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Here are the best books for speakers. These five books have changed my personal and professional life in some way or another when it comes to being a better speaker:

Million Dollar Consulting. This book is hands-down the best business book I have read on public speaking and consulting. If you read only one book on the business side of speaking and consulting, let it be this one! It is life changing!

Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln. This was the book I read which helped me win the world championship of public speaking in 2012. I still utilize the tools in this book. Anyone serious about speaking on stage needs to pick up a copy!

Speaker Leader Champion. Yes, I wrote this book with Jeremey Donovan, but more importantly–what this book allowed me to do was dive deeper into public speaking and the art and science behind motivating people on stage. I learned more from writing this book than I have from any other thing I have done as a speaker. It is for those looking to excel in the workplace through the power of public speaking. I recommend for anyone wanting to teach a subject to write a book about it, first. It forces you to focus, research, and find stories that can help your target audience.

Stop Talking, Start Communicating. I was handed a copy of this book by my publisher. It changed the way I communicate on a day-to-day basis. Those who are searching for ways to improve the way they communicate on and off stage need to pick up a copy of Geoffrey’s book!

Confessions of a Public Speaker. This book gives great insight into why people are afraid of public speaking, what it is really like being a professional speaker, and why everyone is not fit for it in the first place! It’s a great read filled with tips, stories, and strategies for those of us who call ourselves speakers.

Read and implement the strategies found in one of these five books this year and watch your personal and professional life strengthen immediately! As always…

Dream BIG,

Question: What other books do you recommend? Leave your answers in the comments below! 

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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  • Lefford Fate says:

    Thanks Ryan, have 2 of the 5 but am now heading to Amazon. Another great one (IMHO) is Everyone Communicates Few Connect by my friend John C. Maxwell.

    Dreaming Big!

  • Marc Gabris says:

    Awesome! Thank you. This is the answer to a question I wish I had asked you a year ago!

  • Matt Ham says:

    Ryan –
    Thanks for this resource. I have just published my first book and I am in the process of establishing myself as a keynote speaker. I recently crossed your path when I was a guest on Join Up Dots and I had the privilege to interview Rory Vaden on my podcast.
    I appreciate you blazing the trail.

  • Pastor Keith says:

    Thanks for the list my contribution consist of:

    Lead For God’s Sake–Todd G. Gongwer
    Good Leaders ask Great Questions–John Maxwell

  • Kavi says:

    Thanks for sharing these books Ryan

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Hey Matt! Congrats on your new book and jumping in to become a keynote speaker. Speaking professionally is the best job in the world! Keep using your voice to make a difference! Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to seeing you around here more!

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