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Best Books: 9 Books To Read To Master Public Speaking

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Public speaking, like any other skill, takes hard work to master. Alongside lots of practice, it’s important to have a base of knowledge and understanding so that you can develop your public speaking skills efficiently.

Here are the 10 best books that you should read to get a full understanding of what it is to be successful at public speaking.

#1 Insider Secrets of Public Speaking

From the author: My book, β€˜Insider Secrets of Public Speaking’ is not like most of the others on the market. Co-written with Nadine Dereza, the authors are professional speakers and speaker coaches (the magazine Square Mile calls me β€˜the UK’s most trusted speaker coach’)ΝΎ and the book is aimed at people who are speaking for professional reasons.

With chapters based around specific issues such as PowerPoint, nerves and filler words, the book is a friendly, coaching-led exploration of how the three principles of good communication audience, authenticity and authority apply whether you’re speaking at a wedding, conference or boardroom meeting. Readers are getting the advice that the authors have dispensed to politicians, Olympians, CEOs, and othersΝΎ practical advice that works in the real world.

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#2 Talk Like TED

I work with speakers and most will say they aspire to do a TED Talk. Whether you are starting out or are a seasoned speaker, this book will give you insights and practical nuggets to better your craft and stand out.

Author Carmine Gallo analyzed hundreds of the most popular TED Talks and interviewed top presenters as well as researchers in the field of psychology, communications and neuroscience to synthesize it down to 9 secrets all successful TED presentation have in common. This book has plenty of practical do's and don'ts and if you are wanting to deliver more engaging, memorable talks, keynotes, speeches or presentations then this book is a must read!

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#3 TED Talks

Which book would you turn to when there is one public speaking platform that has revolutionized public speaking?

This book by Chris Anderson talks about the nuances of public speaking, what constitutes a good speech, and most importantly why it is important that you hone your public speaking. There has been no other time in the history than today when telling your story and public speaking in order to get your message out there has been more feasible, more powerful, and more needed. And since the recommendation is about public speaking, I recommend picking up the audiobook too to better take in the power of public speaking through the voice of Chris Anderson himself.

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#4 Speak Up, Get Clients

The book provides an excellent framework for creating speeches that help you get clients.

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Contributors: Carma Spence from DragonWyze International

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#5 Confessions of a Public Speaker

Like all confessionals, this one is entertaining and yet packed with all sorts of helpful information. Berkins over fifteen years of experience is is an extraordinary guide to making it through a speech. If you have speaking anxiety this book can help you through it.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#6 The Sir Winston Method

The most useful book on public speaking is the Sir Winston Method by James C Humes. It's out of print, but easy to find used.

The author, a former speechwriter, does a fantastic job of analyzing how to speak in public and gives you a step-by-step method on preparing your speech and how to present it so that you seem confident, easily understood, and poised. It completely changed the way I did speaking for the better.

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#7 The Art of Public Speaking

This [book] provides an excellent template for presentations that not only educate but also sell.

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#8 The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking

Carnegie is the defacto guru when it comes to self-help literature, and in this book, he does it again. Carnegie breaks down the ins and outs of how what qualifies as a great speech. He lays out the easy to follow criteria and makes the art of speech giving easy to learn and master.

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#9 Speaking for Money

Once offered by Writer’s Digest Books, this is an oldy but goody! It provides good solid advice for building a speaking based business.

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Contributors: Carma Spence from DragonWyze International

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