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Matt Abrahams Biography

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.

Matt is especially interested in applying communication knowledge to real-world issues. In service of this goal, he published Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, which is now in its 3rd edition. His book was written to help people present and communicate in a more confident, connected, and compelling manner.

Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions at several software companies, where he created and ran global learning and development organizations.

Matt received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, his graduate degree in communication studies from the University of California at Davis, and his secondary education teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He is a prolific writer with articles published for the GSB as well as Fast Company, Toastmasters Magazine, Inc.com, Quartz, etc. He has also published several research articles on strategic planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication.

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    In Blog
    Friction Fixing: How to Use Obstacles to Your Advantage
  • Various cookies in a group
    In Blog
    Connect Deeply: How to Communicate So People Feel Seen and Heard
  • Your Questions Answered
    In Blog
    Four Powerful Principles, Pt 2: Your Questions Answered
  • Focused Communication
    In Blog
    Four Principles of Powerful, Focused Communication, Pt. 1
  • Planning a meeting
    In Blog
    Making Meetings Meaningful, Pt. 2: Key Ingredients for Effective Meetings
  • People sleeping during a company meeting
    In Blog
    Making Meetings Meaningful, Pt. 1: How to Structure and Organize More Effective Gatherings
  • Communication Secret Weapons
    In Blog
    Best Of: Why Curiosity Is Communication’s Secret Weapon