Non-verbal communications (NVC) or body language provides good sport for the amateur psychologist in us all and politicians are fair game at the best of times. For example, what do you make of Brown’s odd jaw movements when he speaks, as if he has to force the words out against his better judgement? Some might still prefer his more down to earth accent however to those of Cameron and Clegg.
And when it comes to using body language effectively author James Borg says that Clinton and Obama beat him hands down: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/management/article6513280.ece?print=yes&randnum=1245257891843
But back to those photo opportunities; can you tell whether or not the smiles are genuine? Try out your own skill at detecting fake smiles at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles/index.shtml
The warm weather has definitely brought out the non-verbals. Dr Mark Porter in The Times 27 April says: ” Doctors, like party leaders, must learn to control their body language – and read that of their patients”. He also offers some guidance to MPs on using NVC. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/expert_advice/article7108830.ece