Great books for internal communication pros

While we were compiling a small list for a recent piece about doing your CPD with an internal communication twist over the summer, we had quite a few reading recommendations from you. Reading a book is one of the most flexible and simplest ways to boost your CPD points. Reading a book is eligible for 10 points, so it’s a great way to get you on your way to the 60 points needed in a year. Don’t forget it’s the #SummerOfCPD too so you can also be entered into the prize draw when you log CPD points before 10 August.

So we thought we’d compile a more complete book list, giving you a few suggestions to help you in your learning and development,

Library booklist

Boost your personal reading list – top recommendations from Internal comms professionals

Here goes:

  1. Anarchists in the Boardroom – Liam Barrington-Bush
  2. Communicating Change: Winning Employee Support for New Business Goals – Larkin & Larkin
  3. Creativity, Inc. – Dr Ed Catmull
  4. Culture Shock – Will McInnes
  5. Delivering Happiness: A path to profits, passion and purpose – Tony Hsieh
  6. Drive – Dan Pink
  7. Employees first, Customers second – Vineet Nayar
  8. Enterprise 2.0 Andrew McAffee
  9. Exploring Internal Communication – Kevin Ruck
  10. For the Win – Kevin Werbach and Dan Hunter
  11. Internal Communications, a manual for practitioners. Liam Fitzpatrick and Klavs Valskov
  12. Making the Connections – Bill Quirke
  13. Maverick – Ricardo Semler
  14. Mission: How the best in business break through – Michael Hayman and Nick Giles
  15. Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness – Cass Sunstein 
  16. Orbiting the Giant Hairball – Gordon MacKenzie
  17. Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
  18. The Connected Company – Dave Grey
  19. The Credible Company – Roger D’Aprix
  20. The Everything Store – Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  21. The Velvet Revolution at Work  – John Smythe
  22. To Sell is Human – Dan Pink
  23. Trust me, PR is Dead. Robert Phillips

Special thanks to Kirsty Fisher, Richard Howat, Kevin Ruck, Christian Paschke, Kyla Lacey-Davidson, Gemma McCall, Advita Patel, Steven Murgatroyd, Natasha Gonsalves, Denise Cox, and Katie Marlow who all provided their recommended reads.


If there’s a great book for internal comms pros that you think should be on this list and isn’t please let us know and we’ll add it

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Does your internal communication make an impact?

CIPR Inside’s next annual internal communication conference is on 13 October, and the day is full of award-winning communicators who will share with us what they have done in their organisations to make a real difference with their internal communication. Find out more here

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