- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 054455518X
- ISBN-13: 978-0544555181
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 242 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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 nervesif you want to steal the show, that is.
Every interaction is a performance, whether youre 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 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.
Youll learn how the methods of top actors will help you connect with, inspire, and persuade any audience. Youll discover the key strategies for commanding an audiences attention, developing a clear focus for every performance, engaging your listeners, and delivering your message with maximum impact.
From the Back Cover
Speaking in public is not just an art. Its a craft that can be learned and improved upon in order to discover treasures that can be mined. On that account, Ports latest book steals the show. Peter Guber, CEO, Mandalay Entertainment, and New York Times best-selling author of Tell to Win
It takes decades of coaching and practice to become a truly fascinating speaker. But it turns out, theres a shortcut: you can apply Michael Ports principles to immediately stand out and steal the show. Sally Hogshead, Hall of Fame Speaker and New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling author of Give and Take
Steal the Show delivers both important and useful lessons about how to consistently succeed in high-stakes situations. If you want to lead others, win negotiations, and be well-liked, this book is for you. Carroll Dawson, former assistant coach and general manager, Houston Rockets
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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.
I work in the Technology industry where presentations can be less than compelling. We tend to focus on the latest and greatest cool feature, though we don't relate why the tech is important or what was the grand idea behind it very well. We especially don't show why it's personal. I've presented at industry conferences before but never seemed to get the great feedback that I sought. I got a copy of Steal The Show to improve my presentations.
I got more than I anticipated. Steal The Show is a book that demands your time to get the most out of it. If you follow the content and do the work, the results are going to amaze you. It will take time to digest this information as this isn't a read once and never pick up again kind of book. I find myself referring back to it over and over again.
I first expected to read a book on making better speeches. Instead, my whole viewpoint and approach was changed. I must say that Michael has ruined me. After reading this book, I won't ever be able to sit through another mediocre presentation. I can now tell when the speaker threw the presentation together on the plane to the event. My expectations have been permanently raised for both other presenters and myself.
Steal The Show provides a different thought process for developing and delivering your speeches than found in other speaking books. It goes beyond mere speaking techniques and into full blown performance planning and delivery. My biggest ah-ha moment was learning to approach it as a performance instead of a speech and that the performance starts much earlier than when you start speaking.
I was asked to give a project management presentation on resource capacity. I had given it previously to lukewarm results. The presentation was dry and facts heavy. The audience usually sat through most of it but I always lost a lot of people toward the end.
Using the techniques in the book, I reimagined and transformed it into a true performance on why we should be working less hours to be more productive. I made it personal, communicating how these changes had a direct impact on my family. Part of my issue was that the big idea was getting lost in the details. I restructured it from a curriculum speech to an idea speech. I organized the content using the problem/solution framework. The audience response was completely different. They were engaged. No one left early and people talked to me about it during the entire event.
The Steal The Show process changed how I put my performance together. I had to put in the time developing the content, scripting it, reading it out loud and rehearsing it. The scripting process was new for me as I tended to outline the content and wing it from there. Reading it out loud was something that I had never done but it made a huge difference in the sound. When you are making your decisions about what to say in rehearsal instead of in real-time, your performance is easier to give.
I also stopped agonizing over the slides using the STS process. Once I had done the appropriate rehearsal, I know the performance well enough to do it without slides, which I almost had to do. Thankfully, the point on doing a tech check saved me. We discovered the projector bulb had burned out and being the first presenter, I wouldn't have had slides.
I am a much more effective public speaker today thanks to the Steal The Show techniques. I strongly encourage you to buy this book and give them a try.
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.