Episode 164

Share Your Story with Matt Abrahams | Win the Day® podcast
November 28, 2023
Matt Abrahams is a professor in organizational behavior at Stanford University and a leading expert in communication.
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In this episode of Win the Day:

Your ability to communicate effectively has a direct correlation on how successful you’ll be.

Our guest today, Matt Abrahams, is a leading expert in the field of communication. As a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, he teaches popular classes in strategic communication and effective virtual presenting and has received the school’s Alumni Teaching Award. Matt also teaches public speaking and co-teaches Improvisationally Speaking in the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

When he isn’t teaching, Matt is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and communications consultant and coach. He has helped numerous presenters prepare for high-stakes talks, including IPO roadshows, Nobel Prize award presentations, and appearances at TED and the World Economic Forum. His online talks garner millions of views and he is host of the award-winning podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart, The Podcast.

His book Speaking Up without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident and Compelling Presenting has helped a wide audience manage speaking anxiety and present more confidently and authentically. His new book Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You’re Put On the Spot has just been released.


In this episode:

  • How to turn your fear and anxiety into a strength
  • The 6-step framework to thrive in spontaneous conversation
  • How to build a network of influential people in your corner; and
  • Why the thing holding you back might just be your superpower.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Matt Abrahams!


0:31 Who is Matt Abrahams

1:50 Interview starts

4:37 Tell the time, not build the clock

5:59 Your ability to communicate is directly correlated to your success

7:01 How to set and achieve goals with your communication

8:28 Three ways to get better at anything

9:07 Lessons from mentors

11:01 What qualities Matt looks for in people he wants to mentor

11:45 The biggest mistakes companies make with communication

12:47 How to succeed in a job interview

14:35 What questions Matt asks as an interviewer

15:34 What should you do if you get fired

20:04 Matt’s new book ‘Think Fast, Talk Smarter’

23:35 The difference between performance and communication

25:13 Lessons from improv (dare to be dull)

26:28 Six-step Think Fast, Talk Smarter Method

28:50 How to tell your own story in a compelling way

31:36 How to overcome anxiety (and create your anxiety management plan)

35:38 Matt’s anxiety management plan

39:07 How to perform at your best now, no matter what happened in your past (“Next play” by Coach K)

43:27 The #1 mistake people make with communication

44:07 Communication tips for parents

46:58 Affirmation

47:21 Rocket Round

49:28 Imposter syndrome


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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • “A goal has three parts: information, emotion, and action. In other words, what do you want your audience to know? How do you want them to feel? And what do you want them to do?” – Matt Abrahams
  • “Be present. Be in service to others. Learn from what you've done.” – Matt Abrahams
  • “The biggest mistake people make in communication is they start from the wrong place. They start by saying, ‘Here's what I want to say…’” – Matt Abrahams
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