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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Dec 29, Ben Love rated it really liked it.

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The tools which allow to illustrate any idea are very easy to use but powerful at the same time. Even when I read books about mind maps and get really excited about them, they never really work for me.

I am a fan, and I really liked the overall book.

It’s going to require practice, but Roam’s approach has given me a structured, simple way of breaking b,ah complex topics and serving them up as stories. Balancing the Visual and Verbal Minds Cruxcatalyst. Sep 15, Warren Parad rated it liked it.

I have no idea. If you hear a history, draw a A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.

Nov 22, Bchara rated it it was ok Shelves: I look forward to applying it at work, especially, where our presentations are rife with mind-numbing raom. Let me say that this book was exactly what I was searching for.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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! 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. The idea is that by using both halves of the brain, we can see connections and communicate more clearly than we can without only words or with only images.


As soon as an idea become “vivid” we can bring it back to people – the idea is ready to change the world. A fantastic book for business people or educators alike!

This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. For leaders, managers, educators, salespeople, students, politicians, and markets, it has never been more important to be vividly clear. This book would be a poor fit for readers looking to be told specifically what to do. Thanks to Dan, I am smarter today than yesterday. 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.


BTW, I only noticed one footnote with its own drawing. This book would be useful to anyone who routinely presents information: As a matter of fact, in a quick seminar last year, we were told basically the same ideas: Lists with This Book. 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. Dec 24, Pavlo Huk rated it really liked it Shelves: Does the book find suitable places to work its magic in a high school environment?


We have to make more increasingly complex ideas more clear, more quickly and more persuasively than ever, to more audiences who are more informed and have more access to more information than ever. 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. A book that teaches visual literacy. His thoughts about to create new ideas was a little intriguing, but regrettably he never went into it in more details.

Finally, the short section on English grammar was torturous to get through The tools in this book show us exactly how to do both. The author makes a case for communicating with pictures and words instead of just words. Yet the author make 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 well, and i did appreciate two bits of infos in the appendixes.

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I give the book 5 out of 5 stars.