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Stanford lecturer and entrepreneur Matt Abrahams is an expert on interpersonal communication and presentation. His talk at TEDxMontaVistaHighSchool's 2015 Spring conference explains the ins and outs of impromptu and public speaking.
Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. Matt teaches both Strategic Communication and Effective Communication at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. Matt has worked with executives to help prepare and present keynote addresses and IPO road shows, conduct media interviews, and deliver TED talks. Finally, Matt recently published the second edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help people become more confident, authentic, and compelling presenters. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global training and development organizations.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

@QuickTalks 7 yıl önce
4 Key points: 1) Approach -Think of speaking as a positive opportunity to share your ideas with people 2) Audience -What does your audience need to know from you? What do they already know? What do they expect of you? What's their attitude about your topic? 3)Context -Context is important: What time is it? What emotional state is your audience in? What emotional state do you want to put them in? Where are you physically? 4) Structure Structure your talk to keep people engaged! Try: a) Past - Present - Future: This is what the situation was, here is what it is now, here's how we want to change the situation for the future b)Problem - solution - benefit: Here's the problem we're facing. Here's the solution I recommend. Here's the benefit to be expected c)What - so what? - now what? : Here's the issue. Here's why you should care. Here's what we should do.
@maheshmegala 6 yıl önce
what ever you given steps are really thinkable...
@__Fatimah__ 5 yıl önce
QuickTalks :)
@adityanuar 5 yıl önce
saved hours of my life
@linhcao7467 5 yıl önce
Thank you very much. 😘😘
@chocosongee 3 yıl önce
As a foreign language learner, his speech was very easy and clear for me to understand!
@JiR914 9 aylar önce
@chocosongee 9 aylar önce
@@JiR914 무슨 동의요?
@seolchun 3 yıl önce
Step 1: Approach 2:00 Step 2: Audience 4:11 Step 3: Context 7:54 Step 4: Structure 10:51
@harrydaplatypus361 2 yıl önce
Summary: The 4 tools for getting a message through to an audience 1. Approach - Think of any perplexing situation as an *opportunity* to share what is it that you're thinking, not a threat to who you are. - Henceforth you become more *open* to such situations. 2. Audience - Understand what your audience needs by categorizing those needs as their *knowledge* of the subject, their *expectations* for what you'd do, and their *attitudes* towards what you're saying. - *Appreciate* the audience, tailor your message to suit their needs. 3. Context - Oftentimes, we find ourselves in different positions as we pitch our message. - Pay attention to all the involving factors be it the *timing* of your message, your *tone* of voice (whether you're speaking or writing, emotional content matters just as much as the informational content), and the *location* in which the message is delivered. 4. Structure - We as humans remember things 40% better when they are structured. - That's how we can learn to *group together* pieces of information just like we used to remember cell phone numbers. - Structures set *expectations* for the audience while the message is being delivered, therefore it helps to have a map for your speech/ essay/... - "How to help you know what comes next" Here are examples of some types of orderly message organizations: + *Past-Present-Future* structure (chronological order) + *Problem-Solution-Benefit* structure (one of the most persuasive) + *What-SoWhat-NowWhat* structure (one of the most versatile)
@binnyverma2660 3 yıl önce
One of the best, easy to understand, very well structured, effectively communicated TED talks 💯👌👍
@radhikafreebird6422 2 yıl önce
Such an amazing and inspiring talk! An entire course on effective communication condensed into 16 minutes. Respect
@IJustHitTheFan 6 yıl önce
I love public speaking and often watch presentations such as this one. Only they're NOT like this one! 16 minutes of pure gold. Amazing. Thank you so much.
@sonals2021 3 yıl önce
I actually applauded at the end! 🙏 I 'hate' public speaking even though I do it often and these tools are going to assist me. My best take away was thinking about the needs of the audience and how you as a speaker, best serve that. Wonderful talk!
@timothywong 5 yıl önce
Was finding a way to improve my presentation skills, this was definitely useful. The proper mindset and the structure helped me compose a talk that was easy to understand. Thank you for sharing!
@agnieszkalewandowska9896 6 yıl önce
I'm an introvert who has problems with talking to others, and this TED Talk widen my horizonts on a subject. Thanks for great speech, Matt Abrahams! :)
@dabidaburi2951 5 yıl önce
Agnieszka Lewandowska I am a introvert as well and this video got me a lot of inspirations at the hand of communication with people
@abrorqurbonov4634 7 aylar önce
This man speaks so clear and easy to understand foreign students. This is the best clear speech I've ever listened
@naveenwanigasundara2206 3 yıl önce
This's very helpful as well as life changing talks.Because it makes people to rethink and reorganise. Thank you TED Talk.
@kristenkristen8924 7 yıl önce
dont judge TED talks anymore. They are here to share, you are here to learn. Never judge if you find out something bad. If it isn't good, forget it, then find another thing better for you. dont judge them. cause they are sharing here to help you!
@darekbouquet8185 7 yıl önce
+Van Thuy You are right!
@QuickTalks 7 yıl önce
+Van Thuy I agree with what you mean, Van, but I think some are more 'applicable' in certain aspects. They are all very interesting in general though!
@ibrahims-j5130 7 yıl önce
very true 👍👍👍
@nirmalakani2129 2 yıl önce
Excellent and informative talk. I will use it for the IELTS speaking session
@unkiesacredspirit4938 5 yıl önce
Very interesting, marked in my favorite box. I'll use this at our meetings. Would love to learn more from this guy..👍
@lilycarone5116 Yıl önce
Love this! Speaking as a positive opportunity to share your ideas with people!!
@bestonlufyagila4699 4 yıl önce
Wow! Very fantastic talk. It has drained all the fear I had to speak in public
@tanhoang5432 3 yıl önce
this speech is very good. It's practical, you can use his tips to apply to the real-life. i have to admit that these TEDtalks have very good quality both in content and knowledge (may be not all of its, but overall, YES!).
@PascalBachmann 4 gün önce
Public speaking can be a powerful tool for making a difference in the world. Thanks for sharing this positive perspective.
@AppleGazin 5 yıl önce
Great insights on communication with a brilliant flawless delivery! Thanks Matt.
@sajidhassan05 2 yıl önce
Dont know how many times i have watched this video but this has been a game changer. When ever i have to talk to audience, i do watch it multiple times and this gives me confidence everytime i do. Thanks a lot
@souadronin 7 aylar önce
I started listening to TEDx Talks a few days ago to improve my communication skills and i must say I LOVE IT HERE! I'm learning so much. thank you to all TEDx speakers.
@lethamazibuko9111 7 yıl önce
I must admit it.. Im getting addicted to these ted talks ..with good reason..
@PreetiRachelJasper 7 yıl önce
same. :)
@supermanhiya1 7 yıl önce
same same bro..., good for you to find this. god bless
@kapalu 7 yıl önce
Lol me too
@lethamazibuko9111 7 yıl önce
lol..tell me about it:)
@lethamazibuko9111 7 yıl önce
likewise man..peace and happiness.
@ANDREW-iw9hy 5 yıl önce
I love it when teachers "cold call" me it makes the class more interesting and more off a learning experience. I love sharing my opinion about the lesson.
@richardjosmermd5303 3 yıl önce
I must admit it, I'm getting addicted to these Ted talk, because it help me practice my English listening, and because it motivates me.
@allysanhelgracerebolanan2387 3 yıl önce
@emmanuelnyumah6683 2 yıl önce
Great conversation dear. I like your style
@PrincessMindorena 4 yıl önce
This is the second time I heard him talk. He is brilliant! Thank you Professor!
@lesliethomas5088 4 yıl önce
Just discovered and love these videos! Very good teachings and Motivational
@mobk9774 3 yıl önce
A wonderful talk. Your message was received loud and clear. God bless you.
@jalubias3855 2 yıl önce
Good explanation and examples, prof, and with your clear and slow speaking, it makes me understand it well as a beginner in learning English. Gracias
@CzechRiot 7 yıl önce
The main reason why public speaking is fearsome is because you become an easy target. It's you, alone, against a crowd. Being outnumbered is never a good position to be in. That's why leaders and people in power have many security measures, quite often including life threatening mechanisms, such as all kinds of weapons. But also, most people are raised within a society with laws, and law enforcers. All kids from an early age are domesticated, they learn they get punished for defying figures of authority. They get physically punished, psychologically punished (shamed, grounded, ridiculed, deprived of personal rights). Eventually most people reach a certain level of domestication, and behave in a "docile enough" manner. Still, its is dangerous to be alone, or to be a minority. People who go on stages are generally alone at the stage, but there's a whole mechanism behind them. There's the power of the organization. There are bouncers, there are police officers who might be called. There are many kinds of actual, real time, present restrictive/protective mechanism, as well as potential, accessory ones. So, the real why MOST PEOPLE are afraid of putting themselves in the spotlight, is because most people are not in power. Most people subconsciously (or consciously) know they are socially weak. Most people don't have guns, most people don't have bouncers, most people don't have a solid safety system around them. On the other hand, people who were raised in more safe environments, who were trained not to fear attacks, can generally become "more confident", as they don't have the life threatening sensation of being outnumbered. There are also the ones who become confident because of progressive acquired power, in a figurative comparison (an analogy) , it's like people who get used to being beat up, lynch-mobbed, and simply toughen up, and get used to being in life threatening situations. Normally kids that practice fighting sports, or heavy contact sports, become more confident overall, and specially become somewhat fearless in terms of physical injuries, when most average people are somewhat fearsome of getting hurt, getting into physical fights, etc. And I haven't watched the video yet... these thoughts just came to mind from the 2 first minutes.
@QuickTalks 7 yıl önce
+CzechRiot Wow. I was not expecting to find this in the youtube comments section. This was pretty insightful and you make a good point. That's very true - People are taught to conform to rules, to be wary of authority figures and be docile, stay out of trouble and keep your guard up. Yet the very nature of public speaking is to be completely vulnerable. I think subconsciously it's the equivalent of saying to kids "Whatever you do, stay away from the Lions" but then later being told to do a speech is like suddenly hearing "OK Buddy, go fight that pack of Lions" Also yea, we're hearing things from an early age things like "Oh you don't know any better you're just a kid" or "Aw that's a cute idea, but I don't think it will work honey". Basically we have to learn how to rebuild our confidence after society has bashed it down. Not the easiest medium to have a discussion on, but thanks for the interesting comment, sir.
@CzechRiot 7 yıl önce
Yeah, I also realized most TEDx talks and self help stuff are pretty much based off teaching the exact opposite of what traditional education is, which is basically your lions example.
@sanshine2877 2 yıl önce
i have fear in public speaking but i always watch the video that give tips on how to overcome fear in public speaking i learn that yeah it could be possible for everyone who have interest to be an effective speaker . thanks a lot for this very informative video so great, i love watching it♥
@sujathaveeriah9727 3 yıl önce
Thank you Matt... I learn to deliver my ideas from your way.. well structured...
@TheMayflowerPilgrem 6 yıl önce
Knowledge is the greatest gift in my opinion. We have a brains to process knowledge and make our own beliefs. We have souls to know if what we belive in is just. We have mouths to share our knowledge. We have ears to listen to others knowledge. We have hands and feet to put our knowledge into action. Everything has a purpose. A bad thing can turn into a good thing and a good thing can turn into a bad thing.
@SatuPersenIndonesianLifeschool 3 yıl önce
@raissarahmadea8325 2 yıl önce
Hai min! You're amazing too
@funnystudy 2 aylar önce
The best ted talk I have ever watched. 😊😊😊. He has great intonation and clear voice.
@LucasFuckingLauridsen 8 yıl önce
WOAH forget just scraping the surface of TED talks by only checking out the ones with 1 000 000+ views... this RIGHT HERE is where it's at people! I just spent an hour or two watching talks with less than 10 000 views and these people are brilliant and deserve every second of your attention as much as the ones in the more popular videos! Keep sharing TED, love you
@Trazynn 8 yıl önce
+Lu cas Yeah the ones with fewer views are often about smaller subjects but they're also more applicable.
@JasiiJasii 7 yıl önce
which ones are the best? :)
@ShrimpPerr 5 yıl önce
Lu Cas So excited I was able to have him as a high school teacher!!! 🥰🥰🥰
@RenyxGhoul 2 yıl önce
@@JasiiJasii Negative self talk by Brian Pulver
@gmvirani Yıl önce
Thank you Azim Jamal for this simple, authentic, brilliant and very inspiring talk. Transformational.
@ok-yt5ll Yıl önce
Azim Jamal?
@amigoenergyy8373 3 yıl önce
Ted always gives you emotional motivation in a right time
@desperatedcorpse3272 7 yıl önce
That guy really has improved my skills for public speaking!!! ... and my aspirations too!!!
@jamesjames6543 5 yıl önce
Very interesting how opinion is so divided on this talk. I see it this way: Fluent English speakers sense how uncomfortable this guy is on stage. His delivery is mechanical to them, and they don't have the patience to wait on his painfully slow delivery. But English learners genuinely appreciate this kind of information presented in a clear deliberate manner. It makes me wonder who the target audience is. I was interested but bored to death. So glad Quick Talks put up a nice summary.
@nana-cc6yk Yıl önce
Thank you ted talk, having wonderful speakers on your platform changes peoples lives. In turn changing the world.
@ucnguyenduy7965 5 yıl önce
Thank you very much! You have help me improve listening skill ,your topic is very interesting ,meaningful for me and every people.
@user-zb2yb4yo9p 2 yıl önce
Exactly, I found the best way to learn and listen through these programs and shows. What do you think?
@sanysl9524 5 yıl önce
“Don’t listen to respond,listen to understand”
@zedx1192 5 yıl önce
@keithkeenan9336 4 yıl önce
Listen. Respond accordingly
@dennisecentra9078 4 yıl önce
I agree on that
@nguyenwill5271 3 yıl önce
@Moulayasser 3 yıl önce
Don't talk to beat up, talk to convaince
@ALPHADOG1900 5 yıl önce
Great teaching. Definitely benefited!
@haven-of-bliss 5 yıl önce
It's about their needs. We need to get to know who they are; their level of knowledge, their expectations. And you can choose to either meet their expectations or defy them. I love his tips. It's really a mental exercise before execution. Think before you speak. *Understand your audience and what they need.* Context: time of day (i.e. in the A.M. Energy needed), emotion (and information), location (it matters) and structure (organized: chronologically, Problem/ Solution, What? So what? Now what?). Structure keeps people together.
@haven-of-bliss 5 yıl önce
Bold Communication that's confident and compelling. I want your message to remain long after you leave the room.
@jimmypedia2886 6 yıl önce
this doctor is awesome, he has many awesome talks like above. he is inspiring
@Traderstownn 3 yıl önce
These talk tell me about the patterns of structure that we use in our speaking.thanks to ted talk.
@benmukanirwa Aylar önce
Clear message, thanks a lot
@fadillazennifa3977 5 yıl önce
What a great speech!!!!
@aidarouselabe23 7 yıl önce
Waw Mansha Allah i used to other ways to talk to my audience but this going to change my ways little bit . You helped us alot . Thank you.
@jkg2088 Yıl önce
Before we can listen to others we need to listen to ourselves 💜
@jenriquesaliendra6742 5 yıl önce
This is now my favorite talk. 👏👏👏
@oddrii_malenchki 2 yıl önce
Be confident while speaking Talk Fast, Think Smart 1 Approach - Change ur mindset - Approach it in an open way 2. Audience - Need to hear - What they know - Expectations of me - violate
@sagargautam8914 3 yıl önce
Good information.. Really useful to be good communicator and teachers
@react.dev4269 4 yıl önce
Hi,Matt. Thanks for your nice talk. but I have some questions in terms of context, If the context is not good - the time, emotion or location, what should we do? We should stop talking or if not, how to make a good context for a talk? Thank you.
@joynnochiri2701 Aylar önce
Knowing your audience is very important in communication
@richardvale3323 4 yıl önce
Thank you a lot for such an excelent class
@geraskine 6 aylar önce
Профессор по коммуникации рассказывает том, как думать быстро и говорить умно. На что обратить внимание: 1. Подход. 2. Аудитория, с которой говорю. 3. Контекст, в котором нахожусь. 4. Структура речи. Подробнее: 1. Открытый Подход. Коммуникацию целесообразно рассматривать, как возможность поделиться своими мыслями, идеями, убеждениями. 2. Аудитория. Лучше думать: "Что нужно услышать моей аудитории?", а не "Что мне нужно сказать?". Я настраиваюсь на собеседника, чтобы удовлетворить его потребности. И для этого нужно провести разведку. Полезные вопросы для анализа аудитории: а) "Что они знают по теме?" б) "Чего они от меня ожидают?" (иногда очень полезно нарушать ожидания). в) "Каково их отношение?" (они поддерживают, они против, им всё равно, они сомневаются. Важно понимать, что нужно моей аудитории.) 3. Контекст, в котором я говорю. Стоит учитывать: а) Время: "В какое время я выступаю?" б) Эмоции: "В каком состоянии слушатели?" в) Локация: "Где я выступаю?" 4. Структура. Как я структурирую моё сообщение? Структурированную информацию на 40% легче воспринимать. Выделяю важное. Делю на порции. Виды структур: а) хронология (очень удобна и понятна) б) "проблема-решение-польза решения" (очень убедительна) в) "что, так что, теперь что" (проблема, почему это важно; что будет дальше). Структура объединяет и помогает на потерять аудиторию. Итак, если я правильно понимаю сообщение и эффективно его доношу, я могу добиться больших результатов.
@cassandra2977 8 yıl önce
WOW. I LOVE THIS MAN. i want to be a teacher and now i found my role model
@thompenjlester8109 3 yıl önce
me : watching his videos while thinking 🤔 💭 I always get angry at my teacher when he told me to think and answer cuzz i don’t even know what’s his lecture about But now I realized he actually trying to help students to use more of their brain thinking not just learning
@vivimey5600 3 yıl önce
I hated my communication teacher, she pushed me to talk more and be social. She never talked about what this man talked about in this video. This is going to change my life
@changluckey1108 3 yıl önce
I must admit it.. Im getting addicted to these ted talks ..with good reason..
@TheRightflip 8 yıl önce
great speaker, and very practical information!
@wenwenxu5679 4 yıl önce
Be smart, fast thinking is audience important.What my audience need to hear? Who they are? What their knowledge and expectation. What they expect to you? What is their attitude? Firstly you have to contact. And you have to think of the time then communicate of the feeling of others. Structure keeps people together 1.Past-present-future 2.Problem-solution-Benefit 3.What so what now what
@sharookmuhammed7863 5 aylar önce
His talk feels me smooth touch in my heart❤
@user-ne2tn1gi5k Aylar önce
Such a good talk
@SuperIronwire 3 yıl önce
Really really good speech. I love you, Matt.
@muhammadhammad6042 7 yıl önce
He is just the awesome man iv'e ever seen in TED Talk's.
@Brandon-no3vc 6 yıl önce
wait till I get on there Hammad Yasir
@sugarpump 5 yıl önce
Excellent and refreshing ideas for positive communication! Thanks.... I've an interview soon : )
@nazare.m4446 6 yıl önce
Thank you for sharing your experiences and message.
@fathimafarsana4867 6 yıl önce
@aidanwebster9154 2 yıl önce
-throughout the speech, he went back to reiterate and summarise the points he already went over to keep the audiences attention -what does my audience need to hear? (you are in service to them) -structure sets expectations, the worst thing you can do is to lose structure
@baskoroadiwiyono 22 gün önce
7:48 "If guilt & shame doesn't work, can't teach them" --> Honestly I find it true now with team member at office, not just elementary students.
@silentmotor Yıl önce
It's not a oppotunity of threathening, not a oppotunity of failure. Great QUOTE!
@nextgen.englishclass5451 6 yıl önce
I love matt Abrahams as well as his video lectures
@user-wj4xk4fx3f 2 aylar önce
It gives for few amazing tips for Think fast and Smart talk Thank you Sir
@zainalabedinsaad 5 aylar önce
I’m here to learn English and benefit more information or knowledge from this lovely channel❤😊
@HellDVD 5 yıl önce
That is a great lecture, and I would really like to translate it (I mean, add subtitles) in to portuguese to share with my friends. Could you please open (unlock?) the "add subtitles" option?
@Lottiya 5 yıl önce
Best Ted Talk ever. I just watched it secound time and it’s awesome!
@rajkohli81 2 aylar önce
Reminds me of the Pendleton Model of ICE (Ideas, Concerns and Expectations) used by clinicians, when communicating and understanding the needs of patients.
@Hulisani_za Yıl önce
Wow this guy is one of thr great speakers 💯
@reneperez2126 7 yıl önce
I strongly recommend an earlier lecture of his held in standford, in fact that very lecture bring me here, in that he excels big time so that at the end was a Q&A in which people was praising him about the lecture and its usefulness somewhat he left me wanting more from him and thats why im here but the thing is that I get a little bit dissapointed when i finished watching this, simply put (I think) a 20 min ted talk isnt an appropiate way for some lectures to be presented, some works end up being fine some just dont and I dont want to mean this ted to be a case in Point but certainly it seems to me that he should have approached it differently, in the other presentation mentioned he got the audience to engage in workshoping practical activities so people there experienced , lived first hand the words, the theory he preached so it Kind of made sense to me and for everyone involved being that time wasnt an issue, so I see many bad comments with which I partially agree but I just wanted to say give the man a chance and go and look for that lecture I m talking about, youll see something different and Who knows you maybe find it inspiring and change your opinion, just saying
@yokevandam5576 7 yıl önce
I found his lecture incredible
@buddhimanav48 2 yıl önce
Thanks for your recommendation.
@kevinyanezmartinez6121 3 yıl önce
This guys a good speaker. Must be a communication teacher
@jjeyerajha 2 gün önce
Super insightful.
@mr.logician1915 7 yıl önce
Simple and Structured ........Thank you Sir
@greenlandconsulting 4 yıl önce
This is just like telling you how to write a good science paper without telling you how to become a good scientist.
@sidshri6080 5 yıl önce
By far the most compelling talk
@benedetta8001 2 yıl önce
WOW! Thank you! I really need professor like you
@faithsonfleurimond8558 Yıl önce
Good job sir. I really apreciate the way you speak.
@edgarmartinez9809 4 yıl önce
Ted don't know u personally but u r a smart person and also the way you reffered to the audience just Guinness
@simonmasters3295 4 yıl önce
thats hilarious
@aminadirir2408 3 yıl önce
Outstanding talk
@theschoolofbodylanguage Aylar önce
Thank you for your talk ❤
@weiduochen6139 3 yıl önce
I don't know why there are so many speaker say people are afriad of public speaking. As a teacher we did it everyday to the children,and I know everyone have done public speaking before,everyone seem fine. a little nervous doesn't mean that we are afraid.
@wealthcreationcoach 2 aylar önce
Lovely content!
@pranjalmaan3453 2 yıl önce
I must admit it.. I'm getting addicted to these ted talks ..with good reason..
@RaulHernandez-qe2kv 7 yıl önce
As he began I surely thought this was going to be a very helpful tool But rather than "think fast and talk smart" it became "plan and structure "
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@kevinsuarezp08 3 yıl önce
No if you can plan and structure when talking to somebody you will, overtime, begin to think faster and talk smarter. Since you have a plan you have an idea of the outcomes and possibilities which the conversation can go. If you structure the conversation properly you will not only keep your client engaged but also come off smarter. At least that's what I think he's getting at.
@ziphomadolwana8736 7 yıl önce
This man is super awesome...anyway I guess he knows that very well
@shekharsingh6221 Yıl önce
Practice and a little bit positive approach ❤
@kratika7412 2 yıl önce
As i like talking this ted talk is gonna help me most in my favourite thing . Communication is the greatest weapon and saviour .
@user-xz4ng9yf6j 6 aylar önce
How to think fast, talk smart:- 1: Approach 2: Audience 3: Context 4: Structure
@chloerabbitheart3129 4 yıl önce
You helped me improve my speech thanks students liked me about it thank you very much
@user-oy8nj5xb5s 5 yıl önce
Hot tips, worth listening. What exactly we need is how to keep the attention of your audions
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