In preparing your presentation, choose materials that are meaningful to you and help you sell your point. Some of these might be quotes of famous people, speeches, music, graphics or photos.

Here are some of the online resources that Deborah uses–both in helping her clients and preparing her own presentations. Click in the box to expand and contract the list.

Presentation Skills Resources


Research sites:

Business and financial:



Free photos for presentations:

Great speeches by presidents:

Quotes from presidents:

Developing presentations:

Quotes from sports figures:


Business Communication Reading List

Thanks for the Feedback – Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

When Breath Becomes Air- Paul Kalanithi

When Doctors Don’t Listen – Leana Wen, MD and Joshua Kosowsky, MD

Triggers – Marshall Goldsmith

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Made to Stick – by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – by Marshall Goldsmith

The Secret Language of Business – by Kevin Hogan

Code Switching: How To Talk So Men Will Listen – by Claire Damken Brown, Ph.D. and Audrey Nelson, Ph.D.

MOJO: How To Get It, How To Keep It, How To Get It Back If You Lose It – by Marshall Goldsmith

How To Say It For Women – by Phyllis Mindell, Ed.D.

Slide:ology: The Art And Science Of Creating Great Presentations – by Nancy Duarte

Resonate – by Nancy Duarte

It’s The Way You Say It – by Carol A. Fleming, Ph.D.

Outliers: The Story Of Success – by Malcolm Gladwell

The Zen Of Listening – by Rebecca Z. Shafir, M.A. CCC

Social Intelligence: The New Science Of Human Relationships – by Daniel Goleman

People Skills – by Robert Bolton, Ph.D.

Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say It’s What People Hear – by Dr. Frank Luntz

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It – Chris Voss

Make Your Bed:  Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World – William McRaven

From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur Brooks

Mindful Listening: HBR Emotional Intelligence Series

Influence and Persuasion: HBR Emotional Intelligence Series

How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”) – Valerie Alexander

Effective Communication Skills for Scientific and Technical Professionals – Harry E. Chambers

Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Healthcare – Saul Weiner and Alan Schwartz

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success – Sylvia Ann Hewlett

How Women Rise – Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – Bronnie Ware

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

Some of Deborah’s favorite books on business communication–from subjects like listening, social intelligence and creating great presentations–are listed here. Click in the box to expand and contract the list.