173: Matt Abrahams - On Speaking Up Without Freaking Out


Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator, author, and coach. He is a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches two very popular classes in Strategic Communication and Effective Virtual Presenting. Additionally, Matt is a professor of communication at De Anza College and an adjunct faculty member for Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program. Also, Matt coaches entrepreneurs from around the world on pitching their ideas as part of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business’s Ignite Program. Matt is especially interested in applying communication knowledge to real-world issues. In service of this goal, he published Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help people present and communicate in a more confident, connected, and compelling manner. On the show, Matt and I talk about some key strategies to calm your body down so you can speak with more confidence and clarity - a need for ALL of us, not just the newbies or introverts. No, siree! We all have some level of anxiety around speaking, so I'm thrilled to share Matt's ideas and insights with you!


On the show, we talked about:

  • Key strategies for handling anxiety while you speak (and it's more than just the PBJ method!)
  • The powerful combination of bringing smarty-pants theory into the every day practice (and what that really means for you)
  • The essential need to "think fast, talk smart"  - in Q&A's, on the elevator, in that big meeting...





Matt brought up the tragic school shooting that happened in Florida, and how moved he is watching these incredible young people speak up with such courage and clarity! I am with you, Matt!