Greatest Public Speaking Books

Learn new skills and tips with these communication books.

The Art of Public Speaking

Stephen Lucas

This book focuses on the practical skills of public speaking and the contemporary theories of rhetoric. All major aspects of speech preparation and presentation are covered – students learn to internalise the principles of public speaking, build confidence through speech practice, and prepare for success in the classroom and beyond.

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

Carmine Gallo

TED brings together the world’s leading thinkers and speakers who inspire people and give them the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking. This book reveals the nine secrets of successful TED presentations by going through hundreds of TED talks and interviewing top presenters and researchers.

Confessions of a Public Speaker

Scott Berkun

This book provides an insider’s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It’s a unique and entertaining story through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes. You’ll get new insights into the art of persuasion, teaching, learning, and performance.

Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better Public Speaker

David Nihill

The author overcomes his speaking fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian for a year, while learning from other stand-up comedians about how to speak in public. This book will teach you how to craft a story your audience will laugh at and want to listen to, as well as helping you master the timing and delivery of your performance.

Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice

Katherine Preston

After battling with her stutter for 17 years, Katherine travels around America meeting hundreds of stutterers, including celebrities, psychologists, writers, speech therapists and researchers. Her journey helps debunk the misconceptions shrouding the condition that affects 60 million people worldwide, while learning to embrace the voice within.