Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast

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Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast

How do I communicate clearly when put on the spot? How can I easily convey complex information? How do I manage my reputation?

Whether you’re giving a toast or presenting in a meeting, communication is critical to success in business and in life. Join Matt Abrahams, a lecturer of strategic communication at Stanford GSB, as he sits down with experts from across campus to discuss public speaking anxiety, speaking off the cuff, nailing a Q&A, and more.

Each episode provides concrete, easy-to-implement tools and techniques to help you hone and enhance your communication. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Introducing Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast

Introducing Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast

How to Master Impromptu Communication

When we think about our communication at work, we tend to focus on those time-consuming presentations. But most professional communication is spontaneous in nature. It’s providing feedback in the moment, answering questions, and introducing people.

Speaking Without a Net: How to Master Impromptu Communication

How to Manage Your Reputation

How others perceive us in person and via social media can impact our careers and social standing. But we can build the reputation we want through conscious communication.

Communicating Our Multiple Selves: How to Manage Your Reputation

How to Make Complex Ideas More Accessible

As communicators, we often need to take complex information (i.e. financial, technical, or scientific) and make it more understandable for our audience — we’re experts and they likely aren’t. But having so much knowledge on the topics we discuss can often make the job more difficult: we dive in too quickly or use jargon that goes over our audience’s heads.

Podcast Episode: How to Make Complex Ideas More Accessible

The Journey to Mastery: How Self Reflection Can Improve Communication

What does it mean to truly master communication? How can we speak and write for the most impact?

The Journey to Mastery

From Monologue to Dialogue: How to Handle a Skeptical Audience

Preparing to speak in front of a skeptical audience is more than thinking about objections beforehand — there are specific techniques you can use to respond to these situations without sounding defensive, evasive, or dismissive.

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Quick Thinks: Communicating and Leading Virtually

Leading successful meetings remotely and being a strong speaker on-screen require specific skills. Communicating effectively has to do with your presence, ability to leverage tools, and your audience engagement. In this Quick Thinks podcast episode, host Matt Abrahams shares best practices for becoming a more effective and engaging online communicator.

TFTS Quick Thinks

Quick Thinks: Tips for Speaking up in Virtual Meetings

On this “Quick Thinks” episode of Think Fast, Talk Smart, podcast host Matt Abrahams offers the three ways to insert your ideas, either by paraphrasing, asking a question, or stating an emotion. He also outlines the “What, So What, Now What” framework and explains how to use this structure to communicate your ideas more effectively.

Quick Thinks: Tips for Speaking up in Virtual Meetings

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Think Fast, Talk Smart is a podcast produced by Stanford GSB. Each episode provides techniques to help you enhance your communication skills.
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Think Fast, Talk Smart is a podcast produced by Stanford GSB. Each episode provides techniques to help you enhance your communication skills.
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Quick Thinks: Communicating and Leading Virtually

In this bonus episode of Think Fast, Talk Smart, host Matt Abrahams shares quick tips on communicating via screen.