Monday, March 31, 2014

Hand Gestures that Help Project Leadership, Dynamism, Determination, Gravitas…while also Accentuating Your Words of Action

If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you’ve probably viewed my video clip of NASDAQ’s Robert Greifeld (blog post of August 19, 2010) displaying an astonishing array of highly effective hand gestures within a mere fourteen or fifteen seconds.

To reiterate what I said in that post, I’ve never seen an executive use his or her hands in such an inspiring manner. Indeed, the wide range and sustained nature of Mr. Greifeld’s gestures enabled him to come across as very convincing, dynamic, and vigorous. They helped confer a level of cogency to his plans and actions.

Well, the short video clip below, excerpted from a recent speech by John Kerry, will further enlarge your vocabulary of hand gestures, especially on how to use fists when you want to manifest leadership, determination, firmness, or when you wish to inspire and exhort your audience.

For someone like me who is an executive coach here in Houston, video clips such as the two featuring Greifeld and Kerry are a godsend!
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Male Attire: Tip for Chinese Men (and other Similarly Light-skinned Men with Black Hair) on How to Look Sharp

Several months ago (June 30, 2013), when I wrote my first ever male attire tips exclusively for men of Chinese origin (and other similarly light-skinned men with black hair), I had promised to post, in just a few weeks, a video clip showing a Chinese man with attire that is exemplary. In short, a Chinese male wearing high contrast attire to match his high contrast face.

Well, I have one, finally, and I apologize for the inordinate delay. It shows none other than the Chinese head of state, Xi Jinping, in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Why is Mr. Jinping’s attire worthy of emulation by other Chinese men? Because his reddish tie matches one of the hues in his facial skin. This concept was discussed at length in my most recent blog post for Caucasian men (February 4, 2014). Together, the three primary elements of Mr. Jinping’s attire--the tie, shirt, and jacket--present a high contrast, as it should. Needless to say, if the Chinese president had gray hair or if he was bald, this level of contrast of his clothes would diminish the glow from his face and thus be inappropriate.

In ensuing months, I hope to post other examples of good and weak attire by Chinese men.

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