PowerPoint boredom


I appreciate the way the Sun Journal editorial board blasted overuse of the technological crutch of PowerPoint in the editorial May 2.

In the presentation skills seminars I run for federal agencies and other clients around the country, I argue that the traditional use of flip charts or whiteboards encourages more interaction with the audience. On far too many occasions, I’ve witnessed PowerPoints where the bored viewers were glancing at their watches while the presenter was locked into going through every last slide, leaving little or no time for a lively question-and-answer period.

The editorial asked readers to imagine Gen. George McArthur creating PowerPoints while he rushed across Europe during World War II. That was actually Gen. George Patton. Meanwhile, Gen. Douglas MacArthur was island-hopping up the Pacific toward Japan.

Dave Griffiths, Mechanic Falls