Business / Communication / Leadership / Words / Writing / August 19, 2013

Jeff Bezos, Powerpoint, and Why Writing Matters.

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill has an interesting and though provoking article today over Philanthropy Daily on why Jeff Bezos has forbidden Powerpoint presentations at Amazon. Even more interesting, though, is his alternative requirement for presentations. Apparently well-written communication matters. Who knew?


You’ve been there too-—the really, truly awful PowerPoint presentation that makes you want to run screaming from the room.

More than a decade ago, it was estimated that 30 million PowerPoint presentations were given each day—the number must be much higher today.

Just think of how many millions of hours are spent every day sitting through truly terrible PowerPoint presentations.

So it’s noteworthy that Amazon founder—and new Washington Post owner­­—Jeff Bezos’ proscribes PowerPoint presentations at Amazon.Bezos instead requires that employees compose 6-page narrative memos, and he starts meetings with quiet reading periods—“study halls”—in which everyone reads the memo from beginning to end.

So the company that is devoted to helping customers do things quick-quick-quick—“1-click ordering,” same-day delivery, the instant download—creates an environment where employees take the time to write and think slowly.

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Read the full article HERE. 




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