The Best Books on Communication Skills


“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” — Tony Robbins

This is a list of my favorite and noteworthy  books on communication skills, speaking skills, and presentation skills.

I put the bulk of the list in categories so you can explore the communication skills books in a relevant way, and easily compare with your library of books on communication skills, presentation skills, and speaking skills.

The Top 10 Books on Communication Skills

  1. Crucial Confrontations: Tools for talking about broken promises, violated expectations, and bad behavior , by Kerry Patterson
  2. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High , by Kerry Patterson
  3. Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst , by Rick Kirschner
  4. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently , by John C. Maxwell
  5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die , by Chip Heath
  6. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex , by John Gray
  7. Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Storyclip_image001[1] , by Jerry Weissman
  8. Say It Like Obama: The Power of Speaking with Purpose and Vision , by Shelly Leanne
  9. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion , by George J. Thompson
  10. Write to the Top: Writing for Corporate Success , by Deborah Dumaine

The Best Books on Communication Skills by Category

Conflict and Tough Conversations

Effective Communication, Conversations


Executive Communication

Influence, Persuasion

Interpersonal Skills

Leadership Communication Skills


Meetings, Board Rooms

Networking, Connection, Rapport

Pitching, Selling

Presenting, Speaking



Social Media



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