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NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series. The best leaders know how to communicate clearly and persuasively. How do you stack up? If you read nothing else on communicating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you express your ideas with cla NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series. The best leaders know how to communicate clearly and persuasively. How do you stack up? If you read nothing else on communicating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you express your ideas with clarity and impact—no matter what the situation. Leading experts such as Deborah Tannen, Jay Conger, and Nick Morgan provide the insights and advice you need to: • Pitch your brilliant idea—successfully • Connect with your audience • Establish credibility • Inspire others to carry out your vision • Adapt to stakeholders’ decision-making styles • Frame goals around common interests • Build consensus and win support Looking for more Must Read articles from Harvard Business Review? Check out these titles in the popular series: HBR’s 10 Must Reads: The Essentials HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Collaboration HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Innovation HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategic Marketing HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams


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NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series. The best leaders know how to communicate clearly and persuasively. How do you stack up? If you read nothing else on communicating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you express your ideas with cla NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series. The best leaders know how to communicate clearly and persuasively. How do you stack up? If you read nothing else on communicating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you express your ideas with clarity and impact—no matter what the situation. Leading experts such as Deborah Tannen, Jay Conger, and Nick Morgan provide the insights and advice you need to: • Pitch your brilliant idea—successfully • Connect with your audience • Establish credibility • Inspire others to carry out your vision • Adapt to stakeholders’ decision-making styles • Frame goals around common interests • Build consensus and win support Looking for more Must Read articles from Harvard Business Review? Check out these titles in the popular series: HBR’s 10 Must Reads: The Essentials HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Collaboration HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Innovation HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategic Marketing HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams

30 review for HBR's 10 Must Reads on Communication (with featured article “The Necessary Art of Persuasion,” by Jay A. Conger)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniil Bratchenko

    This is a collection of relatively long articles. Some of them are good, some are not. I guess it depends on what you already know and do not know, your environment. A couple of articles that I really liked made the whole book worth it. Conveniently, each article has a short summary. I recommend skimming through the summaries. When a summary interests you, read the whole article.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nihit Parikh

    This book is so good that I think every millennial should read it. The sooner you read it, the better.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean OConnor

    Leaders tell stories. They know how to communicate and share their vision for where their organization is headed. They use stories to build a culture. Leaders persuade their colleagues (and bosses) to change and ship new projects. The know how to give (and receive) actionable feedback. These essays by HBR are thought provoking and made me question how I communicate.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Belotserkovskiy

    That is the awesome book. Not just latest articles about communication but some old still good ones. I highly recommend that book to anyone who is interested in how to communicate properly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shikhar Sheel

    Doesn’t really bring anything great to the table.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Filipa

    HBR's Must Reads on Communication was a great read. I'm happy that HBR has decided to publish this collection of articles in a book. They have more books on this collection and each book focuses on a different theme. I wanted to start with 10 Must Reads on Communication since it's an important and relevant area for me - not only have I studied Communication in college, it's one of the themes I'm most fascinated about. This book rounded up some of the most influential articles on communication, i HBR's Must Reads on Communication was a great read. I'm happy that HBR has decided to publish this collection of articles in a book. They have more books on this collection and each book focuses on a different theme. I wanted to start with 10 Must Reads on Communication since it's an important and relevant area for me - not only have I studied Communication in college, it's one of the themes I'm most fascinated about. This book rounded up some of the most influential articles on communication, including Conger's article The Necessary Art of Persuasion, which I had already studied at college. The articles mostly focus on business-related communication, as expected, but it is not difficult to transpose the findings of the articles to other areas of life. The author's findings are still relevant, even though some of the articles have been published 10 years ago. If you are interested in some of these areas of knowledge (you can check the complete list on this collection here), I'd recommend reading this HBR collection. It's difficult to stay on top of everything that is written, said and published about a theme that interests you but this book helps you get in touch with some of the best known articles of that area while giving you the opportunity to read different theories on the same subject: everything in the same book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I underlined multiple sections in this book. That's how much I found value in the essays and studies that were presented. Harvard Business Review (HBR) is a series of collected essays, and this particular book centered on the topic of communication. Some communication styles you might understand: analytical vs creative vs leadership. Some people are followers, some leaders, some analysts. But how can you use your communication to persuade people, not maliciously, but to perhaps steer clear from a I underlined multiple sections in this book. That's how much I found value in the essays and studies that were presented. Harvard Business Review (HBR) is a series of collected essays, and this particular book centered on the topic of communication. Some communication styles you might understand: analytical vs creative vs leadership. Some people are followers, some leaders, some analysts. But how can you use your communication to persuade people, not maliciously, but to perhaps steer clear from an argument? Sure, you tell stories daily, but did you know even stories can be categorized to make an impact. Being able to identify five messages leaders must have (so you can either correct this in yourself, or realize it in a bad/good leader). It's powerful to be able to detect differences in communication. Even silence communicates volumes. I'd be surprised if you didn't walk away from this book without something you could change or enhance in how you give or receive communication.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Radu

    “HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Communication” puts together 11 essential articles from Harvard Business Review on the topic. I found it surprisingly good - the articles are written by heavy-weight practitioners (CEO consultants, PR leaders etc) or specialized academics from top business schools. The book gives you lots of insights on persuasion, effective communication or story telling. And a lot of study cases, as many HBR Press books do. If you want to find out what are the book’s essentials and a few “HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Communication” puts together 11 essential articles from Harvard Business Review on the topic. I found it surprisingly good - the articles are written by heavy-weight practitioners (CEO consultants, PR leaders etc) or specialized academics from top business schools. The book gives you lots of insights on persuasion, effective communication or story telling. And a lot of study cases, as many HBR Press books do. If you want to find out what are the book’s essentials and a few points, please visit our doitinvest.com website here: https://www.doitinvest.com/hbrs-10-mu...

  9. 5 out of 5

    shivani

    Communication is a make or break in the career world but even more so within one’s personal life. It is the tool that makes one feel connected and allows for success.... the root of all mental and emotional turmoil. Thankfully, this book provided me with a greater sense of security with regards to my communication skills. It provides a brief overview of communication dynamics within the office and a skilful approach in managing everyday situations.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Well. It reads like a really long magazine article. Nothing super great. Almost dull. I probably would have read each of the articles by themselves in a magazine, but all of them together was brutal! I may have even enjoyed each article by itself in a magazine, but all together was a bit much. Good info, poorly distributed, without a clear cohesion because it was from different authors in different time periods, and different professions.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wasim-Uz-Zaman

    The articles confirm your inner biases when you speak with another person in a workplace. They are mostly personal views of experienced workplace veterans, consultans and writers who understand various human behavior to trigger responses through communication. A read for a beginner in learning how to communicate better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars I had to read this over the course of my current Managerial Communications class, and I really enjoyed reading something that wasn't a textbook. I mostly enjoyed the articles I read, although some of the ideas didn't seem to translate well into modern times. Anyone who is a manager or hopes to become one can benefit from reading this. Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars I had to read this over the course of my current Managerial Communications class, and I really enjoyed reading something that wasn't a textbook. I mostly enjoyed the articles I read, although some of the ideas didn't seem to translate well into modern times. Anyone who is a manager or hopes to become one can benefit from reading this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Muhannad

    HBR must reads are always great to read. Its beauty lies within the short articles discussing various aspects of a concept. On Communication was better than Managing Self in my opinion. There is one or two articles probably that weren’t up to the expectaton, and this will always be the case.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Timmytoothless

    Some interesting and useful concepts in this book about communication in business management. However, there is a fair amount of punching down in the book; some of the essays are written from world view that could be best described as overconfident and a few are downright odious.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Jervy Ramos

    It's both sad and interesting how the workplace and businesses work in terms of communicating. There are no clear rules and you mostly learn stories shared in this book through personal experience. I wonder how will this affect the current trend and adaptation the workplace is phasing through (2021). The book was very informative and helpful. Surely, I'll recommend this to anyone starting his/her career. It's both sad and interesting how the workplace and businesses work in terms of communicating. There are no clear rules and you mostly learn stories shared in this book through personal experience. I wonder how will this affect the current trend and adaptation the workplace is phasing through (2021). The book was very informative and helpful. Surely, I'll recommend this to anyone starting his/her career.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allen

    Every few years I revisit this so that I don’t get stuck in limited ways of communicating. Everyone can benefit by listening to this and taking notes even if you’ve been an entrepreneur for decades.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adinda Zakiah

    My suggestion is juat read the idea in Brief and Idea in Practice. Some articles are pretty insightful in idea and practice but not worth the price since the delivery is boring which is contradict with the title.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Too many case studies, not much elaborations and deep insights.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    read this for grad school, still counting it towards my total lol

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Lillico

    Some good guidance on how to think about communicating rather than just doing, some tips already used in work and went welk

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dansav

    It's ok, not surprising but easy to eyes and mind. It's ok, not surprising but easy to eyes and mind.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mayank

    Really great concepts and skills for ceo's and business owners Really great concepts and skills for ceo's and business owners

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jb

    20 years old but good fundamentals. Liked the analysis of women-men communication styles.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JanaT

    A nice introduction to the field.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Xrysa Ser

    Good read, learned a few things but nothing crazy really

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fred Leland

    Very good book as are most from HBR. This book focused on communications which is always a much needed and much talked about attribute to leadership and organizational climate. Problem is what we think our message is is all to often misinterpreted. This books illustrates this point and what we as leaders in an organization bed to focus on to ensure our message, mission, vision and intent are known and understood by all.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Muneel Zaidi

    The best article is "The Necessary Art of Persuasion", which is an excellent perspective on leadership. A few other articles stood out, but about half the articles are forgettable, and one or two of those are not good at all. Still, as far as business anthologies goes, this is pretty good. Just a bit dated, but it's not really noticeable. The best article is "The Necessary Art of Persuasion", which is an excellent perspective on leadership. A few other articles stood out, but about half the articles are forgettable, and one or two of those are not good at all. Still, as far as business anthologies goes, this is pretty good. Just a bit dated, but it's not really noticeable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patrick King

    Solid HBR best of. It does what it sets out in the tried and tested HBR format. I highly recommend for those looking to learn about communicating as a leader in an organisation. There are no surprises but good examples of types of people you'll need to deal with as the boss or trying to convince the boss. Solid HBR best of. It does what it sets out in the tried and tested HBR format. I highly recommend for those looking to learn about communicating as a leader in an organisation. There are no surprises but good examples of types of people you'll need to deal with as the boss or trying to convince the boss.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Pinto

    its a nice collection of reads that high really important aspect of communication. its focused for business but as a UX professional I found this collection of articles really interesting because it explores things that I did naturally and also some that I did not know and will explore in the future if you are a UX professional I totally recommend this read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Great little guide to kicking butt in business, whichever kind you happen to be in. The advice is straightforward and practical. If you ever have to persuade someone or give a presentation, this is the book to read.

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