Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Communication Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers , offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers — and why they often go wrong. A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit Free Press How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to one another that isn’t true? Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller David and Goliath , Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.
- Author: Malcolm Gladwell
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.; 1st edition (September 1, 2019)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-0316478526
2. Surrounded by Idiots
Do you ever think you’re the only one making any sense? Or tried to reason with your partner with disastrous results? Do long, rambling answers drive you crazy? Or does your colleague’s abrasive manner rub you the wrong way? You are not alone. After a disastrous meeting with a highly successful entrepreneur, who was genuinely convinced he was ‘surrounded by idiots’, communication expert and bestselling author, Thomas Erikson dedicated himself to understanding how people function and why we often struggle to connect with certain types of people. Surrounded by Idiots is an international phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide. It offers a simple, yet ground-breaking method for assessing the personalities of people we communicate with – in and out of the office – based on four personality types (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow), and provides insights into how we can adjust the way we speak and share information. Erikson will help you understand yourself better, hone communication and social skills, handle conflict with confidence, improve dynamics with your boss and team, and get the best out of the people you deal with and manage. He also shares simple tricks on body language, improving written communication, advice on when to back away or when to push on, and when to speak up or shut up. Packed with ‘aha!’ and ‘oh no!’ moments, Surrounded by Idiots will help you understand and communicate with those around you, even people you currently think are beyond all comprehension. And with a bit of luck you can also be confident that the idiot out there isn’t you!
- Author: Thomas Erikson
- Publisher: Essentials (October 6, 2020)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-1250179937
- Dimensions: 5.46 x 0.82 x 8.21 inches
3. Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism
The author of the widely praised Wordslut analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power. What makes “cults” so intriguing and frightening? What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson documentaries by the dozen and fall down rabbit holes researching suburban moms gone QAnon is because we’re looking for a satisfying explanation for what causes people to join—and more importantly, stay in—extreme groups. We secretly want to know: could it happen to me? Amanda Montell’s argument is that, on some level, it already has . . . Our culture tends to provide pretty flimsy answers to questions of cult influence, mostly having to do with vague talk of “brainwashing.” But the true answer has nothing to do with freaky mind-control wizardry or Kool-Aid. In Cultish, Montell argues that the key to manufacturing intense ideology, community, and us/them attitudes all comes down to language. In both positive ways and shadowy ones, cultish language is something we hear—and are influenced by—every single day. Through juicy storytelling and cutting original research, Montell exposes the verbal elements that make a wide spectrum of communities “cultish,” revealing how they affect followers of groups as notorious as Heaven’s Gate, but also how they pervade our modern start-ups, Peloton leaderboards, and Instagram feeds. Incisive and darkly funny, this enrapturing take on the curious social science of power and belief will make you hear the fanatical language of “cultish” everywhere.
- Author: Amanda Montell
- Publisher: Harper Wave (June 15, 2021)
- Genre: Reference, Words, Language & Grammar
- ISBN: 978-0062993151
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.05 x 8.25 inches
4. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
The 10th-anniversary edition of the New York Times business bestseller-now updated with "Answers to Ten Questions People Ask" We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you'll learn how to: · Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation · Start a conversation without defensiveness · Listen for the meaning of what is not said · Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations · Move from emotion to productive problem solving
- Author: Douglas Stone
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (November 2, 2010)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-0143118442
- Dimensions: 5.03 x 0.62 x 7.74 inches
5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick , accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the "human scale principle", using the "Velcro Theory of Memory", and creating "curiosity gaps". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds (from the infamous "kidney theft ring" hoax to a coach's lessons on sportsmanship, to a new-product vision at Sony) draw their power from the same six traits. Made to Stick is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It includes a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures), such as the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass full of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers, the charities who make use of "the Mother Teresa Effect", and the elementary school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.
- Author: Charles Kahlenberg
- Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Health & Wellness, Psychology & Mental Health, Psychology, Social Psychology & Interactions
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
This original, timeless classic has been treasured for generations—this edition has the original story and illustrations from 1922. Once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always. This wondrous tale of the velveteen rabbit has delighted readers of all ages with its story of transformation and redemption through a child's unwavering love. At first a brand-new toy, now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic, the velveteen rabbit is saved from peril by a magic fairy who whisks him away to the idyllic world of Rabbitland. There, he becomes ""Real,"" a cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity.
- Author: Margery Williams
- Publisher: Doubleday; Reissue edition (January 1, 1991)
- Genre: Children's Books, Animals
- ISBN: 978-0385077255
- Dimensions: 7.63 x 0.41 x 9.69 inches
7. I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships
+ 2018 IPA Book Award Winner + 2018 Readers' Favorite Award Winner What if making one tweak to your day-to-day conversations could immediately improve every relationship in your life? In this 3-hour, conversational read, you’ll discover the whats, whys, and hows of one of the most valuable (yet surprisingly little-known) communication skills—validation. Whether you’re looking to improve your relationship with your spouse, navigate difficult conversations at work, or connect on a deeper level with friends and family, this book delivers simple, practical, proven techniques for improving any relationship in your life. Mastery of this simple skill will enable you to: Calm (and sometimes even eliminate) the concerns, fears, and uncertainties of others Increase feelings of love, respect, and appreciation in your romantic relationships Quickly resolve, or even prevent, arguments Help others become open to your point of view Give advice and feedback that sticks Provide support and encouragement to others, even when you don’t know how to “fix” the problem And much more In short: this skill is powerful. Give the principles and practices in this book a chance and you’ll be amazed at the difference they can make.
- Author: Michael S. Sorensen
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
8. Eloquence: The Hidden Secret of Words that Change the World (Speak for Success)
Why do people ignore our ideas or support them? Agree with our positions or undermine them? Tune out when we speak or give us undivided attention? Why do most of us fail to persuade others? Fail to formulate convincing arguments? Fail to speak with confidence and fail to get our way? And why do some lawyers and legal professionals quickly soar above the competition, their words carrying immense weight, while others struggle to communicate effectively? 53 little-known, cutting-edge, and revolutionary (but practically unheard-of) scientific studies present a virtually unknown answer based on irrefutable empirical evidence... The answer? If you can't speak with eloquence, your words don't count. This undermines your professional image and stagnates your career, holding you back and sabotaging your ideas. Eloquent words outperform their weak counterparts. Eloquent words convince. They compel. They captivate. They persuade. They move hearts and minds. And they can change the world. What are the hidden secrets of words that change the world? This concise new release by an Amazon best-selling author dissects the little-known "eloquence secrets" of two of the most impactful messages in the history of American political persuasion. These messages defined the ethos of both major parties, shaped the political discussions we have decades later, and redefined the very meaning of America. Eloquence breaks down the 61 techniques hidden in these two messages, revealing simple, repeatable, step-by-step strategies for eloquent speaking that allow you to: ✓ Inspire, impact, and influence people ✓ Gain an edge in any discussion ✓ Captivate listeners ✓ Avoid people tuning out ✓ Speak with more eloquence than many world-leaders ✓ Grab undivided attention ✓ Persuade people to your point of view ✓ Master the ancient art of rhetoric ✓ Appeal to human emotion for massive influence ✓ Achieve instant eloquence ✓ Attract support to your ideas ✓ Win any argument ✓ Avoid ineffectual and boring communication ✓ Build rapport and form connections ✓ Make your ideas seem drastically and dramatically better ✓ Earn trust and portray credibility ✓ Appear like an expert and visionary worth listening to ✓ Know exactly what to say ✓ Earn instant respect for yourself and your ideas ✓ Gain an unfair competitive advantage in your career What free bonuses do you get in the limited-edition version of Eloquence ? The strategy workbook. Use the proven secrets revealed in the book, applying them to your communication for instant eloquence. The eloquence on demand service. Send the author your message and he will personally work with you to guarantee it achieves unparalleled eloquence. The 219-point speech-writing checklist. Unlock the checklist top CEOs use to guarantee their message always impacts, inspires, and influences their audience. The speech-feedback on demand service. Send the author your speech and he will personally run through the 219-point checklist, giving you feedback and suggestions for improvement.
- Author: Peter Andrei
- Publisher: Independently published (August 26, 2020)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
- ISBN: 979-8679682641
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches
9. Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time
Fully revised and updated—the national bestselling communication skills guide that will help you achieve personal and professional success one conversation at a time. The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott wants you to succeed. To do that, she explains, you must transform everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to get your message across—and get what you want. In this guide, which includes a workbook and The Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations, Scott teaches you how to: • Overcome barriers to meaningful communication • Expand and enrich relationships with colleagues, friends, and family • Increase clarity and improve understanding • Handle strong emotions—on both sides of the table • Connect with colleagues, customers and family at a deep level Includes a Foreword by Ken Blanchard, the bestselling co-author of The One Minute Manager
- Author: Susan Scott
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (January 6, 2004)
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
- ISBN: 978-0425193372
- Dimensions: 5.99 x 0.82 x 9.01 inches
10. Leadership: Theory and Practice
In this fully updated Eight Edition of Leadership: Theory and Practice , a new chapter on Followership examines the central role followers play in the leadership process and unpacks the characteristics of both effective and ineffective followers. The new edition also includes a new Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire and new coverage on the dark side of leadership and destructive leadership. Adopted at more than 1600 institutions in 89 countries and translated into 13 different languages, this market leading text successfully combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and special emphasis on how leadership theory can inform leadership practice. Peter G. Northouse uses a consistent structure for each chapter, allowing students to easily compare and contrast the various theories. Case studies and questionnaires provide students with practical examples and opportunities to deepen their personal understanding of their own leadership.
- Author: Peter G. Northouse
- Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 8th edition (March 16, 2018)
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
- ISBN: 978-1506362311
- Dimensions: 6 x 1.19 x 9 inches