Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Public Speaking Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Themes and Variations
An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. In this surprising essay, international bestselling humor writer David Sedaris shares the rewards of a book tour and his devoted readers’ worst-kept secrets. Dismissed by a bored author at a book signing, a betrayed young man named David Sedaris made a vow. Someday, when it was his turn at the table, he’d connect with his readers. The experience has been even more revealing than he’d hoped. In this hilarious and perceptive essay, the celebrated humorist reflects on the unusual patterns of forced socialization between author and audience, and the obligations and sometimes surprising returns of not-so-chance encounters with strangers: jokes, secrets, insights, and even charity.
- Author: David Sedaris
- Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (April 28, 2020)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Reference
2. How Highly Effective People Speak: How High Performers Use Psychology to Influence With Ease (Speak for Success)
Why do we think what we think? Think we know what we think we know? Believe what we believe? Like what we like? Do what we do? Why do others trust or distrust us? Respect or disrespect us? Listen to or ignore us? Reach out to or neglect us? Like or dislike us? Praise or slander us? Believe or doubt us? That's not all... Why do others follow our lead or stand in our way? Give us opportunities or send them elsewhere? Support our striving for success and appreciate our message or toss it – and us – aside? Decades of cutting-edge (but unheard-of) scientific research presents an answer... Because hidden, little-known secrets of psychology influence everything about us... Neglecting them is swimming upstream. You can't change minds, win friends, or influence people. You can't earn undivided attention or get the respect you deserve. You undermine your professional image, stagnate your career, and destroy your confidence until communication makes you anxious. You don't deserve this. Neither did I. I remember wondering, "Why do people never support my ideas? Why am I drowning in a sea of 'sorry, maybe later' (AKA never)? Why have I stopped succeeding?" Luckily, everything changed when I answered one question... What are the communication habits of highly effective people? It comes down to one secret: Highly effective people speak how the human mind evolved to interpret information. The result? They easily persuade and instantly influence, turning communication from an obstacle into an opportunity. They enrich their careers, get more done, and advance with stunning speed. They impact and inspire others, rising to positions of leadership. They quickly succeed, excel with ease, and shape the world. They attract support, feel confident, and smash goal after goal. Who are they? Presidents and CEOs; top-performers and respected professionals; leaders and visionaries. And here's my question to you: Will you be one of them? In How Highly Effective People Speak , you'll discover 194 communication habits of highly effective people (proven by 57 scientific studies ) including: How to get more done with less effort by influencing others to support you How to attract others (instead of turning them away and seeming unfriendly) with the correct type of body language How to make people systematically, predictably, and reliably overweigh your opinion by activating the availability bias How to charge more or pay less (for the same product) and win every negotiation with the anchoring effect How to effortlessly make others want something by activating one little-known cognitive bias (called "essential" by billionaire investor Charlie Munger, partner to Warren Buffet) How to lead with ease and reliably influence teams by using the contrast effect How to effortlessly speak with memorable eloquence by applying 2,000-year-old secrets of powerful language How to ace every interview, meeting, and presentation with ease by activating agent detection bias How to quickly diffuse all objections by activating the little-known (but extremely powerful) zero-risk bias How to make people believe something even if they think the exact opposite with the illusory truth effect How to appear authoritative, trustworthy, and capable in 10 seconds by activating the halo effect How to combine the science of psychology with the art of communication and create a critical competitive advantage in life
- Author: Peter Andrei
- Publisher: Independently published (May 29, 2020)
- Genre: Business & Money, Business Culture
- ISBN: 979-8649598507
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.55 x 8.5 inches
3. 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
4. Speak with No Fear: Go from a Nervous, Nauseated, and Sweaty Speaker to an Excited, Energized, and Passionate Presenter
Do you HATE public speaking? Are you TERRIFIED to stand in front of people? When you think of speaking, do you get nervous, anxious, even sweaty? You don’t have to be afraid any longer. It can seem like everyone is a gifted speak when you watch TED talks or compare yourself to skilled co-workers giving presentations. Don't get caught up in comparison. Instead, take action to improve YOUR ability and to overcome your fear. If you struggle when you speak, then you are not alone. Public speaking is the number one fear in America. Millions of people are terrified at the prospect of going up on stage and addressing a crowd even more than they’re afraid of death. And yet, it’s an unavoidable experience if you want to succeed in this world. Maybe it’s a business presentation for your career path, a speech in school, or a toast at your best friend’s wedding. Fear of speaking grips you. But it doesn’t have to. Not anymore. This book can help you. You will learn seven strategies you can begin today. These strategies will give you a new perspective. This book will prepare you and give you actions to practice. As you implement these strategies, your fear will begin to fade. Full of relatable anecdotes, executable tips, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this book promises to teach you seven proven strategies to help you find your inner presenter. Don’t wait any longer. Today is the day you take charge of your anxiety, calm your nerves, and - most importantly - speak with no fear.
- Author: Mike Acker
- Genre: Business & Money, Skills, Communications
5. ISE The Art of Public Speaking
Fully updated for the thirteenth edition, the award-winning The Art of Public Speaking offers a time-tested approach that has made it the most widely used college textbook on its subject in the world. Seamlessly coordinated with Connect, McGraw-Hill Education's pathbreaking online program, it supplies a proven set of teaching and learning tools that is without parallel among public speaking books. For experienced instructors, The Art of Public Speaking presents a solid, fully customizable foundation and an abundance of teaching aids from which to choose, allowing for complete teaching flexibility in the course. For novice instructors, its wisdom, steady hand, and unmatched ancillary package instill confidence and build success in the classroom from day one.
- Author: Stephen Lucas
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 13th edition (January 2, 2019)
- Genre: Reference, Words, Language & Grammar
- ISBN: 978-1260548099
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
6. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
Learn the public-speaking secrets of the world's top minds Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. TED Talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED―which stands for technology, entertainment, and design―brings together the world's leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking. Public speaking coach and bestselling author Carmine Gallo has broken down hundreds of TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters, as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology, communications, and neuroscience to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. Gallo's step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver a presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable. Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a TED-worthy presentation. Carmine Gallo's top 10 Wall Street Journal Bestseller Talk Like TED will give them the tools to communicate the ideas that matter most to them, the skill to win over hearts and minds, and the confidence to deliver the talk of their lives.
- Author: Carmine Gallo
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (March 10, 2015)
- Genre: Business & Money, Skills
- ISBN: 978-1250061539
- Dimensions: 5.65 x 0.79 x 8.3 inches
7. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
New York Times Bestseller “Catnip for all the TED fans out there.” — Publishers Weekly “The most insightful book ever written on public speaking…a must-read.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals Since taking over TED in 2001, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview; it can be more powerful than anything in written form. This “invaluable guide” ( Publishers Weekly ) explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula, but there are tools that can empower any speaker. Chris Anderson has worked with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, Monica Lewinsky, and more—everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is a must-listen for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.
- Author: Chris Anderson
- Genre: Business & Money, Job Hunting & Careers, Guides
8. The Art of Public Speaking (Communication) Standalone Book
NOTE: This is a Standalone book and does not include Access card/ Code. The Art of Public Speaking personalizes learning for every student no matter who they are or where they are, ensuring that they come to your public speaking class confident, prepared with the principle foundations, and ready to participate in your teaching and coaching.
- Author: Stephen Lucas
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 12th edition (October 9, 2014)
- Genre: Reference, Words, Language & Grammar
- ISBN: 978-0073523910
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
9. The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking
In this streamlined and updated edition of Dale Carnegie’s communications classic, learn how to achieve greater success and have maximum impact as a speaker in every situation that requires convincing others of your point of view. Good public speakers are made, not born—as the pioneer of personal business skills, Dale Carnegie, once argued. Yet business, social, and personal satisfaction and success often depends heavily upon your ability to communicate clearly. In The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, you can acquire and perfect your public speaking skills. Featuring accessible step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to build confidence, courage, and enthusiasm in every situation, including the boardroom and beyond.
- Author: Dale Carnegie
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (March 1, 1990)
- Genre: Business & Money, Skills
- ISBN: 978-0671724009
- Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.6 x 6.75 inches
10. Robert's Rules of Order in Action: How to Participate in Meetings with Confidence
ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER—CONDENSED. Motion passed! Robert’s Rules of Order make meetings more productive and organized. Robert’s Rules of Order in Action is the quick and easy way to master the essentials. This book puts the most important parliamentary instructions, terms, and examples at your fingertips. All the essential rules for meetings, motions, debate, and voting are here, so you can take command of your next meeting and really get things done. Robert’s Rules of Order in Action includes: Well-rehearsed —Example scripts tell you exactly what to say. Quick Reference —Clearly marked tabs help you find the information you need immediately. Concise Glossary —You’ll master Robert’s Rules of Order—the procedure and the language. Robert’s Rules of Order in Action makes learning these dynamic and empowering tools remarkably easy. Meeting adjourned.
- Author: Randi Minetor
- Publisher: Zephyros Press; Gld edition (July 25, 2015)
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
- ISBN: 978-1623156213
- Dimensions: 5 x 0.33 x 7 inches