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Punk Rock HR

Jan 22, 2024

Have you ever felt tongue-tied or had your mind blank in the middle of a conversation? You're not alone.

On this episode of Punk Rock HR, you’ll get strategies to conquer those moments. Laurie’s guest is communication expert Matt Abrahams, who unpacks the essentials of his book Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You're Put on the Spot. They explore the science of crafting messages that resonate with audiences and the power of speech variation to keep their attention rapt. This isn't just another chat about talking; it's an arsenal of techniques to transform anyone into a communication pro – debunking the myth that you're either born with it or you're not.

Matt and Laurie also get real about the sweaty palms and racing hearts that come with high-stakes communication. From revealing HR policies to pitching business ideas to the toughest crowds, Matt shares methods to cope and shine. Controlled breathing, focus grouping, ditching filler words – they cover it all, ensuring you walk away poised to present with confidence. And for those wondering about the fine line between authenticity and performance, they tackle that, too.

Plug in and prepare to level up your communication skills – and possibly your entire approach to engaging with others.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Strategies from Think Faster, Talk Smarter for improving engagement by tailoring messages and varying speech
  • Overcoming the myth that effective communication is innate
  • Effective communication is an acquirable skill applicable in various speaking situations
  • Techniques for conveying ideas to skeptical audiences and managing anxiety, like controlled breathing and palm cooling
  • Authenticity in communication
  • How focusing on connecting rather than performing leads to more genuine interactions
  • Exploring the “Talk Smarter” method, a six-step approach that includes mindset shifts and message structuring for spontaneous speaking
  • Practical tips on anxiety management and effective communication, such as focus grouping, removing hedging language, and practicing delivery
  • Listening well by giving pace, space, and grace to fully understand and respond to communication in the moment

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