Thousands of books are published each year to help us find answers and solutions to our business challenges. Public speaking is a skill that takes tremendous practice and study to perfect. If you have ever been to an event with a talented speaker, they make you feel excited, emotional, funny and interested all with their words. Is there a secret to someone being more passionate? Or can these skills be learned?
In this article, you’ll find ten different books that will give you the insights you need to improve public speaking. You’ll find books that will help you build your confidence, help you choose the right words, and truly captivate your audience.
Let’s get to it!
Top 10 Professional Speakers Books
- Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up- by Jerry Colonna
Jerry’s “Reboot” inspires us to hold ourselves responsible for our choices and for the possibility of achieving our dreams.
Reboot can help you become a better leader, and in fact, a better person. It offers insights into why you need to grow yourself to grow a business. Beautiful written!
- When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing- by Daniel H. Pink
In “When,” the author presents cutting-edge research and data on timing. He synthesizes them into a great, readable narrative, filled with stories you can’t resist, and practical takeaways that offer compelling insights into how readers can live richer and more engaged lives.
Despite presenting our time-based weakness, pink brings us good news about how to make up for these weaknesses. Many of the tips offered will require you to slow down and take breaks. Though they won’t stop time from moving, you’ll at least fill those hours a bit better.
- The Best Public Speaking Book- by Matt Deaton
In this ambitiously-titled book (Second edition, 2019), the author presents everything you need to know from preparation to posture, microphones to mindset, hand gestures to hecklers, for a perfect presentation.
The online philosophy professor, former comedy club host and keynote speaker prepared this book clearly and concisely, without sacrificing wisdom or details to give you all you need for your next public speaking role.
- The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell- by Paul Smith
This book digs into the journey behind success, breaking down the importance of your company’s story and shows you how to craft yours. “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell” makes for a quick and easy read, giving you practical ideas to use immediately.
- Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries- by Safi Bahcall
The author presents a new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior, and this challenges everything you thought you knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Safi Bahcall tried to lay out some fundamental laws of success and reveal the truth about successful group behavior.
- Speaking With No Fear: Go from a nervous, nauseated, and sweaty speaker to an excited, energized, and passionate presenter- by Mike Acker
Mike, in “Speaking With No Fear,” presents seven strategies that will give you a new perspective, prepare you, and give you actions to practice. Your fears will begin to fade away as you implement these strategies.
This book makes for a refreshing read, and it will make you understand that you are not alone in your fear of public speaking.
- You Got This: Everything You Need to Master Authentic Public Speaking- by Lisa Kleiman
“You Got This” offers advice to readers, not only for formal speeches but for every other public speaking events such as employment interviews, wedding toasts, and other impromptu speeches we encounter at different points in our lives.
The book presents a step-by-step, clear, and captivating guide that will ready you to speak anywhere, and to any audience.
- Ditch The Act- by Leonard Kim/Ryan Foland
Did you know that strategically presenting your humanness can help you achieve clear and defined goals? Ditch the Act will show you how. It will change your perspective on how you can find unimaginable opportunities by telling your story.
- Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World- by David Epstein
After examining the world’s most successful people in various fields, David Epstein discovered that generalists and not specialists are primed to succeed in most fields.
- The 100X Leader: How to Become Someone Worth Following- by Jeremie Kubicek
Do you wish to become a leader worth following? Read the 100X Leader. It will help you become a leader that will inspire your team to greatness. All you need to do is to take an honest look at yourself and apply the tools presented in the book.
In conclusion, if you want to find the best public speaking books, you can choose one-off this list that you can relate to. To truly improve public speaking, you have to change the way you think. To achieve that, you have to read the right books. I always recommend learning from people who have already achieved success in their field, learn from them, and make my own unique style.