I highly recommend "Confessions of a Public Speaker" by Scott Berkun if you want to learn about public speaking or improve your public speaking from an author who does it for a living. I like this book a lot since the author tells it like it is. He tells the readers the good, bad and ugly of public speaking in an easy to read format and conversational style that helps you reduce your anxiety of giving a public speech but also motivates you to do it. He provides plenty of practical tips that we can put it into practice today.
Many of us are probably not going to make a living by being a public speaker but we are going to have to give a speech at work, at a party or at a community event. It is important you become good at it no only to save embarrassment or but be effective in getting your point across effectively.
Today there are no excuses for not being a good speaker. We can easily record a speech on your laptop and review it and put it on YouTube to get feedback from others. There are no shortcuts to becoming a good speaker. The only excuse for not making an effort is that you are simply lazy.
The author provides lot of references and his own personal stories so we can avoid lot of the pitfalls he experienced along his journey. There are plenty of books on how to improve your public speaking, but I like this book since it gives you a bird’s eye view from a professional speaker on what it takes to become one.
Again, I highly recommend this book since I learned a lot reading this book, and I am sure you will too. This book gives you a kick in a butt to not only start thinking about public speaking, but, most important, to actually start doing it and get good at it. It can help you personally and professionally.