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ICP 099 Stand Out and Steal The Show with Michael Port

Create a stellar performance on stage and in life…


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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The fundamentals for creating a stellar performance
  • How to use action and conflict to engage your audience
  • 3 elements that create a compelling story
  • How you can use improvisation to produce spontaneity

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Michael Port has written six books, including Book Yourself Solid and Steal the Show, the latter which—according to the former President of Starbucks—“might be the most unique and practical book ever written on the topic of public speaking.”

Once a professional actor, and having guest starred on popular television shows, including Sex & The City and Law & Order plus films you may know including The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth, today he can be found on air as an expert in communication and creative business development.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to use many of life’s ‘high-stake’ moments as an opportunity to ‘steal the show’. Plus tips on how to create a compelling story and performance both on the stage and in life.

Michael is the founder of Heroic Public Speaking.

“In order to take risks you’ve got to make choices” – Michael Port

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Heroic public speaking

[0:00:41] Introducing Michael Port.

[0:01:27] Why you don’t have to be an entertainer to be a performer.

[0:02:30] Who Michael’s new book, Steal The Show, is for.

[0:03:00] Public speaking and playing the big game.

[0:03:37] How and why to master role-playing.

[0:05:04] Pursuing an agenda with honesty.

[0:06:06] What to share and when.

“If you’re not clear on the details the audience thinks you’re not ready to tell that story” – Michael Port

Playing ‘as if…’

[0:07:24] The actor’s foundation.

[0:08:08] What good performance is.

[0:09:09] Creating and expressing a reality.

[0:10:00] When to play certain roles.

[0:10:30] The secret to creating a compelling performance.

“You’ve got to make a lot of strong choices” – Michael Port

How to create an authentic performance

[0:11:25] When to ‘wing it’ or not.

[0:12:30] What it takes to create Broadway quality performances.

[0:14:30] How to produce spontaneity using improvisation.

[0:15:25] Choosing early and often.

[0:16:30] Why casting directors get fired.

[0:18:22] How choices lead to more choices.

[0:19:25] Making quick decisions in your job and relationships.

“In order to create circumstances we need to make choices” – Michael Port

Creating compelling stories

[0:21:25] How to create a compelling story.

[0:22:45] The three elements that create a story.

[0:24:13] The second act.

[0:24:46] The third act

[0:25:36] Which details matter.

“We cannot predict a result…but we can try and create the circumstances that lead us to the result that will please us” – Michael Port

Inviting your audience to take action

[0:27:23] How to encourage your audience to take action.

[0:28:00] The key to always having a ‘something to invite people to’ offer.

[0:30:35] How Michael promotes an event from an event.

[0:32:00] Michael shares the statistics from his podcast.

[0:32:35] Michael’s book launch. What has inspired Michael recently.

[0:33:38] Where you can pick up Michael’s book, Steal The Show, and bonuses.

“You don’t have to be an entertainer to be a performer” – Michael Port

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