I just finished reading Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun, thanks to the recommendation from Stephen Forte. I’d highly recommend this book for anyone who gives talks at user groups, conferences, code camps or even just tech leads and developers who have to present to their team from time to time. Doesn’t matter if you are a deeply experienced speaker or someone just trying to expand your exposure and knowledge, this book is good for all who do any speaking to groups.
It is a quick and entertaining read, highly suitable for e-Book (I read the entire book over a dozen or so workouts on the elliptical machine at the gym using Kindle for iPhone), and offers great insights and enjoyable stories that will help anyone who has to talk to crowds small to large. Scott does a great job of capturing the experiences, challenges, and recommended techniques from a lot of public speaking.It will help you get over fears, figure out ways to improve your presentation techniques and communication effectiveness, and generally just make preparing for and delivering a talk a much better and easier thing.