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Steal The Show

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Are you going to give a speech soon? Having an upcoming interview from the institution or company that you badly want to be in? Well, let me tell you one of my inspirations. The book “Steal The Show” illustrates everything from speeches to job interviews to business deals, and guarantees you of a standing ovation for all the performances in your life. The book is created for mass audiences, even for introverts. Written by Michael Port, who is also a business marketing consultant and public speaking teacher, the book depicts everything that is needed in order to give a well-rounded and intriguing speech through a character changing method.

In Steal The Show, 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. In order to attract mass audience in a speech or your interviewers, it 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 are speaking up in a meeting, pitching to a client, or walking into a job interview.

In the book, the author gives strategies on how to command the audience’s attention, how to develop clear focus for every performance, and how to make sure you engage with your listeners. To achieve this, one must find the best role in order to convey a message with maximum impact.

Within this 272-page literary piece, Michael encapsulates everything from the beginning of the presentation to the conclusion with a powerful, yet impactful speech by leaving the crowd in awe. The first section of the book focuses on the mindset when one presenting and performing. From the art of public speaking to making the audiences laugh through various means. The book explains many things from getting the attention of the audience and also making them either laugh or cry through the methodology of storytelling taught by Michael himself from his past experiences and successful ways of delivering messages – clear, precise and touching. These factors drove many influencers and readers to be great speakers and get what they want through compelling stories and presentations.

In fact, acquiring a performer’s mindset is not about “finding” your voice but more about stripping away the “false persona” that is hiding your voice. Michael tells a compelling story about a speaking client, Lori, who shakingly clutched her note cards and could barely speak. Michael snuck up on her and took the cards away; with no cards to lean on, Lori began speaking from her heart, unveiling a story of being slapped as a child and being told that no one wanted to hear her speak.

Do you want to unleash that public speaker in you, too? You can find the book in several bookstores in Cambodia at about USD20.00. This book may just be your lucky charm before you go up on stage or face your interviewers.

Author: Michael Port
Publication: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

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