At LinkedIn, we have essentially eliminated the presentation.
In lieu of that, we ask that materials that would typically have been presented during a meeting be sent out to participants at least 24 hours in advance so people can familiarize themselves with the content.
Bear in mind: Just because the material has been sent doesn’t mean it will be read. We begin each meeting by providing attendees roughly 5 to 10 minutes to read through the deck. If people have already read it, this gives them an opportunity to refresh their memory, identify areas they would like to go deeper on, or just catch up on e-mail.
Once folks have completed the reading, it’s time to open it up for discussion. There is no presentation. It’s important to stay vigilant on this point as most people who prepared the materials will reflexively begin presenting. If you are concerned about appearing insensitive by not allowing individuals who worked hard on the materials to have their moment, constructively remind the group this is a new practice that is being applied to the entire company and will benefit all meeting attendees, including the artist formerly known as The Presenter. With the presentation eliminated, the meeting can now be exclusively focused on generating a valuable discourse: Providing shared context, diving deeper on particularly cogent data and insights, and perhaps most importantly, having a meaningful debate.”
Use Slidedocs instead of Meeting Documents or Presentation Slides to Spread Your Smart Thinking
The best way to digest information is to chunk it into a digestible form using slide software.
Unlike a document, slidedocs create the flexibility to reuse small units of content. These units of insight spread readily, because all of the copy and images clearly support one unique thought.
There’s a time and a place for complex reports, proposals, and collateral. Businesses need dense documents for things like contracts, full research reports, and transcripts.
However, important information can get lost if it’s locked in a sea of prose. The slidedoc format puts this information into the hands of the people.
Make It Spreadable
Really great slidedocs—the ones where smart thinking meets informative visuals —spread like wildfire. They get picked up, reused, and re-expressed.
If you want your brilliant work populated throughout an organization, slidedocs are one of the easiest ways for your ideas to take root in every department.
The Benefits of Slidedocs for Your Audience
Space limitations force a slidedoc’s author to boil down the material to its essence. Done correctly, this makes the material more clear to the reader.
Visualized ideas help the audience “see” what you’re saying. When critical business decisions need to be made quickly, visually articulated concepts reduce the time to reach consensus.
Time savings are achieved by allowing the audience to read the material instead of listening to it be presented.
Consensus building is accomplished when people have time to discuss the material. After reading a slidedoc, people can gather to have conversations about it that create movement toward objectives.
Shorter time to understanding happens with material that’s been parsed, structured, and visualized.