Matt Abrahams – Professor, Podcast Host, Author, Speaker, and Martial Artist

Matt Abrahams


Think Faster, Talk Smarter is an essential guide for mastering spontaneous communication. Drawing on his expertise as a Stanford lecturer and host of the popular Think Fast Talk Smart podcast, Abrahams offers practical, science-based strategies to help even the most anxious speakers excel in impromptu situations. Whether you’re navigating a business meeting or a social gathering, Think Faster, Talk Smarter will empower you to think on your feet and speak with confidence.

Marshall Goldsmith

Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times Bestselling Author of The Earned Life, Triggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

Think Faster, Talk Smarter is a treasure trove of insights to help you master the art of impromptu speaking. It provides transformative strategies to turn everyday conversations into opportunities for genuine connection. It will help you be remarkable!

Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist of Canva and Host of the Remarkable People Podcast

Getting to sit in a classroom with Matt you quickly see why his course is one of the most popular on campus. It’s a mini laboratory with constant experiments being conducted by students to see what works and what doesn’t for each of them. And you’re in luck… he’s boiled down years of classes, thousands of hours of these experiments and created a clear, actionable six-step methodology with a set of frameworks for spontaneous situations to help anyone become more confident speaking in the moment. This is a must read for anyone who has to speak in public. Well that’s everyone. So just do yourself a favor and get the book already. 

Anthony Veneziale

Co-Founder Freestyle Love Supreme and Freestyle+, TED Speaker, Grammy Nominee and Tony Award Winner

An important part of leadership is being able to communicate effectively. People are frequently in meetings with others where they need to persuade those others. Being able to think on one’s feet and make a positive impression through what we say is essential. I highly recommend Abrahams’ book.

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Stanford GSB Professor and Author of The 7 Rules of Power

You can learn to navigate nearly any conversation with ‘Think Faster, Talk Smarter’. This concise guide offers science-based strategies for managing anxiety and delivering impactful, impromptu responses in any situation, from job interviews to those questions you get at the most unexpected moments. Abrahams’ real-life examples and actionable tips provide a roadmap to mastering the art of thinking quickly and speaking confidently, and this is the perfect book for professionals, teachers, parents – or anyone else who talks.

Charles Duhigg

Best-Selling Author of The Power of Habit, Smarter Faster Better and Supercommunicators

Matt Abrahams’ new book, Think Faster, Talk Smarter deals effectively with the communications challenges real people run into every day. Follow the wisdom herein and see your reputation for being great on your feet skyrocket!

Nick Morgan

President of Public Words, Inc, a Communications Consulting Firm, and Author of, Most Recently, Can You Hear Me?, How to Connect with People in a Virtual World, Published by Harvard in 2018

The ability to think quickly and communicate clearly is critical for connecting with others. THINK FASTER, TALK SMARTER turns the art of impromptu speaking into a science, making it accessible and actionable for all.

Cassie Holmes

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Happier Hour

Most of us grapple with on-the-spot communication challenges. ‘Think Faster, Talk Smarter’ by Matt Abrahams is a game-changer. Abrahams delves deep into the art of spontaneous communication, providing actionable insights that are grounded in science and real-world experiences. This book is a must-read for anyone aiming to conquer their communication anxieties and shine in impromptu situations. Abrahams has crafted a masterclass in articulating thoughts with clarity, confidence, and charisma.

Dolly Chugh

NYU Stern Professor and Author of The Person You Mean to Be

Abrahams book is rooted in solid research, rich anecdotes, and years of hands-on experience, Think Faster, Talk Smarter is a treasure trove for anyone seeking to communicate with confidence, whether in boardrooms or at dinner tables. Abrahams reminds us of the profound power of the unplanned, impromptu communication moments and how they shape our personal and professional lives. A must-read for anyone aiming to leave a lasting impression with their words.

Nancy Duarte

CEO of Duarte, Inc. and Best-Selling Author

With this enormously practical book, Matt Abrahams demonstrates why he is the world’s go-to communication coach. His ideas for spontaneous speaking will help you build trust, influence your organization, and empower everyone around you.

Frances Frei

Author of Unleashed and Move Fast and Fix Things: The Trusted Leader’s Guide to Solving Hard Problems and Host of The Fixable Podcast

In ‘Think Faster, Talk Smarter’, Matt Abrahams masterfully decodes the science and art of spontaneous communication, illuminating a path for anyone to navigate impromptu conversations with grace and authenticity. Drawing on a rich tapestry of research and real-world examples, this book is an essential tool for those eager to hone their ability to connect, persuade, and genuinely engage in today’s dynamic world.

Dorie Clark

Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game and executive education faculty, Columbia Business School

“It’s one thing to deliver a good speech; another entirely to be brilliant in the melée of spontaneous, unprepared conversation. Matt Abrahams is that rare thing: an academic who really knows his topic (communication skills) and can teach it in simple, practical and invaluable lessons that anyone can put to use straight away. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to communicate better.”

Julian Treasure

Author of How To Be Heard and Sound Business, and Five-Time TED Speaker

I've been at Nike for 31 years and that was the best hour of learning I've participated in - so powerful!!

—Nike workshop participant

Matt is a sought-after keynote speaker and communication consultant. He has helped countless presenters improve and hone their communication, including some who have delivered IPO road shows as well as Nobel Prize, TED, and World Economic Forum presentations.  His highly interactive workshops and webinars have helped groups from all over the world hone their communication and enhance their impact. Matt’s keynotes, workshops, webinars, and one-to-one coaching are highly tailored to the needs of his audience.

To learn more or to schedule a keynote, coaching, or training, please contact Matt.

Author and coach Matt Abrahams