Who won the 1st debate of the 2012 Presidential race? This is sure to be the topic of countless blogs, tweets and Facebook pages. So, as always, I’ll take this opportunity to point out the Physical and Emotional behavior on display. I’m less concerned with what was said during the debate than how it was actually said.
As I’ve mentioned before, the president and Governor Romney are both Emotionals. However, here’s a case where one Emotional was more of a Physical than the other. During the debate Gov. Romney came across as very commanding and in control (Physical), whereas the President seemed to be in a more responsive role (Emotional). Romney evoked emotion, while the president came across as being sarcastic at times and a smarty pants at others. His constant looking down or smiling off a comment, are all Emotional traits. If the president would have displayed more Physical behavior, Romney would have exhibited these same Emotional traits. We all possess both of these behaviors, the trick is knowing when to access each one.
I know this may seem to have little or nothing to do with the Presidential debate but this is the true debate. This is the debate that plays out in our everyday lives and not some scripted metaphor of what someone else says our lives could be through them. A person who is aware and is in control of their Physical/Emotional behavior will win every time. Knowing these two behaviors and how they operate gives you an automatic leg up on anyone you communicate with.
As humans, communicating is all that we do; so why do we spend so little time learning how to do it properly?
As to who won the debate, that of course depends on your party affiliation…