joe “Every Body’s Talking,” Special to Washington Post, June 24, 2008 F1.
  • Navarro, Joe (2010) Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence. Harper Collins, Pub. ISBN 978-0-06-177139-2.
  • Navarro, Joe (2014) Dangerous Personalities. Rodale Books, Pub. ISBN 978-1623361921


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  3. ^ “Action Hero Quitting” Tampa Tribune, Metro Section, Monday May 26, 2003, Page 1 and 6
  4. ^ “Action Hero Quitting” Tampa Tribune, Metro Section, Monday May 26, 2003, Page 1 and 6
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  7. ^ The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2003 PP A1, A6 “Silent Signals” by Ann Davis, Joseph Pereira and William M. Bulkeley.
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  9. ^ A Life of Prying Out Spies, by Marty Clear, St. Petersburg Times, Friday January 9, 2004, P3.
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  11. ^ Tampa Tribune, Metro P2, Ex-FBI Agent Calls Poker Players’ Bluffs May 27, 2007
  12. ^ “Every Body’s Talking,” by Joe Navarro Washington Post, June 24th, 2008 F1.
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