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. The clips are taken from the online webcasts posted by the New York […]

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?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Connecting the Dots . . . .

The characteristics of experts revolve around the dynamic relationship among the core elements of knowledge, experience, problem-solving, talent, and context. In a featured article published in June 2012 on The EvoLLLution blog, Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri discuss how experts use a problem-solving ability of “connecting the dots” in order to show the relationships among […]

Diary of an Electronic Assessment

What do you like most and least in a speaker? The research findings point to 21 skills that audiences identified as characteristics of effectiveness. In a featured article published in April 2012 on The EvoLLLution blog, Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri describe their extensive study which led to the development of a series of interactive […]

Um…Uh…Vocal Distractions

Fillers (um, uh, er, you know, right, etc.) are vocal distractions that interrupt the rhythm of speech and may reduce the effectiveness of the content. How many times have you found yourself unable to say just the right thing at the right time? In a featured article published in the January 2012 issue of the […]

When a TV Ad Goes Wrong

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.

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 […]