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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.

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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.

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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

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 PresentationXpert newsletter, Tom Mucciolo and Leila Jahangiri share an excerpt from their recently published book, A Guide to Better Teaching.

Read the whole story: Eliminate Insidious Vocal Distractions in Speaking

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

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… →