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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If you’ve read the Back of the Napkin or Beyond the Back of the Napkin, then you’ll recognize his engaging style that mixes text with oddly compelling simple drawings.

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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.

In the vivid grammar graph, people are represented by portraits, numbers by charts, positions by maps, tense by timelines, interactions by flowcharts and reasons by multivariable plots. It’s very easy to read, and describes a very exciting method for understanding and communicating information so that everyone gets it. Even when I read books about mind maps and get really excited about them, they never really work for me.

Dan also practices this idea in the book as he walks us through his theory with a host of different characters, ranging from Einstein and Captain Sully to his old math teacher.


His thoughts about to create new ideas was a little intriguing, but regrettably he never went into it in more details. May 19, Shiva Shetty rated it liked it. Blah-Blah-Blah in a nutshell. 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.

I also missed the exercises that Roam included in his other volumes.


I would have loved to have applied it here, but I have a few technological constraints. 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 lbah to write.

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Dan Roam has expressed the basic concept of “Picture is better than a thousand words” very well with detailed implementation strategy and examples.

It’s got an epic cast of characters from business, blaah, politics, music, technology, books, and comedy. The book was short, clear, and easy to understand. The phrases “blah” or “blah-blah-blah” or “blah-blah-blah-meter” are used hundreds of times, to the point of annoyance, and the fox and hummingbird that represent our different types of thinking felt confusing.

Jun 11, Aaron Bolin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reading through it has helped me clarify my message and come up with several drawings to show my ideas.

Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear. A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.

As a matter of fact, in a quick seminar last year, we were told basically the same ideas: I am blzh fan, and I really liked the overall book. I like the idea of supporting any message with an image. If not, this is a good guide on how to teach others.

But, it seems to me the author have started by creating a bblah, or at least exaggerating it, where there was almost no problem. For leaders, managers, educators, salespeople, students, politicians, and markets, it has dn been more important to be vividly clear.

I put in only about 5 bookmarks. Books by Dan Roam. Yet the author make it seem as if our culture is only verbal, and goes from there to expose his methods and tools as something totally new, using original names for his tools Forest, blahblahblah meter, etc So, and again, on a personal level, the book’s real help to me was way less than what the book wants me to think. Dan Roam provides an application-oriented structure to turn weakly-presented ideas into really elegant hlah tools.


The tools in this book show us exactly how to do both.

We talk so much that we don’t think very well. Doing that would allow you to make your own bah more vivid, help others to get their ideas more clear and also expose problems in a poorly presented or even malicious idea.

Aug 28, Mostafa rated it did not like it. The land of Blah Blah Blah is a land where words are boring, foggy, or even misleading.

Does the book find suitable places to work its magic in a high school environment? The author shares his vision of what blahh images should be in each situation. Balancing the Visual and Verbal Minds Cruxcatalyst. The book makes clear how the reunion of words and pictures is hlah greatest ally in cutting through the noise and seeing the signal. I finished this book in less than a day, I was so excited by it.

I do feel like though the message behind the book is very important, it was much too repetitive than getting straight to the point. Oct 30, Jay rated it really liked it Shelves: Dan Roam is the Zen Master of using simple bblah combined with compelling verbal narratives to clearly express ideas and make meaningful connections with audiences. In short, he shows the reader how not to be boring and explain ideas clearly and engage people.

I have no idea.

My new book is coming Nov. 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. Now what is vivid?