“There was little indication of happiness.”
In short, Merkel breaks all the rules of Type A, Anglo-Saxon communication which is probably why so many Brits are baffled and find her dull. But Merkel is also a study in energy conservation, listening and absorption. She doesn't burn herself out, uses her words sparingly and appears comfortable in her own skin, which is not something that could ever be said about Theresa May.
The #1 nonverbal signal to look for is a change from baseline. This is actually the way a polygraph works. People being interviewed are hooked up to quite a few probes that are designed to detect a number of physical changes...
I have written extensively, in the past, about what makes a good speaker, covering the critical areas of delivery and, of course, content. Amongst these musings, I have often highlighted that body language is a powerful, and vital, tool when making a speech. Whether speaking on television or at a conference, an individual can communicate a wealth of information through non-verbal channels i.e. what they aren't saying. As such, I decided to reflect on some of the messages delivered through body language, and the particular techniques employed to ensure that these are the intended ones.
Simply put, when we are feeling power-full we expand in every sense - not just in body language, but in tone of voice. In power we slow down our speech, we increase the volume and become clearer in intonation of how we present our words.
With less than a year to the Presidential election in the US, the field is starting to narrow and the campaigns are getting stronger. So who can stand out in the wide field, pull ahead in the upcoming debates and win the nomination?
In Pierce Brosnan's new thriller 'Survivor' in cinemas this Friday, Milla Jovovich's character is a State Department employee
Eye contact is the most powerful non-verbal message you can send to another person. Many human beings struggle with eye contact due to the fact that maintaining it can be very revealing.
All those years in Downing Street may have cramped David Cameron's style. Maybe that's why he's shying away from a decent TV debate head-to-head with Ed Miliband. It's the prime minister's hands that reveal a secret he wouldn't want voters in the 2015 general election to know about: that five years in the job is starting to get to him.