—Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work
For the vast majority of us, giving a presentation is an extremely difficult and nerve-racking process, whether we’re in a one-on-one meeting, a conference room with a dozen strangers, or a lecture hall in front of thousands.
But according to Dan Roam, the visual communications expert and acclaimed author of The Back of the Napkin, it doesn’t have to be so hard. We struggle when we forget the basic steps we learned in kindergarten: show and tell.
In this short but powerful book, Roam introduces a new set of tools for making extraordinary presentations in any setting. He also draws on ideas he’s been honing for more than two decades, as an award-winning presenter who has brought his whiteboard everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to tiny start-ups to the White House.
Even if you’re already a good speaker, you’ll learn more about understanding your audience, organizing your content, building a clear story line, creating effective visuals, and channeling your fear into fun. And you’ll master three fundamental rules:
· When we tell the truth, we connect with our audience, we become passionate, and we find self-confidence.
· When we tell a story, we make complex concepts clear, we make ideas unforgettable, and we include everyone.
· When we use pictures, people see exactly what we mean, we captivate our audience’s mind, and we banish boredom.
From nailing the opening to leaving a lasting impression, you’ll soon be able to give the performance of a lifetime—time after time.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
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What People are Saying About This
“A simple, beautiful, and important book. An absolute must-read for anyone serious about presenting and public speaking in today's world.”
—GARR REYNOLDS, author of Presentation Zen and The Naked Presenter
“This deceptively simple little book is a must-read for both seasoned presenters and novices. For the veterans, it's a fabulous way to assess, fine-tune, and enhance what you think you already know. And if you're new at the game of presentations, it's an elegant and inspiring instruction manual on how to get going.”
—DAVID ALLEN, author of Getting Things Done
“Dan brings us a playful-but-profound book, distilling the craft of storytelling down into its most essential elements. Read this and find new ways to make your stories sing.”
—TOM KELLEY, co-author of Creative Confidence
“Dan Roam is a master of communicating with pictures and words, together. I've stolen truckloads from him, and now you can, too.”
—AUSTIN KLEON, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work
“Roam has developed simple, memorable tools that will help you build compelling content and visuals for your next presentation.”
—NANCY DUARTE, author of slide:ology and Resonate
“Whether you present on stage, in the boardroom, or in the classroom, this book is your bible for touching hearts and minds.”
—EKATERINA WALTER, bestselling author of Think Like Zuck and The Power of Visual Storytelling
“This is beyond a ‘business’ book. This is a human book, one that is smart, valuable, full of pictures, and full of truth.”
—SUNNI BROWN, author of The Doodle Revolution
“As clear and succinct of a guide to better presentations as you’ll ever find!”
—GUY KAWASAKI, author of Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur
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How to formulate and then communicate ideas that have high-impact Many of those who have read one or more of Dan Roam's previously published books -- The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures (2013)...Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work (2011)...and Unfolding the Napkin: The Hands-On Method for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Pictures (2009) -- and who share my admiration of his talents will agree with me that Show and Tell is his book...thus far. In this latest book, he develops many of his insights in much greater depth while focusing primarily on explaining and demonstrating how almost anyone can prepare and present an extraordinary presentation on almost any subject to almost any audience. With regard to "extraordinary," he means that which is much better than ordinary, of course, but also that which moves people. OK, what's with "move?" From where to where, from what to what? Here's a covey of seven examples: o From ignorance to understanding o From doubt to faith o From resistance to cooperation o From despair to hope o From negative to positive o From opposition to alliance o From rejection to adoption You get the idea. Roam suggests that the "Show and Tell" process should follow three “rules”: 1. Lead with the truth and the heart will follow. "When we tell the truth in a presentation, three good things happen: We connect with our audience, we become passionate, and we find self-confidence." 2. Lead with a story and understanding will follow. "When we tell a story in a presentation, three great things happen: We make concepts clear, we make ideas unforgettable, and we include everyone." 3. Lead with the eye and the mind will follow. "When we tell a story with pictures in a presentation, extraordinary things happen: People see exactly what we mean, we captivate our audience’s mind, and we banish boredom." As in his previously published books, Roam again identifies the most important WHAT and then devotes the bulk of his attention to explaining -- and demonstrating -- HOW.