Darth Vader’s Guide To Body Language

Body Language Secrets Of Darth Vader

The first time you see Star Wars and lay eyes on Darth Vader, you know he’s in charge.  That’s because your brain is presented with several obvious displays of powerful body language as well as situational events that let you know he is respected as well as feared.  (Mostly feared.)  The members of his army even address him as “Lord Vader”.

I remember seeing Star Wars in the theatre when it first came out, with my brother and sister and my cousins.  There was an explosion, a bunch of shooting, and out of all that through the smoke stepped Darth Vader.  He walked up to where the dead bodies were, took a look at them, didn’t say a word and then moved on. 

About 30 seconds later, just down the hall, he was choking a guy to death.  And that was in the first 2 minutes of the movie.  For a kid in junior high, that’s heavy stuff.

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If you went to the office or the mall and started walking around and talking like Darth Vader, people would think you’re crazy.  However, if you take some tips from “Darth Vader’s Guide To Body Language” and tone them down a bit, you may find yourself in the CEO-Seat one day.

The main thing to keep in mind as you go through this guide is:  You can’t see Darth Vader’s Face.  That means whatever the true emotions are behind his statements, feelings, actions and reactions, must be decoded without using what former FBI Agent and Body Language Expert Joe Navarro calls “The billboard for realtime emotion”.  And that “billboard” is the forehead.

Granted, you can’t see his face at all.  So other than Darth Vader’s Voice, everything Darth Vader is feeling must be decoded through his body language.


Darth Vader’s Guide To Body Language

1) – When you move, do so with intent.  Don’t make jerky, uncomfortable, nervous movements.  When you reach for a pen, a glass, your phone, whatever, do it with ease and no rush.  More…

2) – When listening to someone make sure you look like you’re listening.  More…

3) – Never touch your face when speaking in public or during a meeting.  More…

4) – Never raise your hands above your shoulders when speaking.  More…

5) – Understand the reasons for the expression you are seeing on the face of the person you are talking to.  More…

6) – Stand in the Legs Akimbo stance when giving direction, advice, instructions, or orders.  Do the same when being given direction, advice, instructions, or orders.  More…

7) – When trying to get your idea, thought, or point across in a meeting or to a group, talk normally.  Use the vernacular you usually do.  Speak and use the words and terms you would normally use if you were speaking to just one person.  More…

8) – When giving direction or orders, be sure your hand gestures coincide with what you are saying.  Make sure those gestures hit their mark in the air on each specific word you want to punctuate.  Look in the same direction you are gesturing toward.  More…

9) – Don’t shake your head up and down as you say “No”, and vice-versa.  More…

10) – When speaking at a meeting or in public, don’t be afraid to “steeple” your hands.  You steeple when you have both hands in front of you, the fingertips of your right hand are touching the fingertips of your left hand.  More…


Let’s not forget Darth Vader’s personality type is Sociopathic with Psychopathic tendencies.  Obviously that’s not what we’re going for here.

What we’re going for is what Star Wars director George Lucas was going for as he directed David Prowse to use body language showing the character he was playing for the movie was the leader, the person in charge, the last word on anything that came up.

That’s what leadership looks like.  Not necessarily Darth Vader because he used fear to lead.  The right way to lead is with respect.  So don’t forget or get confused, we’re talking about what the look of being in charge is.  The look one has when everyone knows he or she is the leader.  You know by looking at Darth Vader that he’s the guy in charge when he’s around.  The key is to be in charge when you’re not around.  We’re gonna talk about in a post not long from now.

Are there some tips on Darth Vader’s Guide To Body Language that you think may help you look more like a leader or more like the person in charge?