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Draw to Win

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About Dan

Dan Roam is the author of two international bestsellers, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures and Unfolding the Napkin: The Hands-On Method for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Pictures, both published by Portfolio Trade, a Penguin imprint. The former was selected as 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, Intel, Cisco, IBM, Kraft, Stanford University, Carnegie-Mellon, 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 appeared on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, and NPR. His visual explanation of American health care was selected by BusinessWeek as “The World’s Best Presentation of 2009.” This inspired the White House Office of Communications to invite Dan in for discussions 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 as 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, he 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.

Roam 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. He has applied his business-oriented visual thinking skills while working in Switzerland, Russia, Thailand, France, Holland, and the US. He lives in San Francisco.

Draw to Win

About the Book

Get ready for the ultimate crash course in communicating and solving problems through simple pictures.

Thirty-two thousand years ago, your many-times- great-grandparents Oog and Aag drew pictures on the wall of a cave. They had an innate need to communicate, but no written language. So they found an easy and natural way to share their thoughts and stories. Today, after so many years when speaking and writing dominated, we’re back in another highly visual age. About 90 percent of everything shared online is now visual—selfies, GIFs, smartphone videos, and more. This explosion of communication through pictures isn’t a millenial-driven fad; it’s as natural as those lines first drawn by Oog and Aag. Just turbo-charged by the latest technology.

And yet over the past twenty years, as I’ve taught people from Fortune 500 CE0s to White House staffers how to harness the power of imagery, the biggest objection I’ve always heard is, “But I can’t draw!” Trust me, you can. You don’t need to be da Vinci to be an outstanding visual thinker and communicator. The most effective drawings are the simplest, and you can get good at those in three minutes. In this little book, I’ll teach you how to use seven basic shapes to explain just about anything to just about anyone.

If you’ve read my previous books, you’ll see one or two familiar tools here, along with a bunch of new tools you can start using right away.

If you’re new to my approach—welcome! Get ready to work smarter, communicate more clearly, and get better at whatever you do, just by picking up a pen.

Get ready to draw to win.

Reviews

"It is because of simple drawings that I am able to more clearly communicate my ideas. I encourage everyone to do it. Thanks to Dan Roam, everyone can!"

SIMON SINEK

SIMON SINEK

optimist and author of Start With Why

"Dan Roam disarms our fear of drawing and provides clear and simple tools to bring our stories to life. In Draw To Win, Dan gives us all the chance to become better communicators, because the language of images is universal."

TOM KELLEY

TOM KELLEY

partner, IDEO, and author of Creative Confidence

"In this wonderful little book, Dan Roam has achieved something remarkable. He shows how the simplest thing—making a quick little drawing of your thoughts—leads to a renewed sense of purpose, focus, calm, and mastery."

KELLY MCGONIGAL

KELLY MCGONIGAL

author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress

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