50 episodes

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 Graduate School of Business, as he sits down with experts in the field to discuss real-world challenges.
How do I send my message clearly when put on the spot? How do I write emails to get my point across? How can I easily convey complex information? How do I manage my reputation? 
Think Fast, Talk Smart provides the tools, techniques, and best practices to help you communicate more effectively.

Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques Stanford GSB

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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 Graduate School of Business, as he sits down with experts in the field to discuss real-world challenges.
How do I send my message clearly when put on the spot? How do I write emails to get my point across? How can I easily convey complex information? How do I manage my reputation? 
Think Fast, Talk Smart provides the tools, techniques, and best practices to help you communicate more effectively.

    Make Numbers Count: How to Communicate Data Effectively

    Make Numbers Count: How to Communicate Data Effectively

    In this podcast episode, we discuss the importance of “translating” numbers when sharing information.

    • 17 min
    Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: How to Tackle Communication Anxiety

    Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: How to Tackle Communication Anxiety

    In this podcast episode, we share the science behind nervousness and offer tips for keeping your cool during various speaking situations.

    • 23 min
    Quick Thinks: How to Use Storytelling to Be a Better Founder

    Quick Thinks: How to Use Storytelling to Be a Better Founder

    In this bonus episode, we share lessons from the Stanford GSB class “Startup Garage” on hypotheses, narrative, and design thinking.

    • 6 min
    Stay Creative: How to Keep Your Ideas Fresh and Practical

    Stay Creative: How to Keep Your Ideas Fresh and Practical

    In this podcast episode, we share common mistakes that can stifle ideas and why managers should stay involved in the creative process.

    • 19 min
    Recipes From the “Communication Kitchen”: How to Handle Three Common Challenges This Holiday Season

    Recipes From the “Communication Kitchen”: How to Handle Three Common Challenges This Holiday Season

    In this podcast episode, we share strategies for surviving small talk as well as 10 of our favorite “recipes” from past guests.

    • 12 min
    Act Like a Leader: How Lessons From The Theater Can Help You Step into Power

    Act Like a Leader: How Lessons From The Theater Can Help You Step into Power

    "Leadership is a role that you play, like a part you play in other people’s lives. And [your] expression of that role is your responsibility as a leader,” says Stanford GSB lecturer Melissa Jones Briggs. Jones Briggs’ work combines techniques from the theater with social science research to teach lessons about power and communication. In this conversation with podcast host Matt Abrahams, she discusses how acting in a leadership position requires staying present and also knowing when to step back. 

    “Power and authority often determine which stories are centered and which stories are marginalized,” Jones Briggs says. “By uncovering previously untold stories, we can create environments that invite new stories in, and that helps shape inclusive and equitable work cultures.”

    Think Fast, Talk Smart is a podcast produced by Stanford Graduate School of Business. Each episode provides concrete, easy-to-implement tools and techniques to help you hone and enhance your communication skills.




    Show Notes

    Melissa Jones Briggs

    Washington Post: Virtual work is making you talk like a business robot. Here’s how to ‘circle back’ to being human.

    Kenji Yoshino, Professor of Law at New York University

    Kay Kostopolous, Actor, Director, and Theater Coach

    Erving Grossman, Canadian-American Sociologist

    Uta Hagen, Actor and Drama Teacher













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    • 17 min

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