5 must-reads for communications pros

From insights on writing fundamentals to guidance on standing out amid the online cacophony, these tomes deliver helpful advice for communicators.

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There are more than 26,000 books on communication available for sale on Amazon.

Though it’s nice to know that there are plenty of resources on the subject, it’s also easy to see how someone wanting to become a better communicator could be overwhelmed by the choices.

No one could digest all that advice in a lifetime.

So, based on my reading thus far, here (in no particular order) are five of those 26,000 books that every communications professional must read.

1. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Carnegie actually should have titled this book “Using the Manners Your Momma Taught You.” I read it every fall with public relations students, and I get something from it every time. Carnegie’s advice is simple: Smile, be a good listener, and remember people’s names. It’s also a great reminder about how to treat others through the busyness of life and business.

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