Coming Attractions: Book Reviews

This semester, LPDC consultants will be posting reviews of books on communication topics so that you can decide if reading these books would be beneficial to you.  As John mentioned, he plans to review Bryan A. Garner’s new book, HBR Guide to Better Business Writing.  Based on the communication gems available on hbr.org (check out one of today’s posts on why audience matters), this book should provide invaluable advice on how to strengthen your written communication skills.

My upcoming book review will focus on a form of communication that I have always found daunting: public speaking.  If any of you struggle with public speaking, please know that I empathize with you!  Giving presentations to groups and in front of crowds, regardless of their size, has been a source of stress and anxiety for as long as I can remember, no matter how comfortable I am with the material I’m delivering.  While I’ve made some improvement over the last few years (my voice doesn’t shake or crack as much as it used to, but at least I don’t faint), oral communication is a skill that I need to continue developing and practicing.

With that goal in mind, I’ll be reading and reviewing Scott Berkun’s Confessions of a Public Speaker.  The back cover of the book promises “a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes,” so I’m excited to find some helpful tips and strategies for reducing my fear of public speaking and delivering more effective presentations.

Check back later this semester to read our reviews!

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