Dan Roam urges us to think with our eyes and tackle tough business problems in a whole new way - even if we draw like a second-grader.
He introduces powerful techniques from his "visual thinking" toolbox and demonstrates how people in diverse organizational settings can discover, develop and share their best ideas with a simple drawing on a basic napkin.
Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, Business Week and Fast Company's best innovation book of the year, and Amazon's #5 selling business book. The Back of the Napkin has been published in 25 languages and is a bestseller in Japan, South Korea, and China.
Dan has helped leaders at Microsoft, eBay, Google, Wal-Mart, Boeing, Lucas Film, Gap, Kraft, Stanford University, The MIT Sloan School of Management, the US Navy, and the United States Senate solve complex problems through visual thinking. Dan and his whiteboard have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, and NPR. Dan's visual explanation of American health care was selected by Business Week as "The World's Best Presentation of 2009". This inspired the White House Office of Communications to invite Dan in for a discussion on visual problem solving. Dan is the founder of Digital Roam Inc, a management consulting company that helps business executives solve complex problems through visual thinking.
Through lectures, workshops, books, and hands-on projects with many of the world's most influential organizations, Dan has helped teams learn to solve complex problems by relearning how to see. Dan discovered the power of pictures as a business problem-solving tool in the 1990's when he founded the first marketing communications company in what was then the Soviet Union. With no Russian language skills, Dan quickly realized that his business pictures transcended the language barrier. Since that eye-opening experience, Dan has been fine-tuning the visual thinking tools he introduces in his books. Dan received two degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz: fine art and biology. This combination of art and science kicked off Dan's cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Dan is a licensed pilot, a skill that demands constant practice in understanding complex visual information displays. Dan has applied his business-oriented visual thinking skills while working in Switzerland, Russia, Thailand, France, Holland, and the US. He lives in San Francisco.
Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin, discusses how to effectively use drawings in business discussions. He argues there is a "spectrum, along which all of us fall, that determines the type of visual thinker we are," and explains how best to involve different types of people in a visual discussion.
I have drawn a picture to tell you what I think of this presentation and it is right here on my left. Okay, and here's another picture. Now you understand the point I'm trying to make. No need to thank me, Mr. Cameraman.
Great message and great speech. It would have been lot better if the person who shot the video captured the diagrams as well when Dan was pointing and talking about the diagram. It is very annoying when the camera is just focused on Dan when he is trying to talk about something on the screen or whiteboard.