Romney’s PowerPoint Health Care Tonic for the Nation

By Andrew Ivey | Presentations

May 23
Mitt Romney's PowerPoint presentation

Mitt Romney's use of PowerPoint divides his audience.

We’ve noted before that our politicians aren’t tempted to inflict PowerPoint presentations upon us. Most of us think that’s a good thing.

But there’s always an exception to the rule. In this case it’s Mitt Romney a likely challenger for the 2012 Presidential Elections in the USA. The former Governor of Massachusetts is no stranger to PowerPoint controversy. He’s reputed to have used PowerPoint extensively when he was Governor between 2003 and 2007. And he’s certainly known to use PowerPoint presentations to organise his various campaigns, deploy resources and brief his team.

So what’s the big deal?

He’s been caught out again with his use of PowerPoint. His Michigan presentation this week was on the subject of healthcare. Now I’m no expert in the field but I sense he’s opposed to the current Administrations plans. That’s the easy bit.

But his PowerPoint presentation does his argument no favours. The presentation is crammed with bullet points and bullet lists. It’s full of near-meaningless diagrams and matrices drawn up by consultants. And the size of the text makes much of the material non-readable…especially to a health care novice.

And my favourite PowerPoint slide in this deck? Slide 12. It’s a masterpiece of impenetrability. A fortress of obscurity of which Bin Laden would have been proud.

I prefer a stump speech any day. Reducing the context of  everyday political debate to a PowerPoint presentation misses the life and reality that is the democratic process.

Let’s hope this health care development isn’t contagious.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+