5 of the Best Public Speaking Books

Updated May 08, 2018 - Sophie Thompson

These 5 public speaking books discuss a number of methods and techniques to help you improve your public speaking skills. The books are a mix of both in-depth speaking strategy and storytelling through the difficult journey of learning to speak in public.

There are many articles on public speaking you can find online, however to really learn and understand how to improve, more detailed research needs to be conducted. That’s why these books are great, the authors have put in hundreds of hours of research so you don’t have to.

These books teach you how to speak at conferences and TED events, present at meetings, interact at networking events and much more.

Here’s our compiled list of the best public speaking books (so you don’t have to trawl through a hundred pages of reviews for the best ones!).

Public speaking 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 public speaking 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 public speaking 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.