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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 Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"An indispensable guide for introverts and extroverts alike who want to shine when performing in public." - Inc. Magazine
Steal the Show surprised me. It might be the most unique and practical book written on the topic of public speaking and performance in everyday life. And it's about so much more than just public speaking. You'll learn how to express yourself authentically, be more creative and increase your confidence in all aspects of life." --Howard Behar, former president, Starbucks Coffee
"Speaking in public is not just an art, it's a craft that can be learned and improved upon in order to change the treasures that can be mined. On that account, Port's latest book, steals the show." - Peter Guber, CEO, Mandalay Entertainment & #1 NYT bestselling author, TELL TO WIN
“If anyone knows how to steal the show, it’s Michael Port. In this tour de force, he shares his secret method on how anyone, even the most inexperienced, can wow an audience. Jeff Goins, Best-selling author of The Art of Work
“It takes decades of coaching and practice to become a truly fascinating speaker. But it turns out, there’s a shortcut: you can apply Michael Port's principles to immediately stand out and steal the show." --Sally Hogshead, Hall of Fame Speaker and NY Times Bestselling author of How the World Sees You
“An engaging book on how to dazzle audiences. Michael Port shares effective techniques for rehearsing and performing.” --Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
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FULL OF ESSENTIAL ADVICE FOR SPOTLIGHT LOVERS AND WALLFLOWERS ALIKE, THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO BRING ANY CROWD TO ITS FEET.
Your day is full of moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words, and to manage your emotions and nerves if you want to steal the show, that is.
Every interaction is a performance, whether you re speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview.
InSteal the Show, New York Times best-selling author Michael Port draws on decades of experience as a professional actor on shows like Sex and the City and as a popular keynote speaker on the biggest stages, including Lincoln Center, to show you how to make the most of every presentation and interaction.
You ll learn how the methods of top actors will help you connect with, inspire, and persuade any audience. You ll discover the key strategies for commanding an audience s attention, developing a clear focus for every performance, engaging your listeners, and delivering your message with maximum impact.
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Michael has a way of teaching unforgettable lessons through stories. What's different about Steal the Show is that he showcases actual performance strategies learned through his past in acting, which has been invaluable.
He has combined his extreme knowledge of business building (Book Yourself Solid) with observations of people and meshed in the art of performance to create a recipe called success. I read his previous books and have recommended them over the years - but this one - "Steal the Show" is for life lessons to get YOUR message and YOUR point across. Chapter after chapter you'll learn specific ideas and techniques to craft your message. Now you can take YOUR point of view and share it like you never have.
I love how Michael includes the power of improv because the value of supporting others around you to communicate your thoughts is huge. He also stresses practice, which as a speaker I never did enough of. Not anymore. I've already started to plan my next talk using his prescribed strategy.
Don't just buy this book - READ it and change the way you communicate forever. Win that deal. Gain the support for that project. Influence your kids. Make a difference. Steal the Show will teach you how.
So you might feel wary about the notion that the craft of acting might can help us to communicate with more honesty and authenticity.
You might be worried that accepting Port’s world view would mean that rather than communicating and connecting — you’ll *just* be performing. As a shell. As someone other than yourself.
It’s exactly the opposite.
Michael Port has written an important, compelling, potentially life-changing book — and it’s perfect for those of us who care about communicating as whole, honest, real human beings.
It’s not about being slick or sleazy, and it’s not about using artifice to sway your audiences or your colleagues — it’s about finding ways to strip away the habits, artifice, and distractions that we often pile on to our communications when we’re anxious about the stakes. So yes, those types of communications -- speeches, job interviews, pitches, hard conversations, first conversations.
Port shows us that the actor’s craft — the true actor’s craft — is _not_ about relying upon artifice, but rather, about finding ways to communicate and present in a way that keeps you wholly present and connected to your audience. It’s really about creating the strength to be open, honest, and vulnerable, and developing the communication and perceptual skills that will help us be compelling, engaging, and persuasive in ways that matter.
I received a pre-publication galley of this book as part of a pre-publication purchase incentive, and I’m glad I opted to purchase the book early. It’s a terrific read, full of insight, and full of practical yet often unusual tips for becoming a better communicator — and yes, a better public speaker.
Sure, as part of it all, he tells you about the importance of story, the usefulness of the 3-act structure, and the importance of being prepared — all of which I think we’ve come to expect from books about public speaking. (Like we should all know this now, right?…even if we’re not doing it.). But he also teaches you to stay present for your audience, even when you feel your mind going blank, and how to see your own communications from an audience’s point of view. By providing his own analyses, he helps you understand why what you say may not always connect with those you are trying to reach, and how you might address the gap. Port is especially good at this: seeing communications from the receiver’s point of view — and he’s great at articulating the likely undercurrents in way that’s clear, while also providing some concrete suggestions for his readers.
Stuff I loved and found especially helpful:
-his description of the actor’s rehearsal process — and why adopting it will make your presentations, pitches, and speeches an order of magnitude more engaging than a typical presentation (and why isn’t just about repeating your written speech over and over again in your hotel room or the shower…or please please please no [as he so rightly advises against]…in front of the mirror)
-his argument for rehearsal — even for those of us who feel like we’re pretty good on our feet…and who think we’re getting away with “winging it”
-his argument that the best actors — and the best speakers — are the ones that are willing and able to strip away all artifice and allow themselves to be fully in the moment, fully present, and fully vulnerable to their audience
-his advice about *listening* to your audience, so that you can respond to people in the moment
-his info on the process of content mapping: the process of taking a speech and mapping the content and meaning onto the delivery
-his insight that many of the core principles of theatre and acting are in fact principles of effective communication — because ultimately it is about engaging and connecting with other human beings on multiple levels (i.e., not merely intellectual, but emotional, visceral, aesthetic, sensory, kinaesthetic, and associative levels)
-his focus on taking the reader on a journey from the inside out, because ultimately, you can’t communicate honestly and authentically unless you understand your own internal barriers to doing so, and doing the work.
I think his description of the rehearsal process and content mapping alone are worth the price of the book for experienced public speakers.
And for all of us who just want to communicate more effectively — Port’s advice on the internal work of communication, and his ability to show us (and remind us) how we respond to speakers when they do certain common things — is reason enough to buy and read this book. Even if you only get halfway through. :)
I also love the fact that if you really, really want to master the art of communication, you can approach the ideas in his book from multiple angles, and consume the information in the way that works for you. I used to feel a little stupid about the fact that I had started consuming certain books in multiple formats (e.g., audiobook, Kindle edition, and hard copy!) — but now I realize that I learn better when I can access the same material in multiple ways. I don’t do it for everything — only the stuff that’s really, really rich and really, really good. And Michael Port’s work is that rich and that good — at least for me. Consuming information in multiple formats engages more of my senses, more of my memory, and for the stuff that matters — the extra effort (and yes, investment) is totally worth it.
Port does have a freely available podcast of the same name, Steal the Show (http://stealtheshow.com/podcast). If you’re on the fence, it’s is an excellent take on the same material, presented in a slightly different manner while also modelling exactly the same behaviours that Port recommends in his book. I think you’ll find it an excellent complement to the book — whether you take the book in as either an audiobook or a text, or even both. There are some free videos online, as well as paid courses and training through his speaker training business, Heroic Public Speaking.
This is not your usual public speaking advice, nor the kind of advice you’ll see in business books with strained acronyms and presumably proprietary “systems” with superlative-ridden product names.
I’ve heard Port say that this will be his last book — but I hope it’s not true. What I’d like to see? A follow-up to this book, similar to Book Yourself Solid illustrated. Because I think an illustrated complement to this book — perhaps with diagrams and photographs that help to reinforce some of his descriptions of theatrical concepts — would be enormously helpful as a teaching resource.
So Michael Port — if you’re listening…don’t stop at this book. If you don’t want to do all the work of birthing yet another tome…I think you already have your logical co-author on your team.
While the entire book is packed with practical, easy to apply information Chapter 7 really stood out for me. The chapter is titled, "Yes and..." The concept is simple: jettison the word "no" from your conversations, meetings, and performances (please note you still need to keep the word no for kids, I've already road tested that on my 7 year old).
Instead use the words "Yes and...." For example if someone says something you believe won't work instead of saying no that won't work try "Yes that's an interesting idea and did you consider x,y, and z?" or "Yes and I think we could build on that to..." The person on the other end is encouraged to continue to engage, their contribution is acknowledged, and you may also discover something new down that path.
Still not sure this book is right for you? I challenge you to try to go one day without saying No (Please see kid disclaimer above, and that goes double for any offer to super size your meals). The difference you will see in conversations, pitches, interviews, and even in yourself will surprise you.
Note, I've received a pre-publication copy of Steal The Show for review.
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