Ever fallen asleep during a bulletpoint presentation? Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less? Welcome to the land of Blah Blah Blah. Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse the multifaceted problems of today. The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah.
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Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less? Welcome to the land of Blah Blah Blah. The Problem: We talk so much that we don't think very well. Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse th Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn't get your work done?
Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse the multifaceted problems of today. They can't-and that's bad, because words have become our default thinking tool. The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah.
It's called "Vivid Thinking. Now he proves that Vivid Thinking is even more powerful. This technique combines our verbal and visual minds so that we can think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire our colleagues, and enjoy and share ideas in a whole new way. The Destination: No more blah-blah-blah. Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear.
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. 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.
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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published November 1st by Portfolio first published January 1st More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Does the book find suitable places to work its magic in a high school environment? See 1 question about Blah Blah Blah…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 23, Tamara rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , being-human , work , web. A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others. Side note: I found this one to be much better than The Back of the Napkin by the same author.
Seuss on page The six different types of pictures for verbal grammar: If you hear a name, draw a portrait. If you hear a number, draw a chart. If you hear a list of objects, draw a map. If you hear a history, draw a A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.
If you hear a history, draw a timeline. If you hear a sequence, draw a flowchart. If you hear a "stew" of facts, draw a multivariable plot.
When we polish our slides to a high finish, we leave our audience with nothing left to add. Since they can't evolve the idea in their own minds [i.
Nov 22, Bchara rated it it was ok Shelves: self-help. 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. But, it seems to me the author have started by creating a problem, or at least exaggerating it, where there was almost no problem.
At least, how i see it, pictures ARE already involved everywhere. Charts, maps, graphs, are all over there. 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. 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.
As a matter of fact, in a quick seminar last year, we were told basically the same ideas : say the essential, use graphs and plans and charts etc. This book is a good way to remember these thoughts, but it's message could have been said in lot less of words itself.
One thing intrigued me though : the author use "she" instead of "he" when referring to any third pronoun. View 1 comment. Nov 29, C. Spencer Reynolds rated it it was amazing. 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.
It made my new found enjoyment of Draw Something on my iPad even more meaningful as I now I get to practice making words come to life with a very simple and fast drawing.
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!
Blah Blah Blah is basically a book on how to balance writing with visuals for better communication. I like taking photos but I express myself much better in words than pictures.
Even when I read books about mind maps and get really excited about them, they never really work for me. The land of Blah Blah Blah is a land where words are boring, foggy, or even misleading.
Now what is vivid? Basically using words to illustrate words. 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. And the way to use vivid is to use something called the vivid grammar graph: 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.
The third section, and the majority, of the book is on how to use vivid to improve your ideas. The book was very nicely written and illustrated. But is it a method suitable for me?
I have no idea. That said, I can see vivid as a useful tool for summarising and communicating. While I like words, I know that not everyone does and a picture can be a very effective way of communicating.
This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile Oct 30, Jay rated it really liked it Shelves: business. Excellent re-conceptualization of his first book "Back of the Napkin". Roam simplifies the concepts presented in that book while adding back in "the other half" of the tools used to present information -- words. 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.
In the writing of this book Roam included many simple drawings to help illustrat Excellent re-conceptualization of his first book "Back of the Napkin". In the writing of this book Roam included many simple drawings to help illustrate concepts. I believe because the drawings were simple the verbiage tended to be simple as well. Roam had more than this to tell and he resorted to including many, many footnotes along with a few pages of endnotes.
I found this an interesting by-product that will also need to be taken into account when giving presentations. BTW, I only noticed one footnote with its own drawing.
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Surprisingly, there are three other identically named books in the world. One suspects they must share an editor. Blah, Blah, Blah is essentially the lone business book arguing—compellingly—that visual communication is rapidly becoming a lost art in a world where the use of words has increasingly resulted in making matters more complex and cloudy instead of concise and clear. When it come to expressing ourselves visually, we never got out of preschool. This is where blah blah comes in. By showing how pictures accompanying words can quickly and efficiently communicate complex ideas and theories, Blah makes abundantly clear that this is a skill from which we can all benefit. For example, Mr.
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Back in India, when I was growing up I was very interested in reading books like Amar chitra katha, Champak equivalent to Dr. Seuss book in US. The popularity of such books was due to the ease of reading and clear communication. Primary reason for miscommunication is usage of words as the only source to communicate.
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