Those of you who regularly read my blogs know that unlike many of my body language colleages, I am not politically motivated and not herald any party line. I merely report my observations.
At the Republican Convention, Mitt Romney gave the speech of his life. We have never before seen Mitt Romney this articulate, passionate, enthusiastic, compassionate, emotional or clearer in his message.
It was not a message of hate towards his opponent. In fact he said he wished Obama hadn’t failed. There was no animosity towards Obama in his tones.
Usually Romney speaks in a boring monotone that tends to trail off at the end. But that was not the case as he spoke at the convention. He was the complete opposite with inflected tones where there was an ebb and flow to his voice. He was easy to listen to. He was not boring. In fact he was captivating as his voice went from soft to loud and higher to lower pitch. He paused significantly to make key points.
There was an enthusiasm and a passion as he discussed what he would do if he was elected President as he outlined his five step program and said he would create 12 million new jobs.
We saw a side of him that we never saw before. On the campaign trail Romney has come across as weak and clinical in his discussions of what American’s want.
But in this speech, he came across as caring and compassionate. For the first time really spoke to the people in a genuine and casual manner.
He was also emotional and is eyes welled up and there was a crack in his voice s he spoke of his dad and of his mother. One got the sense that he really loved and missed his now deceased parents. One also got the sense of how big an influence his mother was in his life as he sais she would be proud of all the Republican women in politics.
His tone turned to that of cheerleader as he loudly relayed that his wife, even though she was a housewife to his five kids could have done anything in her life.
Romney really let the public in as he told us about himself in a very genuine, folksy, humble way
The best thing I appreciated throughout his speech was that he was genuine with his emotions and with his body language.
There is nothing that irks me more than to see a politician doing the phony and lame pressing of their thumb against their index and pointer finger when they speak to an audience and want to point.
In fact Paul Ryan did it the night before Romney spoke and it was annoying.
Back in the Kennedy era, JFK was very conscious of image and public perception so he hired a speech coach to help him prepare for all of his public appearances, many of which were televised.That speech coach came up with that lame gesture which has turned up with every President except Johnson like a bad penny.
George Bush (Sr. and Jr. did it) Clinton did it, and Obama does it.
It is annoying and contrived and is apassive aggressive gesture. The President and other politicians want to point to get their emotion across , yet they waters it down with the lame political gesture.
But in his speech, Romney did not do the phony gesture. At the end of his speech he pointed. That was genuine emotion . In fact, he was the only politician I have ever seen who actually pointed to the audience whereby he expressed his true feelings and passion and was refreshing to see.
Romney has clearly shown through his performance at the Republican Convention that he is indeed a formidable candidate that exudes warmth and a leadership presence. Like Obama, he is also likable candidate based on how he came across.At least they are on the same level playing field from a communication standpoint.
Now Romney needs to continue using that warm and genuine and inflected tone filled with emotion and enthusiasm from now on as he continues his campaign against Obama which will help him attract additional voters.