Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques

Stanford GSB

Join Matt Abrahams, a lecturer of Strategic Communication at Stanford Graduate School of Business, as he sits down with experts in the field to discuss real-world challenges.

How do I send my message clearly when put on the spot? How do I write emails to get my point across? How can I easily convey complex information? How do I manage my reputation? Whether you’re giving a toast or presenting in a meeting, communication is critical to success in business and in life.

Think Fast, Talk Smart provides the tools, techniques, and best practices to help you communicate more effectively.

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Love & Money: How to Talk About Big Decisions Together
Jan 10 2023
Love & Money: How to Talk About Big Decisions Together
Do love and money mix? Labor economist and Stanford Graduate School of Business professor emerita Myra Strober says absolutely. “Separating money and love is not a good idea. I have had 40 years to think about this, and, in my class at the GSB on work and family, each semester I realize how important it is to intertwine love and money."In this podcast episode, Matt Abrahams sits down with Strober and social innovation leader Abby Davisson to discuss the thorny topics of work, money, career, and love. In their new book, Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions, the coauthors provide a framework for communicating in and around tough decisions with those we love. These may include caring for aging relatives, expanding your family, changing careers or moving.“If you are in a relationship, maybe you have kids or other people living in your household, the first thing you need to realize is that your career decisions are going to affect the whole ecosystem,” Davisson says. “It’s very important not just to clarify what you want, but to anticipate and think about the impact on those around you.”Think Fast, Talk Smart is a podcast produced by Stanford Graduate School of Business. Each episode provides concrete, easy-to-implement tools and techniques to help you hone and enhance your communication skills.More resources: Myra Strober: Breaking Barriers at Stanford GSB Achieving Balance In Work and Life, video with Myra StroberMyra Strober: How the Workplace Works — or Doesn't — for FamiliesAn Economist’s Take on Why Parental Leave MattersHow Companies Can Solve the Pay Equity ProblemMoney and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions, HarperCollinsStrober and Davisson on ForbesSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Best Of: Lessons from Neuroscientist Andrew Huberman to Help You Hack your Speaking Anxiety
Aug 30 2022
Best Of: Lessons from Neuroscientist Andrew Huberman to Help You Hack your Speaking Anxiety
“There’s no difference between the physiological response to something that you’re excited about and something that you’re nervous about or dreading,” says Andrew Huberman associate professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Stanford University.In this “Best of” episode, we revisit one of our most popular interviews. In it, Huberman, from the wildly popular Huberman Lab Podcast, shares his research on the autonomic continuum, a spectrum between states of high alertness or fear all the way down to deep sleep, and shares how to use the system to your advantage. “If people can conceptualize that the anxiety or stress response is the same as the excitement response, they feel different,” Huberman says.Join the community & conversation by following the Think Fast, Talk Smart LinkedIn page.For transcripts & more information, visit the Think Fast, Talk Smart websiteTimestamps[1:32] Best of Summer series Episode 3 Homework Assignment: Breathing exercise[3:09] The autonomic continuum and the state we enter when we get nervous[5:59] Our nervous system when we're getting ready to go to the podium[10:02] A relaxation hack: forward movement under conditions of anxiety or high levels of alertness[12:50] EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing: side-to-side eye movement that triggers the suppression of fear in the brain[15:11] Ways to raise your stress tolerance for high levels of agitation in your body.[17:25] Breathing hack: Just an exhale is the wrong advice. You want to do a double inhale. So inhale twice through the nose. So inhale through the nose. And then before you exhale, sneak in a little bit more air and then do a long exhale.[20:05] What we can do to prepare for anxiety in advance.[22:50] Insight for virtual communication.[24:44] Huberman's answer to the Think Fast, Talk Smart three questions Matt asks all guests.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at