Thursday, February 9, 2012

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1041:
Russia's Dominance over Syria

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asserts his and his country's dominance in this recent handshake and subsequent meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lavrov's hand is rotated about 70 degrees from the neutral position - with his clearly on top. When each palm is perpendicular to the floor, the ability of a handshake to engender rapport is maximized. The Russian is not interested in rapport however, as this image clearly demonstrates he has come to display authority and power for the motherland.... and again the Syrian acquiesces to The Bear.

See also: Leadership Secret # 112: Pakistan Trumps Iran