Draw with me this summer in San Francisco! [Workshop]

Register for Dan Roam's visual-thinking workshop

Please join me on Aug. 6 & 7, 2015 in San Francisco as I offer my full two-day Back of the Napkin workshop. Register now and learn how to use pictures to:

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Fly with Dan to SF this summer and draw!

I’ve trained thousands of businesspeople around the world to become master visual-thinkers. Now I’d like to share the power of pictures with you. Join me at San Francisco’s wonderful Kabuki Hotel for two full days of visual-thinking, storyboarding, presentation practice, and inspiration.

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The cost for both days is $1,295. (Early bird special: Register before May 15 and save $200! Only $1,095 for this limited time.) Your fee includes:

  • 16 hours of intense, hands-on visual training.
  • The Back of the Napkin Expanded Edition book.
  • The Show & Tell book. (Amazon’s Top-20 business book of 2014)
  • Personal whiteboard, pen, & erasure.
  • 2 creativity-powering breakfasts & lunches.
  • True insight, useful tools, & real-world exercises.

Receive 2 books, drawing materials, and 4 meals

In this fun, engaging, and inspiring seminar, we’ll cover:

  1. The essentials of visual-thinking.
  2. How to draw anything.
  3. How to use visuals for leadership, innovation, & sales.
  4. How to use your mind’s eye for discovery & decision-making.
  5. How to make extraordinary presentations with simple pictures.

This is the full, two-day version of the seminar I have delivered at Microsoft, Boeing, Google, Gap, Kraft, Philips, Siemens, Intel, the United States Senate, and the White House.

Seminar clients

This will be my only two-day public seminar this year, so I’d love to see you there! Register now.

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Top 3 reasons Apple’s iCar will happen. (Hint: it isn’t about the car.)

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Over the past three weeks, more interesting articles have appeared in the business press about Apple’s potential move into the car business than about any other single tech innovation, including the Apple Watch. (Which unlike the car, is a real product with a real launch date.)

Lead initially by a story in the WSJ.com and a quick back-of-the-napkin analysis by @jason, everyone then jumped onto the iCar bandwagon from the Economist to NYT to Bloomberg to the NewYorker … the list goes on.

Business Insider: Why Apple will enter the auto industry.

Business Insider: Why Apple will enter the auto industry.

And that’s a good thing. Why? Because as the chart above shows, just about the only industry left on earth big enough for Apple to disrupt is the auto industry.

As a car-nut, tech-nut, Apple-nut, and business-nut, I decided to pull the pieces together and see if the Apple iCar makes any sense. The result? It does.

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Check out my full iCar presentation here on slideshare.net:

The 3 top takeaways:

1) Apple serves to change the world. A watch doesn’t change anything.

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2) Apple has the design, outsourcing, technical, and marketing skill to do it.

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3) Above all, Apple changes industries, not just technologies.

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My take? iCar by 2021.

Available in white, silver, or black.

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Napkin videos; my mind-bending breakthrough!

Having drawn hundreds of “back of the napkin” sketches to help explain everything from Healthcare to the Hero’s Journey, I know first-hand the remarkable power of simple drawings.

Now I’ve learned something new: napkin pictures are even more effective as video.

And here’s the best thing: we can make videos like this with… ready for it? PowerPoint.

That’s right. I made this entire video using the basic animation tools of plain-old PowerPoint. I captured them using Camtasia (a screen-recording app) and added free music from the amazing bensound.com.

The process is remarkably simple. (You can see the whole thing in detail as an Associate on my napkinacademy.com.)

1) Write a short script.

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2) Create a storyboard in PowerPoint. (1 idea & drawing per slide; take as many slides as you need.)

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3) Use the animation tools to move pieces around on the slide.

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4) Play the animation while recording the screen.

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5) Edit and add sound in Camtasia.

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Presto! Instant viral video.

How cool is that?! Now I’m making videos of everything. It takes just a couple hours to explain… well, anything!

Again, for details on all the steps, join me at the napkinacademy.com. Use the coupon code NAPKINVIDEO to save $10 OFF your first month.

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Our Health Care Napkins pass 1.7 million views!

A FEW YEARS AGO, my doctor friend Tony Jones and I became worried about the health care reform debate. People were bringing guns to town hall meetings, there were fist-fights in the hallways of congress, and it felt like the nation was tearing itself apart.

In the midst of all this, Tony and I agreed that the media wasn’t doing anything to help — in fact, it was the media (left and right alike) that was driving the angst. Rather than providing any explanation of what “Obamacare” was actually about, all they were doing was talking about how ‘divisive’ everything was. (Which in media-speak is just an excuse to air the very worst of human behavior in order to capture eyeballs.)

So we decided to create a simple visual explanation of the ACTUAL LAW. And we did.

And our drawings just passed 1.7 MILLION views on slideshare.net. Wow.

It took 43 simple pictures to do it, but we managed to cover:

  1. The perceived need for health care reform.
  2. The underlying rift between doctors and insurance that drove the problem in the first place.
  3. How big health care spending has become.
  4. The various proposed solutions.

When we were done, I posted our slideshow on slideshare.net. Within weeks it became one of the most viewed presentations on the site. It was picked up by the HuffingtonPost.com, which got me invited on-air by Fox News. That got me invited to present to the White House Office of Communications. A month later, BusinessWeek selected our napkins as “The World’s Greatest Presentation of 2009.”

Without a doubt, those 43 simple drawings were the most influential I’ve ever created.

So here we are 5 years later. Obamacare is law. It was a mess at first, but seems to be working better and attracting members. It remains a central point of political contention in America. The Supreme Court is thinking of debating it again. So around and around we go, again. At least now I feel like I understand it.

Mostly.

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Join me for a free, super-secret SHOW & TELL webinar on April 10.

April 10 live webinar

Pre-order “SHOW and TELL” before April 10, 2014 and I will invite you to a special free, private, super-secret, 45-minute live webinar on making extraordinary presentations.

We’ll talk in detail about the three rules of great presentations:

  1. Tell the truth and the heart will follow.
  2. Tell a story and understanding will follow.
  3. Tell it with pictures and the mind will follow.

Then, I’ll share with you a set of advanced presentation tricks guaranteed to make your audience want you to talk longer! (How awesome would that be!)

The details:

Pre-order SHOW and TELL at any online retailer:

Send an electronic copy of your receipt to: preorder.showandtell@gmail.com

  • You’ll receive your webinar invitation link
  • Register and attend!

See you on April 10. Until then, all the best!
- Dan

“A simple, beautiful, and important book. An absolute must-read.”
- GARR REYNOLDS, author of Presentation Zen
“This deceptively simple little book is a must-read for seasoned presenters and novices alike.”
- DAVID ALLEN, author of Getting Things Done

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Join me this summer in London & Berlin

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May 29 event update: I still have 5 seats available in London and 4 seats available in Berlin. I really want you to have one of those seats, so I’m offering a last-minute special savings of £/€ 150.

Enter the coupon code BLACKPEN when you register and pay only £/€ 645. (Regular £/€ 795.)

London June 13: http://www.regonline.com/napkinacademy_london_2013

Berlin June 18: http://www.regonline.com/napkinacademy_berlin_2013

See you there!

- Dan

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Video intro to my London event.

Please join me on June 13, 2013 in London and June 18, 2013 in Berlin as I offer my full-day Back of the Napkin visual-thinking seminar. Register now for London or Berlin!

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Become a master visual-thinker!

  • Think faster.
  • Communicate more clearly.
  • Solve complex problems.
  • See the invisible.

I’ve trained thousands of businesspeople around the world to become master visual-thinkers. Following the sold-out success of my 2012 Amsterdam event, let’s continue the visual magic in Europe. Join me at London’s Novotel Paddington Hotel or Berlin’s Hotel Concorde for a full day of drawing, thinking, sharing, and inspiration.

Novotel

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The cost for the full day in London is £795 and Berlin is €795 . (Early bird special: Register for London before April 15, 2013 and save £100 OR Register for Berlin before April 15, 2013 and save €100! Only £/€695 for this limited time.) Your fee includes:

  • 8 hours of intense, hands-on visual training.
  • The Back of the Napkin Expanded Edition book.
  • Personal whiteboard, pen, & erasure.
  • Excellent lunch.
  • True insight, useful tools, & real-world exercises.

Your fee includes: a full day of training, my book, your own whiteboard, lunch.

In this fun, engaging, and inspiring seminar, we’ll cover:

  1. The essentials of visual-thinking.
  2. How to leverage visual cognition in business.
  3. Use the visual-thinking toolkit for discovery & decision-making.
  4. How to clarify and persuade with pictures.

This is what my last seminar looked like: total visual action!

This is the full-day version of the seminar I have delivered at Microsoft, Boeing, Google, Gap, Kraft, Philips, Siemens, Intel, the United States Senate, and the White House.

Seminar clients

This will be my only trip to Europe this year, so I’d love to see you there! Register here for London or Register here for Berlin!

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Thank you Amsterdam!

I’m just back from delivering my first public Napkin Training in Amsterdam.

Thank you all who attended! It was fun, a great success, and I believe a wonderful learning experience for all — especially me.

For just over eight hours, seventy-five of us from thirteen countries shared visual-thinking lessons, stories, examples, and more pictures than we could count.

My top three lessons:

1) While local details are critical, business challenges are universal.

All participants, from small consultancies to medium-size businesses to major corporations, brought their own “problems” with them. While each problem was unique, we saw through our pictures that each is composed of the same essential visual elements: the who, what, how much, where, when, and how. By drawing these out, we found that we could clearly understand each others’ businesses quickly and clearly.

2) Europe needs — and is ready for — more visual thinking.

To an even greater degree than in the USA, visual thinking appears not to be actively encouraged in European education and business. I sensed a greater hesitation among participants to leap into drawing — with a correspondingly high sense of satisfaction and collective amazement when our pictures “worked.” Certainly there are countless historic and cultural issues at work, which will make for great thought exercises. Yet given the communication, innovation, competition, and growth challenges ahead for Europe, I strongly believe more visual thinking will become an asset.

3) Amsterdam is a great center for visual thinking.

Amsterdam is such a great city to begin with. Add in the intense visual and design culture, the openness of the city and its people, and the willingness among businesspeople to try new things, and you have a powerful mix. I can easily see Amsterdam becoming a true center of visual literacy for Europe. I can’t wait to come back and draw again.

Thanks again to all who joined me. If you weren’t able to make it, I promise to do it again.

Until then, keep drawing!

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Draw with me in Amsterdam Nov. 20, 2012!

Europe: Let's get visual!

Please join me on Nov. 20 in Amsterdam as I offer my only full-day European Back of the Napkin seminar of 2012. Register now!

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Become a master visual-thinker!

  • Think faster.
  • Communicate more clearly.
  • Solve complex problems.
  • See the invisible.

I’ve trained thousands of businesspeople in the USA and Asia to become master visual-thinkers. Now I’d like to share the visual magic with you in Europe. Join me at Amsterdam’s magnificent Mövenpick Hotel City Centre for a full day of drawing, thinking, sharing, and inspiration.

Movenpick Amsterdam Hotel

The cost for the full day is €795. (Early bird special: Register before Sept 21 and save €100! Only €695 for this limited time.) Your fee includes:

  • 8 hours of intense, hands-on visual training.
  • The Back of the Napkin Expanded Edition book.
  • Personal whiteboard, pen, & erasure.
  • Excellent lunch.
  • True insight, useful tools, & real-world exercises.

(Please note that 21% Dutch VAT must be collected on all registrations.)

Your fee includes: a full day of training, my book, your own whiteboard, lunch.

In this fun, engaging, and inspiring seminar, we’ll cover:

  1. The essentials of visual-thinking.
  2. How to leverage visual cognition in business.
  3. Use the visual-thinking toolkit for discovery & decision-making.
  4. How to clarify and persuade with pictures.

This is what my last seminar looked like: total visual action!

This is the full-day version of the seminar I have delivered at Microsoft, Boeing, Google, Gap, Kraft, Philips, Siemens, Intel, the United States Senate, and the White House.

Seminar clients

This will be my only trip to Europe this year, so I’d love to see you there! Register now.

Coming to Amsterdam!

 

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Honoring Neil and the Moon; From Russia with Love.

I’m not surprised how moved I am by the passing last week of Neil Armstrong. I was 5 years old when he and Buzz landed on the moon. My father was in the Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force. We lived across the street from SAC HQ. We lived airplanes. To us, going to the moon was a really long airplane flight we could watch. And we watched every minute.

My parents bought me the special edition of Life magazine dedicated entirely to the Apollo 11 flight. I must have read every word and gazed at every picture one hundred times.

Many years later, I lived in Moscow, Russia, where I worked as a designer at an advertising agency. One day in 1993 I walked across the street to one of my favorite stores, the huge “Moscow Book Store” on Kalinin Prospekt. (I am happy that Google Street view shows me the store is still there — thank you, Sacha Arnoud and team Google.)

This is the Moscow Book Store where my adventure took place.

I went to the front desk behind which were kept the big color books and posters. A friend had told me he’d seen a copy of an original El Lissitzky “Red Wedge” poster there, and I was beside myself with the excitement of finding such a historic treasure.

The poster I was looking for: an original copy of El Lissitzky’s “Red Wedge” from 1919.

But as I gazed past the shopkeeper towards the shelf, I saw something even more surprising. There was a huge book with huge title MOON written in English. I was taken aback; what was that doing here?

In my third-grade Russian, I asked the shopkeeper if I might take a look. She put on gloves, gently pulled the book out of its place, and rested it on the glass counter. It was massive.

This is the book I saw on the shelf. When the shopkeeper handed it to me, I couldn’t believe the size — and the heft. (And what the hell was it doing in a Moscow bookstore?)

As I reverently opened the book, I was captivated: there were the same images I’d seen so long before in Life. “How much do you want for this?” I asked.

There were the same photos that had been seared into my visual memory as a kid 25 years before.

The shopkeeper took a look at the book then a look at me. Then another look at the book. “That’s one hundred thousand Rubles.” She said. At the official exchange rate that was just over $100 US. An enormous amount of money in those days, but then it was an enormous book. (And I was doing everything I could to keep the shopkeeper from seeing that my head was about to explode from the adrenaline rush of having found such a thing in such a place.)

“Can you hold it for me? I can get the money and be back in 10 minutes.”

“Can you pay one hundred twenty thousand?

“Yes.”

“I can hold it for you.”

I ran to my apartment two blocks way, grabbed a stack of Rubles and Dollars, and ran back.

She was still there. The book was gone.

“Where is the book?”

“Where is the money?”

I counted out seventy thousand Rubles and fifty Dollars. She took the Rubles but held up a hand against the dollars. She thought twice. She took the dollars.

She pulled an enormous brown paper package out from under the counter. “I hope you enjoy this. It came from one of our own cosmonauts. It was a gift from one of yours.”

I thanked her. I ran back home. I tore open the paper to examine my prize. Imagine my surprise when I opened to the title page. It was signed.

It was signed by all three Apollo 11 astronauts. Oh, my.

Neil, Buzz, and Michael: I have no idea to whom you gave this incredible gift, and I am heartbroken that whoever it was felt compelled to hock it. That I could bring this gift back home and share it with my friends and family is a wonder.

That it still moves me to tears is the real gift.

Godspeed, Neil.

 

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