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Guest Post: 5 Great Books on Public Speaking You Cannot Miss

5 Great Books on Public Speaking You Cannot Miss5 Great Books on Public Speaking You Cannot Miss
By Tan Kwan HongParticipants in my public speaking workshops have often asked me to recommend some great books that they can read to take their mastery of public speaking to the next level. Indeed, reading is a great way in which you can gain new ideas and novel perspectives on speech delivery.Here are 5 books I highly recommend that you can read to improve your public speaking skills.Book #1: Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott BerkunA book that divulges the secrets behind what great speakers and communicators do, and how you can emulate the success of these speakers through highly practical tips.Book #2: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine GalloThe ideas presented in this book are current and cutting-edge. If you want to learn how to sell yourself and your ideas on stage, this book is for you.Book #3: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like …

Book Review: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Book Title: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf 
Author: Ntozake Shange
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I checked this audiobook from my local public library.  I have been procrastinating on reading it because of the scene with the children being dangled out of the window.  I watched the movie first, and that image still resonates with me.  
However, since I have a two-hour commute one way, I felt that now would be a good time to be entranced by Shange, and I must say that I was.  I cannot believe how talented she is.  She entraps you inside almost every emotion and feeling that women encountered, as they journey through life.  Shange chooses the language within the text to articulate power, beauty, anger, happiness, and so much more.
I hate to admit that the stories of the seven women are very familiar.  Why? I have either experienced the incident or know of a woman or women, who have experienced it.  
Within this text, Shange captures what it m…


Initially, I started with a subscription to Scribd. However, I did not like how I could not access the books after I read them.  If you haven't guessed it, I am a book hoarder, whether in paperback, hardback, or electronic form.  I checked out available audiobooks at my local library.  Also, I downloaded free audiobooks from LibriVox. Additionally, I decided to sign up for Audible.  Audible costs more than Scribd, but I own the books, and I can replay them, which is very important to me.  I love that I can download them to my iPod or in iTunes, or I play the audiobooks in the Audible app on my phone.  Since I have been commuting to work, I have devoured several audiobooks:

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enufYear of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own PersonMeditationsThe Art of War The Science of Getting RichThe First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All LevelsThe Power of Now Currently, I am listenin…