See verbal skills: benefits for more on why it is important to build verbal skills.
Below are some general recommendations for building verbal skills:
Reading can help build verbal skills in the following ways:
- It helps one add important words, concepts, and frameworks to one's pool of mental knowledge, thereby making it easier to understand other material that relies on similar ideas.
- By seeing how other people have crafted an argument, one gets some second-hand experience in doing so.
However, it is not generally advisable to read books solely for the purpose of building verbal skills, that one would not otherwise have read. Rather, read books, articles, blogs, and other materials that offer quality exposition of topics that you are interested in. The reason is two-fold:
- Reading serves a dual purpose: one is simultaneously learning about a topic of importance and building general verbal skills.
- If one is interested in learning something, then one pays closer attention to the material and engages with it more critically.
If you're not sure what to start reading, consider looking at our core reading recommendations.