Show and Tell

June 17, 2016.
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Dan Roam@Google Talks:
“Show & Tell”:
How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations

Dan Roam, President and Founder of Digital Roam Inc., a management consulting firm using visual thinking to solve complex problems. Author of two international best sellers and founder of the Napkin Academy. In his past career he was a Client Partner at Razorfish, and VP Creative Strategy at; among other positions.

Since the publication of his first book, The Back of the Napkin in 2007, Dan Roam has established himself as one of the leading experts on visual thinking to solve problems, communicate better and be more persuasive. His past and present clients include Microsoft, Google, Intel, Wal-Mart, Kraft and others.

He has been invited to speak at Google Talks three times—most recently in 2014, after the publication of his third book, Show & Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations (2014)—which is the talk featured here.

Google HQ, Mountain View, California, 2014

The main focus of this book is on how you can use stories and pictures to create and deliver more effective, even extraordinary, presentations.

It is very much a ‘hands-on’ book with extensive practical advice on how to improve your presentations using visual communication.

160617 D Roam Show & Tell

Following the publication of his first book, The Back of a Napkin, Roam established the Napkin Academy—providing online courses and videos teaching how to use pictures to clarify complexity, tell stories and be more persuasive.

As you would expect, his own talk at the Google headquarters, amply demonstrates in practice the visual principles and techniques featured in his books.

You can also find a lot of interesting information on effective use of visuals on Dan Roam’s Web site:

Trond Varlid

This article first appeared in the EMC Quest newsletter series.