Great 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.

10 Great Communication Skills Books

  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

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