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Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don't Work

Dan Roam

The vivid combination of words and pictures can help readers think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire their colleagues, and enjoy happier lives in general. Roam's solution is to merge the best aspects of one's visual and verbal minds.

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Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 10/31/2011
Pages: 350
ISBN-13: 9781591844594
ISBN-10: 1591844592
Language: English

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November 11, 2011

Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work by Dan Roam, Portfolio, 350 pages, $29. 95, Hardcover, November 2011, ISBN 9781591844594 We’ve been fortunate to spend time with Dan Roam over the years, and his new book, Blah Blah Blah is as high-energy, insightful, and creative as he is. Blah Blah Blah is a book that may just be impossible to give justice to in a review. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 22, 2011

Over the course of this week, we will be introducing, by category, the candidates for the 2011 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Even though only one of the candidates can win the big prize, good business books deserve an audience, and perhaps one on this list will be the winning book. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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.

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