35 Best Books on Presentations

I’m really proud to announce that, based on a recent survey of presentation experts, Speaking PowerPoint was rated the #3 presentation book overall. See the full list of 35 books, according to presentation experts, in the SlideShare below.

The expert judges included Nancy Duarte, Bruce Gabrielle, Dr. Michael Alley, Gonzalo Alvarez, Andrew Dlugan, Nolan Haimes and Al Bonner. (And, no, I wasn’t allowed to vote on my own book 🙂 )

The judges rated books in several categories, and then overall. Top books, in their opinion, were:


Top 3 books OVERALL

  1. Presenting to Win, Jerry Weissman
  2. Moving Mountains, Henry M. Boettinger
  3. Speaking PowerPoint, Bruce R. Gabrielle


Top 3 books on PLANNING your presentation

  1. Moving Mountains, Henry M. Boettinger
  2. Give Your Speech, Change the World, Dr. Nick Morgan
  3. Presenting to Win, Jerry Weissman


Top 3 books on DESIGNING PowerPoint visuals

  1. slide:ology, Nancy Duarte
  2. Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds
  3. Presentation Zen Design, Garr Reynolds


Top 3 books on DELIVERING your presentation

  1. Give Your Speech, Change the World, Dr. Nick Morgan
  2. You’ve Got to Be Believed to Be Heard, Bert Decker
  3. Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint, Christopher Witt


Thanks to Gonzalo Álvarez Marañón, author of El Arte de Presentar, the driving force behind this study and who helped round up some impressive judges. I helped by analyzing the data and presenting it visually. I hope this turns you onto some books you hadn’t gotten around to yet.

By the way, El Arte de Presentar (the Art of Presentations) is also a pretty amazing book. It’s written in Spanish, but my daughter has been translating the book to me and I highly recommend it if you read Spanish.

About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the New Language of Business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.


2 thoughts on “35 Best Books on Presentations

  1. Wonderful list, and 12 more purchases would complete my library.

    No Tufte among the design books? Hard to believe he didn’t make the cut, despite the fact he has said he hates PowerPoint.

    1. Thanks for your comments David. Hmmm…good question about Tufte. I believe “Cognitive Style of PowerPoint” was suggested as an early candidate, then rejected as not having instructional value. Perhaps we overlooked his other books in making that decision.

      Note, all of the judges were invited to submit their candidates and Tufte was not suggested by anyone else. It would be a worthy consideration should we repeat the survey in the future.

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