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Jeff Bezos Banned PPT in meetings...

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In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs and leaders.

In his letter, and in a recent discussion at the Forum on Leadership at the Bush Center, Bezos revealed that"narrative structure" is more effective than PowerPoint. According to Bezos, new executives are in for a culture shock in their first Amazon meetings. Instead of reading bullet points on a PowerPoint slide, everyone sits silently for about 30 minutes to read a"six-page memo that's narratively structured with real sentences, topic sentences, verbs, and nouns."https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/jeff-bezos-bans-powerpoint-in-meetings-his-replacement-is-brilliant.html?cid=cp01002fastco&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR3xwB5SxMaiLQHiD_tkqs3UzOMoR9M6mALlULcvtAQ9JNK8IUac6y0LRwA
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As per Bezos, a narrative style of presentation is more effective in conveying your message to your audience than using a bullet type PPT presentation. Bullets don't inspire. Stories do. We have to take note that every person has a different pace in understanding and absorbing information. Some prefer to see photos or videos and some are not. Not every method can cater all. There will always be less effective than the other.
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Which one do you prefer? Please share your thoughts about this.
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While I agree that storytelling is powerful, I can think of nothing more boring than reading someone's text for 6 pages and then discussing it. The point of presentations is already to tell a story. Bullet points are only meant to help the speaker remember the stories she's got to tell.
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While I agree that storytelling is powerful, I can think of nothing more boring than reading someone's text for 6 pages and then discussing it. The point of presentations is already to tell a story. Bullet points are only meant to help the speaker remember the stories she's got to tell.
Amen. I don't love PPT, but it serves a purpose. Why not have the meeting leader actually present their narrative document, or at least read aloud.
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IMO, It’s not brilliant, it’s only different, and will only work in small group meetings. A presentation to get across an idea to 20 people doesn’t lend it self to the reading of a narrative then a discussion - it just doesn’t work, I’ve tried it. At best you get one or two people dominating the conversation plus most people don’t absorb or will miss the details in a narrative.
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We need to stop holding Jeff Bezos up as some sort of genius CEO behavioral model. His company is responsible for so much wrong in this country today, from low paid workers to a market flooded with cheap plastic crap from China. I don’t care how fascinating his meetings are.
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PPT is NOT the problem. The way we use it is. Our brains are not able to read text and listen to someone at the same time (Cognitive Load Theory and Redundancy Effect). Multi-tasking doesn’t really exist for humans.
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Excellent. Reminds me of Grad School where discussions were intense and valuable because everyone in the room had read the material and had something worthwhile to say about it.
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PPT should support what your saying, not be the focus of it.
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Great idea to not rely on fancy presentations and focus on the message and information instead!
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