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Interpersonal Communication


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Owen Hargie and David Dickson, Skilled Interpersonal Communication: Research, Theory and Practice, Routledge, 2004 

An excellent book on communications that covers a wide range of communication topics. What sets this book apart is that it is founded on solid academic research. It is also clearly written and presented, making it a great book for students and practitioners alike. 

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Writing and presenting


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Eric Bergman, 5 Steps to Conquer 'Death by Powerpoint', Petticoat Creek Press, 2012 

An excellent book on communications that covers a wide range of communication topics. What sets this book apart is that it is founded on solid academic research. It is also clearly written and presented, making it a great book for students and practitioners alike. 

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Philip Yaffe, The Gettysburg Approach to Writing and Speaking like a Professional, Indi Publishing, 2009 

A very practical expert book on writing and presenting. Much uncommon wisdom that teaches you to write like a journalist and present like a pro.. 

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Body language


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Desmond Morris, Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language, Vintage, 2002

The reference on body language. An update on the '70's definitive masterpiece ('Manwatching'). Starting from a strong anthropological position, it goes into great detail about how we move as we do.

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Allan Pease, Body Language: How to Read Others' Thoughts by Their Gestures, Sheldon Press, 1997 (Also published as Signals: How to Use Body Language for Power, Success, and Love, Bantam Books, 1984)

Written more for a popular audience than People Watching, this excellent book uses many pictures and diagrams to clearly show the many types of body language. it is particularly focused on social situations with the aim of helping anyone improve their social skills.

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Geoffrey Beattie, Visible thought: The new psychology of body language, Routledge, London, 2003 

Geoffrey Beattie is a university professor and resident psychologist on UK TV reality show Big Brother. Here he mixes academics with TV events to add depth to the meaning of gestures, including new challenges to traditional interpretations. Useful and very readable.

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Networking


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Bob Burg, Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales, New & Updated Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1998

A handy practitioner book based on the key principle that the best recommendation is a recommendation from a friend. Useful also for general networking outside of sales.

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