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

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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.

The Problem: 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 the multifaceted problems of today. They can't-and that's bad, because words have become our default thinking tool.

The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. It's called "Vivid Thinking."

In Dan Roam's first acclaimed book, The Back of the Napkin, he taught readers how to solve problems and sell ideas by drawing simple pictures. 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.

The Destination: No more blah-blah-blah. 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 clarify 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.


 

About Dan Roam

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DAN ROAM is founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a management consulting firm that helps businesses solve problems through visual thinking. He has brought his unique approach to clients such as Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the United States Navy, HBO, News Corp., and the United States Senate. He lectures around the world for clients and at business conferences. He lives in San Francisco.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Portfolio. 368 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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He rails against the iniquities of “blah-blah-blah”—the hopped-up pompous language that leads to complexity (which kills our ability to think), misunderstanding (which kills our ability to lead), and boredom (which kills our ability to care).

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A fantastic book, which will lead you away from miscommunication forever.

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If you have ever felt confused by what a person is saying — whether it be your boss, colleague, or even the President — or have had a hard time communicating your ideas to others, then Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work is just the book for you.

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Blah Blah Blah is divided in 13 chapters, throughout which we learn what Blah Blah Blah is and how to avoid it for good.

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New York Journal of Books

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notably Dan Roam’s previous work, The Back of the Napkin, an excellent book in its own right and Fast Company’s Best Business Book of the year, BusinessWeek’s best innovation book of the year and the London Times business creativity book of the year.

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City Book Review

Dan Roam readily admits that he believes in the “power of pictures.” Since Roam’s bestselling book The Back of the Napkin, he has wondered, ‘Why don’t more people think with pictures?’ Roam’s Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work sets out to answer that question by combining the visual...

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Seattle PI

If you have ever felt confused by what a person is saying -- whether it be your boss, colleague, or even the President -- or have had a hard time communicating your ideas to others, then Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work is just the book for you.

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