Working it! Unfolding the Napkin by Dan Roam

ImagesMany of you know that I've been fascinated with the changes that are occurring in communication and teaching.  We've moved from a text based world to an image based culture…words still mean a lot but when words are accompanied with images and pictures, ideas stick.  On my bookshelf above my desk is a proliferation of books that I have read, re-read and deciphered over the past two years…I am attempting to be as committed as possible to learning whatever I can in order to be the most effective communicator I can be.  Over the months, I've plowed through:

Slide:ology – Nancy Duarte

Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds

Blunder – Zachary Shore

The Back of the Napkin – Dan Roam

Made to Stick – Chip and Dan Heath

Quantum Learning  and Instructional Leadershp in Practice – Le Tellier

A Teacher's Guide to Mind-Mapping – Gideon King

Shaped by the Story and Enter the Story – Mike Novelli

Brain Rules – John Medina

Just to name a few…now, after trying to get more encouragement on the same subject, I picked up Dan Roam's new book, Unfolding the Napkin.  Essentially, it is Dan's four-day workshop on communication, problem-solving and teaching all wrapped up in one handy package.  I've made my way through day one…now on to the remainder of the book over the next couple of days.  Of course, I'm also reading Eugene Peterson's new book on Practicing Resurrection…Phil Jenkins book on the fifth century Council of Chalcedon ("Jesus Wars") and Alan Hirsh's new book, Unleashed, literally just walked in the door!  Bless you Amazon!  Anyway, it is all good…hey, if you are anything like me with similar passions for communication, you could not go wrong looking at the books above.  We have a lot to learn!

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