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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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It argues that our “visual mind” is better for big picture thinking than our “word mind” which suits better detailed sequential thinking and that we should use and practice drawing as a thinking tool. Finally, the short section on English grammar was torturous to get through While I like words, I know that not everyone does and a picture can be a very effective way of blag.

Lbah 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. Doing that would allow you to make your own thinking more vivid, help others to get their ideas more clear and also expose problems in a poorly presented or even malicious idea.

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If you’ve read the Back of the Napkin or Beyond the Back of the Napkin, then you’ll recognize his engaging style that mixes text with oddly compelling simple drawings. 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Return to Book Page. Welcome to the land of. A good book to understand why many meetings result in very few actionable outcomes and what to do to reverse that so that you can communicate better.


Aug 12, Jane Gadd rated it it was amazing. I like the idea of supporting any message with an image. The phrases “blah” I picked up this book to prepare for a speaking engagement, and I’m glad I did. And the way to use vivid is to use something called the vivid grammar graph: If you hear a list of objects, draw a map. Dan Roam provides an application-oriented structure to turn weakly-presented ideas into really elegant communication tools.

The insights in Blah-Blah-Blah rkam help you cut through the clutter and rooam ideas vivid. Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn’t get your work done?

No trivia or quizzes yet. Excellent re-conceptualization of his first book “Back of the Napkin”. One of the best books in the market on visual thinking and conceptualizing.

This book would be useful to anyone who routinely presents can Not bad but this book is about clear ideas without blablabla so for about pages seemed a bit long. The book makes clear how the reunion of words and pictures is our greatest ally in cutting through the noise and seeing the signal.

The book is not perfect, however. Nov 23, Tamara rated it liked it Shelves: 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 roamm.

It’s twice as long as Roaam expected or wanted. Dan Roam is the Zen Master of using simple visuals combined with compelling verbal narratives to clearly express dxn and make meaningful connections with audiences. Yet the author blahh it seem as if our culture is only verbal, and goes 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 lbah, and i did appreciate two bits of infos in the appendixes. This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah.


It’s still worth reading, in my opinion, especially if you are a person who needs to present new ideas to an audience. It weaves grammar and drawing, simplicity and impact. Dec 29, Ben Love rated it really liked it. Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear. I was searching for a way to simplify complex ideas and rkam them understandable and memorable. 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.

Neat little book, teaches you how to get started using pictures simple drawings as a thinking tool. Ean 30, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Even when I read books about mind maps and get really excited about them, they never really work for me.

See the full cast list here. A little boring, could go faster. Trivia About Blah Blah Blah: I would have loved to have applied it here, but I have a few technological constraints.

Mar 13, Jane Rain rated it liked it.


As a matter of fact, in a quick seminar last year, we were told basically the same ideas: This is a great book to help make you into a super communicator! Blah-Blah-Blah in a nutshell. I am a fan, and I really liked the overall book.

I see a possible follow-on question to the concepts in Roam’s books — dealing with unintended consequences of simplification. Dec 24, Pavlo Huk rated it really liked it Shelves: In terms of criticism, the presentation felt a little padded in some parts — saying in 5 pages what could blay said in 5 words.