Calls to End PowerPoint are Wrongheaded

A few years ago, it was reported that Jeff Bezos banned PowerPoint from Amazon meetings. Instead of slide decks, he enforced a system of written, six-page briefs. In this format, meetings begin with a silent, half-hour reading of the briefing document. Then everyone is equally informed before the discussion begins. I actually love this idea, and I do similar exercises with my own students. Like a study hall, an obligatory silent read in a group setting ensures people will not get distracted from the most relevant content to be discussed.

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