We are scant minutes away from the opening bars of very urgent music that will signal the start of the Leaders Debate in the current Canadian election. There are six candidates and five moderators – not much hoopla compared to what’s on deck for our friends in the U.S. but it will still be a bit frantic by our standards. Sorry.
Here’s how to get the ROI in your screen time.
Turn the sound off. Watch the debate without the audio and pay particular attention to the wide shots that show as many candidates as possible. Body language often tells a different story than actual words. What do you see? Confidence or arrogance? Aggression? Bullying (you may see this in a wide shot with a person leaning forward as another leans back or shifts around)? How does that information make a difference for you?
Flip the script and close your eyes while listening to the voices. Who is always interrupting? Who never answers a question no matter what? Who sounds stiff, defensive, or uncomfortable? Is there conviction or passion in their tone when talking policy as well as leadership? Does that tell you anything? Do you believe that voice?
Take advantage of all your senses including intuition.
Remember to vote!