Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Matt Abrahams, executive communications coach and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer, for a conversation about how to connect and engage different audiences in a wide range of settings. They explore key principles for effective communications, the importance of focusing on audience needs, and how to prepare for spontaneous speaking opportunities. They also discuss how to build trust through collaboration, the pitfalls of going negative, and balancing the efficiency gains of generative AI with the loss of authenticity and human connection.
Matt Abrahams is an educator and coach specializing in strategic communication, cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication. For more than a decade, he has been a lecturer in organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also the founder and principal of TFTS Communications LLC, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. He hosts the Stanford GSB podcast, Think Fast Talk Smart, about business communications; and he has written numerous articles and books on the subject, including Thinking Faster Talking Smarter, published in fall 2023. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in communication from the University of California, Davis.