Our Favourite Books to Improve Your Speaking Abilities

Struggling to find a good book to read? We have pulled together a list of our favourite books to improve your speaking skills.

Happy reading!

Takign Centre Stage

Taking Centre Stage by Deb Gottesman

“From Broadway to the boardroom, the fine art of persuasion is a valuable tool of life-and it can be learned. All it takes is a little practice, a lot of determination, and a few techniques used by people who make a living speaking publicly-actors. With amazing insights from professional presenters, Taking Center Stage gives you expert advice on pulling off a crowd-pleasing, award-worthy performance. It’s packed with revealing anecdotes, insider tips, and provocative, inspiring exercises that will help you make your presentations and speeches more effective-and a lot less nerve-wracking.”

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Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

“In his book, 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.”

TED Talks

TED Talks by Chris Anderson

“This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. But don’t be intimidated. You may find it more natural than you think.”

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo

“Using Jobs’s legendary presentations as a blueprint, communication skills coach Carmine Gallo has mapped out a ready-to-use framework of presentation secrets to help you plan, deliver, and refine the best presentation of your life.”


Resonate by Nancy Duarte

“By leveraging techniques normally reserved for cinema and literature, Resonate reveals how to transform any presentation into an engaging journey. You will discover how to understand your audience, create persuasive content, and elicit a groundswell response.”

A Whole New Mind

A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink

“Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment–and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that’s already here.”


Illuminate by Nancy Duarte

“Nancy and Patti lay out a roadmap to help leaders move people to embrace bold visions and carry them forward. If you’re a leader who’s trying to inspire people now or someone who wants to be a leader in the future, “Illuminate” will guide your own journey of transformation.”

Winning Body Language

Winning Body Language by Mark Bowden

“This ingenious step-by-step guide, written by an elite trainer of Fortune 50 CEOs and G8 world leaders, unlocks the secrets of nonverbal communication–using a proven system of universal techniques that can give you the ultimate professional advantage.”

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