7 Recommended Books for How to Be a Speaker

7 Recommended Books for How to Be a Speaker

Here are seven books we recommend for learning how to be a speaker and how to be a better leader. We have read all of these books (sometimes more than once) and each one of these books have helped us in our speaking career. Read. Learn. Enjoy!

How to Be a Speaker - Stand Like Churchill Speak Like LincolnStand Like Churchill, Speak Like Lincoln by James C. Humes

Ever wish you could captivate your boardroom with the opening line of your presentation, like Winston Churchill in his most memorable speeches? Or want to command attention by looming larger than life before your audience, much like Abraham Lincoln when, standing erect and wearing a top hat, he towered over seven feet? Now, you can master presentation skills, wow your audience, and shoot up the corporate ladder by unlocking the secrets of history’s greatest speakers.

Author, historian, and world-renowned speaker James C. Humes—who wrote speeches for five American presidents—shows you how great leaders through the ages used simple yet incredibly effective tricks to speak, persuade, and win throngs of fans and followers. Inside, you’ll discover how Napoleon Bonaparte mastered the use of the pregnant pause to grab attention, how Lady Margaret Thatcher punctuated her most serious speeches with the use of subtle props, how Ronald Reagan could win even the most hostile crowd with carefully timed wit, and much, much more.

Whether you’re addressing a small nation or a large staff meeting, you’ll want to master the tips and tricks in Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln. >> Purchase on Amazon Now

How to Be a Speaker - 7 Habbits of Highly Effective People7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity–principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. >> Purchase On Amazon Now





How to Be a Speaker - Failing ForwardFailing Forward by John C. Maxwell

Are some people born to achieve anything they want while others struggle? Call them lucky, blessed, or possessors of the Midas touch. What is the real reason for their success? Is it family background, wealth, greater opportunities, high morals, an easy childhood?

New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell has the answer: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

Most people are never prepared to deal with failure. Maxwell says that if you are like him, coming out of school, you feared it, misunderstood it, and ran away from it. But Maxwell has learned to make failure his friend, and he can teach you to do the same.

“I want to help you learn how to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway,” says Maxwell. “Because in life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with them. Stop failing backward and start failing forward!” >> Purchase On Amazon Now

How to Be a Speaker - The Power of NOWThe Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”

Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment. >> Purchase on Amazon Now

How to Be a Speaker - World Class SpeakingWorld Class Speaking by Craig Valentine

When World Class Speaker meets World Class Guerrilla Marketer, your profits explode! How would you like to become a World Class Speaker others travel far & wide to see? How would you like to turn your presentations into profit-making machines that bring in 6 figures or more each year? How would you like to speak to audiences without having to leave home?

World Class Speaking is the system for you! Many books cover the art of public speaking while others cover the business side. Finally there is a book that covers both! With World Class Speaking you will learn how to Build stellar presentations that keep your audiences on the edge of their seats Turn your presentations into dozens of profitable income streams. >> Purchase on Amazon Now


How to Be a Speaker - How to Be a SpeakerConfessions of a Public Speaker

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.

With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you’ll get new insights into the art of persuasion — as well as teaching, learning, and performance — directly from a master of the trade. >> Purchase on Amazon Now


How to Be a Speaker - One-Minute EntraprenuerOne-Minute Entrepreneur by Ken Blanchard

In THE ONE MINUTE ENTREPRENEUR, Ken Blanchard (coauthor of the #1 bestselling business classic The One Minute Manager), Don Hutson, CEO of U.S. Learning, and Ethan Willis, CEO of Prosper Learning, tell the inspiring story of one man’s challenges in creating his own business. Through a powerful and engaging narrative, we confront many of the typical problems all entrepreneurs face in starting up their business, from finding new sources of revenue to securing the commitment of their people and the loyalty of their customers.

More important, we learn the secrets to becoming a successful entrepreneur, including how to build a firm foundation, how to ensure a steady cash flow, and how to create legendary service. In addition, the book offers invaluable advice, delivered through One Minute Insights, from such entrepreneurs and thinkers as Sheldon Bowles, Peter Drucker, Michael Gerber, and Charlie “Tremendous” Jones.

Today, in the midst of the largest entrepreneurial surge in U.S. history, four out of five small businesses continue to fail. THE ONE MINUTE ENTREPRENEUR offers businesspeople and would-be entrepreneurs a treasure trove of wisdom on how to think, act, and succeed in creating and sustaining a business, no matter what their industry. >> Purchase on Amazon Now

QUESTION: What books do you recommend for other aspiring speakers? 


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At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

10 Comments on "7 Recommended Books for How to Be a Speaker"

  • David says

    I’m woefully behind if this is the list I have to read! :) I DID go through a whole Covey phase many years ago. I’m a big believer in his seven principles (BELIEVER, mind you… not PRACTICER, necessarily). I’ll have to look into these others.

    Thanks for the list!

    • Thanks David. These books are great. Even if you read one this year you will be SO far ahead of the curve. These books have changed my life.

  • Excellent suggestions Ryan. I’m hearing a lot more about Craig Valentine these days. I’ll have to check out his book. I already have his and LaCroix’s “Own The Stage” package and it is very solid.

    I’d like to add “You’re Speaking but Are You Connecting?” by Margaret Hope. It’s a little book but it really helped me with connecting to my audience.

    • Thank you Paula. I am glad you liked them. Thank you for suggesting “You’re Speaking but Are You Connecting?” by Margaret Hope. I will for sure need to look into that one. Hope you are having a great day!

  • These are some great book suggestions Ryan! I’d add Everyone Communicated but Few Connect by John Maxwell and Presentations in Action by Jerry Weissman.

    Looking forward to reading your blog more. Talk to you soon.

    • Thank you Dan. Great suggestion on Everyone Communicates but Few Connect by John Maxwell, That is a wonderful book and has some fantastic stats, quotes and information for those interested in the communication field. I have not heard of “presentations in action” by Jerry Weissman so I will have to look that up. Thank you for the suggestion. Thanks for stopping my HTBAS and we hope to see more comments from you :)

      • Your welcome. Yes, look it up, I really think you will enjoy it.

  • Interesting list…

    I also enjoyed “Made to Stick”, “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” & “Stand & Deliver”.

    • David says

      Oh, yes! Made to Stick is terrific! Loved it. It’s on my “Read Again” list!

    • Thank you Jared. Great recommendations I will have to check out Made to Stick.

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