Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life

Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life

Michael Port

Language: English

Pages: 187

ISBN: 2:00312510

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An inspiring program full of essential advice for spotlight lovers and wallflowers alike that will teach readers how to bring any crowd to its feet
Every day there are moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you, in some way, to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words, and to manage your emotions and nerves. Every interaction is a performance, whether you're speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview.

In Steal the Show, New York Times best-selling author Michael Port draws on his experience as an actor and as a highly successful corporate speaker and trainer to teach readers how to make the most of every presentation and interaction. He demonstrates how the methods of successful actors can help you connect with, inspire, and persuade any audience. His key strategies for commanding an audience's attention include developing a clear focus for every performance, making sure you engage with your listeners, and finding the best role for yourself in order to convey your message with maximum impact.

Michael Port is one of the most in-demand corporate speakers working today. His presentations are always powerful, engaging, and inspirational. And yes, audiences always give him a standing ovation.





















the choice to play small because we haven’t given ourselves the chance to see the big opportunities in front of us. Not everyone is going to be a comedian or even a natural-born entertainer. But you don’t need to be an entertainer to be a performer. Performance can be about wowing an audience, but it can also simply be about connecting with others, which is a beautiful thing. Through this book you will learn how to leverage performance skills along with what you know—your backstory, beliefs,

industry to talk about a book project. I can be extremely well prepared with my pitch, but if I’m not open and ready to respond to suggestions and comments I receive during the meeting, they may decide I’m not an author they want to work with because I’m not open to their ideas. So I always approach these meetings with my mind very alert and open to how the people in the room are responding to the book discussion. Since I’m well prepared, when the editorial team offers new ideas and suggestions,

of different media, but not in the way that you might think. Before the section entitled “Stand for Something, or Someone Will Stand on You,” I show a one-minute video that includes dozens of five-second clips of my students, each on their own in their homes, standing up, hands on hearts, declaring what they stand for. It’s powerful and something that I ask my audience to do as well. I also show pictures of me as a husky kid during the section where I talk about my issues with food that track

business situations. We tend to hear improv and think comedy and comedy troupes, such as Improv Everywhere, live sketch television such as Saturday Night Live, or brilliant talents such as Amy Poehler or Tina Fey. That may be how we know improv, but that’s not all that it can do. Improv is a mindset and trained ability useful for seizing opportunities as well as overcoming difficult situations and tough crowds with grace and class. All of us improvise; we just don’t give ourselves credit for

Consider the following from Tina Fey’s book Bossypants: The first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required to agree with whatever your partner has created. So if we’re improvising and I say, “Freeze, I have a gun,” and you say, “That’s not a gun. It’s your finger. You’re pointing your finger at me,” our improvised scene has ground to a halt. But if I say, “Freeze, I have a gun!” and you say, “The gun I gave you for Christmas!

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