A visual guide to making extraordinary presentations by the acclaimed author of The Back of the Napkin
We are all natural born presenters. We have ideas to share, voices to share them, and people to share them with. So why do most of us find public speaking so hard?
In this pithy but powerful guide, communication expert Dan Roam provides a simple five-step path to take us from jitters and complexity to confidence and clarity. He explains his tried-and-true visual techniques and the wisdom he has gained from giving award-winning presentations. Roam shows us how to:
Clearly present any idea with simple visuals
Know our audience before we step in front
Channel fear into fun
Roam’s lively visual style, hand-drawn pictures, and vivid text will help regular people overcome anxiety and make brilliant presentations.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
DAN ROAM is the author of The Back of the Napkin, Fast Company’s Best Business Book of the Year and BusinessWeek’s Innovation and Design Book of the Year, and more recently Blah Blah Blah. He is the founder of Digital Roam, Inc., a management consulting company. He lives in San Francisco.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.