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The Visually Speaking Blog is filled with presentation tips, tricks, techniques, articles, videos, learning tools and a lot more! Information can be found on PAGES or in CATEGORIES. Pages contain reference items, categories contain posts. Click a post HEADLINE to see the full story and to see any comments made. Each post has a FOOTER showing the date posted, related tags (locators), assigned category, and a Make a Comment link for you to add your thoughts to the topic! Read more… →

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2016 – Details of the 1st Debate

Body language, vocal tones, viewing angles, and more are described while observing the 2016 First Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This is a detailed look at the non-verbal cues and other staging issues that took place while the candidates exchanged barbs.2016-first-debate

The clips are taken from the online webcasts posted by the New York Times and CBS News. The 8-minute “condensed” video focuses on comparisons between the candidates, taken at various times during the debate.

Click on the image to navigate to the visual analysis.

First Debate Prep – 2016

How will the candidates handle the delivery of the upcoming debates? While most of the effort will be in the content preparation, the non-verbal communication will likely become a very important factor. So what must the candidates do to ensure that their intentions match their actions? Read more… →

The Race Card — News Networks Matter

IMHO:)When it involves the media — RACE is not about color, it’s about competition. In the absence of a close presidential race, nobody needs the news.

Therefore, network news outlets know that the race is in the ratings, not in the rhetoric.

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Healthy Discussions

Talking about health is more than just words, especially when it comes to the communication between health professionals and patients. In a featured podcast on Helen Osborne’s Health Literacy Out Loud blog, Tom Mucciolo shares his perspectives on the importance of nonverbal communication skills in the healthcare environment.

Visit Helen’s site and listen to the podcast interview:

Using Body and Voice to Communicate about Health

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Discussion-Style Debate

In the third and final Presidential debate of 2012, the candidates were seated in a “discussion” style format. The non-verbal actions of the upper body are visible, especially with respect to the various camera angles and closeups.

This analysis focuses on upper body actions, including visibility of gestures, eye contact, hand positons, confrontation, and speaking style.

Click on the image to navigate to the visual analysis.
2012 Third Presidential Debate

Town Hall Debate

In the second of three Presidential Debates, the Town Hall setting offered the candidates the chance to move freely in an open area. This allowed for an in-depth review of of performance issues, including body language, eye contact, hand gestures, proximity, navigation, confrontation and speaking style.

Non-verbal cues dominate during planned or prepared speaking venues and both candidates were prepared not only to discuss the issues, but to directly confront one another in the process.

In this debate, Barack Obama redeemed himself from his previous lackluster performance by adding action, energy and a sense of leadership, while Mitt Romney remained steady, similar to the way he appeared in the first debate.

Click on the image to navigate to the visual analysis. 2012 Second Presidential Debate

Creative Collaboration

How do slide “designers” work with presenters to optimize the delivery of content? In a featured article published in October 2012 on Geetesh Bajaj’s INDEZINE blog, Tom Mucciolo shares his experiences of the creative collaboration techniques used by content creators to intergrate visual support across a diverse group of speakers.

Read the whole story: Slides and Speakers

When Candidates Debate

Body language is clearly a function of energy and action. The non-verbal cues dominate during planned or prepared speaking venues and the first Presidential debate was no exception.

Using a series of captured images from the debate of October 3, 2012, an analysis of the differences between the candidates offers a glimpse into what turned out to be two quite unexpected performances.

Click on the image to navigate to the visual analysis. 2012 First Debate

Presentations…Back to the Future

What were presentations like 30 years ago? Where are they headed? In a featured article published in September 2012 on Geetesh Bajaj’s INDEZINE blog, Tom Mucciolo shares his experiences of the evolving presentation technologies from the early 1980’s through the present day, with a look ahead towards tomorrow.

Read the whole story: Presentations Perspective

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