Last May I posted a long discussion about the importance of drawing pictures:
If you want to succeed a driving change, practice drawing pictures. Specifically, practice drawing pictures of either what the future looks like or what the journey to the future looks like.”
Today I was back at it, drawing more pictures in an attempt to bring two sides of an issue closer together. We attempted to draw a picture that both sides could see themselves in. We’ll know next Friday if our picture worked. I can’t say if it will for sure, but I can say for sure that if either side had stuck to only talking the two sides would never agree. The pictures in their heads are just too different.
That picture drawing exercise got me thinking again about the impact Dan Roam’s book Back of the Napkin has had on my life. Before I read his book I rarely drew pictures to get my point across. Now, that seems to be almost all I do. Why? Because pictures are powerful tools, especially when you are trying to communicate brand new concepts, which is much of what you do when you are driving change.
Here’s a video where Roam discusses part of his premise:
And here’s a video (handheld camera so beware the picture bouncing) of the last five minutes of a recent speech. Both videos are worth a quick look.
I’ll probably be buying his two new books soon, Unfolding the Napkin and Blah Blah Blah. Why not continue to support an author that taught me so much in one quick book? If you haven’t checked out