This page aims to list books, videos, articles etc that you may find useful in improving your communication skills. Please leave a comment below with the item you recommend and a brief description of how it will help.
The first book listed is from HOD member David Phelops called “The Elements of Eloquence” by Mark Forsyth. David commends the book with the following:
“To complement Paul Carroll‘s list of Rhetorical devices, I heartily recommend you to read this book…. The Elements of Eloquence
An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric …Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.
In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything to say – you simply need to say it well.”
The following is a link to a podcast in which Michael Port is interviewed. If you are not familiar with him he is a prominent author, actor and public speaker. This podcast gives some excellent information for improving your communication
Craig Valentine won the 1999 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking and has since become a coach for those wanting to improve their speaking. He has a resource called “52 speaking tips”. If you subscribe to this, each week you receive one tip by email that comes with a pdf transcript plus an audio file so you can hear him explain the tip. There are some real nuggets in this series and well worth subscribing to.
When you do the role of Timekeeper, Grammarian or Ah Counter you should use the Toastmasters International mobile app as it will make the job easier. Watch this video and find out why: