As of Labor Day, 2015, Donald Trump has turned the world upside down and has had every political pundit from coast to coast scratching their heads while trying to think of something intelligent to say. At best, they will work to recover from all of the previous prognosticating gone awry. But, unfortunately, the truth is, none of them know what they are talking about when it comes to Donald J. Trump.
Two days after Trump blasted John McCain with his remarks about his “War Hero” status, I posted on Facebook, “Trump’s numbers will go up by the end of the week, and he’ll gain the support of many veterans.” That’s what happened. On August the 6th, the night of the first GOP debate, I posted on Facebook, “Trump’s numbers will go up after tonight.
They did. The night of the debate, after Trump had said he would not rule out a third-party run, and after he had locked horns with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, and, after nearly every political commentator from every network was predicting doom and gloom for Trump, again, I posted on Facebook, “Nothing that happened tonight will hurt him, and his popularity will increase.” It did. There have been other posts I have made where I have predicted how a given event or incident would impact Trump. I have been right, every time.
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I will eventually reveal precisely how I have been making accurate predictions when none of the guys who do it for a living have been able to. For now, though, I want to talk about one of the things that give Donald Trump the powerful presence that he is known for. In 2008 I started getting calls from Fox News, The Early Show, MTV, The Bill Cunningham Show, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, asking me for my insights and comments on human behavior and nonverbal communication, or body language. The requests are usually for a body language analysis of a celebrity or political figure.
While most media world focuses on what people say, others are interested in communicating with their gestures, facial expressions, and posture. Whether it aligns with the words, they are saying. Unfortunately, a seemingly small thing can have a monstrous outcome on how a person is perceived when it comes to body language.
People who have been on the other side of the table in negotiations with Trump talk about how intimidating it was. For example, clay Aiken-who was on Celebrity Apprentice-said this about Trump: “Being in front of Trump is more intimidating than (being in front of Cowell).” In this article, I aim to isolate one of the things central to Donald’s presence that plays a big part in his “Intimidation Factor.
When is the last time you saw Donald Trump smile? Think about that question for a moment. Then, take some time, watch some video clips of the other Presidential candidates, and notice how often they smile. They intentionally smile. It’s been a part of their conditioning in the world of politics. Yet, when you watch Trump, you won’t see it; even when he says or responds to something funny, the most you will usually see is a twinkle in his eye, but a full-blown smile you won’t find.