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20 Best Public Speaking Books

Discover the best public speaking books to improve your communication skills, boost confidence, and captivate any audience.


A Promised Land

by Barack Obama

4.9 (125958 reviews)

What is A Promised Land about?

In this captivating memoir, the author reflects on his early political career, his historic journey to becoming the 44th President of the United States, and the challenges he faced during his first term. With eloquence and candor, he shares his personal experiences, political insights, and the ideals that shaped his presidency. From the highs of passing landmark legislation to the lows of navigating a divided nation, this book offers a compelling and intimate account of Barack Obama's journey in the White House.

Who should read A Promised Land

  • History enthusiasts seeking an insider's perspective on Barack Obama's presidency.

  • Political science students interested in understanding the complexities of governance.

  • Citizens curious about the personal journey of America's first Black president.


Lead from the Outside

by Stacey Abrams

4.8 (5778 reviews)

What is Lead from the Outside about?

In this empowering guide, a renowned author shares her insights on leadership and creating meaningful impact. Drawing from her own experiences, she offers practical advice on how to navigate obstacles and overcome societal barriers. With a focus on inclusivity and diversity, this book provides a roadmap for individuals looking to build a better future and drive genuine change from the outside.

Who should read Lead from the Outside

  • Aspiring leaders seeking guidance on building a successful future.

  • Individuals interested in making tangible societal changes from within.

  • Politically engaged readers looking for insights on effective leadership.


Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

by Trey Gowdy

4.8 (5152 reviews)

What is Doesn’t Hurt to Ask about?

In this insightful book, the author explores the art of effective communication through the power of asking questions. Drawing from his experience as a former prosecutor and congressman, Gowdy shares practical strategies and real-life examples to demonstrate how asking the right questions can foster meaningful connections, influence others, and navigate complex situations. Whether in personal relationships or professional settings, this book offers valuable insights on the transformative impact of asking the right questions.

Who should read Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

  • Professionals seeking to enhance their communication and persuasion skills.

  • Individuals interested in improving their ability to connect with others.

  • Anyone looking to master the art of asking effective questions.



by Jonah Berger

4.7 (5563 reviews)

What is Contagious about?

In this insightful book, the author explores the science behind why certain ideas, products, and behaviors become contagious while others fade away. Through engaging stories and compelling research, he uncovers the key factors that make things go viral, from social influence and emotional triggers to practical value and storytelling. Whether you're a marketer, entrepreneur, or simply curious about human behavior, this book offers valuable insights into the art of creating contagious content and ideas.

Who should read Contagious

  • Marketers and advertisers seeking to understand the science of virality.

  • Entrepreneurs looking to create buzz and increase brand awareness.

  • Social media enthusiasts interested in understanding the psychology of sharing.


HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

by Nancy Duarte

4.7 (587 reviews)

What is HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations about?

The book offers a comprehensive guide to crafting and delivering persuasive presentations. Drawing on her expertise in communication and visual storytelling, the author provides practical tips and strategies to captivate audiences, structure compelling narratives, and effectively use visuals to enhance the impact of presentations. With insights from successful speakers and real-world examples, this book equips readers with the skills needed to deliver persuasive presentations that leave a lasting impression.

Who should read HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

  • Business professionals seeking to enhance their presentation skills.

  • Students and educators looking to improve their persuasive communication abilities.

  • Individuals interested in mastering the art of influential public speaking.


The Successful Speaker

by Grant Baldwin

4.7 (350 reviews)

What is The Successful Speaker about?

In this practical guide, the author shares his expertise on becoming a successful speaker. With five essential steps, he provides valuable insights on how to book speaking engagements, negotiate fees, and establish a strong platform. Packed with actionable advice and real-life examples, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to thrive in the competitive world of public speaking.

Who should read The Successful Speaker

  • Aspiring speakers looking to break into the speaking industry.

  • Established speakers seeking to enhance their booking strategies and income.

  • Individuals interested in building a strong personal brand and platform.


Talk Like Ted

by Carmine Gallo

4.6 (3401 reviews)

What is Talk Like Ted about?

In this insightful book, the author reveals the secrets behind captivating and influential public speaking by analyzing the techniques used by some of the world's most successful individuals. Drawing from extensive research and real-life examples, Gallo presents nine essential strategies that can transform anyone into a powerful and persuasive speaker. Packed with practical tips and inspiring stories, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to enhance their communication skills and leave a lasting impact on their audience.

Who should read Talk Like Ted

  • Aspiring public speakers looking to improve their presentation skills.

  • Professionals seeking to captivate and inspire their audience through public speaking.

  • Individuals interested in learning from the world's most successful speakers.


TED Talks

by Chris Anderson

4.6 (2403 reviews)

What is TED Talks about?

In this insightful guide, the author, who is the curator of TED, shares his expertise on public speaking. Drawing from his experience of coaching numerous speakers, he reveals the secrets behind delivering powerful TED Talks. Packed with practical tips, techniques, and inspiring examples, this book equips readers with the tools to captivate audiences, convey ideas effectively, and leave a lasting impact through their public speaking skills.

Who should read TED Talks

  • Aspiring public speakers seeking expert guidance on delivering impactful TED Talks.

  • Professionals looking to enhance their public speaking skills and captivate audiences.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the art of persuasive communication.



by Michael Hyatt

4.6 (967 reviews)

What is Platform about?

In this insightful guide, the author shares practical strategies and valuable advice on how to stand out and gain visibility in today's crowded digital landscape. Drawing from his own experiences as a successful entrepreneur and influencer, he offers step-by-step instructions on building a personal brand, leveraging social media, and creating compelling content that captures attention. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, author, or professional, this book provides the tools and insights needed to get noticed and make an impact in a noisy world.

Who should read Platform

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build a strong personal brand.

  • Authors and content creators seeking to increase their online presence.

  • Professionals in marketing and communication aiming to stand out in a crowded market.


So You Want to Start a Podcast

by Kristen Meinzer

4.6 (433 reviews)

What is So You Want to Start a Podcast about?

In this informative guide, Kristen Meinzer shares her expertise on starting a successful podcast. She offers practical advice on finding your unique voice, crafting compelling stories, and building a dedicated community of listeners. With valuable tips and personal anecdotes, this book is a must-read for anyone aspiring to launch their own podcast and make a lasting impact in the world of audio storytelling.

Who should read So You Want to Start a Podcast

  • Aspiring podcasters seeking guidance on starting their own show.

  • Individuals interested in storytelling and building a loyal podcast audience.

  • Podcast enthusiasts looking to enhance their podcasting skills and community.


The Charisma Myth

by Olivia Fox Cabane

4.5 (2522 reviews)

What is The Charisma Myth about?

"The Charisma Myth" by Olivia Fox Cabane is a captivating guide that unveils the secrets behind personal magnetism. Through a combination of scientific research and practical techniques, the book teaches readers how to develop and enhance their charisma. Cabane explores the power of body language, vocal tone, and mindset, providing readers with the tools to become more influential, persuasive, and captivating individuals in both personal and professional settings.

Who should read The Charisma Myth

  • Individuals seeking to enhance their personal magnetism and charisma.

  • Business professionals aiming to improve their leadership and communication skills.

  • Anyone interested in understanding the science behind charisma and its practical applications.



by Joseph McCormack

4.5 (490 reviews)

What is Brief about?

In this insightful guide, Joseph McCormack explores the power of brevity in communication. He emphasizes the importance of cutting through the noise and getting to the point, offering practical strategies to convey messages effectively and make a lasting impact. With real-life examples and actionable tips, "Brief" equips readers with the tools to streamline their communication, captivate audiences, and achieve greater success in both personal and professional interactions.

Who should read Brief

  • Professionals seeking to enhance their communication skills and influence.

  • Business leaders looking to streamline their messaging and increase efficiency.

  • Individuals who want to make a lasting impression with concise communication.


Influencer Fast Track

by Gundi Gabrielle

4.5 (383 reviews)

What is Influencer Fast Track about?

This book is a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to become an influencer in just six months. It offers practical strategies, tips, and techniques to build a personal brand, grow a loyal following, and monetize social media platforms. With step-by-step instructions and real-life examples, readers will learn how to effectively engage with their audience, create compelling content, and leverage their influence to achieve success in the digital world.

Who should read Influencer Fast Track

  • Aspiring social media influencers looking to accelerate their growth.

  • Entrepreneurs seeking to leverage their personal brand for business success.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the strategies behind online influence.


Hug Your Haters

by Jay Baer

4.5 (361 reviews)

What is Hug Your Haters about?

In this insightful book, the author explores the importance of embracing customer complaints and feedback. With real-life examples and practical advice, the book teaches businesses how to effectively handle and respond to customer complaints in the digital age. By understanding the power of customer feedback, businesses can improve their customer service, build stronger relationships, and ultimately, achieve long-term success.

Who should read Hug Your Haters

  • Business owners and managers seeking to improve customer service.

  • Customer service representatives looking to handle complaints effectively.

  • Entrepreneurs and marketers aiming to build strong customer relationships.


Speeches That Changed the World

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

4.5 (184 reviews)

What is Speeches That Changed the World about?

"Speeches That Changed the World" is a captivating collection of powerful speeches that have shaped history and influenced societies. Written by an acclaimed author, this book delves into the profound impact of speeches delivered by influential figures throughout time. From political leaders to activists, these speeches have ignited revolutions, inspired change, and left an indelible mark on humanity. With insightful analysis and historical context, this book offers a compelling exploration of the transformative power of words.

Who should read Speeches That Changed the World

  • History enthusiasts seeking to explore influential speeches throughout time.

  • Students of political science and communication interested in impactful oratory.

  • Individuals looking for inspiration from powerful speeches that shaped history.


Unleash the Power of Storytelling

by Rob Biesenbach

4.4 (984 reviews)

What is Unleash the Power of Storytelling about?

In this captivating guide, Rob Biesenbach explores the art of storytelling and its transformative impact on communication. With practical tips and engaging anecdotes, he reveals how storytelling can captivate audiences, influence opinions, and drive meaningful change. Whether you're a business professional, marketer, or simply seeking to enhance your storytelling skills, this book will empower you to harness the power of narrative and achieve remarkable results in any endeavor.

Who should read Unleash the Power of Storytelling

  • Business professionals seeking to enhance their communication and persuasion skills.

  • Public speakers and presenters looking to captivate and engage their audience.

  • Marketers and advertisers aiming to create compelling and memorable brand narratives.


TED Talks Storytelling Techniques

by Akash Karia

4.3 (1267 reviews)

What is TED Talks Storytelling Techniques about?

In this insightful guide, Akash Karia delves into the art of storytelling by analyzing 23 captivating TED Talks. Drawing from the techniques used by the best speakers, Karia provides practical tips and strategies to help readers master the art of storytelling. Whether you're a professional speaker or simply want to enhance your communication skills, this book offers valuable insights to engage and inspire your audience through the power of storytelling.

Who should read TED Talks Storytelling Techniques

  • Aspiring public speakers looking to improve their storytelling skills.

  • TED Talk enthusiasts seeking to understand the techniques behind captivating presentations.

  • Individuals interested in learning from the best TED Talks for personal growth.


The Fixer

by Bradley Tusk

4.3 (59 reviews)

What is The Fixer about?

In this captivating memoir, Bradley Tusk shares his thrilling experiences as a fixer for struggling startups, rescuing them from the clutches of political obstacles. With a unique blend of political strategy and entrepreneurial insight, Tusk navigates the treacherous landscape of bureaucracy, corruption, and red tape to save these companies from certain demise. This gripping account offers a behind-the-scenes look at the high-stakes world of startups and the relentless determination required to overcome political challenges.

Who should read The Fixer

  • Entrepreneurs seeking insights on navigating political challenges in startups.

  • Politicians and policymakers interested in the intersection of politics and entrepreneurship.

  • Business enthusiasts curious about the behind-the-scenes struggles of startups.


The Fifth Risk

by Michael Lewis

What is The Fifth Risk about?

"The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy" by Michael Lewis is a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of neglecting the vital functions of the US government. Through compelling narratives, Lewis exposes the risks posed by the Trump administration's lack of understanding and appreciation for the complex systems that ensure the safety and well-being of the nation. This eye-opening book serves as a wake-up call, urging readers to recognize the importance of competent leadership and the potential consequences of its absence.

Who should read The Fifth Risk

  • Politically engaged citizens seeking to understand the risks to democracy.

  • Government officials and policymakers concerned about the future of democracy.

  • Individuals interested in the inner workings and challenges of government.


The NEW Comedy Bible

by Judy Carter

What is The NEW Comedy Bible about?

"The NEW Comedy Bible" is a comprehensive guide that offers aspiring comedians a step-by-step approach to writing and performing stand-up comedy. Written by an experienced comedian, Judy Carter, this book provides valuable insights, techniques, and exercises to help readers develop their comedic skills, find their unique voice, and connect with audiences. With its practical advice and humorous anecdotes, this ultimate guide is a must-read for anyone looking to make it in the world of stand-up comedy.

Who should read The NEW Comedy Bible

  • Aspiring comedians seeking expert guidance on writing and performing stand-up comedy.

  • Comedy enthusiasts looking to gain insights into the art of stand-up comedy.

  • Experienced comedians wanting to refine their skills and take their performances to the next level.