The list author says: "It may be used all the time, but that does not make it less true -- the number one fear for people everywhere is public speaking. It's something that most of us have to do at least once in our life, and something we will do everything to get out of. However, presenting well is more important now than ever. Most of our communication has become detached and technological, but face-to-face interaction is still the best way to get your point, or product, across. Personally, I have had to teach, preach, and lecture multiple times in my life, and I wish that I had read all of these books before my first time standing in front of an audience.
Some of the books below are on presentations specifically, some are on how our minds work, and some address the idea of motivation and stickiness. All are valuable tools that you can use for more than just presentations. Whether you are a pastor, teacher, author, or anyone in between, these books will help you become a much better presenter.
(Note: I limited recommendations to one book per author. Some of the authors (particularly the first seven) have multiple books that are outstanding on presentation, but I only included their best)"
"This has been one of the best purchases I have made. Mind mapping will help you organize your material creatively and logically in ways that are surprising. It may seem overly simple, but I promise if you use it your presentations will improve."
"If nothing else, Capon is one of the best communicators there are. This book gives some great tips on crafting sermons and lectures, but the real value is in the notes and manuscripts that are in the book. Learn from the "real work" of a master communicator."
"Once you know what motivates people you will know how to present. Remember that the point of a presentation is to move people from Point A to Point B, or you have failed. Start where the audience is at, not with how much information you have."
"This book will help you craft ideas that are more memorable. Presenters often rely too heavily on text when images are what our brains are really wired to remember. Use this book to learn about how memory really works and use all five senses in your presentations. No one will forget the main points you talk about."