• Devika Das

✅ READING BODY LANGUAGE- NOT a political post! (BBC News Image)


#POWERPOSING: Chancellor #Merkel means business, she is challenging, making eye contact, exhibiting power & stability with her hands firmly placed in front of her. Standing up and looking down at Trump she is assertive. She makes full eye contact and her head is straight. All of these indicate-assertiveness, challenging, and owning power.


#SELFSOOTHING: Trump and Abe are self soothing or comforting. They likely didn’t hear something they wanted to or the situation is making them uncomfortable. Folding arms is self-comforting more than it is blocking(A body language myth that folding arms is always blocking behavior). Here Trump is not making direct eye contact- this is blocking or showing discomfort.


#BLOCKING: John Bolton with the yellow file is protecting his ‘organs’. This is blocking the ventral side- where the organs are situated. Clearly feels threatened and feels that this could perhaps escalate.


There is more- Abe leaning backward, jaws clenched, etc. Trump's shoulder upward show discomfort too. Just a great picture to analyze body language. If interested in coached on reading people- do get in touch!


All the mouth and lips show disagreement or discomfort.


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BBC News thank you for the image.


8 HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT ME 1.NICHE AS A COACH: I am a coach and trainer specializing in psychodynamic transformations for leaders-coaching on presence, power, influence & impact. 2. BUSINESS SCHOOL PERSPECTIVE: I am a graduate of INSEAD’s Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change. My research thesis at INSEAD was on the psychodynamic study of Global Executive Presence included developing a coaching tool to enhance sustained and evolving presence in leaders. 3. GLOBAL EXPERIENCE: With twenty-plus years of global experience, I have lived and worked in India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Indonesia, China, and Hong Kong. Almost 20 years of coaching and training experience, 10 of which were in Mainland China. 4. AUTHOR: Published a book - Reflective Edge Series for senior executives that help leaders enhance self-awareness for impact, influence, presence, and power through self-awareness. The second book of the series should be available in mid-2021. 5.CONTRIBUTING TO INSEAD: I continue my engagement with INSEAD with contributions to their blog and marketing efforts. I am a learning coach for their executive program on gender diversity and inclusion. 6. HAVE A NERDY MEMBERSHIP: A member of the International Society for Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations-This keeps me academically grounded. 7.WRITE: I add insight into LinkedIn and INSEAD Business School blog, contribute to Medium and Thrive Global, and now as a Member of Forbes Coaches Council. 8.HUMAN/MOTHER/WRITER ON A JOURNEY: Love spending time with my daughters, practicing mindfulness, writing, and connecting with people.

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