July 12, 2011 / 11:44 AM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Should you lose the PowerPoint?

A powerpoint slide is shown as California Governor Jerry Brown introduces his budget proposal in Sacramento, California January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

BOSTON (Reuters) - Consider ditching the endless stream of PowerPoint presentations at your next offsite meetings, says Harvard Business Review.

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“PowerPoint is blamed for the ruination of many meetings. The offsite meeting may be at the top of that list. Offsites are long and when PowerPoint is involved it usually means hours of presentation after presentation.

But offsites should be conversations, not monologues. Next time you’re planning one, instead of asking leaders to present to the group, ask them to facilitate discussions about each other’s business.

Assign each leader an issue outside of his or her silo. Be clear that it’s not a presentation, but that they can capture ideas with white boards and flip charts.

With PowerPoint out of the way, you can focus on what the offsite is meant to do: help you solve problems together.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “The #1 Killer of Meetings (And What You Can Do About It)” by Peter Bregman.

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