Top 5 Resources for Becoming a Better Communicator

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You want to be a better communicator, but can’t make it to speakers school. In other posts, I have written about other things you can do to become a better speaker. In this post, I have compiled my favorite resources to improve your communication and public speaking skills. I prefer to “read” (listen to) these books through Audible, as I can listen when I am walking/running or driving.

Talk Like Ted

Carmine Gallo

In my opinion, this is the best overview of many different resources and research by far. If I could only read one book on communication, this would be it. It is an extremely easy to digest, action-oriented book that gives an explanation of the research and a lot of practical examples.

 

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

With any communication, whether it is a note to a physician, a talk I’m going to give, or complex problem solving, I always “Start with Why.” If you want to get a taste of what the book is like, check out his TED talk. It could change your perception of communication forever.

 

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others DieMade to Stick

Chip & Dan Heath

My favorite example from this book is the question, “Why do we tend to remember the meaningless details or urban legends, yet completely forget what we hear in presentations at work or a continuing education course?” The authors do an excellent job of lining out what makes ideas “sticky.”

 

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Chip & Dan Heath

Another great one from the Heath brothers! This is a must read for public speakers as well as anyone who is dealing with behavior change (e.g. getting patients to do their home exercise programs or trying to change cultural norms in your organization). Remember, behavior change is our ultimate goal with communication.

 

Dynamic Communicators

I really enjoyed the The Dynamic Communicator DVD series from Ken Davis and Michael Hyatt. I don’t think the DVDs are available any more but they have a live conference as well as a book. It is a clean, systematic approach to getting your message across that utilizes much of the current research on the public speaking.

Don’t wait until the “perfect time” to improve you communication – do something TODAY! Whether you are aware of it or not, you are speaking publicly to your audience every day.  Make the most of it!

What are your favorite communication improvement resources? Share them below so we can all benefit

 

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