Why Jeff Bezos makes Amazon execs read 6-page memos at the start of each meeting


Jeff Bezos reveals that company execs “don’t do PowerPoint” or any other slide-oriented presentations. Instead, “Amazonians” create six-page narrative memos that are read at the beginning of each meeting.

The memo is supposed to create the context for what will then be a good discussion. Amazon has long prioritized memos over PowerPoint and in a 2004 email to his team, Bezos broke down his thought process:

“The reason writing a ‘good’ four page memo is harder than ‘writing’ a 20-page PowerPoint is because the narrative structure of a good memo forces better thought and better understanding of what’s more important than what.”


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