February 15, 2024

Think Fast, Talk Smart: A Podcast about Communicating

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It's been around for a few years, but we're just discovering a podcast from the Stanford Business Graduate School hosted by Matt Abrahams, a lecturer in organizational behavior.

On Think Fast, Talk Smart, Abrahams interviews writers and thinkers about a variety of topics, including how culture affects communication style, how to make your audience feel heard, and why it's possible to actually enjoy small talk.

In this week's episode, you'll hear from New York Times columnist David Brooks, who had this to say about one of our favorite topics:

Two of the writers I assigned to my students to learn how to write well are George Orwell and C. S. Lewis. And they were both English writers writing in the middle of the 20th century, but the key thing is they both wrote for radio. And so, they wrote, you had to be able to understand their sentences just hearing it, not reading it on a page. And so, they would never use a big word when a small word would do. They were just incredibly clear, and we want our writing to be incredibly clear.

Find the full podcast with David Brooks, below. And check out other episodes of Think Fast, Talk Smart here

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