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Jeff Bezos reminds his staff that PowerPoint is forbidden in their presentations

August 26, 2020

Reading an essay is more effective, says the Amazon founder.


  • The narration is important.

  • The Bullets They don’t convey ideas.

  • Convincing anecdotes.

Don’t use PowerPoint. Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon He reminded his employees that presentations in this format are prohibited in his company. The entrepreneur says spending 30 minutes reading an essay that does not exceed six pages is more effective.

Jeff Bezos reminds his staff that PowerPoint is forbidden in their presentationsJeff Bezos reminds his staff that PowerPoint is forbidden in their presentations

The different alternatives that the employer offers his employees to propose a meeting are as follows: papers, Memos or essays maximum six pages. According to Bezos, “you don’t have to waste time listening to one person while the other is silent.”

Photo: Michael Seto | Business Insider

These statements were revealed in his annual letter to his workers. The CEO added that a narrative structure is easier to understand than simple summary ideas.

Inc.com explains why essays are a better option than PowerPoint in a presentation:

  1. As Bezos says, the narrative is important because people are more likely to remember things when told using the structure of a story.

  2. The problem with PowerPoint presentations is that they are organized in Bullets They don’t tell a story, and this isn’t the best way to get ideas across.

  3. The stories are convincing. It has happened to all of us that we associate more with a joke when someone says it is an anecdote. Through these little real-world stories, people with greater emotion connect to retain more information.

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