From the debates, 10 takeaways about body language

Demeanor and vocal tone mean as much as—and arguably more than—candidates’ positions. The author, a political pundit, weighs in on why these matter in commanding authority.

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The presidential debates have been a feast for body language fans.

As a political junkie, I’ve been following them avidly and commenting on them for CNN, Forbes, and Business Insider. In the first 10 hours of debate time there were plenty of hits and misses.

Following are my 10 lessons for anyone trying to succeed in this high-stakes game—or in the business world, where attitude and demeanor are crucial:

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