My Top 5 Books on Public Speaking

If you have had any chance of public speaking, you know it can be intimidating or empowering. That is depending on what stage of your learning experience you are at. I am a student of public speaking and I have been sharing what I know on my YouTube channel: 365 Days of Public Speaking ( A lot of the things I know, I learned from books. In this post I share my top 5 books on public speaking. It is a great place to start if you need help or have targetted questions on how to improve your public speaking skills.

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Steve Gallo is the author of the pitch enthusiasts’ ‘bible’, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, and his Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds boils down to nine secrets of effective presentation, gleaned from his analysis of more than 500 TED Talks. Drawing on the research of psychologists and other experts in communications, Gallo also offers pearls of wisdom extracted from interviews with some of the most notable TED Talks speakers. This has broad appeal, bound to be read as enthuastically by a fan of TED Talks as it will be digested by public speakers.

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The CEO of TED Chris Anderson has been at the head of the organisation since the early 2000s, and so is one of the ultimate authoritative sources on public speaking in the modern era. He has an intuitive understanding of how the best speakers and presentations can get the audience onside, stir excitement and share knowledge, both within the presentation room and much farther beyond. For TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, Anderson draws on a huge range of material drawn from working with the best TED speakers in a bid to help you become a master of impactful presentation.

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Another entry by Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe, A Concise Public Speaking Handbook (4th Edition) is a concise primer in preparing, researching and delivering a speech underpinned by the Beebes’ signature audience-focused strategy, which shows the speaker how to consider and analyse the audience at every step of the process. As a comprehensive round-up of the core presentation skills, this is an excellent resource for public speaking in any walk of life.

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This is one of the definitive and classic public speaking reference works. Self-help colossus Carnegie is no longer with us, of course, but his lessons for effective public speakers are timeless. Unsurprisingly, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking focuses on boosting your confidence, as well as using props and exercises to develop your speech. Sure, it’s old school, but in this case, there is no school like the old school.

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The sub-title of Berkun’s Confessions of a Public Speaker shows that this is a book for entrepreneurs who are ready to “tell, sell and compel”. There is some great information in here for those who want to blitz their pitches with maximum engagement presentations. This is a great book, easy to understand, and you will find that the skills it imparts will stand you in good stead in life as well as in business.

Why You Should Host a Yearly Conference

For the past two years I have hosted the Speak To Win Business Conference. It is an conference designed to provide working professional and entrepreneurs with tools and techniques they can use to improve their communications, which will lead to better relationships and better business. The idea for the conference came up when my friend Quinn Ruffin and I were brainstorming on ways to create a program that will be of value to the people in our community.

We started by asking ourselves the question: “What is one problem we can solve that we can help people by solving?”. The answer was effective communication. We decided to create a full day program that would be offered to a target group we had to define, and to make the experience as valuable as possible for the attendees, we invited other speakers who were great communicator to share their knowledge and experience from the stage with our audience.

The first conference was in 2015, and in 2017, the third edition will take place. I have learned a lot from the process, and I think every speaker, author, coach or other professional service provider should host at least one event yearly. Below are the top 3 reasons why:

1. You get exposure to qualified prospects for your business
The target audience for your event will ideally be prospects for your business. Your existing clients must attend for sure, and will attend if they are invited. Possibly have a referral program for your existing clients and have them bring a few friends for free. I have personally had fruitful and great connections with prospects for my speaking and coaching business from my conference. You can do the same. All event participants will be signed up to your emailing list, increasing the pool of potential buyers for what you have to offer.

2. You develop a new skillset
I have seen authors and speakers like @brendonburchard host very successful events, in addition to being great writers, and coaches. What particularly fascinates me about Brendon is that he runs an empire with a very hands on approach. He has had to master productivity and top performance to do so and still succeed at such a large scale. You will stretch and grow tremendously from hosting a conference to serve your audience.

3. You potentially develop a new income stream
From admission tickets, I did not generate any profit from my first conference, and I barely broke even on my second iteration. However, beside admission to the conference venue, you can generate revenue from sponsors, sale or recorded sessions, (lifetime?) online only access to conference material. Chandler Bolt of Self-Publishing School has successfully held and generated thousands of dollars from his Self-Publishing Summit event, exclusively online.

Hosting your first of next conference will be a good business move, long term. You can contact me and we can talk about how to get you started with the planning and implementation process for your conference idea.
You are welcome to join me and my audience at my next Speak To Win Business Conference:

You Are Not a Tree Book Published

Last weekend, I published a new book:



This book will introduce you to a group of people, through some of the things they have said about entrepreneurship, education, social life, professional life, family and relationships, and health and wellness.

I have handpicked and carefully reviewed each one of these quotes. I hope they inspire you to make the changes you know you can to make for you to experience a happier, more fulfilling life.

Copies of the book can be purchased here:

Daily Quote #005 – About Taking Action

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney


Daily Quote #004 – About Goals


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