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Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations

Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations [Kindle Edition]

Dan Roam
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Dan Roam, the bestselling author of The Back of the Napkin, teaches us how to make extraordinary presentations.

We are all natural born presenters. We have ideas to share, voices to share them, and people to share them with. But if we are all capable of giving presentations, why do we find public speaking so hard?

Show and Tell provides a simple five-step path to take us from jitters and complexity to confidence and clarity. As presenters, our goal is to educate, entertain, persuade, motivate, and ultimately change our audience. As a top-notch presenter and speaker, Dan Roam has put together a guide full of his tried-and-true visual techniques and the wisdom he has gained from doing award winning presentations like "healthcare reform on napkins".

Roam's lively visual style, hand-drawn pictures, and vivid text will help regular people overcome anxiety, carry out a vision, and perform a little magic.

Dan Roam is the author of The Back of the Napkin, which was Fast Company's Best Business Book of the Year and BusinessWeek's Innovation and Design Book of the Year, and more recently Blah Blah Blah. He is the founder of Digital Roam, Inc., a management consulting company. His clients have included Microsoft, Google, Wal-Mart, Boeing, Lucasfilm, The Gap, and the White House Office of Communications. His health-care analysis was named BusinessWeek's Best Presentation of 2009. He lives in San Francisco.

PLEASE NOTE: This eBook edition of SHOW AND TELL is carefully laid out to match the print book; this means it reads much better as designed pages, but you won't be able to use some features such as highlighting and annotating text.

About the Author

Dan Roam is the author of The Back of the Napkin, which was Fast Company's Best Business Book of the Year and BusinessWeek's Innovation and Design Book of the Year, and more recently Blah Blah Blah. He is the founder of Digital Roam, Inc., a management consulting company. His clients have included Microsoft, Google, Wal-Mart, Boeing, Lucasfilm, The Gap, and the White House Office of Communications. His health-care analysis was named BusinessWeek's Best Presentation of 2009. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13262 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241004373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241004371
  • ASIN: B00JJ86K1M
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars There's something wonky with the formatting 12 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm sure the content is great but it looks crazy wonky on my ipad. A friend said he couldn't open the book on his paper white.

I will write a proper review when the formatting is fixed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How and why the heart will follow the truth, understanding will follow a story, and the mind will follow the eye 10 April 2014
By Robert Morris - Published on
In my opinion, Dan Roam is among the most innovative business thinkers now publishing books and articles that can help almost anyone think more clearly, make better decisions, and communicate with greater impact. His previously published works offer abundant evidence of his highly developed skills. In The Back of the Napkin (2008), he explains how to solve problems and sell ideas with pictures; in Unfolding the Napkin (2009), he introduces a hands-on method for solving complex problems with simple pictures; in Blah Blah Blah (2011), he explains what to do when words don't work; and now in Show and Tell, he demonstrates with text and illustrations how everybody can make extraordinary presentations.

Some may say, "Wait a minute. He keeps writing essentially the same book every two years." On the contrary, although there are some insights and techniques common to all four books, each can and should be read on its own. True, he published an expanded edition of The Back of the Napkin in 2011 so I recommend that edition rather than the earlier one. However, each of the four has its own scope and focus. Moreover, because Roam has an insatiable curiosity and eagerly welcomes feedback from those who reads his works, each of the three work is the beneficiary of substantial reflection and feedback.

Now let's shift our attention to Show and Tell. Here's a statement by Roam to keep in mind as you read it: "If I tell you the truth, if I tell it with a story, and if I tell that story with pictures, I can keep you glued to your seat. Let me show you how." In essence, an extraordinary presentation is truth well-told. How so "well-told?" Truth is anchored in human experience, in a narrative; it is illustrated; and it is communicated with effective non-verbal skills (i.e. tone of voice and body language) as well as with eloquence.

In Creative Confidence, David and Tom Kelley insist that almost anyone can be creative; in Show and Tell, Roam insists that almost anyone can prepare and then make an extraordinary presentation if they are guided and informed by three rules of show and tell:

1. Lead with the truth and the heart will follow. "When we tell truth in a presentation, three good things happen: We connect with our audience, we become passionate, and we find self-confidence."

2. Lead with a story and understanding will follow. "When we tell a story in a presentation, three great things happen: We make complex concepts clear, we make ideas unforgettable, and we include everyone.

3. Lead with the eye and the mind will follow. "When we tell a story with pictures in a presentation, extraordinary things happen: People see exactly what we mean, we captivate our audience's mind, and we banish boredom."

Roam created this book to show and tell HOW to achieve these and other objectives. He devotes a separate chapter to each of the three Rules and includes dozens of exercises that serve two separate but interdependent purposes: to get the reader actively engaged in the show and tell learning process by interacting with the sequence of material, and at the same time, completion of the exercises will require each reader to assume ownership of the concepts and techniques by applying them.

Time Out: At this point, I want to strongly recommend having a lined notebook near at-hand when working through the narrative and the exercises that accompany it. My personal preference is the Mead Composition Book ("Marble" wide-ruled) but any other will do just fine. True, some of the exercises can be completed within Roam's book and key passages can be highlighted. However, when working my way through a book such as this, I also use a notebook to record doodles as well as diagrams and annotations.

In Chapter 5, Roam shares his thoughts and feelings about how to overcome fear of speaking in public. It is the #1 fear among Americans and probably among most everyone else. "Which is totally understandable. And totally fixable." He devotes this entire chapter to alleviating that fear by developing helping his reader to develop a mindset based on four articles of faith:

o Enjoy your idea.
o Enjoy yourself.
o Enjoy your audience.
o This is going to be fun.

Easier said than done? Obviously, and Dan Roam knows that. His "fix" consists of several do's and don'ts as well as specific, practical suggestions that can help most people overcome their anxiety. My own opinion is that the greatest value of the material has less to do with overcoming stage fright to make solid (if not extraordinary) presentations and more to do with helping each reader to think more courageously, to organize and clarify their thoughts more clearly, and thereby increase their self-confidence and self-assurance even if they never make a public presentation.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing , simple and effective book 10 April 2014
By Islam Abokandil - Published on
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This is the third book I read for dan roam , I bought it the first day it was out and I finished it the same day , I could not stop my self from reading it till the end .

I know I will have to go through it multiple times to implement the ideas into my presentations .

The kindle edition needs better formatting though .

I recommend it as a book in any library .
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In love with Dan Roam 10 April 2014
By Debbie Weil, author of THE CORPORATE BLOGGING BOOK - Published on
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I love all of Dan's books but his newest is particularly useful whether you're a seasoned or novice presenter. He breaks down the daunting task of preparing a presentation into simple and memorable chunks: be honest, tell a story, use pictures. And he reassures us that there are only FOUR kinds of presos: the Report, the Explanation, the Pitch and the Drama. Those are interesting distinctions and they immediately got me thinking about my own talks - and what fell into which category.

Show And Tell is a picture book itself, filled with Dan's (well, I hope they're Dan's) delightfully quirky drawings. This is a go-to resource whether you're preparing a TED talk, a local Pecha Kucha or Ignite talk, or your company's 3rd quarter outlook. I only wish Dan were at my side, narrating, as I dip back into the book for guidance. I was lucky enough to hear him on his "super secret" Webinar for pre-order buyers. His voice is calming and clear. He turns a big scary task (creating PPTs) into something doable and fun. Thank you Dan!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book is Not Viewable On Kindle! 27 April 2014
By Bart - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like his other books but why sell a Kindle version when you can't download and view it on your Kindle. And it is virtually impossible to read on your phone.

Unfortunately, I had ordered this book prior to it coming out and didn't start reading it until after it was past the time I could return it. So I am stuck with a paying for a book I can't actually read.

Don't buy this book for the Kindle version if you plan to 1) read it on an actual Kindle or 2) read it on your phone. You simply can't see the text on the phone version. The graphics are too small and you can't zoom it like a normal image.

For a book about how important it is to connect with the audience using pictures, selling it in this format is a joke. There needs to be a big bold warning on the label about how limited the digital experience is.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but short and not as detailed as I expected 20 April 2014
By Mike G - Published on
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The tips were good, and it was an interesting read, but I was surprised how sparse the pages were (I read the whole book during a short plane ride). The book is more like a PowerPoint deck that has some notes at the bottom, than a traditional book. Roam includes some helpful examples to explain his points, but some I didn't fully understand how to apply some of them because of the brevity.

Overall, it's a good read and I feel it's well worth your time. If you've been giving presentations for some time, you'll learn some new ways to improve your presentations. If you're new to presentations, it'll give you a good foundation to start from. But, if you're expecting an introductory book that gives detailed instructions on how to write and deliver presentations, this isn't it.
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