Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jeff Bezos on effective meetings

Jeff Bezos speaks to Charlie Rose in this 2012 interview and provides some interesting insight into how Amazon does internal meetings

Here are some key take-aways:

1. Think Complex, Speak Simple

2. No Powerpoint for meetings - "Powerpoint is easy for the presenter, hard for the audience"

3. Meetings begin with 30 minutes of silent reading and are structured around a verbose 6 page memo.
“When you have to write your ideas out in complete sentences, complete paragraphs it forces a deeper clarity.”

He also talks about the 3 big ideas the company stands for...

1) Long-term thinking 
2) Customer obsession 
3) The willingness to invent.

Watch the interview here

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