Iliescu’s nonverbal communication abilities
For a politician, mastering nonverbal communication is crucial. Many of us were wondered how Ion Iliescu managed to win so quickly the hearts (and the votes, also) of millions, and to keep, after that, huge sympathy? The answer is: because Mr. Iliescu is a master in nonverbal communication and an accomplished actor. If Oscar would have been available for politicians, he would already have won several pieces.
But let’s bring some proofs. Let’ analyze, for instance, his first speech on TV. The historic context was that people were rising against Ceausescu’s, Ceausescu’s fled by chopper – and were not yet captured, the country was in chaos, in various place various opportunists were trying to seize the power. A charismatic person was needed, a man who could provide peace, a new leader. And the new leader of Romanian politics came, with an inspiring speech.
The speech lasts 2:20 minutes and is available here:
Watch it, and feel the nonverbal fragrance of a real politician, molded by Communist Party’s school, forged in countless briefings when, with proletarian rage, was denouncing the capitalism.
In the table below, you can find excerpts from the speech, images with gestures and facials expressions, time of their production and their interpretation.