Mastering Your Body Language in a TV Interview as you run for office. How to use your body language to enhance your appeal, and avoid mistakes that will offend your TV audience.

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Today in TV interview Tips part III, I talk about body language-how to ensure that the way you sit and gesture does not detract from your message, but instead enhances what you have to say.

1. We’ll start with the way you sit. Look at your host, not the TV camera. Cross your legs toward the host, not away from the host. To do otherwise makes you look rude.

2. Do not sit back in your chair. That makes you look disinterested. Lean forward toward the host. That makes you look engaged and interesting.

3. Do not point when making a point. That makes you look threatening. If you have a point to make hold your fingers together.

4. Gestures are great, but keep them close to your body. Do this, and it will look like you are having an argument. When you gesture, keep your palms up.

5. Do not put your hands in front of your face. That is distracting. Keep your hands at or below chest level.

6. When you smile, smile with your eyes. It makes you more likeable.

I’ll be back soon with some more tips about running for office.

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In case you missed it:

How to Run for Office: Preparing for a Newspaper Interview

How to Run for Office- Preparing for a Talk Radio Interview

How to do a TV Interview in a Political Campaign – Part. I

How to Run for Office: TV Interview Prep-II: The Day Before

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