Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations
By Dan Roam
--Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work For the vast majority of us, giving a presentation is an extremely difficult and nerve-racking 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 intro-duces 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 start-ups 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 story line, 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 perfor-mance of a lifetime--time after time.
This deceptively simple little book is a must-read for both seasoned presenters and novices. For the veterans, it's a fabulous way to assess, fine-tune, and enhance what you think you already know. And if you're new at thegame of presentations, it's an elegant and inspiring instruction manual on how to get going.
DAVID ALLEN, author of "Getting Things Done"
Dan brings us a playful-but-profound book, distilling the craft of storytelling down into its most essential elements.Read this and find new ways to make your stories sing. TOM KELLEY, co-author of" Creative Confidence"
Dan Roam is a master of communicating with pictures and words, together. I've stolen truckloads from him, andnow you can, too. AUSTIN KLEON, author of "Steal Like an Artist "and "Show Your Work"
Roam has developed simple, memorable tools that will help you build compelling content and visuals for yournext presentation. NANCY DUARTE, author of" slide: ology" and" Resonate"
Whether you present on stage, in the boardroom, or in the classroom, this book is your bible for touching heartsand minds.
EKATERINA WALTER, bestselling author of "Think Like Zuck "and "The Power of Visual Storytelling"
This is beyond a business book. This is a human book, one that is smart, valuable, full of pictures, and full of truth.
SUNNI BROWN, author of "The Doodle Revolution"
As clear and succinct of a guide to better presentations as you ll ever find!
GUY KAWASAKI, author of" Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur""
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