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Become a Master Public Speaker with These 7 Books

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The sweaty palms, the shaky knees, the racing heartbeat—yes, public speaking can be quite an ordeal if you’re feeling less than confident. So how can we learn to command a room, deliver a powerful message, and stop feeling so gosh darn nervous? If you’d like to become a master public speaker, start by checking out the seven superb reads below.

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Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You’re Put on the Spot

By Matt Abrahams

Develop the life-changing ability to excel in spontaneous communication situations—from public speaking to interviewing to networking—with these essential strategies from a Stanford lecturer, coach, and award-winning podcast host. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Matt Abrahams, in the Next Big Idea App

Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking

By Mehdi Hasan

Arguments are everywhere―and especially given the fierce debates we’re all embroiled in today, everyone wants to win. In this riveting guide to the art of argument and rhetoric, an MSNBC host shows you how. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Mehdi Hasan, in the Next Big Idea App

Breaking Through: Communicating to Open Minds, Move Hearts, and Change the World

By Sally Susman

Pfizer’s trailblazing communications leader reveals how we can break through the noise to get our message across and make positive change. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Sally Susman, in the Next Big Idea App

I Have Something To Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection

By John Bowe

A veteran journalist discovers an ancient system of speech techniques for overcoming the fear of public speaking—and reveals how they can profoundly change our lives. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author John Bowe, in the Next Big Idea App 

Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

By Tunde Oyeneyin

From the massively popular Peloton instructor, fitness star, and founder of SPEAK comes an empowering, inspiring book about how she transformed grief, setbacks, and flaws into growth, self-confidence, and triumph. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Tunde Oyeneyin, in the Next Big Idea App

Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication

By Vanessa Van Edwards

For anyone who wants to be heard at work, earn that overdue promotion, or win more clients, deals, and projects, the bestselling author of Captivate shares her advanced guide to improving professional relationships through the power of cues. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Vanessa Van Edwards, in the Next Big Idea App

Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less

By Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, and Roy Schwartz

The co-founders of Axios teach readers how to say more with less in virtually any format, sharing lessons learned from their decades of experience in media, business, and communications. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Mike Allen, in the Next Big Idea App

The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?

With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.

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