Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Dan Roam is the author of The Back of the Napkin, which was Fast Company’s Best Business Book of the Year and. Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work by Dan Roam book review. Click to read the full review of Blah Blah Blah: What to Do. Blah Blah Blah – Dan Roam. The one-sentence summary. Words on their own often fail to communicate sufficiently, so try combining them.
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Return to Book Page. Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn’t get your work done? Ever fallen asleep during a bulletpoint presentation? Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less?
Welcome to the land of Blah Blah Blah. 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 th Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn’t get your work done?
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. This book blaj a way out of blah-blah-blah. It’s called “Vivid Thinking.
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. 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 ran 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. Hardcoverpages. Published November 1st by Portfolio first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blah Blah Blahplease sign up.
Does the book find suitable places to work its magic in a high school environment? See 1 question about Blah Blah Blah…. Lists with This Book. Nov 23, Tamara rated it liked it Shelves: A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.
I found this one to be much better than The Back of the Napkin by the same author. Seuss on page The six different types of pictures for verbal grammar: If you hear a name, ean a portrait. If you hear a number, draw a chart.
If you hear a list of objects, draw a map. If you hear a history, draw a A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.
If you hear a history, draw a timeline. If you hear a sequence, draw a roa. If you hear a “stew” of facts, draw a multivariable plot. When we polish our slides to a high finish, we leave our audience with nothing left to add.
Since they can’t evolve the idea in their own minds [i. Nov 29, C. Spencer Reynolds rated it it was amazing. While reading this book I really got clear on the need to draw little drawings as I talk with people to make the ideas vivid and understandable on many different levels.
It made my new found enjoyment of Draw Something on my iPad even more meaningful as I now I get to practice making words come to life with a very simple and fast drawing. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to business people that communicate to make a living, sounds a little blab broad, but it really is worth reading! Aug 28, Mostafa rated it did not like it.
Full of blah blah blah. Dec 24, Pavlo Huk rated it really liked it Shelves: Blah Blah Blah is basically a book on how to balance writing with visuals for better communication.
I like taking photos but I express myself much better in words than pictures. Even when I read books about mind maps and get really excited about them, they never really work for me. The land of Blah Blah Blah is a land where words are boring, foggy, or even misleading. Now what is vivid? Basically using words to illustrate words. The idea is that by blwh both halves of the brain, we can see connections and communicate more clearly than we can without only words or with only images.
And the way to use vivid is to use something called the vivid grammar graph: In the vivid grammar graph, people are represented by portraits, numbers by charts, positions by maps, tense by timelines, interactions by flowcharts and reasons by multivariable plots.
The third section, and the majority, of the book is on how to use vivid to improve your ideas. The book was very nicely written and illustrated. But is it a method suitable for me? I have no idea. That said, I can see vivid as a useful tool for summarising and communicating. While I like words, I know that not everyone does and a picture can be a very effective way of communicating. This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile Mar 13, Jane Rain rated it liked it.
Not bad but this book is about clear ideas without blablabla so for about pages seemed a bit long. I put in only about 5 bookmarks. It is worth for one reading but it is not a must-read. Oct 30, Jay rated it really liked it Shelves: Excellent re-conceptualization of his first book “Back of the Napkin”. Roam simplifies the concepts presented in that book while adding back in “the other half” of the tools used to present information — words. While I found “Napkin” valuable in work I was doing as I read it, I feel this book provides a more basic and more usable and memorable way to embed these concepts showing and telling into my presentations.
In the writing of this book Roam included many simple drawings to help illustrat Excellent re-conceptualization of his first book “Back of the Napkin”. In the writing of this book Roam included many simple drawings to help illustrate concepts. I believe because the drawings were simple the verbiage tended to be simple as well. Roam had more than this to tell and he resorted to including many, many footnotes along with a few pages of endnotes.
I found this an interesting by-product that will also need to be taken into account when giving presentations. BTW, I only noticed one footnote with its own drawing. I see a possible follow-on question to the concepts in Roam’s books — dealing with unintended consequences of simplification. This approach leans heavily on using analogies, and while they may illustrate the point, the audience can take the analogy beyond its intended purpose, no matter the analogy. I’d be interested in seeing Roam talk about how to control how the audience expands concepts beyond their purpose, as that seems to happen often and it can hijack an otherwise good presentation.
View all 4 comments. Nov 22, Bchara rated it it was ok Shelves: I do not want to sound ungrateful, this book was a rather good read, easy and fun, i learned many facts and book references as well, and i did appreciate two bits of infos in the appendixes.
But, it seems to me the author have started by creating a problem, or at least exaggerating it, where there was almost no problem. At least, how i see it, pictures ARE already involved everywhere. Charts, maps, graphs, are all over there. Yet the author make it seem as if our culture is only verbal, and goes I do not want to sound ungrateful, this ddan was a rather good read, easy and boah, i learned many facts and book references as well, and i did appreciate two bits of infos in the appendixes.
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Yet the author make it seem as if our culture is only verbal, and goes from there to expose his methods and tools as roa totally new, using original names for his tools Forest, blahblahblah meter, etc So, and again, on a personal level, the book’s real help to me was way less than what the book wants me to think.
As a matter of fact, in a quick seminar last year, we were told basically the same ideas: This book is a good way to remember these thoughts, but it’s message could have been said in lot less of words itself. One thing intrigued me though: Jun 11, Aaron Bolin rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book actually delivers on the title promise. Dan Roam provides an application-oriented structure to turn weakly-presented ideas into really elegant communication tools.