You’d probably agree with me when I say that humans are social creatures. We crave being around other humans and have evolved into the beings we are today because of our power to communicate.
Now, what is communication? Put simply, communication comes in three forms: using words, attitude, and body language.
The first form covers verbal communication, writing, and telling stories. These are methods some of our loved ones used to tell us stories when we were growing up. Storytelling is beautiful, and it’s one of the driving forces in life for many people. Stories take us through a whirlwind of emotions and, in most cases, give us hope moving forward.
When it comes to social skills, there is perhaps nothing more important than knowing how to communicate with others effectively.
Communicating is something we continuously do, whether or not we know it. By just standing there and not doing anything, we’re already sending a message to the person looking at us. I express myself to other people differently, and so do you.
As humans, communication is ingrained into our very core. It’s something that some of us have already taken to its highest point and exhausted all potentials. While some people may think they’ve reached this level in the spoken and written language, I think there’s always going to be room for growth and improvement. It is for this reason that I’ve compiled a list of essential reads on communication.
Human beings love new things. We love to create and experiment, which is why we’re always going to find new ways to communicate.
How wonderful would it be to constantly be aware of these new methods and apply them in your daily life? If you ask me, one of the ways you can win at life is to keep your communication skills up to date. And for that, you should definitely check out my roundup of the best books on communication.
Best Books on Communication
Grid Systems in Graphic Design: A Visual Communication Manual for Graphic Designers, Typographers and Three Dimensional Designers
Question: What books would you recommend to young people interested in your career path?
- “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield
- “Thinking with Type” by Ellen Lupton
- “Don't Make Me Think” by Steve Krug
- “Geometry of Design” by Kimberly Elam
- “Grid Systems in Graphic Design” by Josef Müller-Brockmann
- “ReWork” by Jason Fried
These titles should be a good start, I think.
The Minto Pyramid Principle: For would-be consultants, a (very dry) book on how to write effectively for business.