Dan Roam




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For more than 25 years, bestselling author Dan Roam has led the visual-business revolution, traveling to five continents to share with business leaders the incredible problem-solving power of pictures. Dan’s breakthrough understanding of how to use pictures to succeed in business has captivated leading thinkers in technology, finance, science, politics, and education. In his fast-paced interactive presentation, Dan shares his top five visual rules he has learned and shows audiences exactly how to seize the power of pictures in their work. These simple but insightful revelations will have you rethinking how you approach the way you problem-solve, sell products, and lead innovation efforts. Dan shows audiences how vision drives all other modes of thought, and teaches them how to hot-wire the visual process for faster problem-solving. Even if you think you can’t draw Dan shows how simple pictures can make a big difference in your organization

Pop quiz: You’re on the way home from a conference. At the airport bar, you strike up a conversation with the person on the next stool. She asks, “What you do?” You say, “I manage Enterprise Architecture Projects for mission-critical business applications with an emphasis on Services Oriented Architectures.” She smiles politely and says, “You broke your what?”

Let’s face it: describing the complexity of today’s working world is hard… unless we use pictures. In this session, Dan Roam demonstrates step-by-step how anyone — regardless of artistic talent or training — can use simple pictures to describe what we do, explain complex concepts, solve fuzzy problems, and sell others on breakthrough ideas.

More of the human brain is dedicated to processing vision than to any other known function. In finance and technology, we can take advantage of this incredible problem-solving visual power to clarify complexity and communicate important ideas quickly. In this fast-paced interactive presentation, bestselling author Dan Roam (“The Back of the Napkin,” “Blah Blah Blah,” and “Show and Tell”) will show you exactly how to seize the power of pictures in your work, and will illustrate the specific neuromechanical processes that make vision such a compelling tool.

During this session, you will:

– See how vision drives all other modes of thought.

– Understand the four elemental pictures that make up 95% of all business challenges.

– Learn to create the corresponding four pictures necessary to explain any concept — no matter how complex.

– Recognize the incredible power of your own visual mind — even if you can’t draw.

You will come away from this presentation with a renewed sense of the wonder of vision, and real-world insights into using pictures yourself. Bring a pen and paper, because we are going to draw together.


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Biography

Dan Roam is the author of the several books including the international bestseller, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, which was named the innovation and creativity book of the year by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and the Times of London. The Back of the Napkin has been published in 27 languages and topped the business book charts in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, China, Korea, and France. Dan and his whiteboard are frequent guests on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR.

Dan’s latest is Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate With Your Visual Mind.

Dan is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a management-consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems for such clients as Google, Boeing, eBay, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Navy, and the United States Senate.

Dan’s analysis of American health care on 50 napkins was hailed by BusinessWeek as “The World’s Greatest Presentation of 2009” and prompted the White House Office of Communications to invite Dan in for discussions on how to visually clarify complex policy issues.






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