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7 of The Best Books on How to Improve Your Presentation Skills

December 15, 2015
Whether presenting to our students, peers or an international audience, giving presentations makes up a huge part of our work as teachers and educators. Delivering successful presentations goes beyond the mere mastery of subject-content and involves a deep understanding of other dynamics that include body language, audience needs, visual communication and many more. In today’s post, we have curated for you some very good reads to help you hone in your presentation skills and enhance your public speaking abilities. For more options check out this page.

1- Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, by Garr Reynolds  (Author)

“Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.”

2- Confessions of a Public Speaker (English and English Edition, by Scott Berkun  (Author)

“In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.”

3- The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, by Carmine Gallo  (Author, Reader)

“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.”

4- Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo  (Author, Reader)

“Public speaking coach and bestselling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs Carmine Gallo has broken down the top TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology and communications to get their cutting-edge insights and to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. From "Unleashing the Master Within" and "Delivering Jaw Dropping Moments" to "Sticking to the 18-minute Rule," Gallo provides a step-by-step method that makes it possible for anyone to create, design, and deliver a TED-style presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.”

5- slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations 1st Edition, by Nancy Duarte  (Author)

“Written by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, this book is full of practical approaches to visual story development that can be applied by anyone. The book combines conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world's leading brands.”

6- Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences 1st Edition, by Nancy Duarte  (Author)

“Just as the author's first book helped presenters become visual communicators, Resonate helps you make a strong connection with your audience and lead them to purposeful action. The author's approach is simple: building a presentation today is a bit like writing a documentary. Using this approach, you'll convey your content with passion, persuasion, and impact.”

7- The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides (Voices That Matter), by Garr Reynolds  (Author)

“In this invaluable resource from the author for the best-selling books Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen Design, you will discover how to get to the core of your message and deliver presentations that are as natural as they are memorable. Whether you are just in the planning stages or need advice for a talk that begins in an hour, you'll find wisdom in The Naked Presenter that you can use to connect deeply with your audience and deliver a great presentation.”