Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques

Communication is critical to success in business and life. Concerned about an upcoming interview? Anxious about being asked to give your thoughts during a meeting? Fearful about needing to provide critical feedback in the moment? You are not alone! Play this video to learn and practice techniques that can help you speak spontaneously with greater confidence and clarity, regardless of content and context.

The video was recorded on October 25, 2014, in collaboration with the Stanford Alumni Association as part of Stanford Reunion Homecoming and the Graduate School of Business Fall Reunion/Alumni Weekend.

If you get nervous when speaking in front of a crowd, you need to learn to Speaking up Without Freaking Out. It’s a perfect guidebook that you can reference over and over. The way it is structured makes it extremely easy to follow along with and remember the main points. The examples given in the book are both realistic and more importantly, they work! If you truly want to overcome your fears of public speaking, add this book to your collection.


50 Scientifically-Supported Techniques to Create More Confident, Calm, and Competent Speakers Speaking Up without Freaking Out by Matthew Abrahams is an easy-to-read book of 50 anxiety management techniques that are based on scientifically supported theory and evidence. After completing this book, readers will be more confident, calm, and competent speakers. Speaking anxiety involves a complicated mix of physiological and psychological factors. The book begins with an explanation of public speaking anxiety — its origins and manifestations. Next, the specific management techniques are delineated, organized around the theories that spawned them. Then, readers are provided with advice on three common pitfalls that often intensify speaking anxiety. Finally, readers are given suggestions and examples of how to find the right techniques for them. The new 2nd edition of Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: Encourages the reader to explore the tried-and-tested anxiety management tools through specific “Try This” guidance provided for each technique. Includes public speaking anxiety management advice to non-native English speakers. Ends each chapter with a summary of Key Takeaways along with an Activity designed to help the reader put chapter concepts into practice. Is available in eBook and print versions.


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