Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5

Face Value

Read these entrepreneurs' lips--and eyes, and noses . . .

This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The face says a lot about a person. From the shape of the eyesto the length between the nose and chin, you can deciphersomeone's personality traits before he or she even speaks, saysNaomi R. Tickle, owner of the Petaluma, California-based firm FaceLanguage International and author of You Can Read a Face Like a Book: How Reading FacesHelps You Succeed in Business and Relationships. Sheteaches clients to apply face reading to their everyday lives aswell as their entrepreneurial endeavors. We asked Tickle to analyzea few famous entrepreneurial faces using her techniques. Here'swhat she had to say about Donald Trump, Michael Dell and MarthaStewart.

First, Tickle notes these entrepreneurs have some sharedphysical traits. They are all competitive, says Tickle, as theyeach have heads wider in the back than in the front. They'realso forceful, as the head is higher in the back--they make thingshappen. Each entrepreneur has wide-set eyes, which illustratestheir ability to look at the big picture and multitask. And theiroval foreheads mean they're good at maintaining clientrelationships, projects and businesses. You can also determine howanalytical someone is by how visible his or her eyelids are. Thesefamous entrepreneurs' eyelids are covered with folds of skin,indicating they're very analytical. Finally, they all possesstenacity, as shown by their protruding chins, says Tickle. Read onto find out how they differ--and how you might use some of theseface-reading clues in your own life.

Continue reading this article - and everything on Entrepreneur!

Become a member to get unlimited access and support the voices you want to hear more from. Get full access to Entrepreneur for just $5.

Entrepreneur Editors' Picks