Amy Herman on Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life


Could looking at Monet’s water lilies save your company millions? Could your choice of an adjective win an argument? Could a glance at a pair of shoes catch a terrorist?

Lawyer and art historian Amy Herman has spent over a decade persuading people that the answer to these questions is yes. The Art of Perception, her engrossing guide to seeing — and communicating — more clearly, has helped FBI agents, cops, CEOs, doctors and others save money, reputations and lives. Herman discusses the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and how the analysis of works of art has afforded the participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for effective leadership. Herman teaches an art of perception that helps us be more effective in our professional lives, empathetic in our personal lives, and alert to the quagmire of peril and possibility all around us.