Review: Steal the Show by Michael Port

Steal the ShowSometimes, we need some motivation to chase after our goals and dreams. Everyone always says they’re busy with this and that, but how often is each person going after what they truly want in life? The human life span is blip in time and that includes your life span, dear reader.

In Steal the Show, Michael Port nudges us to prepare and perform for the moments in life that matter the most, such as job interviews, pitches, and speeches. Port provides strategies and methods to tap into the side of us to perform with maximum impact. Port breaks down the book into three parts: The Performer’s Mindset, Powerful Performance Principles, and A Master Class in Public Speaking.

Port emphasizes the importance of finding your voice, writing down your goals and dreams, taking risks, choosing early and often, and living in the moment in the first two parts. In the last part, Port breaks down step by step how to write your speech/pitch/story and how to create a powerful performance.

Steal the Show will inspire you to discover your dreams and create a road map for how you’re going to accomplish those dreams. The book is not exactly a quick read: you need a journal by your side to pause and jot down some notes that apply to you if you want to get the most out of his methods. (Trust me, do it while you’re reading, not at the end where you have to skim every chapter again.)

While this book provided helpful tips and advice, Port could have addressed young adults and how to succeed in job interviews. He often addresses middle-aged professionals looking to give keynote presentations to boost their careers (almost as if Port is addressing himself). If you do have anxiety about public speaking, however, Port offers help in this area to alleviate those fears. I think I would give this book 3.5/5 stars.

Does this book sound like it interests you? If you’ve read this book, what did you think?

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