I haven’t run into many self-help app on the app store. In fact, BodyLanguage is my first. As far as first impressions go, BodyLanguage, from Sabine Mühlisch, could help you make the right one when you have an important meeting or appointment coming up.
First of all, it needs to be noted that BodyLanguage has a lot of in app purchases to make in order to access all the content. The $1.99 doesn’t provide very much in the beginning, aside from the Theory section, and the Preparation part of the Presentation Section. If you want to unlock the entirety of the app, you’ll be spending a hefty $16 all up.
That being said, there is a lot of actual content in the app. BodyLanguage provides detail on the subject at the level of a relevant textbook. Of course, with that glut of detail, some of it can be kind of confusing for the first time user.
Still, looking past my own preconceptions about iPhone apps, BodyLanguage does do a good job of teaching the user how to behave certain ways during every day interactions. I really liked how the app talks you through the preparation actions. Before going into a meeting I was nervous about, I listened to the app at home. Dedicating a small amount of time and focusing on what the app was having me do was kind of like meditation. Honestly, in the meeting, I wasn’t exactly conscious of the difference it made, but I could tell that I was calm and relaxed before heading in. Usually, my heart is pounding and I’m stuttering a lot more.
For its price and depth of material, BodyLanguage isn’t a bad deal if you could use some help in that department. The material in the app is broken down into the following sections:
- “Preparation” and “Initial Phase”
- “Gestures and Mimic” and “Finish”
- “Greetings” and “Seat Attitude”
- “Action and Hands” and “Keep It Cool”
If you find it hard to get your point across in a meeting, or are unsure how to hold yourself while giving a talk, BodyLanguage could do the trick. Given the price of all the in-app purchases, there may be cheaper, albeit perhaps less comprehensive alternative available.
BodyLanguage is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. It requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later.