Books by Dan Roam
The Problem: We talk so much that we don't think very well. Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse the multifaceted problems of today. They can't-and that's bad, because words have become our default thinking tool.
The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. It's called "Vivid Thinking."
In Dan Roam's first acclaimed book, "The Back of the Napkin," he taught readers how to solve problems and sell ideas by drawing simple pictures. Now he proves that Vivid Thinking is even more powerful. This technique combines our verbal and visual minds so that we can think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire our colleagues, and enjoy and share ideas in a whole new way.
The Destination: No more blah-blah-blah. Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear. Whether trying to understand a Harvard Business School class, or what went down in the Conan versus Leno battle for late-night TV, or what Einstein thought about relativity, Vivid Thinking provides a way to clarify anything.
Through dozens of guided examples, Roam proves that anyone can apply this systematic approach, from leftbrain types who hate to draw to right-brainers who hate to write. This isn't just a book about improving communications, presentations, and ideation; it's about removing the blah-blah- blah from your life for good.
Thirty-two thousand years ago, your many-times-great-grandparents Oog and Aag drew pictures on the wall of a cave. They had an innate need to communicate, but no written language. So they found an easy and natural way to share their thoughts and stories.
Today, after so many years when speaking and writing dominated, we're back in another highly visual age. About 90 percent of everything shared online is now visual selfies, GIFs, smartphone videos, and more. This explosion of communication through pictures isn't a millenial-driven fad; it's as natural as those lines first drawn by Oog and Aag. Just turbo-charged by the latest technology.
And yet over the past twenty years, as I've taught people from Fortune 500 CE0s to White House staffers how to harness the power of imagery, the biggest objection I've always heard is, "But I can't draw!" Trust me, you can. You don't need to be da Vinci to be an outstanding visual thinker and communicator. The most effective drawings are the simplest, and you can get good at those in three minutes. In this little book, I'll teach you how to use seven basic shapes to explain just about anything to just about anyone.
If you've read my previous books, you'll see one or two familiar tools here, along with a bunch of new tools you can start using right away.
If you're new to my approach welcome! Get ready to work smarter, communicate more clearly, and get better at whatever you do, just by picking up a pen.
Get ready to draw to win."
For the vast majority of us, giving a presentation isan extremely difficult and nerve-wracking process, whetherwe re in a one-on-one meeting, a conference room with adozen strangers, or a lecture hall in front of thousands.
But according to Dan Roam, the visual communicationsexpert and acclaimed author of" The Back of the Napkin," itdoesn t have to be so hard. We struggle when we forget thebasic steps we learned in kindergarten: show and tell.
In this short but powerful book, Roam introduces a newset of tools for making extraordinary presentations in anysetting. He also draws on ideas he s been honing for morethan two decades, as an award-winning presenter who hasbrought his whiteboard everywhere from Fortune 500 companiesto tiny startups to the White House.
Even if you re already a good speaker, you ll learn moreabout understanding your audience, organizing your content, building a clear storyline, creating effective visuals, and channeling your fear into fun. And you ll master threefundamental rules:
When we tell the truth, we connect with ouraudience, we become passionate, and wefind self-confidence.
When we tell a story, we make complex conceptsclear, we make ideas unforgettable, and we include everyone.
When we use pictures, people see exactly what we mean, we captivate our audience smind, and we banish boredom.
From nailing the opening to leaving a lasting impression, you ll soon be able to give the performance of a lifetime . . .time after time."
For the vast majority of us, giving a presentation is an extremely difficult and nerve-wracking process, whether we're in a one-on-one meeting, a conference room with a dozen strangers, or a lecture hall in front of thousands.
But according to Dan Roam, the visual communications expert and acclaimed author of" The Back of the Napkin," it doesn't have to be so hard. We struggle when we forget the basic steps we learned in kindergarten: show and tell.
In this short but powerful book, Roam introduces a new set of tools for making extraordinary presentations in any setting. He also draws on ideas he's been honing for more than two decades, as an award-winning presenter who has brought his whiteboard everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to tiny startups to the White House.
Even if you're already a good speaker, you'll learn more about understanding your audience, organizing your content, building a clear storyline, creating effective visuals, and channeling your fear into fun. And you'll master three fundamental rules:
- When we tell the truth, we connect with our audience, we become passionate, and we find self-confidence.
- When we tell a story, we make complex concepts clear, we make ideas unforgettable, and we include everyone.
- When we use pictures, people see exactly what we mean, we captivate our audience's mind, and we banish boredom.
From nailing the opening to leaving a lasting impression, you'll soon be able to give the performance of a lifetime . . . time after time.
Dan Roam's "The Back of the Napkin," a "BusinessWeek" bestseller, taught readers the power of brainstorming and communicating with pictures. It presented a new and exciting way to solve all kinds of problems-from the boardroom to the sales floor to the cubicle jungle.
The companion workbook, "Unfolding the Napkin," helps readers put Roam's principles into practice with step-by-step guidelines. It's filled with detailed case studies, guided do-it-yourself exercises, and plenty of blank space for drawing. Roam structured the book as a complete four-day visual-thinking seminar, taking readers step-by-step from "I can't draw" to "Here is the picture I drew that I think will save the world."
The workbook teaches readers how to:
-Improve their three "built-in" visual problem solving tools.
-Apply the four-step visual thinking process (look-see-imagine-show) in any business situation.
-Instantly improve their visual imaginations.
-Learn how to recognize the type of problem to choose the best visual solution.
If "The Back of the Napkin" was a guide to fine dining, "Unfolding the Napkin" is the cookbook that will soon be heavily marked up and dogeared.