The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

The Back of the Napkin Expanded Edition Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures The acclaimed bestseller about visual problem solving now bigger and better There is no powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it And there is no powerful w

  • Title: The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures
  • Author: Dan Roam
  • ISBN: 9781591842699
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • The acclaimed bestseller about visual problem solving now bigger and better There is no powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it And there is no powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem So writes Dan Roam in The Back of the Napkin, the international bestsellerThe acclaimed bestseller about visual problem solving now bigger and better There is no powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it And there is no powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem So writes Dan Roam in The Back of the Napkin, the international bestseller that proves that a simple drawing on a humble napkin can be powerful than the slickest PowerPoint presentation Drawing on twenty years of experience and the latest discoveries in vision science, Roam teaches readers how to clarify any problem or sell any idea using a simple set of tools.He reveals that everyone is born with a talent for visual thinking, even those who swear they can t draw And he shows how thinking with pictures can help you discover and develop new ideas, solve problems in unexpected ways, and dramatically improve your ability to share your insights.Take Herb Kelleher and Rollin King, who figured out how to beat the traditional hub and spoke airlines with a bar napkin and a pen Three dots to represent Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio Three arrows to show direct flights Problem solved, and the picture made it easy to sell Southwest Airlines to investors and customers.Now with color, bigger pictures, and additional content, this new edition does an even better job of helping you literally see the world in a new way Join the teachers, project managers, doctors, engineers, assembly line workers, pilots, football coaches, marine drill instructors, financial analysts, students, parents, and lawyers who have discovered the power of solving problems with pictures.

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    1. A third of the way through this book, I was afraid that it would be nothing more than another "here's how to present information graphically: you have hue, intensity, etc. to work with" beginner book on design. I've read several and they have completely failed to stick.But now I'm 80% of the way through and I see this book is not that at all. Instead, it's a way of tackling difficult problems by creating the "picture worth a thousand words" that gets your point across. The author tells you to lo [...]

    2. There are two things I didn't really enjoy with this book. One isn't really the fault of the author as such, it's more my fault for reading it. I'm in a creative industry and read this as part of a industry bookclub I attend. I think I thought it would be more about methods of thinking visually and tips and techniques - turns out it much more aimed at management consultants and offers problems solving methods with a visual skew.The second aspect that I didn't like was the convienience of it all [...]

    3. الكاتب كتابته سلسة جدا و ممتعة. و تنسيق الكتاب نفسه جذاب لا يتسم بالرتابة المملة التي يتصف بها القالب التقليدي للكتب. تعلمت الكثير، و أظن أن الأفكار التي وردت في الكتاب يكمن جمالها في قابلية تطبيقها في مختلف المجالات و الأمور. يمكن فهمها على أنها منظار عملي لمعالجة الظروف الح [...]

    4. Yes, you should read this book. The content is excellent and useful. If you have any desire to be a better problem solver or a better communicator, then I believe you will find this book useful. Especially if you are in any sort of leadership role.Stylistically, Dan writes as if he is speaking; a trait that seems to prevail among many author who are also speakers. That got in a way a few times, but it was a small annoyance.

    5. This book is my third and final candidate for best business book I read in 2009. The first two were:Strengths-Based LeadershipTalent is OverratedThis book resonated with me because of my current role as technology instructor. I am challenged almost daily with presenting sometimes complex concepts to design students who sometimes respond that they don't understand by stating "I'm a visual person."This book helped me appreciate the value of telling a story with pictures and how to ask the right qu [...]

    6. When a book encourages me to follow along by doing exercises or replicating the examples in the book I find it much more useful. The Back of the Napkin is one of these books. Basically any problem you can draw out on a small piece of paper. Roam takes you from the beginning - square one where to start - to the end - how to present your ideas in a presentation - both the pictures and words. The best part of the book is that Roam establishes a process from start to finish. He demystifies visual th [...]

    7. I sat last week with an 18 page strategy document I’d created knowing I would be the only person who would actually read it (and only because I forced myself to). The first time I read the original version of this book, it was an ebook. I got the concepts, they stuck and it made a lot of sense.This time around I bought a paper copy in the morning and spent five hours reading through it with my strategy document beside me. The result was a series of decks that broke down the primary concepts in [...]

    8. Очень полезный скилл - донесение сложной информации простым способом. С этим часто сталкиваются учителя. Но тут автор больше обращается к тем кто продает и решает управленческие задачи. Соответственно все примеры которые автор использует связаны с этим.Для простого донес [...]

    9. This was an fantastic book and it should be required reading for anybody in business.The subject is all about visual thinking (a very Lean concept) but it also provides a great framework for critical thinking. Mixing the two will provide outstanding results.Immediate benefit I see from this book: SHORTER MEETINGS!By making things visual, it will be easier to direct conversations to the issue SEEN in front of them (not just "stick to what I am talking about"). With visual thinking, you can have h [...]

    10. Given how much time I spend at a whiteboard, I've often contemplated how to more effectively use that tool. A really well drawn diagram, particularly if it's accompanied by both a good analogy and a good example ends up hitting nearly all of the learning styles in a given room.The Back of the Napkin was recommended to me as a really good book for how to improve whiteboard diagrams. That recommendation wasn't ill-founded. This approach gives a nicely structured system for how to diagram most comm [...]

    11. على ظهر المنديل، لمؤلفه دان روم(مترجم)، الناشر مكتبة جرير.الكتاب يدعو إلى تحسين الجانب الإبداعي والتأمل والتفكير في حل المشاكل وترويج الأفكار بواسطة الصور والتحدث عنها.ليس الهدف استبدال الكلمات بالصور بل تعلم اسلوب التفكير البصري الذي هو في الواقع عملية نفعلها جميعا طوال ا [...]

    12. A great read for those who are more visual in our communication with others. This book does attempt to give a guide of sorts of how one can communicate his or her ideas effectively. The ideas given are fresh, and I do find them directly applicable to those who are either more suited to these kind of communication media, or for those who wants to add a little zing to their presentation. But one aspect that I do find this book lacking is the seemingly technical details that it is trying to force o [...]

    13. Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas by Dan Roam is an easy read that helps us think about ways that pictures can help us solve problems. It might be helpful for those of us who like to use visual activities as inquiry tools. Since I'm a visual thinker who often turns to pictures to think things out, this helped me reflect on ways I can further refine my methods. I can imagine it would be helpful for those who don't turn to pictures first, to see how they can be a great way to [...]

    14. This is a great book that teaches you how to frame problems and communicate them better visually. The author goes beyond the "here's the top 3 things to do" lists that I'm accustomed to in most business productivity books. He pulls in various research which breaks down how we process and communicate information which will be a refresh for some and completely new to others. I highly recommended this book for anyone who has to use their brain for a livingwhich would include everyone. :)

    15. This is for me the most inspiring book about visual thinking so far. Dan Roam doesn't only explain why we all should solve problems with pictures. He even explains how to do it in an engaging and, of course, visual way.

    16. Another business book that starts with a great idea in the first pages and then proceeds to beat it to death for the last 250+ pages. I thought it was going to be a useful resource on how to use visual thinking and drawing to attack problems, but it was actually not very helpful or informative.

    17. I was surprised by how much I got out of this! Makes a lot of sense from my experience in science and the classroom.

    18. “The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures” explores the power an image can yield as a conveyor of ideas or concepts. Although it was recommended to me as a friendly way to learn about modeling languages (a rather work related topic), its not at all a technical book. Instead it aims to convey its ideas to the general public, demystifying the use of our innate visual thinking. By a series of business stories the author describes how simple sketches over a napkin [...]

    19. I read The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition) on my Kindle Basic. While I love to read books on my Kindle, I would have to say that charts and most pictures are basically lost when using the Kindle. That being said, I have to say I enjoyed the book.This book takes the reader on a little journey. Dan Roam shows us how he came up with the concept of using simple, basic, pictures drawn by hand to illustrate the concepts he was wishing to convey to his audiences. Our author gives us several exam [...]

    20. The concept of this book is teaching everyone -- not just artistic types -- to use images effectively for presentations and persuasion. I love the concept, and there were some awesome, quotable sections (I especially liked the difference between LOOKING and SEEING).I think it's extremely difficult to cover this topic thoroughly and effectively in a book format. I would love to attend a live seminar by the author, as seeing him present the concepts in real time would give me a much better handle [...]

    21. Had to read this for work so in this goes into my book count hahahah. While I think the concept is fantastic but the way it's presented (ironically) is bloated, very theoretical with hardly any practical examples or how-tos and far from simple. Still it's a good concept and I've been employing some of the techniques at work. I've been told Unfolding the Napkin (the workshop version of this book) is a far better read if you want to implement Visual Thinking in your work.

    22. Dan Roam introduces interesting concepts, with scientifically inferred backing and shows how they can be applied. He gives a good guide to visual thinking process we go through naturally.It will give a toolkit I will pull on when (visually) thinking through problems.

    23. About halfway through this. Definitely pick up if you have business ideas that need a boost in clarity/definition. This helps identify all the key pieces to making solid products and gives your imagination a kick in the butt.

    24. Základní úvaha o jednodušším vyjádření myšlenek pomocí kreseb je hezká, ale zbylá většina knížky mi přišla jako balast.

    25. This book shares recent discoveries in vision science and shows that everyone can use visual thinking to discover new ideas and share insights.  I was expecting it to be about doodling, but it's actually a more methodical framework for drawing graphs and flowcharts to see patterns.Four steps of visual thinking: look, see, imagine, show.  Looking is about collecting input to build a big picture sense of things.  Seeing is about selecting the relevant inputs and recognizing patterns.  Imaginin [...]

    26. The heart of any business is the art of problem solving. Visual thinking takes the full advantage of our innate ability to solving business problem at a whole new level.The 6 Problems (6 W’)1. Who and what?a. Things, people, R&R?b. What’s going on around me, and where do I fit in?c. Who is in charge and who else is involved? 2. How much a. Do you have enough of X to last if we need?b. How much of X do we need to keep going? If we increase this over here, can we decrease that over there?3 [...]

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