Participants in my public speaking workshops have often asked me to recommend some great books they can read to take their mastery of public speaking to the next level. In fact, reading is a great way to gain new ideas and fresh perspectives on speaking.
Here are 5 books that I highly recommend that you read to improve your public speaking skills.
Book 1: Confessions of a public speaker by Scott Berkun
A book that reveals the secrets behind what great speakers and communicators do, and how you can emulate the success of these speakers through very practical advice.
Book # 2: Speak Like TED: The 9 Secrets To Public Speaking From The World’s Best Minds by Carmine Gallo
The ideas presented in this book are current and cutting-edge. If you want to learn to sell yourself and your ideas on stage, this book is for you.
Book # 3: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets From The Greatest Speakers Ever by James C. Humes
Great leaders like Churchill and Lincoln are remembered not only for their heroic leadership, but also for their fascinating and engaging speeches. If you want to learn how to deliver inspiring speeches that capture the hearts and souls of your audience, grab this book right away!
Book # 4: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds
Garr Reynolds is going to change the way you present with PowerPoint and Keynote. This book presents noteworthy ideas that transform the way you prepare, design, and deliver your presentations.
Book # 5: The quick and easy way to speak effectivelyby Dale Carnegie
A classic book of public speaking from the communication guru, Dale Carnegie. This book reveals the fundamentals of how you can influence minds and win hearts through effective speaking. Another book not to be missed!
While I firmly believe that the best way to learn to deliver exceptional speeches is to actually do it (yes! Keep making time to practice your speeches and hone your craft), reading books for fresh ideas and fresh perspectives can set you on a path towards success and achievement in this field. So go grab a book right away!
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