Trump’s Body Language and Voice Show Genuine Compassion, Passion and Power During Republican Nominee Speech

In the past, it was said that Ronald Reagan was the “Great Communicator.” But after listening to Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as the Republican nominee, Reagan  pales in comparison. Reagan with his breathy tone, wasn’t always easy to follow as he often used  a repetitive cadence, whereby much of what he said sounded the same. The communication skills that Donald Trump showed brought realness and genuine connection to whole new level in my view.

In his acceptance speech, Trump showed us all sides of him- sides that we never saw in the past.  He came across as genuine, real, compassionate and passionate as well ,as very angry and passionate about what he perceived as going on in this country.He also gave a plan and solutions and was upfront and direct in his delivery, which made him sound very credible.

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When a lot of politicians give case histories of people they meet on the political trail and give you the person’s tragic story, too often it seems mechanical, rote, and insincere. When Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz shared these stories in the past, they sounded contrived and disconnected. But  when Trump spoke of the straight A student who was killed by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record, he was clealry moved and it was heartfelt.You sould not only hear it in his voice, you could see it in his facial expression and body language.

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WhenT rump  first entered the stage,  you could see that he was moved by daughter Ivanka’s speech and rightfully so. When he spoke of his children and how he felt about them as well as his siblings, you could feel how much he loved them, as his entire demeanor changed in terms of his facial expression and body language. There was a softness and tenderness about him.

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But when he spoke of  the issues and what he planned to do to solve the nation’s problems, there was a genuineness to what he was saying. There was no phoniness or “doubletalk” which we have heard in the  past with so many politicians. Instead, he was straight forward and relayed exactly what he would do in plain and simple terms.
One of the reasons so many have embraced Trump  is that he speaks in a way, so the masses can understand. He speaks in short phrases and often repeats words in that phrase to make a point. It is highly effective in terms of other’s understanding his message. In his acceptance speech, he  spoke from the gut as his words matched his emotions, which matched his body language. When he repeats the words and phrases he does it in a softer tone, so one feels as though he is speaking to you directly.Repetition also causes the listener to process the information better and to remember and  in the long term, remember what he said.

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Body language wise,he regularly  showed  the palms of his hands, unlike so many of the other candidates and nominees.When one speaks with their hands and shows the palms of their hands, as opposed to the back of their hands it reflects that they are being genuine in their message and honest.

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While we saw a lot of Trump anger during the debates and his fighting back at his opponent’s tooth and nail,we did not see any of that personal anger we saw during the campaign. Instead, we saw anger he expressed concerning issues he is passionate about-  police shootings and Hillary’s not being held accountable for having a private server, poor negotiation  deals with various foreign countries, government financial waste, the debt, coal miners not having jobs,  and inner city children having the education system fail them, to name a few examples.

Because  it was more focused and he took the time to explain the issues in greater detail and in a slow precise manner, everything that angered him  seemed justified as reflected by the audience at the convention. As you can see in the photo above, his body language revealed his upset through his jaw movement, which jutted forth. Another indication of his anger was the  finger pointing, which he did often throughout his speech when discussing an issue. The finger pointing  let  us know how angry he was regarding the particular issue and that he would make sure that it was stopped if he was President.

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Perhaps the most telling facial expression and body language he made during his speech  was the one seen  above. It is a sheepish look and his admitting that since he personally  knew how the system worked  as he worked the system. So who better to fix the system than him.  In sharing this, it showed he was being open, genuine  and had nothing to hide.

He also showed humility- something we had never seen before in the campaign. When he spoke of the evangelicals,he softly said he didn’t think that he deserved their support.

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When he spoke of solutions the problems he used his entire body and facial expression to be emphatic about what he was saying. He pointed and raised his head up and opened his jaw even more as he slowly said in a staccato manner, his plans for action.

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There was so many times during his speech that he looked Presidential as his shoulders were squared and his head was up. It was as though he was now  wearing his new mantle and owning it, as the Republican Presidential nominee.

He also showed that he was the consummate motivator as many came away from his speech feeling more  passionate, more energized,  and more angry at the injustices he clearly explained. That often resulted in the audience breaking out in chants, many of which he lead. His final statement resonated with the audience as you could hear a roar after he said that Hillary’s slogan is “I’m With Her.” while his slogan is ” I’m With You- the American People-I am your voice.”

Once again, this is not a political blog and I am not indicating my support of one candidate over another. As a body language and communication expert, my aim is to remain objective and report what observe and what I hear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 thoughts on “Trump’s Body Language and Voice Show Genuine Compassion, Passion and Power During Republican Nominee Speech

  1. I wish you would stop proclaiming you do not have a political agenda. Because Ms Glass, you do. There is no doubting where your political leanings lie……….all of a sudden the Trump/Republican agenda can do no wrong on your blog. No thank you.

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      1. Right on Jack, someone seems to be a sour grape Democrat who can not face reality and accept the truth. People who woke up had enough bs and double talk from Democrats and traitor GOP Senators etc who have betrayed USA for their own agenda. Trump hit grand slam homerun for those of us who are Veterans and who are awake. I don’t need comments from anti-Trump people I will either delete and block you or ignore you. Politically Incorrect Patriot Veteran

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    1. Fred, when you have the ability to completely disconnect from the outcome and look from a 30,000 foot level, the outcomes becomes very different. As an independent voter, I am not beholding to either party. Makes analysis so much easier.

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  2. “One of the reasons so many have embraced Trump is that he speaks in a way, so the masses can understand. He speaks in short phrases and often repeats words in that phrase to make a point. It is highly effective in terms of other’s understanding his message.”

    “When he repeats the words and phrases he does it in a softer tone, so one feels as though he is speaking to you directly.Repetition also causes the listener to process the information better and to remember and in the long term, remember what he said.”

    “Because it was more focused and he took the time to explain the issues in greater detail and in a slow precise manner, everything that angered him seemed justified as reflected by the audience at the convention. ”

    What does any of the above have to do with body language? That is basic technique used for writing and delivering a speech. You can stand stiff as a board and without any distinct facial expressions and use these techniques

    “There was so many times during his speech that he looked Presidential as his shoulders were squared and his head was up. It was as though he was now wearing his new mantle and owning it, as the Republican Presidential nominee.”

    I wasn’t aware that looking Presidential was a characteristic of body language.

    “He also showed that he was the consummate motivator as many came away from his speech feeling more passionate, more energized, and more angry at the injustices he clearly explained. That often resulted in the audience breaking out in chants, many of which he lead. His final statement resonated with the audience as you could hear a roar after he said that Hillary’s slogan is “I’m With Her.” while his slogan is ” I’m With You- the American People-I am your voice.””

    More body language analysis?

    “Once again, this is not a political blog and I am not indicating my support of one candidate over another. As a body language and communication expert, my aim is to remain objective and report what observe and what I hear.”

    I don’t care one way or the other who you support, but this pretense of being a-political is ludicrous. Furthermore, why didn’t you bother to respond to my comment about your analysis of Melania’s speech? Even another poster requested you do so.

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    1. Thomas, someone’s language and everything they say is a part of the body language analysis. I say “believe me” all the time when I am trying to convince my friends or family of something important. I do think that Trump’s body language towards his wife Melania is OFF and her speech was very telling of what a foreign pathetic gold digger she really is. I know that sounds mean but that IS what she is….I think Trump regrets his “trophy wife” to say the least. You do not have to be an expert to read body language and to really listen to people’s words is also not difficult. Dr. Glass does a delightful job though in my opinion. She isn’t politically motivated. She analyzed all the candidates early on and was very objective and accurate.

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  3. You know what body language really tells us? What the person being analyzed thinks of himself.

    Narcissists think they are special and can do things other people can’t do. Trump may be passionate and compassionate, but he still wants to be a demagogue.

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    1. I did comment about Melania and how she did and yes I am apolitical and anyone who knows me well can attest to that. And you may be right about being a narcissit in terms of Trump and Obama who said I 120 times during his DNC Speech.

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  4. I looked for this blog to see the reaction to how many times Donald Trump says “believe me” while talking.
    An red-flag you have pointed out in previous posts and assessments as a warning that the person is not being honest. Yet there is no mention of it, at all.
    I don’t think you are remaining as objective as you strive to be as this reads as very biased.

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  5. As an outsider looking in (Canadian) I can see how Mr. Trump would fit the role of U.S. president so much better than Mrs. Clinton. What you see is what you get with the Donald for sure and i’m betting he’ll do wonders for your country.

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  6. Compassionate? The guy who made the Miss Universe contestants parade in front of him in his own personal Hot or Not?

    Sure, he believes in what he’s saying…that’s what his body language means. It doesn’t mean he’s compassionate or any of the other things you said.

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    1. Yes he did show compassion in this particular speech. I did not analyze what he did in the Miss Universe pageant. And yes indeed compassion is one of the emotional characteristics reflected by body language. Once again this is not a political blog.

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  7. It’s so obvious that you are biased towards Trump. Compassion? Are you serious? He is a complete narcissist. There is only one thing he cares about, himself. That’s it, I’m done with this site.

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    1. She’s very defensive too when people bring this up. “Oh no, I’m not biased! I just use more favorable statements towards Trump because he’s showing more favorable behavior!”

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      1. And I will say it again as I know my own thoughts and views better than anyone because they are mine and I share them openly- I am not biased towards Trump and if you see what I wrote about Hillary and her performance at the DNC you will see that what I am saying is accurate. If I was biased I would say so as I have nothing to hide.

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    2. Thank you Allison as you are not welcome on this site with such false accusations. Only I know whether I am biased and I am not. I have nothing to hide. If I was for Trump I would say it openly just as I would say I was for Hillary. Truth be told, I am not political and neither is this blog.

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