Books, Websites, Videos and Podcasts

Learn. Think. Share ideas. Talk to other leaders. Great leaders are continuous
learners. These resources will help you keep learning.

Books titles are linked to where you can read summaries and reviews.
Many have audio and electronic versions. Many of the authors have websites with
additional content.


Presenting and Speaking
Scientific and Technical Presentations
Presentation Design
Body Language
Presenters on The Web
Leadership, Presence, and Influence
Women-Specific Leadership Resources
Leadership Podcasts

Great Stuff That Defies Categorization

Presenting and Speaking

Roger Ailes.
You Are the Message: Getting What You Want by Being Who You Are

Joey Asher.
Even a Geek Can Speak: Low-Tech Presentation Skills for High-Tech People

Kevin Carroll.
Make Your Point!: Speak Clearly and Concisely, Anyplace, Anytime

Bert Decker.
You’ve Got To Be Believed To Be Heard

Milo Frank.
How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds–or Less

Sonya Hamlin.
How to Talk so People Will Listen: Connecting in Today’s Workplace

Tony Jeary.
Life is a Series of Presentations

Timothy J. Koegel.
The Exceptional Presenter: a Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room

Frank Luntz.
Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear

Nick Morgan.
Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered

Terry Pearce.
Leading Out Loud: The Authentic Speaker, The Credible Leader

Jerry Weissman.
In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions When It Counts

Toastmasters Organization
Find a group near you and practice presenting with a small group weekly.      
Scientific and Technical Presentations

Michael Alley.
The Craft of Scientific Presentations

Robert R. H. Anholt.
Dazzle ‘Em With Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation

Scott Morgan.
Speaking About Science: A Manual for Creating Clear Presentations

Edward R. Tufte.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Presentation Design

Cliff Atkinson.
Beyond Bullet Points: Using PowerPoint to Create Presentations
that Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

Diane Duarte.
Slideology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

Also see the website

Garr Reynolds.
Presentation Zen

Also see his website

Body Language

Carol Kinsey Gorman.
The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work

Allan Pease.
The Definitive Book of Body Language

Presenters on The Web

To see presenters in action, take a look at
A few that are exceptional for delivery or use of slides include:

Carmen Agra:
Spinning a Story of Mama
Wonderful use of voice, face, and gestures, demonstrating the
power of story.

Jill Bolte Taylor:
My Stroke of Insight
Great use of big, full, descriptive gestures. Good use of voice:
pace, pauses, volume. Very clear explanation of complex topic
using a surprising prop.

Charles Elachi:
The Story of the Mars Rover
Great use of pictures and video to tell his story.
No bulleted slides – all pictures.

Stew Friedman:
Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Great use of gestures, stance, relaxed smiling face.

Jane Goodall:
What Separates Us From the Apes?
Great use of voice, gestures, warmth in face, looking around to
different parts of the audience, passion and energy. Includes
Jane doing a chimp greeting.

Johnny Lee:
Creating Tech Marvels Out of a $40 Wii Remote
Great gestures, clear demo of technology.

William McDonough:

The wisdom of Designing Cradle to Cradle
Superb example of graphic slides early in the talk that
coordinate with voice. Example of using simple, high impact
slides that support the talk.

Leadership, Presence, and Influence

Dianna Booher.
The Voice of Authority: 10 Communication Strategies Every Leader
Should Know

Marcus Buckingham.
First Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

Robert B. Cialdini.
Influence: Science and Practice

Carmine Gallo.
Fire Them Up!: 7 Simple Secrets to Inspire Colleagues, Customers, and Clients;
Sell Yourself, Your Vision, and Your Values; Communicate with Charisma and

Noah J. Goldstein.
YES!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive

Kathy Lubar.
Leadership Presence

John C. Maxwell.
Developing the Leader Within You

Lee E. Miller.
UP: Influence, Power and the U Perspective- The Art of Getting What You Want

Women-Specific Leadership Resources

Linda Babcock.
Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

Linda Coughlin.
Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership

Alice H. Eagly.
Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders

Christopher V. Flett.
What Men Don’t Tell Women About Business: Opening Up the Heavily
Guarded Alpha Male Playbook

Lois P. Frankel.
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Offices; 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women
Make That Sabotage Their Careers

Ronna Lichtenberg.
Pitch Like a Girl: Get Respect, Get Noticed, Get What You Want

Leadership Podcasts

All of these are free via ITunes. Search for these by title in the
Podcast section of ITunes, then subscribe to the series or download
selected podcasts.

BNET: Useful Commute
Practical tips for increasing productivity from a Dell-sponsored CNET site, with
various speakers. Sample topics: Write More Effective Emails, Managing a
Multigenerational Workforce, and Becoming an Authentic Leader.

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
A weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship cosponsored by BASES (a student
entrepreneurship group), Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and the
Department of Management Science and Engineering. Features CEOS and VPs
from companies such as KLA-Tencor, AutoDesk, Genentech, eHarmony, and
Juniper Networks, as well as academic and government leaders.

HBR Ideacast
This series from the publishers of Harvard Business Review features breakthrough
ideas and commentary from the leading thinkers in business and management.
Sample topics: Unleashing Your Hidden Assets, Retaining Talented Women,
Leading Through Conflict, and What Holds Leaders Back.

Manager Tools
A weekly podcast aimed at helping you be a more effective manager and leader,
from Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman. Emphasis is on practical tools and
techniques. Sample topics: Write More Effectively, Micro-Communications, and
Resolving Conflict.

Sales Gravy
Simple, short (5-6 minute) motivational pieces from Jeb Blout, author of Power
Principles: Do You Have the Winning Edge. Aimed at sales professionals but
contains useful lessons on success for all leaders.

Great Stuff That Defies Categorization

Malcolm Gladwell.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Raymond V. Haring.
The Smallest Things Make the Biggest Difference

Chip and Dan Heath.
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

W. Timothy Gallwey.
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of
Peak Performance

Phil Jackson.
Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior