31 books to help you learn about communication

Read any good books lately? I’m going to share my recommended reads with you to help you learn more about internal communication, PR, social media and personal branding.

I held my latest Internal Communication Masterclass in London yesterday and shared lots of book titles with the professional communicators who attended.

Based on their feedback, I’m going to reveal some of those with you via this article. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time focusing on the practitioners to boost their skills, knowledge and confidence.

It’s such a privilege to run my All Things IC Masterclasses, I’m proud to offer a confidential place where you can get help, share challenges and meet peers.

My latest dates are now live . I’d love you to come and join me in London. IoIC and CIPR members earn CPD and can save 20%.

What was it like to be in the room yesterday? Michelle James has kindly shared her feedback:

“Exceptional course presented by a highly skilled presenter. Rachel’s knowledge of all things IC is superb. Thanks for sharing a great many insights to the group Rachel!”

Thank you Michelle, I’m delighted you were able to come yesterday.

I’m pictured with Eleanor McManus, Internal Communications Manager for the Brain Tumour Charity. We were recently matched in the Institute of Internal Communication’s new mentoring scheme and I’m looking forward to our work together.

Recommended books

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 blog: A beginners’ guide to personal branding.

Internal Communication:

Books I’ve contributed chapters to:

Public Relations (PR) and social media

How organisations (and people) work

Personal branding and development

What would you add to my list?

Feel free to comment below or Tweet me @AllthingsIC.

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Post author: Rachel Miller.

First published on the All Things IC blog 23 November 2017. Updated 2018 and 2019.

Disclosure: Books are linked to my Amazon affiliate account. 


  1. Mark Schaefer says:

    Thank you so much for adding my books to your list. I’m honored!

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  3. Lauren says:

    Can you recommend any books for org structure models? I would love to know how the most innovative organizations see communications fitting into their overall structure. We are just beginning to build out our communications department and I am looking into both best practices and the future of the field. Any direction you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you also for all the great recommendations above in this post.

  4. Jeff Campbell says:

    You may know David Murray, whose blog is writingboots.typepad.com. A series of posts discussed Alexander Heron’s book “Sharing Information With Employees”. The book is considered to be the first written specifically about internal communications, and was published in 1942 (I have a 1947 edition).

    Murray’s series is available as a download, but I apologize for not having the link handy.

    I believe you’ll be intrigued by both Heron’s and Murray’s insights. I got my copy of the book from Amazon.

    Best regards

  5. Rachel – The 2nd edition of the Public Relations Strategic Toolkit is now available. Blackwell’s seems to have best price with free delivery: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Public-Relations-Strategic-Toolkit-by-Alison-Theaker-author-Heather-Yaxley-author/9781138678675

  6. Thank you very much Heather.

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