Unfortunately, there is not much literacy around this topic, and this article is just one of the few about it.
Overall, the problem is about how to make a productive meeting. At Amazon, they have a unique approach for this. They think that powerpoint presentations lack pieces of information, so it can be clear for the presenter, but not for the other people in the room, so they need to stop the presentation and ask questions to go in-depth on some topic to make a better decision.
Amazon decided (since almost the beginning) to have a different approach to productive meetings, and it can be summarized in “6 pages narrative memo”. In short, instead of preparing a powerpoint presentation, the author needs to prepare a (max) 6 pages narrative where you can explain in details (and in a narrative form, not as bullet points) the reason for the meeting, all the data and all the information required to make a decision from that meeting.
As always, there are pros and cons of this approach, and it can not be used by every company, but it’s always interesting how companies approach the problem of long (and unproductive) meeting and solve it in different ways. If you know more ways to make more productive meetings please let me know, I’m always curious.