200: A Look Back at 5 Killer Books on Public Speaking and Effective Communication

Wow, what a road this has been. Over 4 1/2 years after the podcast began, episode 200 is here. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey.

I’ve decided to take a look back over the last 100 episodes and feature 5 episodes that centered around one of my favorite topics.

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These episodes each touch on a topic I think is so important, I ask a question related to it of nearly every guest that comes on the show.

I’m talking about communicating, relating, and, more specifically, public speaking. The art of public speaking and the ability to relate effectively to other people is as important, in my view, as any skill you can hone. In fact, if I weren’t doing the Read to Lead podcast, I’d likely be doing a public speaking-related show. Maybe someday. 

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In this special episode, my guests and I dig into topics like:

  • What it means to “perform” in the context of public speaking, job interviews, or presentations 
  • Why simple is better when it comes to preparing your next talk
  • How not to be among the many who are simply bad at presenting
  • …and plenty more!

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Our Featured Guests and Their Respective Books

Michael Port, author of Steal The Show: From Speeches To Job Interviews To Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life

Cathy Salit, author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work

Michael Hudson, author of Public Speaker Secrets: 52 Proven Ways to Increase Your Impact Every Time You Speak

Tim Pollard, author of The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design

Alan Alda, author of If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

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  • Awesome episode! Realized I missed 3 of these so appreciate you making it easy to tune back into those!

    • Thank you Doc! Really appreciate it. Glad that it helped you find some episodes you weren’t aware of. 🙂