When it comes to refining any craft – like public speaking – it’s always incredibly helpful to absorb as much relevant information from experts as possible. Which is why I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of excellent books that focus on career development, leadership, and communication. The following books and philosophies are my go-to recommendations for anyone who asks:
- Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
I give a copy of this book to every client and student. It helps me understand what makes them tick, and it is a great tool for their self-awareness.
- The Power of Communication: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively, by Helio Fred Garcia
The Power of Communication builds on the US Marine Corps’ legendary publication, Warfighting, showing how to apply the Corps’ proven leadership and strategy doctrine to all forms of public communication—and achieve truly extraordinary results.
- The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner, by Peggy Klaus
Soft skills are finally earning the respect they deserve. Learn to master these skills to help you continue your career climb.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
Published in 1936, this is a classic and should be on every leader’s shelf. The lessons are timeless and still relevant.
- How to Master the Art of Selling, by Tom Hopkins
This was my professional development bible. Although I first read it thirty-five years ago, the sales tactics and techniques are as applicable today as then.
- To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others, by Dan Pink
I’m a fan of all Dan Pink’s books, but this one resonated the most. I recommend it for anyone contemplating a career in sales or marketing.
- YES, AND: Lessons from The Second City, by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton.
This book helps us understand and put into action the art of improvisation. Thinking on your feet is an important skill set that can be developed. It also helps us to understand the power of ensembles to create innovative and inspirational work.
- Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull
Learn how Pixar turns ideas into powerful and creative works of art. The leadership lessons are priceless.
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
This is a great book to learn about the importance of EQ in the work place and in your personal life.
- The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard
An informative and inspiring guide to help us understand how to keep our internal charge alive to lead a happy, healthy, and prosperous life.
When supplemented with A Climb to the Top, you’ll increase your skill set and add effective tools to your toolbox of leadership. Leverage the knowledge of others and launch your career to new heights.