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Gary Thornock's Weblog » When the presentation overwhelms the content
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29th Nov, 2005

When the presentation overwhelms the content


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In a column last Sunday, Paul Rolly writes about several causes that SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson supports, and the challenges he faces because of his confrontational style. Ethan at SLC Spin and Shawn at Casserole Bar have both responded, and arrived at different conclusions.

I'm going to look at the question from a third perspective, which I'll describe as "the presentation overwhelming the content".

Issues like clean air, urban open space, equal opportunities in the workplace and prevention of teenage deaths from drug overdoses are important. It's great to have politicians who, regardless of party associations or anything else, are willing to take a stand on these topics. But, there's a critical principle of effective communication that Mayor Anderson often seems to overlook: if the content of the message is important, then the presentation of the message should support the content, not distract or detract from it — and that often means that the presentation needs to be tailored to the audience.

Anderson's confrontational style not only distracts from the message, it often offends the audience. When that happens, as Rolly writes, the confrontation becomes the issue and the real issues get lost.

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