Looking for a little light reading? These upcoming books include tips and ideas for taking your presentation skills to the next level.
Whether you’re preparing to give a live presentation from your mobile device or putting together online presentations to be viewed later, effective communication is a must. But even those who with little experience in public speaking or PowerPoint design can become better communicators for their businesses. In fact, sometimes, all it takes is the right book.
Fortunately, there are PLENTY of choice reading options out there to help hone your presentation skills in a hurry. Here are five new ones that are set to hit bookshelves soon.
By: Andy Balser
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Publish Date: April 1, 2013 (ECW Press)
This practical guide promises fresh ideas for breathing new life into your PowerPoint slide decks. Topics covered include tips for creating more compelling visuals, considerations for emailed presentations, and more advice on communicating your messages better with PowerPoint. (And take it from me when I say that you’ll be surprised by some of the cool things you can do in PowerPoint these days.)
By: Michael Faulkner and Michelle Faulkner-Lunsford
Publish Date: February 28, 2013 (FT Press)
No matter how good your slides are, a great presentation is nothing without the right words. This upcoming release from award-winning communications expert Michael Faulkner explains how presenters can make better use of action verbs to have a greater impact on their audiences. The book is particularly geared toward professionals in need of more persuasive communications skills, from sales people to entrepreneurs.
By: Nadine Keller
Publish Date: January 10, 2013 (Wiley)
Speaking of salespeople, often times a good presentation is the difference between winning an opportunity, or watching it slip away. Author and professional sales coach Nadine Keller offers reps a new way to look at sales presentations, with ideas for breaking from the old way of communicating and developing more effective tactics for the future.
PowerPoint 2013 Absolute Beginner’s Guide [Paperback]
By: Patrice-Anne Rutledge
Publish Date: March 11, 2013 (Que Publishing)
Just because you’re a PowerPoint novice doesn’t mean you’re a “dummy.” This intro guide provides simple tips to help newbies, as well as basic concepts for seasoned users looking to get more comfortable with the latest version of PowerPoint. The text covers everything from working with presentation outlines to adding graphical elements like SmartArt or charts – and much more.
By: David Brown
Publish Date: November 23, 2013 (McGraw-Hill)
Effective presentations are important for more than just executives and salespeople; anyone can improve their businesses and careers by becoming better communicators. This book promises to deliver a fun take on boosting your presentation skills in a hurry (and at only 128 pages, even the busiest professionals could likely find time to give this one a read).
What are your favorite books on creating and giving better business presentations? Sound off in the comments below!