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Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
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This is a beautifully presented, elegant book on designing better Power Point slides. If everyone followed its advice, the business world especially would be a better, happier, more elegant place! My only complaint with it is that when he goes beyond ...more
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Pyramid Principle Present Your Thinking So Clearly That the I... by Barbara Minto
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The classic work on how to write clear, logical prose. If you haven’t read this book, don’t try to write — or criticize anyone else’s writing.
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Revising Prose by Richard A. Lanham
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This too-often ignored book gives some surprisingly simple and straightforward ways to improve prose after it has been drafted. Anyone, even the ordinary non-writer, can benefit from reading this book and applying its insights to their own writing.
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Style by Joseph M. Williams
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If you want to learn how to write well, with elegance and power, this is the only book after Strunk and White that will tell you how. Williams has figured out some aspects of writing no one else has.
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Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills
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This book brilliantly analyzes one of the greatest speeches ever given. If you’re interested in improving your own speaking, start here.
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Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone
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This book takes apart those tough—and usually disastrous—conversations you have with your spouse, your teenager, or your boss and shows how to make them successful every time. An amazing analysis based on a simple insight—that there are three kinds o ...more
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Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher
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There are many good books on negotiation; this is the first and still the best. Really—Fisher & Co. know what they’re talking about.
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Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
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Cialdini lays out the five ways that people are influenced to think, buy, and behave. This is the classic—everyone since has merely embroidered Cialdini’s basic insights. You need to know this stuff if you’re a marketer, selling an idea, or just tryi ...more
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Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind by Guy Claxton
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Claxton describes different ways of learning and gives the reader a real insight into how to learn more, faster and better. Cramming for the Bar Exam, a college final, or a new subject on the job? You’ll do it differently after you read this.
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Why We Buy by Paco Underhill
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Underhill reflects on his years of research into the shopping mall and how we are influenced by store layouts and design. There’s more to it than you think. You’ll never look at a Nordstrom’s—or a Starbucks—the same way again.
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