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Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 1, 2016
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“A simple, beautiful, and important book. An absolute must-read for anyone serious about presenting and public speaking in today's world.”
—GARR REYNOLDS, author of Presentation Zen and The Naked Presenter
“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 the game 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, and now 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 your next 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 hearts and 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
About the Author
DAN ROAM is the author of the international bestseller The Back of the Napkin, the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and The Times (of London) named it the best creativity and innovation book of the year. His other books are Unfolding the Napkin and Blah Blah Blah. Dan is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems for clients such as Google, Boeing, eBay, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Senate. He lives in San Francisco.
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Just be aware that the focus of this book is not a continuation of his previous (excellent) work - it is about how to use those tools to organize thoughts in order to present. Not a bad topic for a book - but not exactly what I was expecting.
Show And Tell is a picture book itself, filled with Dan's (well, I hope they're Dan's) delightfully quirky drawings. This is a go-to resource whether you're preparing a TED talk, a local Pecha Kucha or Ignite talk, or your company's 3rd quarter outlook. I only wish Dan were at my side, narrating, as I dip back into the book for guidance. I was lucky enough to hear him on his "super secret" Webinar for pre-order buyers. His voice is calming and clear. He turns a big scary task (creating PPTs) into something doable and fun. Thank you Dan!
I know I will have to go through it multiple times to implement the ideas into my presentations .
The kindle edition needs better formatting though .
I recommend it as a book in any library .
This book explores the art and craft of creating "extraordinary" presentations, that, in the author's words "help others see what we see." To do this, we need to:
1. Tell the Truth
2. Tell it with a Story
3. Tell the Story with Pictures
Using this as a framework, the book explores how to use Truth, Story, and Pictures in presentations so they we can change our audience in some way (either their information, their abilities, their actions, or their beliefs).
Part one focuses on Truth, noting the best way to establish trust with an audience is to be honest with them. It also identifies three types of truth that can be used in presentations: intellectual, emotional, and factual. Part two focuses on storylines, and introduces 4 specific types of storylines used in effective and extraordinary presentations: the Report, the Explanation, the Pitch, and the Drama. The author presents a structural breakdown of each these types of storylines and provides a detailed example of each. Part three focuses on pictures, and how we can use them in presentations to help deliver our message. This section describes six types of pictures and how we use them to illustrate our storylines:
Portrait: Shows who and what
Chart: Shows how much
Map: Shows where
Timeline: Shows when events happen
Flowchart: Shows how events happen
Equation: Shows the moral of the story
This last part covers topics that are also addressed in the author's previous books ("THE BACK OF THE NAPKIN" and "BLAH, BLAH, BLAH" both of which I recommend), but focuses the discussion to the specific goal of how to use pictures in presentations. If you've read his other books, some of these ideas will be familiar, but this book expands on them and presents them in a different perspective.
In my current job of managing technical writers and instructional designers, the art and craft of how to explain things to an audience is one of my main focuses, and I'm always looking for new insights into the process of explanation and presentation. This book is a welcome addition to my library.
This book provides a great framework for building presentations of all types, and does so by laying out a set of basic and fairly simple tools that anyone can use effectively. And though these tools may seem simple on the surface, they offer tremendous flexibility and power in crafting presentations that effectively influence their audiences.
The book makes extensive use of illustrations, and simple and somewhat sparse use of text. Don't let this fool you into thinking that this book doesn't contain lots of valuable information. This book offers insightful ideas on every page.
I strongly recommend this to anyone who has to create and deliver presentations, including business people, teachers, and trainers.
Overall, it's a good read and I feel it's well worth your time. If you've been giving presentations for some time, you'll learn some new ways to improve your presentations. If you're new to presentations, it'll give you a good foundation to start from. But, if you're expecting an introductory book that gives detailed instructions on how to write and deliver presentations, this isn't it.