Episode #041: Dan Roam, Author, Show and Tell: How Everyone Can Make Extraordinary Presentations

Author, Dan RoamOne of my favorite books from the last decade is The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by today’s guest Dan Roam.

I was fascinated by Dan’s assertion that a simple drawing on a humble napkin could be more powerful than the slickest PowerPoint presentation. According to Dan, everyone is born with a talent for visual thinking, even those who swear they can’t draw.

In his new book Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary PresentationsDan reminds us that delivering a presentation doesn’t have to be so hard. We struggle, Dan says, when we forget the basic steps we learned in Kindergarten: show and tell.

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn more about:

  • Understanding your audience
  • Organizing your content
  • Building a clear storyline
  • Creating effective visuals
  • Channeling your fear into fun
  • And plenty more!

Dan says that the quickest way to true success is the ability to effectively share your ideas in public. If you’d like to learn more along those lines, then this episode is definitely for you.

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Dan Roam on Show and Tell

Dan Roam Resources

Visit Dan’s website or more on his speaking and writing.

You can order your copy of Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations right now.

Dan also mentioned Napkin Academy. We encourage you to check it out.

Dan’s Book Recommendation

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everythingby Joshua Foer

Thinking, Fast and Slowby Daniel Kahneman

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Other Books on Public Speaking Dan Recommends

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) by Garr Reynolds

Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations (2nd Edition) (Graphic Design & Visual Communication Courses) by Garr Reynolds

The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides (Voices That Matter) by Garr Reynolds

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

Connecting with Dan

If you’d like to connect or network with Dan, or let him know your thoughts on today’s episode, consider sending him a tweet. You can reach out to him via @Dan_Roam on Twitter.

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