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Best Books: 13 Books To Improve Communication Skills

No matter what you do, communication is sure to make up an element of it. Mastering the art of communication is a skill often overlooked, but look at any industry leaders and you’ll see that they’ve put many hours into mastering communication. You too should, regardless of your position, be looking to improve your ability to communicate.

We reached out to industry experts to get their recommendations on books you should read to improve your communication skills.

#1 From Presentation to Standing Ovation by Ron Tsang

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From Presentation to Standing Ovation is filled with actionable tips, tools, and templates -- from speech structure to strategic storytelling. At the end of each chapter, practical workbook questions help you apply the ideas immediately.

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Contributors: Ron Tsang from RHTsang

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#2 Saying What’s Real by Susan Campbell

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This book is a powerful resource in learning to communicate from a more self-aware, present and conscious state, especially in your most trusted relationships. It gives specific instruction and examples for how to own what is happening within your experience and how to express your needs, wants and beliefs in a way that allows deeper connection with your partner or loved ones. It was such a game-changer in my relationship with my husband that I purchased multiple copies and gave them away to friends and family, in hopes that they could benefit from it as much as I have.

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Contributors: Elana Marlo from Elana Marlo Coaching

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#3 Fierce Conversations from Susan Scott

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This book is about having hard conversations, faster; which is critical for moving forward with healthy relationships in life and at work. The key premise is that our work, our relationships, and our lives succeed or fail one conversation at a time. While no single conversation is guaranteed to transform a company, a relationship, or a life, any single conversation can.

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Contributors: Tasia Duske from TasiaDuske

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#4 Just Listen by Mark Goulston

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I found this book to be well-written, easily understood, and chock full of useful information for breaking down communication barriers in a wide variety of situations.

Published by AMACOM and written by a psychiatrist (who's also an internationally-recognized organizational consultant, corporate trainer, and FBI hostage-negotiation trainer), this reasonably-short, easily digested paperback (260 pages cover-to-cover) is a practical guide that provides techniques to help business leaders (as well as their supervisors and employees) deal with difficult superiors and colleagues, angry subordinates, demanding customers or self-destructive work teams.

Real-life examples drawn from Dr. Goulston's consulting experience demonstrate how his clients have achieved success by following his advice to break down barriers -- both inside the workplace and in their personal lives as well.

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Contributors: Timothy G. Wiedman from Doane College

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#5 Asimov’s Chronology of the World

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This is NOT your traditional communication book, instead, it’s an encyclopedia of the most significant advancements in human history (and pre-history). Reading this 600+ book of tiny print, cover to cover, will give you a basic grasp on a wide variety of topics and how they connect to each other; which 100% will help you have better, more productive conversations.

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Contributors: Michael Alexis  from MichaelAlexis 

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#6 Radical Candor by Kim Scott

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Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott This book is aimed at people in management positions but I believe it can help individuals of all kinds personally and professionally. It teaches the reader to communicate clearly, directly all the while showing care and compassion.

The thesis is that the combination will allow the receiving party to understand and more so want to take suggestions, directions, etc. Personally, it has altered my life in so many ways. For example, when teaching our hosts at AfterBuzz TV, I am able to get them to adopt new skills more quickly.

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Contributors: Phil Svitek from AfterBuzz TV

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#7 The Orderly Conversation by Dale Ludwig

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We were the first in our field to redefine business presentations as Orderly Conversations(tm), a type of communication that is planned to achieve a specific goal but takes place as a spontaneous exchange between presenter and audience. This book offers a new approach to the getting-business-done presentations you deliver-an approach that's more appropriate for the real world of business and more practical for every type of presenter and presentation.

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Contributors: Britt'ni Fields from Turpin Communication

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#8 Commun by icate Like a Leaderby Dianna Booher

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[This book] focuses on the 6 skills most essential to success in business.

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Contributors: Dianna Booher from Booher Research Institute

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#9 Creating Personal Presence by Dianna Booher

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Personal credibility is essential in most occupations and in most roles: sales, leadership, marketing, management, research. You must sell yourself and your own credibility before you can sell an idea, a product, or a service.

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Contributors: Dianna Booher from Booher Research Institute

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#10 Communicate With Confidence by Dianna Booher

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The book covers every aspect of interpersonal skills-listening, meetings, giving and receiving feedback, responding to insults, crosstalk between the genders, small talk, persuasion-just to name a few of the topics.

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Contributors: Dianna Booher from Booher Research Institute

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#11 Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

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Good communication skills are necessary in any profession, and in today’s content-driven world, writing skills are required in almost every situation. This book gives straightforward advice about how to improve your writing so you can create copy that is engaging, impactful, and concise. From website content, sales and marketing emails, to social media, if you need to communicate something in writing, this book can teach you how to do it better!

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Contributors: Sara Korolevich from GoodHire

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#12 Practical Communication by Amy P. Castro

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A practical guide to navigating 25 of the most common communication situations with real-world examples and specific advice and tips that help readers ACT on what they've read right away.

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Contributors: Amy P. Castro from The Performance Communication Group

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#13 How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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It’s a classic for a reason. This is one of those books that really has the power to change the way you think and the way you see daily interpersonal interactions. I think the title scares a lot of people away because it’s a little gimmicky by today’s standards. But remember, it’s how to win friends and influence people. It’s not how to pretend to be friends and manipulate people. The difference is huge.

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Contributors: Jake McKenzie from Auto Accessories Garage

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