Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2569: Hillary Clinton, Visibility, Trust and a Harbinger of 2016 (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Hillary Clinton was campaigning for Terry McAuliffe on Saturday and therein revealed a multitude of Body Language take-away points. One was that Hillary is absolutely running for President in 2016 (see Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2564: Hillary Clinton Stumping for Terry McAuliffe ... but Did She Hint at Running in 2016?).

In this image captured from the video above, the former Secretary of State is seen introducing Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe.

Note she is standing behind a lectern which is composed of a thin central metal beam. This allows for much greater visual exposure of the speaker. Greater visibility translates to heightened levels of trust felt by the audience. People trust what they can see, and hiding behind a conventional wide and high, wooden lectern blocks the view of most of one's body. Along with Plexiglas lecterns, these minimalist designs are becoming increasingly popular in the last several years - particularly among political candidates.

Intriguingly, all factors being equal, those who use a minimal lectern - or even none at all - will speak with a higher energy level, a greater confidence and enjoy a greater flow and ability to "think on their feet" compared with other times when speaking behind a lectern. This change in tactic, while seemingly trivial to some is extremely beneficial.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2490:  Hillary Clinton and the Two-Handed Point -  The American Bar Association, Body Language and  Variations on a Theme

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2523:  Hillary Clinton, Body Language and the 2016 Presidency -  Rapport Builder vs. Rapport Destroyer

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2534: Bill and Hillary are going to be Grandparents; President Clinton's Body Language is Telling Us that Chelsea is Pregnant

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2363: Hillary Clinton, Body Language and the Political Point -  Hand Tension Correlations with Facial Tension

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2385:  Hillary Clinton & Henry Kissinger at  Atlantic Council's Leadership Awards  Her Body Language Betrays Anxiety at a Key Moment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1923:  Hillary Clinton's Body Language re: Syrian Government - The Self-Righteous Head Wiggle 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2379:  Bill Clinton's Speech at the  George W. Bush Presidential Library Opening  Body Language of Former and Current President