The majority of business presentations are not TED Talks, are not major product launches, are not State of the Unions. Corporations automate and simplify many processes: accounting, HR, planning. These non-critical "presentations" are the glue/oil on which corporate middle management runs. Decision making and deal making is done around endless iterations of confusing and boring PowerPoint decks because we do not have time (see the irony) or are not in the same place to communicate directly and clearly and sort things out on the spot. Asking for another version of a PowerPoint deck and a meeting next week is the most convenient form of procrastination.
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Here are 2 types of internal corporate documents and reasons why you spend too much time creating them, and the audience is spending too much time decoding them.
- Big decision trade offs. The audience wants to understand what the options are and a clear set of pros and cons (preferably quantified and comparable) to make a decision. And, yes, they want to know which option you prefer. You write endless pages with market context, general trends, project team history, description of the work, without getting to the point.
- M&A deals. Consultants produce endless amount of pages with company backgrounds, company history, description of assets. While the buy side is out to make a DCF valuation model. It needs to understand what the basic business units are, how the economics of the business work, and how to think about forecasting things in the future. Maybe you should not write down a generic business description, but instead create a document that spoon feeds assumptions for a valuation model.