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 • 484

  • Calıkuşu m
    Calıkuşu m 5 days ago

    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

  • Joaquin alberto Ramirez valencia

    It's great ted

  • Tanutcha19 Jenpanitcheep

    Help me pls !!!
    I hear this same my story
    Him is Singapore?
    Or Malaysia(sad)(sad)(sad)

  • Tanutcha19 Jenpanitcheep

    Help me pls !!!
    I hear this same my story
    Him is Singapore?
    Or Malaysia(sad)(sad)(sad)

  • Amina Mukhtar
    Amina Mukhtar 9 days ago

    Outstanding talk

  • Dharamvir Singh
    Dharamvir Singh 10 days ago

    so simple and to the point. Great effort.

  • Spanish Academy TV
    Spanish Academy TV 14 days ago

    thank you!
    What do you think?

  • Yudah El
    Yudah El 15 days ago

    Wtf is he talking about?

  • six pence
    six pence 19 days ago

    I never buy Silk soy milk...ingredients quality and price matter more than a name

  • Hitesh
    Hitesh 20 days ago

    Quick ways to transform your stress into Happiness.

  • Monuto Shajin Nouco

    Lütfen Türkçe Altyazı Eklensin.

  • Ilham Haqqani
    Ilham Haqqani Month ago

    it is a good topic, because in my works public speaking it is very important. as a leader one of the many factor to be great leader is mastered in public speaker. hehehe im sorry it is just my oppinion, i wrote this because i learn to think and write in english. :D

  • Love Animals-01
    Love Animals-01 Month ago +1

    What a boring speaker. Feel sorry for his "students".

  • Chelsea Kpemou
    Chelsea Kpemou Month ago +1

    I didn't even sleep

  • Narain singh
    Narain singh Month ago


  • N'gana Soro
    N'gana Soro Month ago

    I just found it nice and inspiring

  • Sarah Ddembe
    Sarah Ddembe Month ago


  • Because Bears
    Because Bears Month ago

    11:03 Okay Boomer

  • Alex CA
    Alex CA Month ago +1

    10:17 One stoner in the audience.

  • elina _
    elina _ 2 months ago +1

    That Ted talk was amazing , I like the attitude of him

  • Raviranjan Kumar
    Raviranjan Kumar 2 months ago

    Why only i can understand.
    But can't speak English .. I dont know why?

  • White Dervish
    White Dervish 2 months ago

    He's a good speaker. But I see a topic mismatch here.

  • Roberto Berido Jr.
    Roberto Berido Jr. 2 months ago

    Copied from Simon Sinek

  • Sujit Sadangi
    Sujit Sadangi 2 months ago

    Sir please make a video on Mnemonic, which i can use for my particapants.

  • Terry Lewis
    Terry Lewis 2 months ago

    Street food

  • AshEleven
    AshEleven 2 months ago

    soy boy.

  • Richard Vale
    Richard Vale 3 months ago

    Thank you a lot for such an excelent class

  • Euro
    Euro 3 months ago

    Ever since this Cuck said that his wife smarter than him I couldn’t take him serious

  • 9EG
    9EG 3 months ago

    Why didn't you just have separate toothpaste tubes?

  • Thi Mai
    Thi Mai 3 months ago +1

    One of the best presentations I've ever watched.

  • Salma Henni zourgui
    Salma Henni zourgui 3 months ago

  • sugimoto nanako
    sugimoto nanako 3 months ago

    I hate speaking in English because I just feel like all the native speakers around me are judging.

  • Dilara Durmaz
    Dilara Durmaz 3 months ago

    allahını seven buna altyazı eklesin

  • Elise Erickson
    Elise Erickson 3 months ago +1

    i literally never realized silk was a combination of soy and milk....

  • Luxa Nymphaey
    Luxa Nymphaey 3 months ago

    Okay cool but this would presuppose that you actually have a message to spread. I hoped this was about how to think fast of answers to unexpected questions and how to be quick-wittedness.

    HABIB SIR 3 months ago

    wonderful idea thanks a lot dear speaker. i really impress by your outstanding speech. i stay with your cln. the speech is really good. thanks a lot dear speaker.........

  • Moz
    Moz 3 months ago

    "Girl Scout cookies", yeah right.

  • Green-Eyed Child
    Green-Eyed Child 4 months ago +1

    Our Needs???? I take a cheeseburger ,fries and a large Choco shake. for here.

  • Green-Eyed Child
    Green-Eyed Child 4 months ago

    that's freakin' Grosse not to have your own tubes of paste sanitary sanitary you know

  • Green-Eyed Child
    Green-Eyed Child 4 months ago

    not me..ive been brimming on the edge of my seat waiting to be called on...i usually end up blurting out and getting told to shut up ;(

  • Archeopterix Neuróza
    Archeopterix Neuróza 4 months ago

    You aren't afraid when you simply don't care

  • English for everyday
    English for everyday 4 months ago

    Great speech

  • voxeledphoton
    voxeledphoton 4 months ago

    press 8 9 and 3 :U

  • Marcio Iudice Attie
    Marcio Iudice Attie 4 months ago

    Thank you, very much. 🍎

  • Sweet Psycho
    Sweet Psycho 4 months ago


  • mrtiger tigereatsbuns
    mrtiger tigereatsbuns 5 months ago +1

    You helped me improve my speech thanks students liked me about it thank you very much

  • saoussane sarah
    saoussane sarah 5 months ago +5

    Think fast talk smart 😊

  • Landon Schertz
    Landon Schertz 5 months ago

    This is why communication classes are a joke taken by athletes for an easy A

  • Nguyen TT Linh
    Nguyen TT Linh 5 months ago


  • Judith Wafula
    Judith Wafula 5 months ago

    Very informative video.

  • Crunk Blanket
    Crunk Blanket 5 months ago +2

    The emotional part of context is what makes Donald Trump such an effective speaker.

  • Elkai Dred
    Elkai Dred 5 months ago +1

    Cut the toothpaste in half.... I did that before I was even allowed to use real scissors XD

  • phurba tenzin
    phurba tenzin 6 months ago +5

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

  • Beston Lufyagila
    Beston Lufyagila 6 months ago +2

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

  • Nida Guzon-Palmore
    Nida Guzon-Palmore 7 months ago +6

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

  • Keith Keenan
    Keith Keenan 7 months ago +1

    Any audience of mine is a mystery.

  • greenlandconsulting
    greenlandconsulting 7 months ago +2

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

    • greenlandconsulting
      greenlandconsulting 5 months ago

      Kay Dee thanks

    • Cephera
      Cephera 5 months ago

      greenlandconsulting - Take a class in Speech 101. It helped me tremendously. Ted Talks are meant to be short and sweet. By the way . . . there is nothing wrong with critical talking.

  • greenlandconsulting
    greenlandconsulting 7 months ago +1

    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 7 months ago +1

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

  • Latif Syr
    Latif Syr 7 months ago +1

    12:56 what the heck?