Recommended Books

Michael Alley, The Craft of Scientific Presentations (2013)

Read this if you want to learn how to use the assertion-evidence slide design to improve your scientific presentations.

Scott Berkun, Confessions of a Public Speaker (2011)

Read this for real life examples of how professional speakers successfully communicate, and if you like hysterical stories about real life presenting disasters. Such a fun read.

Nancy Duarte, Resonate (2010)

Read this if you want to learn how to present your idea in a way that uses reason and emotion to inspire your audience to action.

Carmine Gallo, Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds (2015)

Read this if you want to learn how to apply the successful techniques of TED speakers to your own presentations.

Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (2006)

Read this to understand why effective presentations are more important than ever. 

Chip Heath & Dan Health, Made to Stick (2007)

Read this book if you want to learn how to make your ideas “stick” with your audience.  


Dan Pollotta, I Don’t Understand What Anyone is Saying Anymore

Read this if you want to laugh out loud about how silly we become in the quest to justify self-importance.

Richard Mayer, Nine Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning

Read this if you want to see the research behind why we should strive to eliminate noise from our slides and use a better balance of images and words. 


Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Storytelling with Data

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