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Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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Dan is the founder of The Napkin Academy, the world's first online visual-thinking training program. www.napkinacademy.com
Dan has helped leaders at Microsoft, Boeing, eBay, Kraft, Gap, IBM, the US Navy, the United States Senate, and the White House solve complex problems with simple pictures.
Dan and his whiteboard have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR.
Dan's "American Health Care on the Back of a Napkin" was voted by Business Week as the world's best presentation of 2009.
Top Customer Reviews
In the first "Napkin" book, Roam suggests to his reader that one of the best ways to answer a question, solve a problem, persuade others, or to achieve another goal is to express its essence. What the French characterize as a precís. For example, formulate it as a simple drawing. You may claim that you have no skills for drawing. That's good news. Why? Roam asserts that less-sophisticated drawings have greater impact because those who see them can more easily identify with stick figures, for example, and focus more readily on the relationships suggested, such as between and among options to be considered, implications and consequences, and cause-and-effect relationships. Simple drawings accelerate both inductive and deductive reasoning.
Then in the second "Napkin" book, he reiterates three key points:
1. There is no more powerful way to discover a new idea than to draw a simple picture.
2. There is no faster way to develop and test an idea than to draw a simple picture.
3. There is no more effective way to share an idea with other people than to draw a simple picture.
In both "Napkin" books, Roam explains how to achieve these objectives by (you guessed it) drawing a series of simple pictures.Read more ›
After an intriguing introduction, Dan became draggy and the reading became a bore.
A. When I hear a noun, draw a picture.
B. When you hear an adjective of quantity, draw a chart.
C. When you hear a preposition, draw a map.
D. When you hear tense, draw a timeline.
E. When you hear a complex verb, draw a flowchart.
F. When you hear a complex sentence, draw a multivariable plot.
Dan Roam quoted 4 speeches to illustrate the importance of using Vivid framework. I followed his illustration at the outset and agreed wholeheartedly, but were lost with his conclusion that these were well presented in his concluding chapter.
1. Always lay out a comprehensive, realistic, sustainable, and scalable vision for the bulk of the company.
2. Always made our idea as clear, visceral, and memorable as we can.
3. Know who is coming. Know your audience - use the Vivid LENS (leader v doer, expert v newbie, numeric v emotional, and sympathetic and antagonistic) to decide the details to disclose.
4. There is no faster way to disarm a potentially difficult audience than to show we are aware f their concerns - and the best way to show that is to create the picture that vividly illustrate those concerns. And if our idea really is good and really is vivid, that should be enough to get them on our side.
5. A Vivid idea has everything it needs to go viral: It's simple. It's clear. It's compact.
6.Read more ›
Using a framework he calls Vivid thinking, he shows readers how to both explain and engage people around your ideas, whether they be simple or complex, subtle or sophisticated. The subtitle of the book "what to do when words won't work" belies a subtler truth: neither words nor pictures, by themselves, are enough. It's only by putting them together that we can fully engage audiences, make ourselves understood, and achieve our objectives in life.
Dan also practices what he preaches. The book is absolutely engaging from start to finish, with a cast of characters, pictures, stories and tools that all work together to deliver fresh thinking and real help for anyone who truly wants to improve their communication skills and get their ideas across in such a way that they have real impact in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this book might be designed for someone with absolutely no visual design experience. I have some experience with communicating visually and thought this book might improve... Read morePublished 1 month ago by beparticular
I liked this book very much!. It helped me to put my words to work and work fine!Published 7 months ago by Carlos Eduardo Santin Dominguez
There is nothing better than this book for communicating with others in a substantial way. It has opened my possibilities in a big way. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chavah Rochel Golden
Dan Roam has changed the way I and my team present and communicate!Published 9 months ago by Mark A Kunce
Are you suffering "Death by Powerpoint" in every meeting you go to? Having trouble getting you point across ion presentations and written work? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Edward H. Carleton
Turning words into pictures to make your point - interesting perspective on communicating more effectively.Published 15 months ago by Robert Horn
got a little boring towards the middle but his main point, using visuals instead of or along with words,
definitely works. Read more
I agree with the author about the importance of the images in the presentation of ideas, and a book about it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dr. Jose Cruz