posted on May, 11 2015 @ 12:46 PM
Welcome to the campaign trail folks.
It has become more than clear that words are not enough for politicians to win over the undecided or the disillusioned. So how do they combat that?
with a show of hands of course. Politicians don't just have script writers, they have specialized members of an ever growing entourage and one such
member coaches them in the subtle art of hand gestures.
So let's see what happens when their hands do the talking.
Symbolic Gestures communicate words, numbers, position. Speaking with Gestures
A raised hand signals for a stop
A thumbs-up showing you agree
Three fingers for the number three
Pointing to show a position – up, down, behind, beside.
Pretty straight forward I'd say. But there are more subtle ways of communicating, such as:
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A clenched fist to show anger. It is hostile and threatening. It could also convey the sense you are hiding something.
Hands clasped to show pleading.
Using a pointed finger. This makes you look accusatory, even if that wasn't your intent.
So we've got the basics covered, but what about the gestures that transcend public speaking 101? Well after seeing many politicians over the years
I've found far more subtle gestures that you should watch for:
-two hands, open palms: This is linked to appeasement. What the speaker is trying to do is appease the crowd while trying to envelop it at the same
time. Words that are linked to this gesture are 'we' 'all' and 'us'.
-One hand, open palm: This is used to quell someones accusatory or speculative question while separating the accuser from the crowd. It is often
followed by a subtle dismissive 'palm'. Words and phrases linked to this gesture are 'please' or 'let me finish'.
-One receding hand- I like to call it, 'the Fonz technique" which appears as an open hand that recedes behind the ear that could be interpreted as
guilt or annoyance. It is a dismissive gesture that is linked to words 'no' or 'well..'
Has anyone else spotted these idiosyncrasies?
And remember, vote cake 2016.
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