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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This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear.


It’s got an epic cast of characters from business, science, politics, music, technology, books, and comedy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A book that teaches visual literacy. A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others. Warren Parad Some good ideas, taking the “picture says a thousand words” to heard. 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.

It is worth for one reading but it is not a must-read. Vivid means we can better understand the complex problems of today by both talking about them and drawing them. Now he proves that Vivid Thinking is even more powerful. It’s going to require practice, but Roam’s approach has given me a structured, simple way of breaking down complex topics and serving them up as stories.

Apr 03, Andy Doyle rated it really liked it. This approach of presenting new ideas could help the presenters of new ideas to stand out and make it easy for the people to act! Return to Book Page. As soon as an idea become “vivid” we can bring it back to people – the idea is ready to change the world.


It teaches you a gra Neat little book, teaches you how to get started using pictures simple drawings as a thinking tool. Oct 30, Jay rated it really liked it Shelves: And he does it delightfully, as a storyteller. Be a vivid thinker.

Nov 22, Bchara rated it it was ok Shelves: It made bla new found enjoyment of Draw Something on my iPad blag more meaningful as I now I get to practice making words come to life with a very simple and fast drawing. The phrases “blah” I picked up this book to prepare for a speaking engagement, and I’m glad I did. Want a different approach to presentations, you need this book. The insights in Blah-Blah-Blah will help you cut through the clutter and make ideas vivid.

Aug 28, Mostafa rated it did not like it. 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. I put in only about blaah bookmarks. Thanks to Dan, I am smarter today than yesterday.

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Dan also practices this idea in the book as he walks us through his theory with a host of different characters, ranging from Einstein and Captain Sully to his old math teacher.

I was searching for a way to simplify complex ideas and make them understandable and memorable. The book was very nicely written and illustrated. In short, he shows the reader how not to be boring and explain ideas clearly and engage people.

Dan Roam, “Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work”

Ever fallen asleep during a bulletpoint presentation? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the writing of this blan Roam included many simple drawings to help illustrate concepts.

Full of lbah blah blah. 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?

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. It’s always a good thing to find an author who practices what he preaches. Jan 07, Dani Shuping rated it it was amazing.


Yet the author make it seem as if our culture is only verbal, and goes from there to expose his methods and tools as something 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.

Conclusion for this book: The third section, and the majority, of the book is on how to use vivid to improve your ideas. 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”.

Books by Dan Roam. My book introduces Vivid Thinkinga simple set of tools that help us dispel the noise, avoid the chatter, and learn to be vibrantly clear in our own thinking. I would have loved to have applied it here, but I have a few technological constraints.

Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work by Dan Roam

I’ve already blwh a difference in how I look at letters, emails, and presentations. Dan Roam has distilled visual communications into visual grammar that is smart and applicable immediately.

This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. As a writer, it also helped me realize where I can use more visual examples to get my da across. The book was short, clear, and easy to understand. I finished this book in less than a day, I was so excited by it.

That said, I can see vivid as a useful tool for summarising and communicating. Oct 21, Scott Haraburda rated it liked it.

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