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Jeff Bezos banned PowerPoint presentations at Amazon meetings. Here’s what replaced themND
Robert Glazer, Forbes, Wednesday August 22 2018
Instead of reading bullet points on a projector screen, Amazon employees have recently started reading memos setting the tone of the meeting before anyone actually starts talking. Sounds crazy right? I decided to try it out in my organisation, and here are the top five benefits we have seen so far. First, efficiency. The memos give people a chance to get up to speed on a topic in advance, meaning we can hit the ground running. Next, better questions and discussions. Since everyone now starts with the same information and has time to process it, questions are a lot deeper and more thought-provoking, which makes the discussion more robust. Third, a more level playing field. Using memos gives all participants a chance to be heard and to share their thinking clearly, which makes it more likely that the best ideas and thinking will surface. Fourth, strategic thinking. While a PowerPoint slide can list facts and figures, a memo requires deep thinking and a narrative, and writers have to really make their case. And finally, memos provide a historical record of ideas and decisions. If anyone misses a meeting, the memo is available to provide background and context. These memos also serve as a record of the reasoning behind decisions over time.
For the full breakdown see: www.forbes.com