Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Business Communication. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Robert's Rules of Order
Explains the accepted procedures for conducting business, government, and club meetings
- Author: Darwin Patnode
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc; Modern Revised edition (April 1, 1989)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
- ISBN: 978-0840771841
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
2. Design for How People Learn (Voices That Matter)
Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it's not in our job descriptions. Whether it's giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you've ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems. In Design For How People Learn, Second Edition , you'll discover how to use the key principles behind learning, memory, and attention to create materials that enable your audience to both gain and retain the knowledge and skills you're sharing. Updated to cover new insights and research into how we learn and remember, this new edition includes new techniques for using social media for learning as well as two brand new chapters on designing for habit and best practices for evaluating learning, such as how and when to use tests. Using accessible visual metaphors and concrete methods and examples, Design For How People Learn, Second Edition will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design both to improve your own learning and to engage your audience.
- Author: Julie Dirksen
- Publisher: New Riders; 2nd edition (December 7, 2015)
- Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
- ISBN: 978-0134211282
- Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
3. Better Data Visualizations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks
Now more than ever, content must be visual if it is to travel far. Readers everywhere are overwhelmed with a flow of data, news, and text. Visuals can cut through the noise and make it easier for readers to recognize and recall information. Yet many researchers were never taught how to present their work visually. This book details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. Jonathan Schwabish walks readers through the steps of creating better graphs and how to move beyond simple line, bar, and pie charts. Through more than five hundred examples, he demonstrates the do’s and don’ts of data visualization, the principles of visual perception, and how to make subjective style decisions around a chart’s design. Schwabish surveys more than eighty visualization types, from histograms to horizon charts, ridgeline plots to choropleth maps, and explains how each has its place in the visual toolkit. It might seem intimidating, but everyone can learn how to create compelling, effective data visualizations. This book will guide you as you define your audience and goals, choose the graph that best fits for your data, and clearly communicate your message.
- Author: Jonathan Schwabish
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (February 9, 2021)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
- ISBN: 978-0231193115
- Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
4. slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
No matter where you are on the organizational ladder, the odds are high that you've delivered a high-stakes presentation to your peers, your boss, your customers, or the general public. Presentation software is one of the few tools that requires professionals to think visually on an almost daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. slide:ology fills that void. Written by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth , this book is full of practical approaches to visual story development that can be applied by anyone. The book combines conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world's leading brands. With slide:ology you'll learn to: Connect with specific audiences Turn ideas into informative graphics Use sketching and diagramming techniques effectively Create graphics that enable audiences to process information easily Develop truly influential presentations Utilize presentation technology to your advantage Millions of presentations and billions of slides have been produced -- and most of them miss the mark. slide:ology will challenge your traditional approach to creating slides by teaching you how to be a visual thinker. And it will help your career by creating momentum for your cause.
- Author: Nancy Duarte
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (August 12, 2008)
- Genre: Business & Money, Job Hunting & Careers
- ISBN: 978-0596522346
- Dimensions: 9.08 x 0.67 x 8.64 inches
5. Essentials of Business Communication
Ensure you are job-ready with the number one choice -- Guffey/Lowey's ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION, 11E. In a time when writing and communication skills rank high on recruiters� wish lists, this proven text helps you develop job-readiness for the 21st century. ESSENTIALS highlights best practices and strategies backed by leading-edge research to strengthen your professionalism, expert writing techniques, workplace digital savvy and resume-building skills. Learn how writing is central to business success, regardless of the communication channel. ESSENTIALS discusses best practices for social media and mobile technology while refining your communication skills. Work with grammar exercises, documents for editing, and other practice tools in this four-in-one package with an authoritative text, practical workbook, grammar handbook and author-generated digital resources in MindTap.
- Author: Mary Ellen Guffey
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 11th edition (January 24, 2018)
- Genre: Business & Money, Skills
- ISBN: 978-1337386494
- Dimensions: 8.25 x 1 x 10.5 inches
6. Storytelling with Data: Let's Practice!
Influence action through data! This is not a book. It is a one-of-a-kind immersive learning experience through which you can become―or teach others to be―a powerful data storyteller. Let’s practice! helps you build confidence and credibility to create graphs and visualizations that make sense and weave them into action-inspiring stories. Expanding upon best seller storytelling with data ’s foundational lessons, Let’s practice! delivers fresh content, a plethora of new examples, and over 100 hands-on exercises. Author and data storytelling maven Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic guides you along the path to hone core skills and become a well-practiced data communicator. Each chapter includes: ● Practice with Cole: exercises based on real-world examples first posed for you to consider and solve, followed by detailed step-by-step illustration and explanation ● Practice on your own: thought-provoking questions and even more exercises to be assigned or worked through individually, without prescribed solutions ● Practice at work: practical guidance and hands-on exercises for applying storytelling with data lessons on the job, including instruction on when and how to solicit useful feedback and refine for greater impact The lessons and exercises found within this comprehensive guide will empower you to master―or develop in others―data storytelling skills and transition your work from acceptable to exceptional. By investing in these skills for ourselves and our teams, we can all tell inspiring and influential data stories!
- Author: Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
- Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (October 22, 2019)
- Genre: Business & Money, Skills
- ISBN: 978-1119621492
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
7. High-Impact Tools for Teams: 5 Tools to Align Team Members, Build Trust, and Get Results Fast (The Strategyzer Series)
Take advantage of a powerful visual management tool for teams as you work together and deliver great results. It's been used by thousands of teams for project success! 59% of U.S. workers say that communication is their team's biggest obstacle to success, followed by accountability at 29% (Atlassian). High-Impact Tools for Teams explains a simple, powerful tool that helps team leaders and members align and get clarity on exactly who is responsible for each part of the team's most important activities and projects. The tool is complemented by 4 trust add-ons that help teams build trust and increase psychological safety, so every member can be confident in sharing ideas or concerns about obstacles the team may face. It's a proven tool for project teams, based on years of research, and thousands of teams are already using the Team Alignment Map to run effective "get-to-action meetings", give projects a good start and de-silo organizations. Co-author Alex Osterwalder is the international best-selling author who co-created the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management tool used by 1 million+ industry leaders globally. Plan as a team and know who does what Uncover and proactively remove the most likely obstacles to any project Boost team member contributions Run more effective team meetings Get more successful projects With the guidance of High-Impact Tools for Teams, you can be better prepared as a team leader or team member to plan effectively, reduce risks, and collaborate with others. Your team will be accountable and ready to deliver results!
- Author: Stefano Mastrogiacomo
- Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (March 9, 2021)
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
- ISBN: 978-1119602385
- Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
8. Everyday Business Storytelling: Create, Simplify, and Adapt A Visual Narrative for Any Audience
A practical, easy-to-use guide to transform business communications into memorable narratives that drive conversations―and your career―forward In Everyday Business Storytelling: Create, Simplify, and Adapt A Visual Narrative for Any Audience , visual communication and storytelling experts Janine Kurnoff and Lee Lazarus leverage decades of experience helping executives at the world's top brands―including Facebook, Nestle, Accenture, and Marriot―bring clarity and meaning to their business communications. Whether you're building a presentation, crafting a high-stakes email, or need to influence decisions in your next meeting with an executive, Everyday Business Storytelling offers an insightful exploration of how to develop compelling business narratives. You'll discover how to use a simple, repeatable framework to choreograph your ideas, data, and insights into an authentic, persuasive story. You'll also find clever visual techniques to help humanize your stories and build an emotional connection with your audience, leading to improved presentation skills and effective data storytelling. Just a few of the things you'll learn from this business book include: The science behind why storytelling is the most effective way to trigger emotion in an audience and how to craft a business narrative that makes your ideas engaging The four signposts of storytelling and how to identify and weave in your BIG idea to capture attention How to craft expert headlines that guide your audience and advance your story Everyday Business Storytelling is an indispensable guide to making your communications stick in the minds of your audience and drive change. If you're a busy, talented businessperson responsible for executive presentations, one-pagers, emails, or virtual meetings, this communication book is for you.
- Author: Janine Kurnoff
- Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (February 17, 2021)
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
- ISBN: 978-1119704669
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
9. Microsoft Teams For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
Work seamlessly together with Microsoft Teams It was only a matter of time before Microsoft 365 built an actual virtual office. And Microsoft Teams is it, rocketing from 13 to 75 million daily users in a single year. The new edition of Microsoft Teams For Dummies gives you an in-depth introductory tour through the latest version of the app, exploring the many different ways you can chat, call, meet, work remotely, and collaborate with others in real time―whether you're using it as an all-in-one tool for working from home or as an extension to your brick-and-mortar office. Available as a stand-alone app or as part of Microsoft 365, it allows you to work seamlessly with almost any other Microsoft app. The friendly onboarding provided by this book takes you from the basics of file-sharing, organizing teams, and using video to must-have insights into less obvious functionality, such as posting the same message to multiple channels, muffling background noise (useful if you're working from home!), and choosing more than one feed to concentrate on when video-conferencing (allowing you to pay attention to the speaker and your team members at the same time). As well as clueing you in on how things work, you'll also find advice on the most effective ways of using them, with best-practices recommendations and tips on integrating Microsoft Teams into your existing workflows. Set up the interface Communicate on chat and video, inside and outside your org Integrate Microsoft Teams with your other Office apps Optimize your approach to meetings, working across large teams, and more! Whether you're using Microsoft Teams for work, within your family, or for a collaborative hobby, you'll find everything you need to get everyone on the same page in the same virtual room.
- Author: Rosemarie Withee
- Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (April 2, 2021)
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Software
- ISBN: 978-1119786221
- Dimensions: 7.38 x 0.73 x 9.25 inches
10. The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios
The definitive reference book with real-world solutions you won't find anywhere else The Big Book of Dashboards presents a comprehensive reference for those tasked with building or overseeing the development of business dashboards. Comprising dozens of examples that address different industries and departments (healthcare, transportation, finance, human resources, marketing, customer service, sports, etc.) and different platforms (print, desktop, tablet, smartphone, and conference room display) The Big Book of Dashboards is the only book that matches great dashboards with real-world business scenarios. By organizing the book based on these scenarios and offering practical and effective visualization examples, The Big Book of Dashboards will be the trusted resource that you open when you need to build an effective business dashboard. In addition to the scenarios there's an entire section of the book that is devoted to addressing many practical and psychological factors you will encounter in your work. It's great to have theory and evidenced-based research at your disposal, but what will you do when somebody asks you to make your dashboard 'cooler' by adding packed bubbles and donut charts? The expert authors have a combined 30-plus years of hands-on experience helping people in hundreds of organizations build effective visualizations. They have fought many 'best practices' battles and having endured bring an uncommon empathy to help you, the reader of this book, survive and thrive in the data visualization world. A well-designed dashboard can point out risks, opportunities, and more; but common challenges and misconceptions can make your dashboard useless at best, and misleading at worst. The Big Book of Dashboards gives you the tools, guidance, and models you need to produce great dashboards that inform, enlighten, and engage.
- Author: Steve Wexler
- Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (April 24, 2017)
- Genre: Business & Money, Skills
- ISBN: 978-1119282716
- Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches