A Product Manager Communication Survival Guide by Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré
Mastering Effective Communication as a Product Manager by Sachin Rekhi
How Product Managers Lead Through Communication by Barry Mohn
What You Should Clarify and Communicate as a Product Leader by Teresa Torres
Building shared understanding on major product changes by Shobhit Chugh
10 ways to explain things more effectively by Calvin Sun
Communicating in Color by Ken Norton
Clarity Drives Success by The Clever PM
Improving Written Communication
Writing, Briefly by Paul Graham
Working Backwards by Werner Vogels
Bad Managers Talk, Good Managers Write by Werner Chan
10 Reasons Why People Love Numbered Lists by Julie Zhuo
Getting Your Documents Read by Nancy Webb
Tools for Better Written Communication
Because sometimes nothing beats writing by hand.
Simple text editor to focus on what really is important.
Chrome plug-in that makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
App to increase readability by highlighting long, complex sentences and common errors.
The Best Books for Sharpening Your Writing
How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide by Laura Brown
With more than two hundred how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family. You want your boss to fund a special project. How can you write a persuasive email that will win his approval? At once a how-to, a reference book, and a pioneering guide for writing in a changing world, this is a resource you’ll truly need.
Writing That Works; How to Communicate Effectively In Business by Kenneth Roman
Get help you say what you want to say, with less difficulty and more confidence. This classic with dozens of examples and useful tips for writing will show you how to improve anything you write, whether it’s presentations that move ideas and action, memos and letters that get things done, plans and reports that make things happen, fund-raising and sales letters that produce results, resumes and letters that lead to interviews or speeches that make a point.
HBR Guide to Better Business Writing by Bryan A. Garner
This book by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you push past writer’s block, grab and keep readers’ attention, earn credibility with tough audiences, brush up on grammar and strike the right tone.
Improving Visual Communication
Get an Edge With Visual Communication by Tyner Blain
14 Ways to Present Information Visually by Ryan Skinner
Build Your Visual Communication Skills by Teresa Torres
The Best Books for Sharpening Your Visual Communication Skills
Draw Your Big Idea: The Ultimate Creativity Tool for Turning Thoughts Into Action and Dreams Into Reality by Nora Herting
Images speak louder than words and studies show that images also help people think. Driven by these groundbreaking findings, entrepreneurs Nora Herting and Heather Willems founded ImageThink, a graphic facilitation firm that has helped companies like Google and NASA visualize their ideas and transform their creative processes using simple drawing techniques that anyone can master. Draw Your Big Idea presents their sought-after guidance and more than 150 drawing exercises tailored to brainstorming, refining, and executing ideas.
Visual Leaders: New Tools for Visioning, Management, and Organization Change by David Sibbet
Visual Leaders explores how leaders can support visioning and strategy formation, planning and management, and organization change through the application of visual meeting and visual team methodologies. It describes seven essential tools for visual leaders—mental models, visual meetings, graphic templates, decision theaters, roadmaps, Storymaps, and virtual visuals—and examples of methods for implementation throughout an organization.
Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte
Presentations are meant to inform, inspire, and persuade audiences. All too often, presentations don’t resonate with the audience and move them to transformative action. Resonate helps you make a strong connection with your audience and lead them to purposeful action. The author’s approach is simple: building a presentation today is a bit like writing a documentary. Using this approach, you’ll convey your content with passion, persuasion, and impact.
Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data by Stephanie D. H. Evergreen
Written by designer and researcher Stephanie D. H. Evergreen, this book shows readers how to create Excel charts and graphs that best communicate data findings. This comprehensive how-to guide functions as a set of blueprints supported by research and the author’s extensive experience with clients in industries all over the world, for conveying data in an impactful way. The book covers the spectrum of graph types available beyond the default options, how to determine which one most appropriately fits specific data stories, and easy steps for making the chosen graph in Excel.
Improving Presentation Skills
My product management toolkit (15): Storytelling by Marc Abraham
Presenting Your Product Strategy: Tell A Story. by Sue Raisty
How to Improve Your Presentation Skills by Sara Kessler
How to Give a Killer Presentation by Chris Anderson
TED’s secret to great public speaking by Chris Anderson
How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk by Will Stephen
powerpoint-itis by Marketoonist
Tools for Better Presentations
The obvious choice for creating appealing presentations.
Interact with your audience through live polls.
Collaborate on presentations with Google Slides.
The Best Books for Improving Your Presentation Skills
Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Remarkable Presentations by Dan Roam
In this short but powerful book, Roam introduces a new set of tools for making extraordinary presentations in any setting. Even if you’re already a good speaker, you’ll learn more about understanding your audience, organizing your content, building a clear story line, creating effective visuals, and channeling your fear into fun.
slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte
Written by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, this book is full of practical approaches to visual story development that can be applied by anyone. The book combines conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world’s leading brands.
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo
Public speaking coach and bestselling author Carmine Gallo has broken down hundreds of TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters, as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology, communications, and neuroscience to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. Gallo’s step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver a presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.