Do you panic, just a bit, when you realize you need to give feedback on the spot, engage in small talk at a networking event, or answer questions after a presentation? These moments are spontaneous speaking situations and Matt Abrahams says we can prepare for these. Matt joins Kevin to discuss the six-step methodology of successful spontaneous speaking, which is divided into two categories: mindsets and messaging Matt emphasized the importance of viewing these impromptu situations as conversations rather than performances and reminds us that we are providing value to the audience. He also shares examples of specific situations and provides us with a structure to respond. Effective communication is a skill that anyone can learn with practice, reflection, and feedback.

Meet Matt

  • Name: Matt Abrahams
  • His Story: Matt Abrahams is the author of Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You’re Put on the Spot. His previous book Speaking Up without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident and Compelling Presenting has helped thousands of people manage speaking anxiety and present more confidently and authentically. He is a leading expert in communication with decades of experience as an educator, author, podcast host, and coach. 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. He received Stanford GSB’s Alumni Teaching Award in recognition of his teaching students around the world. When he isn’t teaching, Matt is a sought-after keynote speaker and communication consultant. He has helped countless presenters improve and hone their communication, including some who have delivered IPO road shows as well as TED, World Economic Forum, and Nobel Prize presentations. His online talks garner millions of views and he hosts the popular, award-winning podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast.
Through language, through wording, you can actually influence people. Said by Matt Abrahams

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