It’s not unheard of for world leaders to use multimedia or props when giving a presentation at the United Nations (UN) in New York. In the past the Assembly has heard presentations from the likes of US Ambassadors Adlai Stevenson and Jeane Kirkpatrick and Secretary of State Colin Powell. The first two presentations were devastatingly good. Colin Powell’s presentation at the UN prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq was not so effective. And so the UN presentation by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fits into a neat continuity of UN presentations bolstered by props and multimedia. The Bibi UN presentation was definitely different, however.
In his presentation to the UN this week he deployed a cartoon-like drawing of a bomb. The drawing was annotated:
1st Stage, 2nd Stage and Final Stage
Then, with a red marker pen the Prime Minister drew a line between the second stage and the final stage. That indicated the 90% progress made by Iran with their nuclear bomb capability.
It worked. So, Bibi’s bomb has become a talking point. Such a simple device in his presentation made the assembled diplomats sit up and take notice. It also caught the attention of the world’s media.
But, the Prime Minister is no stranger to using graphics in his presentations. He used them to show the complexities of national debt when he was Israel’s finance minister
A while ago he used a tablet computer, hooked up to a screen, to illustrate his government’s achievements. Neat.
It’s simple and effective presenting and it seems to work. Perhaps he’s passed on tips to Prime Minister Modi with his style of government by PowerPoint.
It’s always good to spend time with your presentation material planning. Not least because you can be so effective with the right choice of materials and/ or props.
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