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Contents Title Page Contents Copyright Dedication Epigraph Author’s Note: All the World’s a Stage Prologue: Make the Most of the Spotlight Moments in Your Life THE PERFORMER’S MINDSET Find Your Voice Play the Right Role in Every Situation Crush Your Fears and Silence the Critics POWERFUL PERFORMANCE PRINCIPLES Have a Clear Objective Act “As if . . .” Raise the Stakes Say “Yes, and . . .” Be in the Moment Choose Early and Often A MASTER CLASS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING How to Craft Captivating Pitches, Speeches, and Stories How to Create and Tell Stories That Make ’Em Laugh or Cry How to Rehearse and Stage World-Class Performances How to Produce Powerful Openings, Commanding Closings, and Amazing Audience Interaction How to Improvise Your Way into the Hearts and Minds of the Toughest Crowds How to Get a Standing Ovation Every Time—Really Epilogue: All’s Well That Ends Well The Cheat Sheet: The 50 Public Speaking Tips You Can’t Afford to Ignore If You Want to Wow Your Audience and Win Praise and Plaudits Every Time Acknowledgments Notes Index Thank You About the Author
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Copyright © 2015 by Michael Port All rights reserved For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to [email protected] or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016. The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows: Port, Michael, date. 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 / Michael Port. pages cm ISBN 978-0-544-55518-1 (hardback)— ISBN 978-0-544-55519-8 (ebook) 1. Business presentations. 2. Business communication. 3. Employment interviewing. 4. Interpersonal communication. I. Title. HF5718.22.P67 2015 658.4'52—dc23 2015017313 Cover design by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt v1.1015
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All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts . . . William Shakespeare , As You Like It
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Author’s Note All the World’s a Stage YOU MAY HAVE PICKED UP THIS BOOK for many reasons. Perhaps you have a speech to deliver at an industry conference. Maybe you’re attempting to land a big project. You could be preparing for a job interview that will make or break your career. Maybe you’re cramming for a meeting you’ll be leading with senior staff in attendance eyeballing your performance. It’s possible you want to pitch a new business idea and you have to present it to a group of venture capitalists or bank executives. While these are distinct experiences they share a common thread: they all require you to perform . Which is really scary. No matter how clever you are or how good you are at what you do, the performance side of these events can be anxiety provoking and intimidating.
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