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Mechanics – Basic Skills Module

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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… →

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.

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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

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

When a TV Ad Goes Wrong

National Car Rental Commercial "Robin the Presenter"A television commercial touting the business skills of a rising young executive only serves to make her look less than professional.

First aired during the 2010 Super Bowl, National Car Rental sends the wrong corporate message to would-be presenters in a corporate world. Read more… →

Mediocrity to Mastery

There are several elements of your vocal strategy that can take your presentation effectiveness to the next level. In a featured article published in the May 2010 PresentationXpert newsletter, Tom Mucciolo shares some ideas on ways to enhance your voice including techniques for breathing, projection, juxtaposition and interaction.

Read the whole story: Mediocrity to Mastery: Use These Vocal Techniques to Set Yourself Apart

Using Virtual Space

Virtual space lets you connect the audience to invisible objects. In essence, you use virtual space to show the audience how you visualize the concepts you’re explaining. Although you see the concepts in your mind, the audience has no idea how to distinguish among them. Virtual space helps. Read more… →

Vocal Exercise – What-a-to-do

This vocal exercise will help with voice pronunciation (phonetic sounds) and breathing (duration). The objective is to say the phrase in one breath, without rushing, in about 20 seconds. Read more… →

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