Clinton - Trump Body Language Mistakes To Avoid In Third Presidential Debate

Trump Body Language To Avoid

Trump: Body Language Mistakes To Avoid In Third Presidential Debate

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head to head in their final debate tomorrow night. The past two debates have pulled in a record number of viewers and dominated chatter on social media. There are body language lessons learned from the debates. 

A lot of people are still talking about how he followed Clinton around in last week's town hall style debate, which was like a shark deciding when to attack its prey. During the final debate, Trump will be back at a lectern, which will give him a clearly defined space. Trump is characterized as being aggressive and his finger pointing is an example of this tendency. To come across not as hostile, he should avoid finger pointing.  

During the first debate, Trump continuously drank water, adjusted his microphone and displayed a deep nasal breathing. All of these behaviors indicate stress and anxiety. To maintain his composure, Trump could squeeze his toes in his shoes to release his excess energy. 

Trump uses his hands constantly to illustrate his points. During the first debate, he tended to keep his elbows by his side, which served as a protective maneuver. It's a sign of uncertainty. Instead, he should move his arms away from his body as this is perceived as more confident. 



Clinton: Body Language Mistakes To Avoid In The Third Presidential Debate

Tomorrow night, all eyes will be on teh presidential candidates as they face off in their final debate before the election. Of course, you'll want to hear what they say. What they don't say could have a huge impact too. Their body language will reveal a lot about what they're feeling.  

Many people commented on social media about Clinton sitting while Trump talked during the most recent debate. In this context, sitting is perceived as a passive behavior, not the image of authority that Clinton should be projecting. Maintaining a height 

One of Clinton's tells during the first debate was her rapid eye blink rate, which is an uncontrollable physiological response to stress. 

When Clinton didn’t agree with Trump, her lips pursed (kiss like) or they compressed in a straight line. This was her way of showing frustration.

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Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.

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