Communication is something that’s essential in every walk of life. Perhaps you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or maybe you’re hoping to climb the corporate ladder. Or perhaps you simply want to learn how to better get to know your fellow human beings…
From verbal to non-verbal, there are million different ways we impart messages to others. And even if you think you’re terrible at communicating – there’s a whole load of things you can do to improve your skills.
The following are 6 of the very best books out there to discover easy ways to up your game when it comes to communication.
1. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Risks are High by Kerry Patterson
Crucial Conversations is a superb book that’ll tell you exactly what you need to know about communicating in times when you need to be at the top of your game. Defining moments – in other words, when the stakes are high and you need to keep your cool – these are key in every area of our lives.
A bestseller according to both The Washington Post and The New York Times, it’s become the ‘go to’ tome for millions of people who yearn to improve their communication skills.
2. Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History’s Greatest Speakers by James C. Humes
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln is all about learning the way to deliver a presentation like a master. Managing to nail the art of public speaking is all about discovering how communication in such a scenario is slightly different from talking one-on-one – but it’s still most definitely defined under the art of communication.
Anyone can improve their public speaking communication skills – no matter how much the thought of doing so might leave you quaking in your boots. It’s all about learning the secrets that mean you wow the audience you’re addressing.
And by ‘audience’, this could be on a grand scale of hundreds or even thousands of people. But on the flip side, if you’re addressing even a couple of people, improving your communication skills is key to ensuring that you get your message across. Well worth a read…
3. Just Listen: The Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston M.D.
Have you ever been stonewalled by someone who won’t even let you begin to communicate? Then you need to read Just Listen because here you’ll discover exactly what it is you need to do in order to be allowed to speak when all the odds are against you.
As we all know, there’s nothing worse than someone simply not letting you get your point across. And this could be a disgruntled customer, an angry spouse, a boss who wants to rip a piece of you… There are a million and one situations where the crucial key to communication is getting the other person to just ‘shut the heck up’ and give you a chance to speak!
Goulston is a psychiatrist and business coach, and in this book, he gives you the inside gen on exactly how you can break through such a situation, and turn the resistant person into one who’s actually going to listen to what you say.
A gem of a book – one that’s helped over 100,000 people turn the most difficult of people into their allies or even lifelong friends.
4. Skill With People by Les Giblin
Giblin’s Skill With People might’ve been written in 1968, but it’s still as relevant today as it’s ever been. If you’re looking for a book that dispenses with the ‘yadda yadda yadda’, and gets straight to the nitty gritty, then this is the one for you.
Focusing on exactly what it is that you need to both understand and put into practice to improve communication with others, this is one of the easiest books to read that we’ve ever come across. And that in itself tells you all you need to know about its author’s communication abilities.
This baby has sold over 2 million copies – and from the first page, it’ll soon be clear why. Short, snappy, and definitely sweet, this is the perfect book to carry on your daily commute for a life lesson in how to improve your communication skills.
5. How To Talk To Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes
We love the way that How To Talk To Anyone gives such easy to follow advice that you can put into practice instantly. One of the best parts of the book is how to make an amazing first impression, followed by the importance of body language.
In fact, body language is one of your strongest tools when it comes to communication. And one that not many of us are aware of how much (or little) we’re helping ourselves in the art of communication.
This book is all about discovering easy ways that we can become more skillful in our communication and dealings with others. We particularly like the section that deals with communication over the phone – after all, how much of our 21st-century life is spent communicating remotely now? Far more than at any time in the past.
A super book that provides insightful information to all ages – no matter how good (or otherwise) you already feel your skills might be.
6. The Definitive Book Of Body Language: The Hidden Meanings Behind People’s Gestures and Expressions by Barbara and Allan Pease
We mentioned body language briefly above, and the excellent Definitive Book Of… goes into much depth about the importance of understanding how much we communicate in this way.
This international best seller draws upon the authors’ three decades plus experience in the field of non-verbal communication. Even the best of communicators will be entranced by how much we give away (and, on the flip side, how much we control), simply by our actions.
Learn about the importance of gestures and their relationships with a person’s true intentions, this book uses cutting-edge research from the medical, psychological, and biological worlds. This has been transformed into easy to understand text that can be utilized by anyone who wants to improve their non-verbal communication skills in easy steps.