Dan Roam

International Bestselling Author, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

Dan Roam

[Roam] shows you how to create simple drawings...that are simple but effective tools in breaking down complex notions and letting you share an idea across cultures and levels of expertise with aplomb.

Fast Company

Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller, "The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures," which was named the innovation and creativity book of the year by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and the Times of London. "The Back of the Napkin" has been published in 27 languages and topped the business book charts in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, China, Korea, and France.

Dan's latest book, "Show & Tell: How Regular People Make Extraordinary Presentations" was published in March 2014. Dan and his whiteboard are frequent guests on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR.

Dan is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a managementconsulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems for such clients as Google, Boeing, eBay, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Navy, and the United States Senate.

Dan's analysis of American health care on 50 napkins was hailed by BusinessWeel as "The World's Greatest Presentation of 2009" and prompted the White House Office of Communications to invite Dan in for discussions on how to visually clarify complex policy issues.

Books by Dan Roam

Videos featuring Dan Roam

  • Becoming a Visual Storyteller

    Dan Roam

    Look, visual thinking is for everyone. Now I know there may be a lot of people who say, “Dan, you know that sounds great, but I can’t draw… So how could I be visual?” This isn’t about drawing. This isn’t about being artistic.

  • The Artistic Side of Persuasion

    Dan Roam

    My first book The Back of The Napkin is literally called solving problems and selling ideas with pictures and it’s based around the neurobiology of vision. What’s really remarkable is that we are beginning to understand how vision works and vision actually is human vision, a system.


Articles by Dan Roam

Previous Events featuring Dan Roam

  • Review: The Art of Leadership - Vancouver 2014

    The Art Of

    On September 30th The Art of Leadership sponsored by Microsoft returned to Vancouver at The Centre. This year’s conference featured the following five world-renowned bestselling authors and thought leaders: Rudy Giuliani, Hayley Wickenheiser, Charles Duhugg, Dan Roam and Dr.

  • Review: The Art of Leadership - Calgary 2014

    The Art Of

    On September 8th The Art of Leadership Sponsored by Microsoft returned to Calgary (regardless of the snow) for another sold out, inspiring event! This year’s lineup included: Former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, Canada’s favourite Astronaut, Col.


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