Speaking Up without Freaking Out

Speaker: Matt Abrahams, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business

Date: 15th February 2023

In today's fast-paced and constantly connected world, clear and effective communication is more important than ever. Whether you're communicating with colleagues, customers, or friends and family, the ability to express yourself clearly and understand others is essential for success in both personal and professional settings.

In this webinar, Sophie Thompson and Matt Abrahams explore the key principles of effective communication and provide practical tips and techniques to overcome presentation anxiety and your fear of public speaking.

Key takeaways

  • Clear and direct communication is crucial for effective communication in the workplace.
  • Contrary to popular belief, virtual presentations can be more nerve-wracking than face-to-face presentations.
  • There are multiple reasons why people are afraid of public speaking. It's important to try to identify and understand your own reason and triggers and work around them.
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques can help you manage your anxiety.

Speaker bio

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator, author, podcast host, and coach. He is the Larsen Lam Family Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches two very popular classes in Strategic Communication and Effective Virtual Presenting. He received Stanford GSB’s Alumni Teaching Award in recognition of his valued service to teaching Stanford Alumni around the world.

In addition to his teaching, Matt is much sought-after keynote speaker and communication consultant for Fortune 100 companies. His online talks garner millions of views and he hosts the popular, award winning GSB podcast called Think Fast Talk Smart.

About the speaker and host

Matt Abrahams

Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business


Sophie Thompson (Host)

CEO VirtualSpeech


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