The Ultimate List of Books for Internal Communications Professionals

85 recommendations from internal comms professionals

Mister Editorial
7 min readSep 11, 2020

I reached out to internal communications professionals on Twitter, LinkedIn, and through this newsletter to ask for book recommendations for internal comms. I was overwhelmed by suggestions.

Below is the ultimate list of books for internal comms professionals, recommended by internal comms professionals. They are categorized as follows:

  • Reference books
  • Writing and Editing
  • Internal communications profession
  • Getting the most out of work
  • Leadership and management

Noticeably the subject matter is spread across several subject areas, including communications, management, diversity and inclusion, human resources and talent development, storytelling, sociology, psychology, and even neuroscience. This broad array of topics reflects the nature of the internal comms function within an organization: IC cuts across disciplines because we have to work with every single department and layer of an organization. We must be knowledgeable across several fields to be successful.

Interestingly, most of the recommendations (32) are for books about leadership and management. This isn’t surprising, given that internal comms works so closely with an organization’s leadership; it helps to get into the mindset of those for whom you carry water. Of course, many IC professionals are also leaders of their own teams, and they’re also perceived as leaders by the general employee population.

I am also pleased to see that so many people recommended self-improvement books. Again, no surprise, as the IC pros I come across tend to be driven, self-starters, and always on the lookout for a career-advancing opportunity.

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  • Some books appear on more than one list.
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Special shout outs to @HarrietSmallies, @holddani, @CIPR, @KenR_FW_TX, @The_PRMan, @Vision2Voice, and the #ICBookClub for loads of recommendations!

Reference

Writing and Editing

Internal Communications Profession

Getting the Most Out of Work

Leadership and Management

Am I missing a book? Email me (editorshaun@gmail.com) and I’ll add them to the list!

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Mister Editorial

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