Adios, PowerPoint. This Simple Document Template Makes Meetings Shorter, Sweeter, and Smarter

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Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey have banned PowerPoint; here’s what they use instead.

Jeff Bezos and Jack Dorsey are among the highly-successful CEOs who’ve banned PowerPoint, electing instead to start meetings with participants silently reading a hardcopy document (aka a “briefing document”).

As I explained in a previous post, replacing PowerPoint presentations with hardcopy briefing documents is an incredible time saver and productivity boost, so much so that banning PowerPoint might be the smartest thing a leader can do.

What I didn’t provide, however, was a template for a briefing document and that’s the point of this post. After reading this post, you will be able, with a little practice, be able to create a briefing document that will quickly drive your meeting exactly where you want it to go.

I’ll start with the template, then give an example, and then explain exactly why the briefing document makes the meeting shorter and smarter. I’ll start with the template, then give an example, and then explain why the briefing document is so much more effective than PowerPoint.

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