I’m a big fan of Denise Graveline, who blogs as The Eloquent Woman. Today she posted Not the usual suspects: 8 books that make me think differently about public speaking, and there’s lots of titles to get you thinking about speaking here. Of the books she mentions, I’m familiar only with Susan Cain’s Quiet, and I can recommend it enthusiastically; but the others sound pretty interesting, especially Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World (was anyone else moved by the NewsHour interview with Naziha Ali and Bushra Hyder), The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever, and Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder (I remember Jordan as a powerful and stirring speaker).
What books or speakers have you found important to your speaking? Tell us about them in the comments.