31 Books to Help You Learn About Communication by Rachel Miller

If you are looking for a book to read to learn more about communication, you are spoilt for choice as there are many good ones around.

Want to talk with other comms pros about books you read? This year CIPR Inside introduced its #ICBookclub. See @CIPRInside for more information and to join in.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading this year. So in no particular order, here are some books I recommend to help you learn about internal communication, PR, culture and related subjects. There are 31 on this list and I’m sure there’s something for everyone!

What would you add to my list? I hope you find it useful.

I have all of these books on my shelves and recommend keeping them within reach. I’ve included personal branding ones too as you’ve been telling me you’d like to know more about the topic.

Further reading on the All Things IC blogA beginners’ guide to personal branding.

Internal communication:

Exploring Internal Communication by Dr. Kevin Ruck (2015)

The People Business by Annabel Dunstan and Imogen Osborne (2017) Read my interview with the authors

Internal Communications: A Manual for Practitioners (PR In Practice) by Liam Fitzpatrick and Klavs Valskov (Kogan Page, 2014)

Strategic Internal Communication: How to Build Employee Engagement and Performance by David Cowan (2014)

Making the Connections: Using Internal Communication to Turn Strategy into Action by Bill Quirke (2008)

From Cascade to Conversation by Katie Macaulay (2014)

Internal Communications: Insights, Practices and Models by Aniisu Verghese (2012)

Books I’ve contributed chapters to:

Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals  (Wiley 2012)

Share This, Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals (Wiley, 2013)

Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success (Wiley, 2013)

Public relations (PR) and social media

Myths of PR: All Publicity is Good Publicity and Other Popular Misconceptions by Rich Leigh (2017)

The PR Masterclass: How to Develop a Public Relations Strategy That Works by Alex Singleton (2014)

Brand Media Strategy, 2nd Edition: Integrated Communications Planning in the Digital Era by Antony Young (2014)

The Public Relations Strategic Toolkit: An Essential Guide to Successful Public Relations by Alison Theaker and Heather Yaxley (2012) Update: The second edition of this book is out now.

Brand Vandals: Reputation Wreckers and How to Build Better Defences: Corporate Reputation Risk and Response by Stephen Waddington (2013)

Social Media Explained: Untangling the World’s Most Misunderstood Business Trend by Mark Schaefer (2014)

Your Press Release is Breaking My Heart by Janet Murray (2016)

How organizations (and people) work

Tribes by Seth Godin by Piatkus (2008)

Hit Refresh: The Quest To Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul by Satya Nadella (2017)

Riding the Waves of Culture by Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner (1997)

Drive by Daniel Pink (2011)

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed (2016)

Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much by Tony Crabbe (2015)

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek (2017)

Start With Why by Simon Sinek (2011)

Yes! 50 Secrets About the Power of Persuasion by Noah Goldstein (2007).

Personal branding and development

KNOWN: The Handbook for Building and Unleashing Your Personal Brand in the Digital Age by Mark W Schaefer (2017)

Personal Branding for Brits, by Jennifer Holloway (2013)

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (2017)

She Means Business, by Carrie Green (2017)

Rise of the Youpreneur: The Definitive Guide to Becoming the Go-To Leader in Your Industry and Building a Future-Proof Business by Chris Ducker (2017)

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