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Another problem with PowerPoint

Looking at this photo, I realized another problem with PowerPoint: During briefings based on it, leaders don’t look at each other, they look at a screen. I suspect this is especially damaging to developing effective relationships with foreigners. People need to look each other in the eye. It’s like the first step in developing a ...

U.S. Army
U.S. Army

Looking at this photo, I realized another problem with PowerPoint: During briefings based on it, leaders don’t look at each other, they look at a screen.

I suspect this is especially damaging to developing effective relationships with foreigners. People need to look each other in the eye. It’s like the first step in developing a basis for trust. 

Looking at this photo, I realized another problem with PowerPoint: During briefings based on it, leaders don’t look at each other, they look at a screen.

I suspect this is especially damaging to developing effective relationships with foreigners. People need to look each other in the eye. It’s like the first step in developing a basis for trust. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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