Body language

While you may believe that an interview should be about judging your skills, talents and professional experience, it is never that simple.

The subliminal messages that you give out from the moment you meet your interviewer say something about you; make sure the messages are positive. A firm handshake, eye contact and a smile are the first and best messages that should create the desired impression.

During the interview keep up the positive body language, using eye contact when you are talking and listening. If there is more than one person interviewing you this can be awkward, be aware of looking at everyone as much as you can, and not just one person.

Other simple pieces of positive body language include smiling, nodding your head when the interviewer is speaking and leaning forward while listening and when replying. Just make sure you don’t overdo it!

Avoid negative body language like crossing your arms, rubbing your nose, slouching or fidgeting.

Use a clear and confident voice ensuring you articulate well throughout; whispering and mumbling, no matter how nervous you are, will not help.

Also, make sure you sit as far back in your chair as possible. You will look tense if you sit on the edge of your seat and as you relax during the interview you will probably lean back awkwardly.

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Trump’s Body Language Showed What Was Really Important to Him During Tucker Interview: Expert

While the other GOP hopefuls debated Wednesday night in Milwaukee, former President Donald Trump appeared in previously recorded interview with Tucker Carlson that began streaming on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, minutes before the debate kicked off.

Trump used much of the interview to argue that the other candidates were largely irrelevant, given his own dominant position in most polling.

What he was saying without words, however, was the subject of an article from lifestyle site The List, known for its coverage of the British royal family and other human interest subjects.

According to Mark Bowden, who the outlet described as a “renowned body language expert,” some of the most important aspects of Trump’s message weren’t vocalized.

Trump’s posture, Bowden said, indicated a man with a “sense of control” over his environment.

During much of the interview, Trump say with “hands ‘steepled,’ fingers wide, and thumbs up in a signal of confidence and power,” he explained.

Bowden also referred to Trump’s use of the “double shrug,” which he said indicated the former president’s “matter-of-factness.”

“Single shoulder shrugs are often associated with uncertainty, while a double shrug signifies matter-of-factness,” he said.

“On the question of why he is not at the debates, he is consistent in his use of the double shrug,” he added.

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“I don’t think it’s right to do it,” Trump said, which was emphasized by the shrug that Bowden said “reinforces that he wants us to understand it’s more of a moral obligation not to attend.”

The body language expert also noted Trump’s gaze, which shifted from Carlson to the camera to reinforce certain points with his audience. For example, when Trump mentioned that he was leading in the polls by 50 or 60 points, and then mentioned “one poll” that had him 70 points up, “he looks at the camera again to ensure that we’re buying into the growing numbers,” Bowden said.

(The RealClearPolitics average of polls has Trump up 41.1 points over his closest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. While that’s obviously a clear lead, it’s nothing like 50, 60 or 70 points — and no August poll listed in that average had Trump’s lead higher than 46 points.)

Trump did the same thing when he referred to DeSantis as a “lost cause.”

Bowden said that moment suggested that the Florida governor “may be who he sees as his biggest competition right now, and so he gives eye contact down the camera to the audience with this discrediting phrase.”

You can see some examples of what Bowden is describing in this short clip from the interview:

The RealClearPolitics polling average has Trump at 55.4 points currently, with DeSantis at 14.3 percent, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy at 7.2, former Vice President Mike Pence at 4.0, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at 3.2, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott at 3.1, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 3.0. All of the other candidates were polling at less than 1 percent.

RCP shows Trump with a smaller but still commanding lead in the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses, leading DeSantis by 26 points.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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How To Become Famous By Delivering One Presentation

Being famous may not be your goal and it’s certainly not essential for career success.  Selective fame is all about being visible and available to your target audience — the people who will influence your success.

The most productive path to selective fame involves being a thought leader and sharing valuable content with your stakeholders. But content creation is probably the biggest stressor for those who want to grow their brand through thought-leadership. Even the most ambitious personal branders feel a sense of overwhelm when it comes to increasing visibility with their target audience. We all have way too much to do, and adding another task — like creating content and making it visible — just adds to the burden. Here’s the technique that will help lighten the load:

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Be lazy.

By that, I mean create content once and then repurpose, expand, organize and distribute it. This allows you to maximize the value of your hard work.

Here’s a detailed example of how to make it happen. Choose one brand-building activity that you’re going to implement this year. For this example, I’ll use the goal of delivering one thought-leadership presentation to your local professional association. I’ll share with you how you can build an entire annual media plan from this one activity — one that won’t fill you with a sense of dread. It will actually excite and energize you. The key is to plan in advance and schedule activities throughout the year.

Here are the three stages of the plan:

1. Prepare

Create the opportunity.

Determine where you are going to speak. Research professional associations (or internal opportunities if that makes more sense for you) — where the organization could truly benefit from your expertise. Prioritize the ones that gives you the best brand-building platform.

Choose your topic.

To make this activity deliver the most value, choose a topic that meets these criteria:

• It helps you expand your thought-leadership and express your point of view

• It is relevant to your target audience (the people who are making decisions about you)

• It has a long shelf-life (it’s not tied to current events)

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