Observations from Debate Two

My simple analysis based on memory 10/10/16

Well we knew it would be rough after that  press conference when handshakes were off the table and the greeting looked like your ex in-laws smiling at you.



Presentation by network affects visibility I watched PBS . Camera angle and choice of focus matter.

Other networks may have changed my views. Shop around for the view you want.

MOST of the debate was about  emotional or feeling issues and not logic issues. This  is to be expected considering the lead up and the issues at hand. I tweeted perhaps raincoats were a good choice for the front row.

From the PBS angle both appeared to try and upstage the other constantly fitting the emotional nature of debate, and seeming a lot like a high school play.

There were some memorable stills form the night.  It  just proves body language can say anything you want if you photograph it right.  Like this  Duet to Sonny and Cher’s  I got you babe.



Who won for you is likely tied tightly to your opinion going in. So here are my observations to fuel your thoughts.


Trumps body language could have been more convincing in an apology- was he believable to YOU?    Remember we study symptoms motivation takes more delving and you need more control of the conversation

Early in the debate Trump contained his energy by pacing and bracing on a chair. His focus was all external on Hillary-likely coached. Trump was most often focused on Clinton and rarely remembered to look at camera. It was evident when he did remember to look.  His face perked as he locked eyes with the camera.

Standing and anchoring are power moves Pacing doesn’t engender strength and trust .Trump needs advice from Mark Bowden

Trump was more fluid and on topic due in large part to his from the hip style and the open questioning format. He also had more packaged information this time than first debate.

Trump created what i call sacred space to allow him to focus by crossing his arms making a barrier and swaying as a release of nervous energy (adapting).

Clinton was out of her element in the open questioning format and is much better in a prepared debate style.  She slows when navigating the right words . This contrasts sharply to her prepared material and affects the viewers perception of her honesty.

When on topic and passionate about an unprepared issue Clinton’s body language was congruent and punctuated her thoughts SCOTUS is an example of such a topic.

During Trumps initial assault on the Clintons re sex scandals Hillary stood stoic no indication of shame.

Hillary didn’t anchor to the podium she has evolved tremendously in the past 12 years as a speaker

Early in the debate Clinton was focused on camera and aware of it in a way Trump was not . Later as she started to show signs of stress she focused on Trump and occasionally remembered to look at camera.

Clintons barriers and adaptors picked up in second half of debate indicating discomfort

Clinton appeared to be rattled by his “presence” something later confirmed as she was on the plane. Sounds like he got under her skin.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE…. Next Debate in 9 Days.