Sophie Halliday Zadeh

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Body Language Specialist and Founder of My Alcomy, Sophie Halliday Zadeh empowers people to take communication to the next level–unlocking the secrets of the body and voice. With her unique and extensive expertise in nonverbal communication, together with her captivating delivery method, Sophie inspires her audience to experience, first hand, the immediate and positive impact of body language and vocal power–providing valuable insights every person can apply to their personal and professional life.

Sophie conveys complex, science-based, content in a way that’s easy to understand, ex-citing and empowering. She puts this down to her inherent creative flair, over twenty years experience in training and presenting and spending the early years of her career working with children—when you can explain concepts to children, most adults should also grasp them.

Driven by awe and obsession with her topic and a passion for sharing it to help people achieve and improve, Sophie works with executives and leadership teams from govern-ment and industry giants, including Woodside, PwC, Commonwealth Bank, Northern Star and Alcoa. She coaches public speakers, TEDx presenters and educators, helping them to convey their message with impact. Sophie works voluntarily on projects for the public good; including assisting criminal investigations, training and workshops to empower women and for the Department of Justice.

Sophie has worked with TED-Ed, creating an animated lesson—Are There Universal Ex-pressions of Emotion? She has written for or had work published in Australian Security Magazine, The West Australian, NW Magazine, Yahoo News, Foxtel Networks, The Daily Mail and a college/university textbook, Our World: Creative Pathways to Cultural Sensi-tivity & Equity. She has appeared on ABC Drive Perth, The Signal ABC Sydney, Slice TV and the WASMA Mining and Resources Podcast.

Sophie is incredibly passionate about her topic and what she enjoys most, is watching her audience let down their guard, open up and become excited about it too. Her mis-sion is to enrich their lives with knowledge and insight that has transformative potential.

When she’s not at work, people watching or trying to solve a murder; she’ll be saving the planet, being creative or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Presentation topics include:

Women and Leadership—Opening Arms to Close the Pay Gap

The gender pay gap in Australia is still disappointingly high, at over 21% in some states and industries, with ‘unexplained’ factors driving a majority of the difference.

Drawing on research and correlations between pay and nuances in nonverbal communi-cation and physiology, Sophie asks a controversial question. Might some of these unex-plained factors be attributed to the influence of our sensory perceptions of gender dif-ferences?

In this fascinating presentation, Sophie shares her insight into the powerful effects of nonverbal communication. Suggesting ways women can leverage by hacking the body and voice, to create subtle shifts in perceptions.

Becoming a Human Lie Detector

Deception is wrapped up in our everyday lives, with 60% of people lying at least once, during a ten-minute conversation. While many lies are trivial, some are significant and potentially damaging to relationships, communities and organisations.

In this enlightening presentation, Sophie reveals the truth and myths about deception, showing you how to spot red flags. She’ll expose the behaviours that are the most reli-able and telling. Those that say one thing, when words say another and those that con-vey a specific meaning, like, “I got away with that”. Once you begin to spot potential lies, you’ll be empowered to dig deeper to discover the truth.

Emotional Intelligence—Reading Body Language and Discerning Emotion

A significant component of EI is the capability of individuals to discern the emotions of others and use that information to guide thinking and behaviour. Yet the skill of reading body language and emotion is rare.

This eye-opening presentation will have you reading and understanding body language and recognising genuine emotion in under an hour. Then, all you need to do is use it to guide better decisions and responses.

Emotional Wellbeing—Power by Design

While experiencing negative emotion is completely normal, it can be overwhelming for many, adversely impacting life. At best, life experiences become less positive, at worse activities and experiences are avoided altogether.

In this insightful presentation, Sophie reveals the secrets of the body-brain feedback loop and our most common emotions—casting light on their purpose and benefits. You’ll change the way you think about them. She’ll lead you through experiments to tap into the body-brain feedback loop and trigger emotion.

You’ll experience, the power of harnessing the body, voice and expression, to change the way you feel. Empowering you to take back control, quell negative emotion and create inner feelings of positivity, confidence and grounding.

Presentation Skills—Communicate with Impact

In an era where vast amounts of information clamour for attention, it’s become even harder to engage and resonate with an already overwhelmed audience.

In this presentation, Sophie shares techniques, tips and tricks, drawn from the science of nonverbal communication, psychology and the neuroscience of learning.

When put into practise, these techniques help to increase engagement, connection, un-derstanding, retention of information and perceptions of trust and credibility.

Nonverbal Behaviour and Customer Experience

Most businesses spend time and consideration planning organisational culture and build-ing trust and reputation, yet one key area—nonverbal communication—is often neglect-ed.

At a grass-roots level, consumers are influenced by their sensory perceptions of nonver-bal behaviour within seconds of entering your business. In this presentation, we’ll ex-plore how the nonverbal behaviour of employees can negatively or positively sway per-ceptions and some simple solutions to make a positive difference.

The Nonverbal Art of Influence and Charisma—Persuasion and Leadership

What is it about one person’s behaviour that moves others to action? In this insightful presentation, Sophie reveals specific nonverbal signals which form part of the behaviour repertoire of good leaders.

She’ll uncover the evidence, giving away the secrets of communicating with impact. Helping emerging leaders win trust, connect, engage and come across as credible—all via their nonverbal behaviour. These essential ingredients are crucial to being heard and in-spiring action.

The Universal Pursuit of Trust—Eliciting Trust Nonverbally

From the moment you’re perceived, the question asked—subconsciously—is, can I trust this person or not? Research had found this is universal amongst all people, regardless of culture. From an evolutionary perspective, it’s vital for our safety—it’s a survival mech-anism.

This fascinating presentation takes a closer look at trust, giving insight into why it’s es-sential for both individuals and business to elicit trust from the outset. We’ll explain why first impressions matter and will provide practical examples of what eliciting trust looks like, from a nonverbal perspective, for both individuals and businesses.


I had the privilege of attending several events at which Sophie Zadeh presented. Her energy, whilst deceptively gentle and calm was arresting – she vividly paints pictures with words and anecdotal stories which delivered clear and persuasive messages. As a speaker, Sophie has the advantage because she truly understands peoples’ why. She is intuitive, clever and articulate. Her accent is appealing. I cannot speak highly enough of Sophie’s skill set and would commend her to you as a brilliant and entertaining speak-er

Shannean Moncrieff, Lawyer, Business Owner and Direct Sales Leader

Sophie’s knowledge of her subject matter is excellent. She has the research to support her findings and can offer advice in a positive, constructive manner. For most individuals in an executive role, the secrets of body language are empowering and exciting. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking to boost their interpersonal skills.

Kellie Hasluck, Director, Clarity Communications

Sophie Zadeh’s expertise in non-verbal communication and her engaging presentation style provides valuable insights every person can apply to their personal and professional life.

Renae Hill, Department of Education