As few months ago, I was asked to speak at a major conference during the summer. I wish I had this book back then.
Whether you hate to speak in front of audiences or love to speak in front of audiences, everyone can find useful information in The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo. The author covers everything about public speaking, from designing PowerPoints to getting and keeping the audience's attention to what to wear, using very extensive research into how Steve Jobs does it. He describes how to explain numbers in an easy to understand way, how to use 'zippy' words, and when to use props (always if possible).
And never use fillers (um, uh, ah, etc.) He gives some very effective ways of getting over the use of fillers.
And answering tough questions. He tells you how to prepare for them.
If you ever have to give another speech, read The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. The advice is very thorough and very well worth it; better than a speaking coach.
By Fred Fuld