We present a survey of some recent results concerning joint numerical ranges of n -tuples of Hilbert space operators, accompanied with several new observations and remarks. Thereafter, numerical ranges techniques will be applied to various problems of operator theory. In particular, we discuss problems concerning orbits of operators, diagonals of operators and their tuples, and pinching problems. Lastly, motivated by known results on the numerical radius of a single operator, we examine whether, given bounded linear operators T 1 , . . ., Tn on a Hilbert space H , there exists a unit vector x ∈ H such that | 〈 Tjx , x 〉 | is “large” for all j = 1, . . . , n .