After a recent talk at Elmhurst College, a student reached out to me for a list of books that would help him learn more about becoming a successful freelancer and public speaker; he's graduating soon and knows the job market is still tight. Of course, I want to be a selfish promoter of my book and say, "Public Speaking in the Digital Age." But it's really your basic step-by-step approach to learning presentations.
For those already good at outlining, organizing, and some elements of style, the following books are excellent reads:
For the business/marketing books, I would recommend the following for aspiring freelance writers fresh out of school:
He also asked what books by Aristotle inspired me to become a modern-day Aristotle. Wowser. That's tough to answer because I've taken a lot of rhetoric courses. I actually see myself as a sophist, but that's for another day. I see rhetoric as a very practical tool for use in business writing and consulting. But if one really wants to get into the fun of rhetoric, I recommend these books: