Books for Speakers & Presenters

Here is a list of my recommended books for aspiring conference speakers and presenters:

The Business of Speaking and Thought Leadership Books

Sell your Thoughts – How to earn a Million Dollars a year as a thought leader by Matt Church, Cook and Stein
Thought Leaders – How to capture, package and deliver your ideas by Matt Church, Stein and Henderson
Amplifiers – The power of motivational leadership by Matt Church
Million Dollar Speaking by Alan Weiss (and his other books)
Insider Secrets of Speaking Internationally by Thomas Murrell, Debbie Allen and John Stanley

Speaker Positioning and Personal Branding

Making It Happen by Peter Sheahan
Pop by Sam Horn (Packaging your topics & ideas)
Me 2.0 by Dan Schwabel

Building Your Speaking Business

Secrets of Superstar Speakers by Lilly Walters
Speak & Grow Rich by Dottie & Lilly Walters
NSAA Speakers Academy Handbook
World Class Speaking by Valentine and Meyerson
The Six Figure Speaker by Cathleen Fillmore
The Wealthy Speaker by Jane Atkinson
The Speakers Compass by Robyn Henderson

Better Powerpoint Presentations

Presentation Zen (2nd edition) by Garr Reynolds
Resonate – present visual stories that transform audiences by Nancy Duarte
How to be a Presentation God By Scott Schwertly

Pitching Your Ideas

The Art of the Pitch – persuasion and presentation skills that win biz by Peter Coughter
Life’s a Pitch – How to sell yourself and your brilliant ideas by Bayley and Mavity
How to persuade people who don’t want to be persuaded by Joel Bauer (Selling from Stage)

Getting the Work – Sales Skills

The Accidental Salesperson by Chris Lyttle
Rainmaking Conversations by Mike Schultz
Snap Selling by Jill Konrath
Selling to VITO by Anthony Parinello

Working With Speaking Bureaus

How to be booked by Speakers Bureaus – CD set by Dottie Walters

Presentation and Speaking Skills

How to Present by Michelle Bowden
Speak with Confidence – powerful presentations that inform, inspire and persuade by Dianna Booher
Up Front & in Control – by Peter Miller & Ron Tacchi
From Fear to Fame in Public Speaking by Roger Bourne
Speak for Yourself by Richard Denny
Don’t freak out – speak out – by Ruth Bonetti
How to present like a pro – getting people to see things your way – by Lani Arrendondo
Knockout Presentations – How to deliver your message with Power, Punch & Pizzazz – by Diane Di Resta
Dramatic Success! – Theatre techniques to transform & Inspire your working life by Leigh & Maynard

Setting Fees and Pricing Psychology

Value Based Fees by Alan Weiss (and other books)
How to increase Prices – Seven Simple Steps to make it happen by Geoffrey Vautier
Millionaire Mindset by T.Harv Eker (develop your pricing confidence)

Facilitation Techniques

The Secrets of Facilitation by Michael Wilkinson
Mining for Gold – Facilitation Skills to Unearth a wealth of ideas from your team by Michael Podolinsky (Prentice Hall Singapore)

Running Seminars

How to make it big in the seminar business by Paul Karasik
How to run successful seminars – the magic of seminar selling by Winston Marsh
Successful Seminar Selling by Phillip Calvert
How to run Seminars & Workshops by Robert Jolles


How to teach adults in a fun & Exciting way by Doug Malouf – 2nd edition
How to create and deliver a dynamic presentation by Doug Malouf
How to be the Best Speaker in town by Doug Malouf
The Trainers Toolkit by Cy Charney & Kath Conway
Artistry in Training – Thinking differently about the way you help people learn by Stephanie Burns
The Accelerated Learning Handbook by Dave Meier
Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century by Colin Rose & Malcolm Nicholl

Training Games

100 Training Games by Gary Kroenhart
The Big Book of Presentation Games by Scannell & Newstrom
The Big Book of Stress Relief Games by Robert Epstein PhD
Fun & Games for Workplace Learning by Elyssabeth Leigh & Jeff Kinder

Using Humour

Laugh & Learn – 95 Ways to Use Humour For More Effective Teaching & Training by Doni Tamblyn
Comedy Writing Secrets – 2nd ed by Mel Helitzer
The Book on Comedy

Telling Stories and Being Memorable

Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath
Power Stories by Jennifer Khoo
Books by Denning
Story Theater – Audio 6 CD pack by Doug Stevenson
Story Theater – Make the Move from Training to Keynotes – Teleseminar recording by Doug Stevenson
Story Theater – The Science of the Art of Storytelling & Humour in Business by Doug Stevenson

Best Books on Delivering Engaging Leadership Presentations

Real Leaders Don’t Do Powerpoint by Christopher Witt
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell
Generating Buy-In – Mastering the Language of Leadership by Mark Walton
The Bullfighters Guide – Why Business People Speak like Idiots by Fugere et al (& Weasel Words)

Best Books on Tribe Building Online – Content-Based Marketing and Social Media

Tribes by Seth Godin (and all his other books)
Content Rules by Handley & Chapman
Likeable Social Media by Kerpen
Content is Ca$h by De Oca
Content is Currency by Jon Wuebben
Inbound Marketing by Halligan and Shah
InfoguruMarketing by Robert Middleton

Marketing with Video

Get Seen by Steve Garfield
Youtube for Business
DVDs & Info from Darren Lecroix and Ed Primeau

Writing Books/Publishing

Writing Non-Fiction – Turning Thoughts into Books by Dan Poynter
The Self-Publishing Manual – How to Write, Print & Sell Your own Book by Dan Poynter
Is There a Book Inside You? – Writing Alone or With a Collaborator by Dan Poynter & Mindy Bingham