Think Deeply, Speak Simply

Rajat Mishra

Welcome to Think Deeply, Speak Simply--a show about the art and science of communicating ideas, and how everyday leaders unlock their careers with great communication.

In every show, the first guest is an industry expert, for example, an executive, author, psychologist, actor, poker player, etc. who explores the theme and shares actionable advice.

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The role of sound, and its impact on how our audience listens when we present, affects us all in significant yet different ways. Today’s guests discuss the importance that sound has on how our audience receives our words, and how to leverage core competencies to keep your audience captivated.   Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Nov 28

28 min 19 sec

One of the best ways to learn from others is to listen. But, practicing impactful listening isn’t as simple as one might think, especially if we overly focus on sharing our viewpoint. Today’s guests give valuable advice on why you should listen more thank speak, and how you can become a better listener right now.       Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Nov 7

27 min 26 sec

Business leaders are beginning to prioritize the importance of empathy, with some going as far as redefining CEO to Chief Empathy Officer. Our guests, Dr. Mark Goulston, speaker, founder, writer, and Jignasha Grooms, Vice President and HR leader, discuss not only the importance of empathy, but also share best practices for how you can become a more empathetic listener right now.   Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Oct 24

28 min 35 sec

How do we get rid of the feelings of imposter syndrome? We don’t! In this episode we’re joined by the CEO of Workplace Catalyst, Magalie Rene and  Sokhon Bouy, a Medical Operations Lead with AbbVie. Our guests teach us that imposter syndrome should never go away completely, as it can be a useful tool for determining whether we’re on the right path. Listen in and learn how to not let fear hold us back, and how to sometimes be afraid, yet do it anyway.  Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Oct 10

26 min 37 sec

Data can and should be used to share vital information, compel audiences and tell effective stories. Today’s guests, Brent Dykes and Yasser Ali, are both masters at leveraging data-driven storytelling. They share their own methods and best practices to be a skilled statistical narrator, as well as what not to do when presenting data to all types of audiences.  Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Sep 26

27 min 42 sec

Instilling inspiration is one of the greatest things one can do as a speaker. Today’s guests, each a leader in their own unique industries, are journalist and higher education expert, Jeff Selingo and Eva McLellan, a biotech innovator. The two discuss ways that we can be more inspirational when we communicate with others.    Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Sep 5

25 min 37 sec

Purposeful communication integrates the intention and the vision behind our messaging. Does what you say matter? Is what you’re doing making a difference? Today’s guests, marketing expert David Sable, and Cisco strategist Robert Roulhac, discuss what purpose means to them and how people can ensure that purpose is present in the way they speak, the work they do, and how those two concepts intertwine.  Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Aug 22

28 min 27 sec

Conflict in the workplace restricts progress and hinders a team’s ability to build a culture of collaboration. Today’s guests, Liz Kislik and Nikhil Bhat, discuss ways to reduce organizational and interpersonal conflict. They teach us that although conflict can be uncomfortable, it is ultimately a powerful opportunity to evolve and grow.    Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Aug 8

27 min 40 sec

When complex problems arise, as they inevitably do, it’s beneficial to have a system to fall back on. From structuring the problem to other useful thought experiments, today’s guests Ajay Gupta and Suchi Srinivasan—two rockstar problem solvers in their own right—share their methods for effectively solving problems. Together they help us break down the key elements of problem-solving that exist across various sectors.     Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Jul 25

28 min 50 sec

Inclusive listening is the process that transforms diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives from lip service, to integration and impact. In this episode, Jay sits with Gabrielle Simpson, Communications Executive and Professor, and Sridevi Koneru Rao, Vice-President of Strategy at Cisco. Both guests share their best strategies to adopt inclusive listening to ensure that a diverse array of employees are both seen and heard within our organizations.   Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Jul 11

24 min 38 sec

The solutions to novel problems are rarely obvious. That’s why experts in complex problem solving apply data-driven methods to break down problems and creatively craft solutions. In this episode, Jay sits with two world-class problem solvers: Bob Dvorak, a former senior partner at McKinsey & Company and Rob Jenks, senior vice president of strategy at Tanium. Both guests share their most effective methods for problem solving and presenting powerful solutions. Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Jun 27

29 min 33 sec

Public speaking is one of the biggest fears in society. But for those who continue to practice the mastery of speaking, they find it to be a fun and lucrative discipline, where they can make a great societal impact. In this episode, professional speaker Linda-Marie Miller and biotech leader Scott Sugerman break down the keys to becoming one of the best public speakers.   Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Jun 13

31 min 23 sec

In this episode, we explore the power of listening, and discuss how listening can be a valuable communication tool, particularly when it comes to navigating change. Jay sits with author and experienced consultant Jake Jacobs, and Sanjeev Kapur, Vice-President of Marketing Operations at Linkedin. Both guests share their methodologies for using listening to effectively drive change. Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

May 30

27 min 47 sec

Effectively leveraging data to tell a story oftentimes makes the difference between a transformational  presentation and a boring one. In this episode, Jay sits with Bob Dvorak, a former senior partner at McKinsey & Company, and Shiv Misra, head of analytics for member retention at CVS. Both guests share the dos and don'ts of navigating data-heavy presentations.  Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

May 16

31 min 45 sec

In this episode we explore how the principles of nature can be found in clear communication. Leading our conversation is Maggie Macnab, award-winning designer, author, and TEDx Speaker. Maggie is followed by Tammy Mulrooney, a Senior Director at Genentech, to share how these principles relate to business communication. Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

May 2

26 min 13 sec

Communicating under pressure can be one of the biggest challenges faced by business leaders. In this episode, we are joined by Sue Guiher, a member of the Wharton Faculty, where she teaches courses on crisis communication. She’s followed by Lubab Sheet-Davis, Vice-President of Strategy and Innovation at Lam Research Corporation. Listen in and learn how to view crisis as an opportunity to leverage communication to lead the field and advance your career. Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Apr 18

29 min 59 sec

The more adept we become at understanding our listeners, the better we can tailor our presentations to their needs. In today’s episode, Jay is joined by the famous professional poker player Alec Torelli who walks us through how he reads a room and what “tells” make him pivot and audit his strategy. Alec will be followed by Srihari Narasimhan, Senior Director of Global Commercial at Gilead Sciences. Srihari expands on Alec’s strategies and talks about how his professional journey has taught him how to study his audience in order to inform his messaging.  Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Apr 4

28 min 34 sec

When communicating about transformation, where do you place your focus? In today’s episode, Jay is joined by Stella Low, Chief Communications Officer at Cisco, who describes how to segment the audience when crafting our presentations. She’s followed by Vikram Venugopal, Global Commercial Leader at AbbVie, who shares his audience-centric strategy when preparing big communications. Listen to how these leaders navigate change by transforming fear into trust by authentically connecting with their audiences.   Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Mar 21

27 min 5 sec

Right questions come before the right answers. But how do you know if you are asking the right questions? Today, Jay sits with Joseph M. Bradley, author of the book Questioneering and Jennifer Lowry, a Senior Director of Microsoft.  The business world seems to have a bias towards answers, but Joseph and Jennifer reveal how questions can be a superpower as we craft our communications.   Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Feb 26

36 min 54 sec

Your cat walks in front of your monitor. Your dog keeps barking in the background. Your kid enters the room. "Bob, you're on mute." "Can You Hear Me?" During the pandemic, Zoom became our life line.  Today, Jay is joined by Wharton Professor Peter Cappelli and Abhi Agrawal from GlaxoSmithKline.  Our guests share best practices and personal advice from the frontlines on how to present like a pro when you’re meeting virtually. Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Feb 26

29 min 22 sec

We all know that less is more, but how do we reduce communication down to its essence? In our inaugural episode, Jay sits with Guy Kawasaki, the Chief Evangelist of Canva, and Mohit Rawat, a Vice President at Novartis. Both guests share their secret formulas on how to make presentations with impact, and connect with the minds and hearts of your audience. Brought to you by PREZENTIUM and Executive Producer, Rajat Mishra.

Feb 26

39 min 58 sec

Welcome to Think Deeply, Speak Simply--a show about the art and science of communicating ideas, and how everyday leaders unlock their careers with great communication.   In every show, the first guest is an industry expert, for example, an executive, author, psychologist, actor, poker player, etc. who explores the theme and shares actionable advice.  The second guest is a business leader who shares some tips for listeners based on their experiences in the corporate world.   We’re confident the conversations will keep you inspired, informed and communicating with impact!

Feb 26

1 min 37 sec