Tsundoku? Guilty as charged. But every now and then I actually open up some of the books that keep arriving at my doorstep.
Get Backed by Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis. “Craft your story, build the perfect pitch deck, launch the venture of your dreams.” This does not disappoint. While there may be many other ways to structure and order your pitch deck, this book will give you a very solid framework within which to start and from which to depart at your own risk. Probably most helpful are the dozen or so real-live examples that they include and comment on. And the exhaustive list of potential backup slides that you may want to have in your deck or, at least, be able to produce on short notice. Mandatory reading.
The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever. “Making your ideads, products, and services easier to understand.” This is a bit of a mixed bag for me. Could be much more concise, but then that is a dilemma with all business books, where many authors need to pad the page count to reach book-length. Somebody should find a better way. Some good takeaways in this book re story-telling and not overestimating your audience’s previous knowledge or ability to absorb information. So what feels like dumbing down to the expert may often be exactly what is required to come across to an audience.