How presenters can take a few cues from stage actors

Performers assiduously rehearse their carefully crafted stage movements, and if something goes awry, they’re ready to ad-lib a bit to get things back on track. Speakers, heed this advice.

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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 fa├žade, 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.

Related: Free download: How to turn your executive into a brilliant speaker.

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:

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