15 Best Books on Presentation Skills


Today we will look at the best books on presentation skills that equip you with important methods to provide a compelling presentation. Communication skills and presentation skills are the two most important factors in the cut-throat competition of the present. Let’s take a look at some of these brilliant works.

Speak to Win: How to Present with Power in Any Situation

Public speaking can play a major role in your business life. It can boost your image, help you command respect and even let you achieve goals that might seem impossible. Mostly though, people ignore all of this thinking of public speaking as a very difficult thing to accomplish. Speak to Win is a wonderful guide for all the people to help them in presentation skills. Brian Tracy is a legend in this field, and who would be better than him to show the way.

The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations with or Without Slides

The idea of presenting naked, is stripping away all the unnecessary objects from our presentation. When we present naked; our presentation consists clarity, integrity and honesty. The slides do not dominate the presentation but play as a supportive context to the whole presentation. This book helps you in delivering a natural presentation that might not be world-changing, but surely memorable.

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs helps you to learn the operations behind a good and memorable presentation. Apple has sold most of its product due to a major success in branding. Jobs has always uplifted this brand with his unique and awesome presentations. This bestseller will help you follow the crowd-pleasing ways, step by step to give an enchanting presentation.

Confessions of a Public Speaker

This book is written hilariously, and gives an insider's view to presenting your idea. Professional speaker  Scott Berkun reveals the techniques used by speakers to endear the audience. This book is for anybody who speaks and expects someone to listen. This book is an entertaining journey of Scott in this line of work, filled with embarrassments and achievements. The confessions and tips give an insight about public speaking and presenting in a brilliant way.

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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

The creator of presentation design and delivery site www.presentationzen.com shares his experience in this beautiful book. He writes with a thought provoking style and explains about various techniques that can help you present better. It challenges the cliched slide presentations; and helps you in thinking of more creative ways. This book will help you in presenting in a more simpler and effective manner.

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

It reveals the conceptions of all great presentations that create an impact on the audience. More often than not people leave presentations feeling that they've wasted their time. The idea of presentation is to inspire and persuade the audiences, and this book shows you the correct way to do it. Resonate helps you to connect with your audience and deliver an impacting presentation. The idea is to persuade the audience into action, and once you connect with the audience its not hard to do it.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

We can observe that ideas based on false conspiracy theories and hoaxes stick to the people more easily than good ones. In this book the Heath brothers take on this phenomenon and tackle it with utter brilliance. They analyse different ideas that are more stickier. All of them have six traits in common. Slowly and steadily the book defines all these six traits and helps in making ideas stickier. Your idea won't work until it sticks.

Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

Pitching your idea is the most important and primary things to get yourself started. Oren Klaff has used his one of a kind method to raise more than $400 Million from investors. In this book he describes this winning formula to help you pitch impeccably. Klaff describes how the brain reacts to the pitches and transforms the way you pitch an idea. It is an important book for people who want to present their ideas to investors.

The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room

The number one fear around the world is Public Speaking. Although, in this competitive world; communication and presentation are the key to success and advance. The book helps readers to present with confidence and energy. It also gives tips to counter the fear of public speaking. It gives numerous ways to fake confidence to counter the nervousness.

Present Yourself: Great Presentation Skills

This book provides you with the tools to become a better communicator to your audience. It gives you an upperhand at presenting yourself with the techniques that build your confidence. The size of the audience doesn't matter for a good presentation. A valuable resource to look into before a presentation and equip oneself with the important methods.

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

This is one of the best books on visual representation. The book gives a proper description of how to manage the ink ratio, and has a collection of some of the best graphs and worst ones!

Read it For:
The book teaches you how to manage graphs to give out the best information.
Don't Read it For:
The book concentrates on graphs only.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book explains, in depth, how to manage your visual skills to leave a mark.

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

The book is a business fiction and focuses on the modern problem of “bad meetings.” The book not only focuses on the underlying meaning of bad meetings but also on how to present information.

Read it For:
This book is a page-turner and will keep you turning pages until the end.
Don't Read it For:
The book, unlike the other books on the list, is a novel.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book talks about the protagonist’s development and his journey as he learns to deal with this problem.

Beyond Bullet Points – Using MS Office PowerPoint

The writer does a good job and explains, step by step, how to use the Microsoft’s PowerPoint’s bullet points and use it to your advantage. The book teaches you how to write a story and explain it with PowerPoint.

Read it For:
The book is a step by step guide for your presentation skills.
Don't Read it For:
The book explains everything in detail, but the book only talks about improving skills on one front – Microsoft PowerPoint.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book teaches you how to use PowerPoint to its full extent.

Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten

The book is a compilation of advice through which you can make your visual presentation even more engaging and informative.

Read it For:
The book gives you steps to get the best mix of graphs and tables to get your information correctly represented.
Don't Read it For:
The book feels more of a reference book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has excellent information for all those who wish to change and make their presentations look better.

Clear and to the Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations

The book is written by a neuroscientist, who gives five clear principles on how to make the most artful and compelling PowerPoint presentation in no time.

Read it For:
The book is written in simple language and allows the reader to understand the book’s information.
Don't Read it For:
The book gives many ideas on how to use your PowerPoint, but it does not offer anything in the aspect of style
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an excellent book to be read on improving your visual skills.


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  1. Many Wynter May 1, 2016

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