Recommended Reading


PE Manager thumnail “Stand and Deliver,” article by Amy Solas on effective fundraising presentations in PE Manager.

DeathByPowerpoint_150pxFive Steps to Conquer “Death by Powerpoint,”
by Eric Bergman
Our latest favorite. Throw away those assumptions about “the way it’s done” and have a conversation, using visual aids sparingly, with your audience.

cover-say-it-with-presentations-225x300Say it with Presentations: How to Design and Deliver Successful Business Presentations, by Gene Zelazny
A terrific companion to Minto by McKinsey’s Director of Visual Communications. Also see Say it with Charts.

41ol99bLXILClear and to the Point, by Stephen Kosslyn
Most PowerPoint users ignore the basics of how human beings comprehend and retain information. Here’s what you need to know and how to apply it.

71HPHKG68XLPresentations for Decision Makers, by Marya Holcombe and Judith Stein
A comprehensive guide to all aspects of business presentation development and delivery, incorporating the logic-based approach to presentation writing.

61SSoIiT2eL._SL1400_HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, by Nancy Duarte
Planning your presentation, start to finish.

21S7XBM804LGuide to Managerial Communication, by Mary Munter
A concise and practical guide to effective business writing and speaking for managers.

41hMmcWQdwLPresentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, by Garr Reynolds. Also see Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations.

vdqi_bookcoverThe Visual Display of Quantitative Information,
by Edward Tufte
Tufte’s books on statistical graphics, charts, and tables are classics and beautifully illustrated. Also see Envisioning Information, Visual Explanations and Beautiful Evidence.

51DQJF40CKLThe Short Road to Great Presentations,
by Peter Reimold and Cheryl Reimold
Practical and comprehensive.

41hDDVU0Z1LBeyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations that Inform, Motivate, and Inspire, by Cliff Atkinson
Same concepts as found elsewhere but good for step-by-step instruction on PowerPoint.


41bf228348a0c9b63b26e010.LThe Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking and Problem Solving, by Barbara Minto
The comprehensive guide to logic in writing, thinking and problem solving. This powerful methodology is used by consultants and top companies worldwide.

51p9yrsI-DLThinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
Brilliant insights into how we form judgments and make choices, based on decades of psychological research, by a Nobel prize winner in economics.

41hMTwhl6IL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die,
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
The art of making ideas memorable. The authors draw extensively on psychosocial studies on memory, emotion and motivation.

41EYiulDP4LBrain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, by John Medina
A molecular biologist on how the brains works and how we learn. For a quick takeaway on the implications for presenters, see Brain Rules for Presenters by Garr Reynolds.

51BY+RvO2UL-1._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_ Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World, by Stuart Diamond
Written by a leading negotiation practitioner and Wharton professor (and our former New York Times colleague), Diamond’s innovative model puts persuasive communication ahead of power.

41HAPZCit-LMultimedia Learning, by Richard E. Mayer
Research on how to use both words and pictures to maximize retention and understanding. Kosslyn draws on Mayer’s work.



419+e51h0eLThe Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting, by William A. Sabin
Our go-to style guide at J.P. Morgan and now.

51q3tYpGjnLThe Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr.
This classic reference book is now available online.

51q3tYpGjnLOn Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser

51q3tYpGjnLWriting that Works, by Kenneth Roman and Joel Raphaelson