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Reviews for 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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Jan 28, 2016

Like most people who are uncomfortable speaking before a crowd, sometimes it's necessary and inevitable. Life just presents these challenges, and we either rise or fall in meeting them. There's lots of good advice about thinking about, planning for, writing, practicing, and actually performing (and post-performance as well) in this book. What really struck me, however, is how much was about taking chances in life and staying true to yourself, whether you have a speech to give or not.

The down Like most people who are uncomfortable speaking before a crowd, sometimes it's necessary and inevitable. Life just presents these challenges, and we either rise or fall in meeting them. There's lots of good advice about thinking about, planning for, writing, practicing, and actually performing (and post-performance as well) in this book. What really struck me, however, is how much was about taking chances in life and staying true to yourself, whether you have a speech to give or not.

The down side of the book is its promotional aspect, which is why I didn't give the book 5 stars, when it certainly could have earned it. When I read a book, I don't expect to be inundated with reasons why I should hire the writer or sign on to his business. This can be accomplished in a biography section, without making the book a giant advertisement for his personal business.

Yes, it's fine to use examples from your work, but the book loses some its luster for me when I feel like the author is using it as a sales tool. This isn't the only book I've encountered like this (a sales pitch between the lines of the real message), but that doesn't excuse Port either.

For those who can overlook that aspect of the book, it's still a worthy read and even more than I expected in some regards. As I noted, there seemed to be some bigger lessons about how to live life, not just give a great speech (although obviously those tips are in there). He wraps up the book with solid points about how to give a great speech, but as tempting as it may be to skip ahead to the final chapter, don't cheat yourself. There's wisdom on nearly every page, and certainly in every chapter. ...more
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May 31, 2016

He warned me at the very beginning this wasn't for people who were natural performers, and he was right. Half the book was explaining the philosophy of being a performer in every day life, and while I agree learning to be comfortable to roleplay is a very useful skill, it was very boring to me as I already have similar philosophies. This book may be great for people who are afraid of the stage, or to take the lead in a group meeting, or just generally have a hard time projecting any sort of He warned me at the very beginning this wasn't for people who were natural performers, and he was right. Half the book was explaining the philosophy of being a performer in every day life, and while I agree learning to be comfortable to roleplay is a very useful skill, it was very boring to me as I already have similar philosophies. This book may be great for people who are afraid of the stage, or to take the lead in a group meeting, or just generally have a hard time projecting any sort of confidence in any situation. But if you already know how to do these things instinctively, then you'll learn nothing here. ...more
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Jan 13, 2016

This is an extremely useful and practical book. I might have to buy a copy for myself to mark up and underline. This is a "how-to" for anyone who might be an educator, speaker, businessman - anything that brings one into the realm of public speaking. I thought the suggestions would be obvious and simply reinforcing, but it became intriguing as I discovered what I have done incorrectly and what I could/should do. An eye-opener!
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Dec 01, 2017

This book was okay. I've read a lot of public speaking books. Perhaps I'm not the target audience for this book since I've read so many books on presenting already.

I did pick up a few nuggets of wisdom from the book:

* Give the host what bio you want them to read when they introduce you. Otherwise, the host may introduce you with inaccurate information.
* When crafting and delivering your presentation, focus on the people who are open to your ideas but aren't on your side of the table yet. This book was okay. I've read a lot of public speaking books. Perhaps I'm not the target audience for this book since I've read so many books on presenting already.

I did pick up a few nuggets of wisdom from the book:

* Give the host what bio you want them to read when they introduce you. Otherwise, the host may introduce you with inaccurate information.
* When crafting and delivering your presentation, focus on the people who are open to your ideas but aren't on your side of the table yet. (There are usually three types of audience members: People who agree with you already, people who will probably never agree with you, and people who are open to your ideas but not sold on them yet.) I want to try this the next time I give a presentation. I hadn't thought to target this audience before.
* Feeling overwhelmed is not necessarily a function of having too much to do but rather not knowing what to do next. I had read this elsewhere. I'm glad I read it again in this book. It reminds me to remember what "overwhelmed" really means—not knowing what to get done next. ...more
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Aug 23, 2016

I read Steal the Show expecting a plethora of tips for diverse situations. After all, in its title, it sells itself as a book guaranteeing "a standing ovation for all the performances in your life". That's a big range if, like the book claims, that Shakespeare is right in that all the world's a stage. The advice given isn't nearly as meaningful as I hoped. It truly deals with only one specific scenario and that is you giving a speech to an auditorium or a boardroom full of people. It doesn't I read Steal the Show expecting a plethora of tips for diverse situations. After all, in its title, it sells itself as a book guaranteeing "a standing ovation for all the performances in your life". That's a big range if, like the book claims, that Shakespeare is right in that all the world's a stage. The advice given isn't nearly as meaningful as I hoped. It truly deals with only one specific scenario and that is you giving a speech to an auditorium or a boardroom full of people. It doesn't deal with the vast amount of interactions it promises, including job interviews and deal-closing pitches, which it splashes across its cover. If you need help with a TED Talks type of presentation, then you might value this book. Otherwise, it's a bit of a disappointment. I don't recommend it. ...more
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Oct 10, 2017

Sales is show business. I did not relize I needed this kind of training. But after listening to this book I wanted more. So I went onto his web videos. Incredible. What a process. Acting is very improtant for leadership and sales.
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Dec 22, 2018

Its about the author and his insanely great skills, but you are not going to learn nothing of it. It’s about the author and his insanely great skills, but you are not going to learn nothing of it. ...more
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July 1, 2016

I'm not sure if others experienced this, but the electronic version of this book via the web cuts off the final chapter (Cheat Sheet) and so does the mobile version. Instead of 50 items as stated, the online version gives 37 and the mobile version only 18. If it was sort of trick by the author to cu...Full Review
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Apr 18, 2018

This is a great overview of the craft of presentations, from a professional actor turned professional speaker. As a former actor who gives presentations, I not only endorse his insights, I use all the internal and external techniques in the book. And he shows how to use these skills in more ways than just the big stage event, including meetings and conversations. Strong read.
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Apr 10, 2019

Decent thought exercises on thinking like a performer. Felt like a ton of filler though. I feel like better editing could have really improved this one
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Aug 18, 2019

Some chapter were good and some other chapters were great and bery beneficial.

Ch3 , 5 and 15 was my personal favourite
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Aug 26, 2017

This book is really amazing, especially if you want to do exceptional on public speaking. It provides lots of cool, inspiring ideas on public speaking, and you get to see the areas you need to improve on just by reading the first 15 pages of the book!
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Sep 13, 2018

In my opinion, it's a good book, it has a good approach to the subject by the author with some practical overall examples and step by steps to apply the techniques/methods mentioned. But, there are some parts of the book that the content gets too specific for professional speakers with tips and models far from the reality of the majority of people (conference presentations to a big audience for example). It was during those parts that I started to lose interest and my reading became lame, it was In my opinion, it's a good book, it has a good approach to the subject by the author with some practical overall examples and step by steps to apply the techniques/methods mentioned. But, there are some parts of the book that the content gets too specific for professional speakers with tips and models far from the reality of the majority of people (conference presentations to a big audience for example). It was during those parts that I started to lose interest and my reading became lame, it was very hard to finish reading the book, to be honest. Well, anyway, I'm gonna share with you below the most interesting parts for me.
First, the question involving stopping the criticism mindset, the thoughts in our heads saying that you are gonna fail and aren't good enough. These types of thoughts just exist to hinder your performance. Second the 3 types of people in an audience: Fans, Haters and, the most important group that you should aim for, which the author name "The persuadables", because they don't love you unconditionally yet but, also, don't hate at all cost yet too, which means that they're open to your ideas and, if you do a great job they will become your fans!
Third, and, the most important part of the book for me along with the "Rehearsal Process part", is the Creating Speeches part: During this point the author tries to instigate you about thinking, primarily, what's the goal of your performance, who's the audience, what are the benefits that the audience is gonna get from your performance, how people will change after listening to what you are gonna say? Then he talks about the six most common frameworks to structure a presentation and help you in creating the outlines of your performance (1. problem/solution 2. numerical 3.chronological 4."compare and contrast" 5. act structure). And, last but not least, the two types of speeches: Curriculum (that the intention is to transmit a content or information) and Idea (which the intention is to transmit a message or experience). ...more
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May 02, 2016

Michael Port did a good job laying out some tips in terms of how to become a better performer. He takes his background in acting finds many ways to successfully adopt to public speaking. I found it surprising how many parallels there are such as being in the moment, improv, rehearsal, motivation, and many more. However, there's only so much Michael can give in a book - you have to get out there and actually practice/do it! It's like reading a book on swimming technique - it won't work if you Michael Port did a good job laying out some tips in terms of how to become a better performer. He takes his background in acting finds many ways to successfully adopt to public speaking. I found it surprising how many parallels there are such as being in the moment, improv, rehearsal, motivation, and many more. However, there's only so much Michael can give in a book - you have to get out there and actually practice/do it! It's like reading a book on swimming technique - it won't work if you don't get into a pool :). With that said, I would like to see two improvements in this book. First, it would be great if he provided more examples of the stories he described. He gave a number of story frameworks such as "problem/solution", "numerical", "chronological", "compare and contrast", and the "three-act structure". He broke them down and talked about them in a fair amount of detail but didn't provide as many real examples and I would have liked. Second, the book especially the last third of it is really geared towards speaking publicly in front of crowds like a TED Talk or lecture hall. But what if I were doing an online presentation to a number of people? Or if I was more one-on-one such as a sales meeting or job interview? The book brushes on some of that in terms of mindset and preparation but doesn't nearly go into as much detail in those types of settings as it does trying to perform in front of a live audience. ...more
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Feb 06, 2020

*** only because it kept my attention throughout the book. IMO the contents of this book can be classified as 30% good, 60% brag (about the authors company, his background and his style) and 10% not sure why that was relevant. *** only because it kept my attention throughout the book. IMO the contents of this book can be classified as 30% good, 60% brag (about the author’s company, his background and his style) and 10% ‘not sure why that was relevant’. ...more
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May 13, 2016

The word "performance" has a kind of oily overtone: think of someone "performing" in conversation or a presentation, and you probably think of someone who's faking it. But as Michael Port points out, performance can be profoundly authenticand in this book, he draws on the actor's toolbox to equip you to deliver convincing, powerful, honest performances.

The emphasis is on public speaking, but much of what he covers applies to everything from crucial conversations to that make-or-break job The word "performance" has a kind of oily overtone: think of someone "performing" in conversation or a presentation, and you probably think of someone who's faking it. But as Michael Port points out, performance can be profoundly authentic—and in this book, he draws on the actor's toolbox to equip you to deliver convincing, powerful, honest performances.

The emphasis is on public speaking, but much of what he covers applies to everything from crucial conversations to that make-or-break job interview. And he provides examples that cover the full gamut of life's performances.

I'm glad I bought both the audiobook and the Kindle version. I know I'll be referring back to the text often, but there's no substitute for hearing Michael's examples—especially around voice work and delivery.

I've been writing and delivering speeches, and coaching public speakers, for well over 20 years, and I learned a lot. I hope you'll find this just as useful. ...more
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Jan 27, 2016

The book talks about how to give a great performance in almost any situation. The author uses personal experiences as examples and provides a lot of emphasis on the motivation and why it is important to do the steps described. In a way the steps are slightly abstract and require you to think on your feet, if you are not good on these it will be hard to steal the show in dynamic environments like giving a speech.
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Dec 26, 2015

Port shares his expertise in keynote speaking, acting, improv and coaching to help readers prepare and deliver impactful speeches. Chapter 12 on how to rehearse and stage a performance is particularly strong, as are chapters 1-3 on the performer's mindset. A good counterpart to Second City's "Yes, And...".
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Jan 25, 2016

Really enjoyed this book, I do a lot of public speaking so it was interesting to get new ideas. Mr. Port has a good writing style and interesting examples to get better at public speaking.
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Mar 02, 2016

Unless you communicate exclusively through email then speaking is critical to your career and your ability to influence others. This book is a great one to help you learn how to do it better.
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Jan 18, 2016

This book is easy and fun to read. I nailed a Toastmasters icebreaker with what I learned from a quick reading. I'll definitely study this material; it sounds great.
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Nov 01, 2015

Good strategies. Will be most useful for those doing public speaking.
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August 8, 2016

I'm not sure if others experienced this, but the electronic version of this book via the web cuts off the final chapter (Cheat Sheet) and so does the mobile version. Instead of 50 items as stated, the online version gives 37 and the mobile version only 18. If it was sort of trick by the author to cut the list short, I would think he would at least make different versions of the list the same length. Anyway, I skipped to the end to get an overview. I haven't read the whole book yet. So I can only say 3 stars for now.
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December 27, 2015

I had been looking for this book and it is very refreshing to find one...
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Aug 31, 2018

Have you ever admired the confidence and poise of a stage performer, wishing you could perform like that for your next major speaking engagement? In his book, Steal the Show, Michael Port teaches us how to do just that.

To be candid, I have often pushed back when colleagues and clients compared delivering a presentation to a stage performance. I saw that as projecting a false façade; showing people something other than who you truly are.

Yet Ports book did not advocate being false. Quite the Have you ever admired the confidence and poise of a stage performer, wishing you could “perform” like that for your next major speaking engagement? In his book, Steal the Show, Michael Port teaches us how to do just that.

To be candid, I have often pushed back when colleagues and clients compared delivering a presentation to a stage performance. I saw that as projecting a false façade; showing people something other than who you truly are.

Yet Port’s book did not advocate being false. Quite the contrary! It was grounded in authenticity. Port’s advice centers around putting your best self forward so you can remain confident and adaptable in the moment.

What presenters can learn from performers

Port had me convinced from chapter one about the value of adopting the performer’s mindset for public speaking.

The book opens with “Find Your Voice,” a discussion about second-guessing ourselves and doubting the value of what we have to say. Steal the Show tells you how to crush your fears and silence your inner critic — offering actionable tips for expressing yourself in a way that delivers big results for you and your career. Here are 3 examples of Port’s techniques for bringing your authentic self forward, that resonated with me the most.

The value of rehearsal

Who would think of doing a live stage performance without rehearsing? Stepping up to speak requires the same kind of extensive preparation.

Port has developed a 7-step process for rehearsing that will take both first-time speakers and seasoned professionals to the next level. He provides insights about wardrobe, memorization, and an unbeatable strategy for using visuals (similar to Professionally Speaking’s Glance and Grab).

Here are some highlights of Port’s rehearsal process:

The “table read:” reading your presentation out loud to yourself several times to tweak your content before practicing in front of others.

“Blocking:” choosing specific points on stage to give you a framework for movement that’s authentic rather than awkward. Unlike fully choreographing a performance, blocking for a presentation is about moving with purpose instead of aimless pacing.

The dress and technical rehearsal: practicing on the venue stage with equipment. I loved the way Port takes tried-and-true public speaking principles and updates them for modern situations, like making sure you understand the room and how to operate the technology you’ll be using.

Professionally Speaking Tip. Rather than striving for perfection, rehearsals are about being familiar enough with your presentation that you’re confident and ready to connect with your audience.

The skill of improv

We tend to think that excelling at improvisation is a talent some are born with, or not. The truth is, improv is a skill you can develop.

What exactly is “improv” (what I like to call “pivoting”) for public speaking? It’s about being open and ready to seizing the moment, being present to your listeners and making your content relevant to what is happening in the room.

Anyone who presents regularly knows there are guaranteed curve balls. Don’t be that person who sticks with the plan even when the situation calls for a change. Improv is having the confidence and flexibility to pivot and adjust your presentation in the moment, to deal with the unexpected, relate new information, or simply be spontaneous.

Port’s advice? Always say yes to whatever is handed to you, and figure out how to use it to your advantage. “Build on whatever is happening and make it better.”

How to be a team player

Port talks about speaking as a “team sport,” and I found that analogy to be particularly relevant. As speakers, we sometimes get wrapped up in what we plan to say or do. As a result, we can forget to recognize the many other people involved in this process: other speakers, production staff, crew, and of course the audience.

Connecting with everyone on the team can help you hone your content, improve your delivery skills, ensure everything runs smoothly, and ultimately increase your confidence.

My final shout out about Port’s book is his “cheat sheet” that summarizes the 50 public speaking tips you can’t afford to ignore. What a useful resource when you want to “steal the show” at your next presentation! ...more

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