Feb. 22, 2023

Strategic communication, purpose of listening, speaking as a sport ft. Matt Abrahams, Stanford University

When was the last time you tried explaining an idea to your friend, co-founder, or teammate? Of course, it happens quite frequently for most of us, but looking back at the experience, at certain instances we spent more time explaining so the other person understands it better. Also there are times when they immediately vibe with us. So what exactly is the purpose of communication? Especially from the context of clarity, brevity, and impact.  

Matt Abrahams is a lecturer at Stanford GSB, wherein he teaches entrepreneurial minds about organizational behavior, strategic communication, cognitive planning,  and persuasion. Matt also runs the “Think Fast, Talk Smart” podcast wherein he hosts guests and discusses everything around maximizing the effectiveness around communication. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global learning and development teams.

Matt and Aishwarya discuss about communication—the mistakes that high-performing people make, getting better at listening, processing feedback, negotiating with stakeholders. Also, they delve into treating communication and speaking as a sport, approaching it with an iterative mindset, and getting better each day. Tune in!