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The Inner Chief

Jun 9, 2024

“My mother has this wonderful saying: Tell the time, don't build the clock. Many of us are clock builders when we communicate, but if we can structure our messages to be concise and clear, we can be much better communicators in any situation.”


This is a special episode only available to our podcast subscribers, which we call The Mini Chief. These are short, sharp highlights from our fabulous CEO guests, where you get a 5 to 10 minute snapshot from their full episode.

This Mini Chief episode features Matt Abrahams, author of ‘Think Faster, Talk Smarter’.

His full episode is titled Managing your reputation before you enter a room, thinking on your feet, and getting to the point.

You can find the full audio and show notes here:

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Matt is a leading expert in communication with decades of experience as an educator, author, podcast host, and coach.

As a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, he teaches popular classes in strategic communication and effective virtual presenting. 

Matt is also a sought-after keynote speaker and communication consultant. He has helped countless presenters improve and hone their communication, including some who have delivered IPO roadshows as well as TED, World Economic Forum, and Nobel Prize presentations. 

He is the author of Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You’re Put on the Spot and his previous book, Speaking Up without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident and Compelling Presenting has helped thousands of people manage speaking anxiety and present more confidently and authentically.

In the full episode we talk about:

✅  How you can actively build your reputation and make great first impressions

✅  Why you need to train for spontaneous, on-the-spot conversations

✅  What martial arts has taught him about managing his physiology when communicating effectively

✅  His 6 step method to think faster and talk smarter, and

✅  A fool-proof way to construct the perfect email.

Deal hope,



Connecting with Matt Abrahams

You can connect with Matt via his website or LinkedIn.

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