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
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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.
do you need to silence the external critics, you also need to let go of the inner critic that tries to worry you about the fear of rejection. FIND YOUR VOICE Great performances are developed and won from the inside out. You won’t communicate and speak successfully just by learning body language, stage tricks, and elocution tips. The benefits will fade and you’ll revert to old habits that those who get sucked into quick-fix diets know well; a loss of a few pounds is followed by the quick gain
using contrast when performing is simple and profound: to keep your audience engaged. Contrast is about intentionally building difference into your performances. It’s about doing the unexpected, and it keeps audiences on their toes. We know attention spans and expectations are shaped by all of the entertainment we see, produced by the true masters of dramatic contrast at work in television, movies, and drama. Monotony bores your audience. No one chooses to be monotonous; many of us come to know
Brian gave me a call after the keynote and said, “This is proof to me that what you guys are doing works.” As you might imagine, I felt like a proud papa. We need to be able to improvise because we’re often paired with or selling to people with whom we don’t always feel comfortable. We can get ourselves into trouble when we have fixed expectations in a tough sales environment. Let’s say you’re heading into a sales meeting where you’ve been working to close a deal for some time, and you’ve become
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