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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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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. Whether trying to understand a Harvard Rpam 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.

Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work by Dan Roam

The book is not perfect, however. Lists with This Book. I like the idea of supporting any message with an image. Seuss on page One of the best books in the market on visual thinking and conceptualizing.

Dec 24, Pavlo Huk rated it really liked it Shelves: This book actually delivers on the title promise. I look forward to applying it at work, especially, where our presentations are rife with mind-numbing blah-blah-blah.

Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work

Vivid means we can better understand the complex problems of today by both talking about them and drawing them. I’d be interested in seeing Roam talk about how to control how the audience expands concepts beyond their purpose, as that seems to happen often and it can hijack an otherwise good presentation.


Neat little book, teaches you how to get started using pictures simple drawings as a thinking tool. Excellent re-conceptualization of his first book “Back of the Napkin”. Launch Labs — World-renowned professors, industry experts and construction paper. A good book to understand why many meetings result in very few actionable outcomes and what to do to reverse that so that you can communicate better.

It teaches you a grammar to get you started there is blaj summary of the grammar at the author’s website: My book introduces Vivid Thinkinga simple set of tools that help us dispel the noise, avoid the chatter, and learn to be vibrantly clear in our own thinking.

I put in only about 5 bookmarks.


I have been using his principles to great effect in my writing, training and speaking exercises. But is it a method suitable for me?

Think of my book as a treasure map that takes us from the noisy land of blah-blah-blah to the vivid clarity of great ideas. Dan Blxh provides an application-oriented structure to turn weakly-presented ideas into really elegant communication tools.

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.


While I found “Napkin” valuable in work I was doing as I read it, I feel this book provides a more basic and more usable and memorable way to embed these concepts showing and telling into my presentations.

If you hear a history, draw a A blqh about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to business people that communicate to make a living, sounds a little too broad, but it really is worth reading! Aug 12, Jane Gadd rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about Blah Blah Blahplease sign up. We talk so much that we don’t think very well. Aug 28, Mostafa rated it did not like it.

It weaves grammar and drawing, simplicity and impact. Sep 15, Warren Parad rated it liked it. It’s twice as long as I expected or wanted. The author makes a case for communicating with pictures and words instead of just words. Full of blah blah blah. It’s called “Vivid Thinking. Playful and encouraging journey from the word-dominated world where da ideas often remain unheard to a quiet forest where the verbal staff is balanced by the visual one.

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. A fantastic book for business people or educators alike!