The ultimate reading list: 50 great books that every speaker should read

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The Ultimate Reading List: 50 Great Books that Every Speaker Should Read

Most speakers need constant inspiration, especially when they’ve hit a wall in creating content or getting an audience to engage with them on a higher level. With this in mind, here’s a helpful list of over 50 books that speakers can read to become a better speaker.

We’ve compiled this list of book recommendations by assessing the areas that speakers typically need inspiration or guidance. Many of these books will cross categories, and have great ideas that span from creating influential openings, to designing impactful slides.

Want to keep things simple? We’ve loosely organized the books into categories, so that you can jump directly to the area where you are looking for a bit of help.

Creating great content

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds 101 Ways to Open a Speech The Sound Bite Workbook: How to Generate Snappy Tag Lines, Scintillating Interview Quotes, Captivating Book or Article Titles, and Irresistible Marketing or Publicity Handles Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller 10 Steps to Writing a Vital SpeechThe Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable StoryTED Talks Storytelling: 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED TalksHow to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or LessYou Are the Message

Creating strong visuals

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform AudiencesPresentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your PresentationsWhy Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck (Third Edition) slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great PresentationsBeyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and InspireDesign For How People Learn (Voices That Matter) How to Design TED-Worthy Presentation Slides (Black & White Edition): Presentation Design Principles from the Best TED Talks Say It With Charts: The Executive's Guide to Visual Communication The Elements of Style

 

Excelling in Delivery

Speak like Yourself- No, Really! Follow Your Strengths and Skills to Great Public Speaking How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations, revised and expanded new edition, with a foreword by Richard St. John and an afterword by Simon Sinek You Are the Message No Sweat Public Speaking! The Quick and Easy Way to Effective SpeakingHow to Deliver a Great TED Talk: Presentation Secrets of the World's Best Speakers

The Power Presenter: Technique, Style, and Strategy from America's Top Speaking CoachPrinciples of Public Speaking The Art of Public Speaking, 11th EditionSpeak from the Heart: How To Master the Art of Public Speaking in 7 Easy Lessons Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital AgeThe Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides 

 

Audience Development

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take ActionInfluence: The Psychology of PersuasionSpeaking PowerPoint: The New Language of BusinessThe Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations RedefinedBasic Training for Trainers, Third Edition

 

The art of persuasion

Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be PersuasiveStrategic Storytelling: How to Create Persuasive Business Presentations HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations Moving Mountains: Or the Art and Craft of Letting Others See Things Your Way Presentation Skills 201: How to Take It to the Next Level as a Confident, Engaging Presenter The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism Crisis Communications: The Definitive Guide to Managing the Message Confessions of a Public Speaker (English and English Edition) Telling Ain't Training: Updated, Expanded, Enhanced How to Develop Self-Confidence And Influence People By Public Speaking

Are there any books that you found particularly useful that we’ve missed? We would love to hear your suggestions and why you found the book inspirational. Comment below, or contact us, we read every email.

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