Think Fast. Talk Smart | Matt Abrahams | TEDxMontaVistaHighSchool

  • Published on May 19, 2015
  • 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

Comments • 415

  • phurba tenzin
    phurba tenzin 4 days ago

    I am addicted to watch TED Talks...could you give some step to go away from such...

  • Beston Lufyagila
    Beston Lufyagila 17 days ago

    Wow! Very fantastic talk. It has drained all the fear I had to speak in public

  • Nida Guzon-Palmore
    Nida Guzon-Palmore 27 days ago

    This is the second time I heard him talk. He is brilliant! Thank you Professor!

  • Keith Keenan
    Keith Keenan 28 days ago

    Any audience of mine is a mystery.

  • greenlandconsulting
    greenlandconsulting Month ago +1

    I am not criticizing the talk but would be more interested in practical trainings to make you a better speaker

  • greenlandconsulting

    This is just like telling you how to write a good science paper without telling you how to become a good scientist.

  • Leslie Thomas
    Leslie Thomas Month ago

    Just discovered and love these videos! Very good teachings and Motivational

  • Latif Syr
    Latif Syr Month ago

    12:56 what the heck?

  • Antony Santiago
    Antony Santiago Month ago

    awareness is a powerful tool

  • Elena Voloshina
    Elena Voloshina Month ago

    I love Ted's videos, useful information

  • Bobby Lewis jr
    Bobby Lewis jr Month ago

    The man deserves better lighting, he looks like a standup comedian.

  • Paulie Slick
    Paulie Slick 2 months ago

    All i can say is he looks like Kane (WWE) little brother

  • maridel depalubos
    maridel depalubos 2 months ago

    Amazing talk

  • Edgar Martinez
    Edgar Martinez 2 months ago +2

    Ted don't know u personally but u r a smart person and also the way you reffered to the audience just Guinness

  • ma Ya
    ma Ya 2 months ago

    At first, when I saw the thumbnail I thought it was an old version of Ed Sheeran...

  • ullas babu
    ullas babu 2 months ago +1

    I thought this talk was about Thinking Smart and Talking Fast. Realized only when he was speaking dead slow and I had to increase the play back speed.

    • Cassie Ellsworth
      Cassie Ellsworth 2 months ago +1

      Thanks for this tip. I was falling asleep till I increased the speed to 1.25x. And notice how he kept referring to himself as a "communicator". 😂😂😂

  • N4.WIN
    N4.WIN 2 months ago

    Shut up, can you atleast make these talk little bit more "scientific" or even accurate?

  • C Garrett
    C Garrett 3 months ago

    I hate this guy

  • DerfMag azine
    DerfMag azine 3 months ago

    Ugh. Corny

  • Alpha mom알파맘Iris 아이리스

    Thank you very much. I like listening English. His pronunciation is good. ^^

  • The Fat Kid In A Lolly Shop

    Nice talk, but didn't really cover off the 'Think fast, talk smart ' . Was looking for some tips on how to deal with the anxiety felt when asked a question out of the blue in a meeting, where you feel that everyone in there knows more than you about the subject.

  • Sensei Plazo
    Sensei Plazo 3 months ago +2

    Wonderful Thoughts❤

  • ZXC22
    ZXC22 3 months ago

    Not an accurate title.

  • Olxa Pro
    Olxa Pro 4 months ago

    Very Nice

  • Taurainashe T Tegede
    Taurainashe T Tegede 4 months ago


  • Chu Meowsy
    Chu Meowsy 4 months ago

    2:25 No ones going to laugh? Well this is going to be awkward for me...

  • Anto Binu
    Anto Binu 4 months ago


  • Robert Simon
    Robert Simon 4 months ago

    Thinking isn’t something some people do.

  • Wenwen Xu
    Wenwen Xu 4 months ago +1

    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
    3.What so what now what

  • linh ha
    linh ha 4 months ago

    Hay đấy

  • DismantlingTheEgo
    DismantlingTheEgo 4 months ago

    Video starts at around 4:00

  • Terry Zúñiga
    Terry Zúñiga 5 months ago +1

    Comment section b like:


  • Adrian Soldevilla
    Adrian Soldevilla 5 months ago

    This guy really sounds like Grant O Brian from College Humour

    DEX EMRIT 5 months ago

    fell asleep!

  • D33P S3A
    D33P S3A 5 months ago

    That kinder teacher of the story is creating SNOWFLAKES!

  • Олег Мальчик


  • Tigest Gemechu
    Tigest Gemechu 5 months ago


  • Jonathan DeCollibus
    Jonathan DeCollibus 5 months ago

    cold calling is ...?

  • Trish Alvarez
    Trish Alvarez 6 months ago

    My biggest take away from this talk: I AM NOT THE ONLY TOOTHPASTE SQUEEZER ON EARTH!!! YAY!

  • Ujjelly siva krishna
    Ujjelly siva krishna 6 months ago +5

    Who is seeing the comments
    To know whether it worked or not
    Like here😀😎😎😀

  • React .dev426
    React .dev426 6 months ago

    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.

  • Michael J Freeman
    Michael J Freeman 6 months ago

    Location Matters!

  • Michael J Freeman
    Michael J Freeman 6 months ago

    Excellent but WE are sure Ted X may do one for free? "Full Circle Education" if needed coined....................Real teachings Thank You Matt.... Spoken with growing emotion!

  • Usman Haider
    Usman Haider 6 months ago +2

    His way of presenting is flawless!.I appreciate him,his methods of overcoming public fright.

  • Sherif El Kadi
    Sherif El Kadi 6 months ago

    Shakaboumba !

  • Dyshaun Mckissick
    Dyshaun Mckissick 7 months ago

    Dont do what is expected.

  • Pj Flannery
    Pj Flannery 7 months ago

    So packaged...frightfully nice and profoundly boring

  • Benyamin Yisrael
    Benyamin Yisrael 7 months ago

    sorry, but quit being cheap and purchase your wife her own tube of toothpaste that she may do with as she pleases.

  • 2ugqi24
    2ugqi24 7 months ago +1


  • Sanjay Gyanwani
    Sanjay Gyanwani 7 months ago


  • Khanan Bt
    Khanan Bt 7 months ago

    I hate kids

  • Meena Pandey
    Meena Pandey 7 months ago +1

    I watch ted talks for improving my English

  • mide seun
    mide seun 7 months ago

    He is scary and low key teaching us manipulation. canceled.

  • Nucleus Rhyme
    Nucleus Rhyme 8 months ago

    ...the others are lying, and I think we can find a situation when they'll be stressed. Right. If you can find one case, they are lying for all the other cases. So much for Abrahams' science.

  • Rootie Bootie
    Rootie Bootie 8 months ago

    This guy talk about communication skills but he is so boring he can make a amphetamine junkie fall a sleep.

  • Saianna Sweet
    Saianna Sweet 8 months ago

    Best Ted Talk ever. I just watched it secound time and it’s awesome!

  • Helvidio Valbuza
    Helvidio Valbuza 8 months ago

    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?

  • Munshi Ram
    Munshi Ram 8 months ago +2

    Handle your body mind though emotio and energies consciously that's it

  • Neha Bhakat
    Neha Bhakat 8 months ago


  • visualelement 7design
    visualelement 7design 8 months ago

    Structure is great on a good foundation on many levels

  • Kiril Tsvetkov
    Kiril Tsvetkov 8 months ago

    You mean to tell me that a university professor cannot afford his own toothpaste and needs to share with his wife.. Poor poor USA.. where is this world going... :(

  • Harry Rapano
    Harry Rapano 8 months ago +1

    Very Amazing

  • Juan Manuel Ramallo
    Juan Manuel Ramallo 8 months ago

    12:35 Mygaver Concept
    12:46 What.
    12:48 So what
    12:55 Now What

  • Ali Arsenal
    Ali Arsenal 8 months ago

    Ermm. Didn't the teacher used sarcastic technique?

  • fadilla zennifa
    fadilla zennifa 8 months ago

    What a great speech!!!!

  • Anh Duong
    Anh Duong 9 months ago

    His voice and accent are very clear

  • alpha sow
    alpha sow 9 months ago

    Great teaching. Definitely benefited!

  • Chris Drake
    Chris Drake 9 months ago

    So Matt.... what did you and your wife decide to do about the toothpaste? Can you please tell me a little more detail?

    • Thumb Print
      Thumb Print 5 months ago

      Each had their own tube, I hope.

  • Đức Nguyễn Duy
    Đức Nguyễn Duy 9 months ago +1

    Thank you very much! You have help me improve listening skill ,your topic is very interesting ,meaningful for me and every people.

  • Dorothy Siden
    Dorothy Siden 9 months ago

    I have a greater appreciation for the word accessible.

  • Ol' Soul Ana
    Ol' Soul Ana 9 months ago +2

    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.

    • Ol' Soul Ana
      Ol' Soul Ana 9 months ago

      Bold Communication that's confident and compelling. I want your message to remain long after you leave the room.

  • Kamil Muller
    Kamil Muller 9 months ago

    Somebody knows where i can find a research about remembering to information when is structured? I

  • Lance Buttercream
    Lance Buttercream 9 months ago +1

    Will someone let Ted talk already?
    I'm starting to come up with bad jokes over here.

  • Greg Gazin
    Greg Gazin 9 months ago +1

    Great insights on communication with a brilliant flawless delivery! Thanks Matt.

  • k w
    k w 9 months ago


  • vincentkun chan
    vincentkun chan 9 months ago

    He looks kinda like Steve Jobs.

  • Zahilikerah Hussein
    Zahilikerah Hussein 9 months ago

    feels sooo implicit info vey unique

  • NaRk0TiiKzZ
    NaRk0TiiKzZ 9 months ago +35

    He looks like Emmanual Macron.

  • abass lone
    abass lone 9 months ago

    Family fellow.

  • Thomas Pathyil
    Thomas Pathyil 9 months ago


  • Jenrique Saliendra
    Jenrique Saliendra 10 months ago +1

    This is now my favorite talk. 👏👏👏

  • Alviansyah Pratama
    Alviansyah Pratama 10 months ago

    I love to watch this video, He tells me something i've never heard and taught in my life. The "What, Now What, What Next" thing has developing me a new skill on conversation. I would like to see more like this.

  • Dilkumari Rai
    Dilkumari Rai 10 months ago

    I love Ted talk show

  • Jacob
    Jacob 10 months ago

    1:52 bookmark

  • Elumio Merk
    Elumio Merk 10 months ago

    the girl scout idea, am I the only one who went "cookie duuuude"?

  • Bhow Bhow
    Bhow Bhow 10 months ago

    He must be sorry that he annoyed y'all with his knowledge sharing and time and friendship.

  • Han Dynasty
    Han Dynasty 10 months ago

    The day u meet me, I will talk so smart that your brain shatters.

  • dev soni
    dev soni 11 months ago

    Where is the audience??

  • catheb
    catheb 11 months ago

    Great Talk 🍀

  • Vegan Gargoyle
    Vegan Gargoyle 11 months ago


  • Jhon Karlos
    Jhon Karlos 11 months ago

    he looks like cane

  • haythem hammami
    haythem hammami 11 months ago

    looking for a native speaker to help me out improving my English +9660583408806

  • ANDREW 4092
    ANDREW 4092 11 months ago +1

    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.

  • Era Art
    Era Art 11 months ago

    *How smart people talk:*
    Person 1: The Pacific Rim economy has become a tad shaky for my taste.
    Person 2: Oh stop it, stop it. You can't become a bloody fiscal hermit every time the Nikkei undergoes a self-correction. Asia's market has nowhere to go but up.
    Person 1: Interesting...
    Person 2: Indeed...

  • ReyReyloads
    ReyReyloads 11 months ago

    I didnt find this very helpful. He basically said in order to be good at public speaking you need to become good at public speaking. Yes he gave some points but the points were open ended. Would have been nice to have some steps rather than having him read the chapter titles of a book, so to speak.

    • Lynne L.
      Lynne L. 6 months ago

      Hey! You may watch his other talk held in Standford. Some of us find it incredible! 🙂

  • Алексей Сергиев

    Hot tips, worth listening. What exactly we need is how to keep the attention of your audions

  • Shovon Davis
    Shovon Davis 11 months ago +5

    Low key teaching us manipulation

  • Đông Nguyễn Xuân
    Đông Nguyễn Xuân 11 months ago

    How can I take transcripts of any lesson? To learn more from the other. and learn ENglish. thanks

  • Raiyan Ahmed
    Raiyan Ahmed 11 months ago

    Bcz you speak like weird

  • kalim khan
    kalim khan 11 months ago

    Best sir