Certain "codes" – at work – are more like laws:
Wait a minute. Where did that last one come from? Why do we do this? When did this happen? Especially when we know slides are one of the least effective ways to communicate an idea. What is it about business culture that pressures us into devaluing ourselves and our work? If we wanted to feel less valuable at work, we could get there much faster by sleeping with our coworkers and skipping spell check.
At Campfire, our clients ask us one question quite frequently: "Is it ever okay to do a deck?" And while there are many ways to answer that question, our cultural code is built on the premise that ineffective presentations are the enemy, so it's rare we recommend one. However, sometimes the difference between being noticed and being overlooked is a handful of slides. Provided, of course, you have a firm handle on the 4 criteria that comprise a successful persuasion:
Would you sleep with your coworkers? Hope not. Would you forget spell check? Nope. Are you genetically wired to prepare slides before thinking entirely through the opportunity at hand? You bet. So we created a decision guide to make it easier to break the cycle. Because you're bigger than your slides. It's about time you acted like it.
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