Matt Abrahams

Matt Abrahams
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
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MattAbrahams
Lecturer in Organizational Behavior
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Bio

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He has published research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication.

Matt recently published the second edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who suffer from anxiety around speaking in public. Additionally, Matt developed a software package that provides instant, proscriptive feedback to presenters. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global training and development organizations.

Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. Matt has worked with executives to help prepare and present keynote addresses and IPO road shows, conduct media interviews, and deliver TED talks.

He is currently a member of the Management Communication Association (where he received a “Rising Star” award) as well as the National and Western States Communication Associations.  Matt received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford and his graduate degree in communication studies from UC Davis.

Publications

Books

Teaching

Degree Courses

2016-17

Successful leaders understand the power of authentic, memorable communication.nnThis course uses the lens of oral communication and presentations, to introduce the essential elements of the strategic communication strategies that make authentic,...

Ever wonder if your online audience is paying attention to your web presentation or meeting? Have you wanted more engagement from your participants? Communicating virtually - using conference or video calls, web tools, and mobile devices is very...

2015-16

Successful leaders understand the power of authentic, memorable communication.nnnThis course uses the lens of oral communication and presentations, to introduce the essential elements of the strategic communication strategies that make authentic...

Ever wonder if your online audience is paying attention to your web presentation or meeting? Have you wanted more engagement from your participants? Communicating virtually - using conference or video calls, web tools, and mobile devices is very...

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September 26, 2016
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April 4, 2016
Key takeaways from analyzing 100,000 presentations.
January 29, 2016
Do you get nervous speaking in public? Learn how to mitigate your fear.
December 19, 2015
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September 3, 2015
Anyone with a novel idea, from an entrepreneur to a product marketer, should know how to handle a suspicious audience.
May 20, 2015
An expert on public speaking explains how online technology changes the way we communicate.
March 2, 2015
A Stanford lecturer explains key ways you can better plan, practice, and present your next talk.
July 25, 2014
A Stanford GSB lecturer and expert on public speaking explains how you can become a more compelling and confident presenter by asking – not telling – in the right situations.
March 13, 2014
A Stanford lecturer and expert on public speaking explains how to ensure your audience remembers what they hear and see.
March 4, 2014
A Stanford lecturer and expert on public speaking explains what to do when memory fails.
February 26, 2014
A Stanford lecturer and expert on public speaking explains how to manage anxiety and deliver a smooth presentation.

School News

December 13, 2012
C-suite leaders challenge MBA students to lead under pressure.