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By all accounts, President Barack Obama needs to overcome a lackluster performance in the first debate. But he has to strike a balance. So does Mitt Romney.
The first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney grabbed a huge audience.
Metro Atlanta voters say they'll be watching on Tuesday, especially to see if the President makes a debate comeback.
"I just thought his energy level was low and he didn't seem too exicted to be there, and I think he made a mistake," said Jane Mohler.
"I'm just looking to get a better understanding of their positions – what each candidate is really about. Given that I haven't really been watching it, this will give me an opportunity to see what they're talking about," said Angela Frazier.
The candidates will address an audience of uncommitted voters. It'll be a more personal setting than the first debate.
Body language expert Patti Wood said that the President has shown he can play off an audience's energy.
"And he actually has the ability, historically, to set that energy in motion, and be the cook and the chef and say ‘This is what it's going to be like.' I'm looking to see if he can do that," said Wood.
She says that this time, President Barack Obama should look at Romney when the former governor is speaking. She said that he can make faces to express displeasure or disagreement.
"I would prefer that than his disengagement as last time, as if it wasn't worth his time," Wood said.
While Romney won points last time for his energy and command, Wood says the Republican should avoid being seen as too aggressive in this second round.
"He, in that last debate, was using a lot of sweeping, powerful gestures that were symbolic weapons. He's going to have to pull that back in a little bit," Wood.
Since the President and Romney won't be tied to a podium or table, body language could play an even more important role in this debate as the candidates interact with the audience and each other.
Originally published: Oct 16, 2012 - 8:46 am
PHOENIX -- Candidates could reveal a lot not by what they say, but rather what they show.
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October 1, 2012
Patti Wood, CSP, is the expert, and since 1982 she has conducted workshops and delivered keynote speeches on body language (visit pattiwood.net for details). Her newest book is Snap -- Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma (New World Library). As Wood showed the staffs at Affinia's properties (in New York City, Miami and Washington, D.C.), people fall into four categories in the way they express themselves physically.
Drivers. "These are people who walk very quickly, head down, always in a rush," says Wood. "They want to be served right away and with no nonsense. I advise staff to match their pace, speak up and get the job done."
Influencers. "They are very upbeat, smiling, like to get close physically, are engaging and want to be engaged. Hotel staff should smile back, stand close, keep eye contact and be ready to laugh at an amusing story."
Critiquers. "These are very analytical people, puzzle solvers. They tend to be quiet, want to do the right thing and expect everyone else to, as well. They know all about coupons and discounts, so you should, too. You likely need to ask specific questions to meet their needs."
Supporters. "They want to feel loved, are shy and take things slower than others. Be extra polite and empathetic, and present a warm aura that says 'welcome home.'"
Wood also notes different physical approaches to take with the sexes. "I point out to front-desk personnel that to assist a male guest, it helps to come out from behind the counter and stand beside him to figure out a solution as a teammate; with women, it's more effective to stay put, go face-to-face and, if need be, say, ‚'Let me look at my screen here for the answer,' which in effect asks for permission to disengage for a moment."
Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com. Also check out Patti's YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/user/bodylanguageexpert.