A couple weeks ago, Nancy Duarte invited me down to her beautiful offices in Mountain View, CA to share ideas about “Vivid Thinking” and my new Blah Blah Blah book. We had so much to share that we ended up shooting three videos. Here is the first, an introduction to the big ideas in the book.
Let me give you the quick, strictly no blah-blah-blah summary:
Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn’t get your work done? Ever fallen asleep during a bullet-point presentation? Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less? Welcome to the land of
The Problem: We talk so much that we don’t think very well.
Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse the multifaceted problems of today. They can’t – and that’s bad, because words have become our default thinking tool.
The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. It’s called “Vivid Thinking.”
In my first book, The Back of the Napkin, I showed readers how to solve problems and sell ideas by drawing simple pictures. Now I prove that “vivid thinking” is even more powerful. This technique combines our verbal and visual minds so that we can think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire our colleagues, and enjoy and share ideas in a whole new way.
The Destination: We never have to look at blah-blah-blah the same way.
Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear. Whether trying to understand a Harvard Business School class, or what went down in the Conan versus Leno battle for late night TV, or what Einstein thought about relativity, “Vivid Thinking” provides a way to clarify anything.
Through dozens of guided examples, I show that anyone can apply the systematic “Vivid” approach, from left-brained types who hate to draw to right-brainers who hate to write. This isn’t just a book about improving communications, presentations, and ideation; it’s about removing the blah-blah-blah from your life for good.