Have you ever admired the confidence and poise of a stage performer, wishing you could “perform” like that for your next major speaking engagement?
I have often pushed back when colleagues and clients compared delivering a presentation to a stage performance. I saw that as projecting a façade, showing people something other than who you truly are. Having recently read “Steal the Show” by Michael Port, I’ve gained a new perspective.
I now recognize the value in applying a performer’s mindset to public speaking. Finding your voice, staying grounded in authenticity and putting your best self forward to remain confident and adaptable in the moment are just a few challenges that great performers and speakers have in common.
Here are three game-changing strategies that “Steal the Show” offers.
1. 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.
Here are some essential rehearsal habits: