In my day-to-day business dealings, people are surprised when they receive LaTeX-generated documents for business proposals, memos, etc. from me.
In a way, this helps me stand out from the typical slide deck crowd. The documents look smart or even a bit academic. The expectation upon seeing a LaTeX typeset document is that it is serious and ought to be read. Some folks get downright excited to read things this way and have told me that—I’ve never heard someone say that about a slide deck.
The real reason for doing this was that writing prose is much more efficient at communicating complex ideas and I write everything in org-mode. Exporting to PDF happens by converting to LaTeX format and using LaTeX to generate the PDF. Not quite “omg this person uses LaTeX for business” but close enough.
- Writing is thinking so putting effort into writing a long-form document is a heuristic for more clear thinking
- Business writing should always answer a key question and slide decks are pretty bad at this