Friday, 17 September 2021

Canadian Election 2021 Leaders TV Debates Media Interviews - What Did Their Bodies Say?

What does body language tell you about what a politician is really saying? Quite a lot, actually. 


Through the years I've been asked many times by media to analyze the body language of federal and provincial Canadian party leaders as they debated each other on TV, radio, and online.


They are thrown into a boiling cauldren where every facial expression, every blink, every gesture, every turn, and every nuance is magnified by a forest of cameras.

Go to Page 2 to click and listen to each interview.

Political Theatre

Debates are live which means anything can go wrong at any time and usually does. A political debate is a high form of art and theatre for political junkies.

That is why leaders are coached, rehearsed, and then coached again. In Canada, the process is elevated because the leaders must participate in two debates, one in French and the other in English.

In every debate, one or more of the leaders rise above the rest. The greatest fear is saying something boneheaded, assuming a weak physical position or making an odd gesture that could win or lose the election.

When I am asked by the media to analyze body language, I note subtle - or not so subtle - signals that could make the difference in shaping people's impressions in Election 2021. I try to be unbiased.

While the purpose of a debate is to focus on ideas, they also provide great content for 24 hr news cycles and social media. The goal of each leader's PR team is to capture that one clip that will rocket their candidate to the front of the line.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Do You Know What Your Body is Saying?


Written by Robyn T. Braley


Body language is a big part of your personal brand.  It's important to understand that because your brand is what others think it is. You may be sending unintended messages to colleagues, clients, or friends and family.


 
1. What is your body language saying about you?
2. What subliminal messages are you sending?


Why Body Language Matters

Knowing what your body is saying can be the difference between being taken seriously or not. Strong body language speaks to confidence, credibility, and trust. Shifty eyes, wild gestures, and the failure to listen intently signal the direct opposite.