By Phil Stella
Frequent visitors to my company’s website realize that the BookShelf section of the site regularly lists titles that I have found useful and interesting. In a recent Connections article I included a list of those general business-related books I have recommended over time.
It looks like the idea was a hit, as several readers have asked for more. So, the list below includes all the workplace communication-related titles I’ve mentioned in the last three years:
“The Art of Storytelling – Become a Memorable Speaker,” Doug Stevenson, et al., 2011, Blackstone Audio Inc.
“Presentations – Proven Techniques for Creating Presentations that Get Results,” Gary McClain, Ph.D., 2007, Adams Media, Avon, Mass.
“How to be a Great Communicator – in Person, on Paper and at the Podium,” Nido Qubein, 2005, Gildan Media Corp.
“Just Listen,” Mark Goulston, 2011, Gildan Media Group.
“50 Tips for Speaking Like a Pro,” Terry Paulson Ph.D., 1999, Crisp Publications, Menlo Park, Calif.
“The Business of Bullsh*t – a Humorous Guide to the Spin, Hype and Pretense of the Modern World” – Graham Edmonds, 2006, Penguin Group, N.Y.
“Courage To Be Naked – the Ultimate Guide to Presenting and Communicating your Message,” Fred Sarkari, 2011
“Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln – 21 powerful secrets of history’s greatest speakers,” James C. Humes, 2002, Three Rivers Press, New York.
“101 Secrets of Highly Effective Speakers,” Caryl Rae Krannich, Ph.D., et al., Listen and Live Audio, 2004.
“Public Speaking Superstar – overcome stage fright, develop compelling stories and riveting presentations,” Various authors, Made for Success, Inc., 2010
So, one simple way to commit yourself to lifelong learning is to regularly read articles and books that can help you do your job faster, better, smarter or cheaper.
Phil Stella runs Effective Training & Communication and is a popular speaker on networking and workplace communications. He is also on the Cleveland faculty at the University of Phoenix and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. He can be reached at (440) 449-0356, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://communicate-confidently.com.