Episode 058: Michael Port – Steal The Show: From Actor To World Class Speaker

This episode was absolutely packed full of action oriented takeaways to help us better understand how to give the performance of our lives during our next presentation, job interview, or deal closing pitch.  Michael Port has an incredible story.  He has worked incredibly hard to build both his business and his personal brand.  There is so much to learn from him.  I’m incredibly grateful that he invested his time with us here at The Learning Leader Show.

Michael Port is an author, speaker, and small business marketing consultant.

Port is the author of Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, The Contrarian Effect and the New York Times Bestseller, The Think Big Manifesto.  His newest book, “Steal The Show,” details how you can receive a guaranteed standing ovation for all of the performances in your life from Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, and more.

A graduate of New York University, Michael went on to achieve success in television acting roles, including stints in Third Watch, Law and Order, and Sex and The City.

Michael is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine and is the founder of the Book Yourself Solid School of Coach Training.

Episode 058: Michael Port – Steal The Show: From Actor To World Class Speaker

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“Michael Port is the best speaker I’ve ever seen.” – Jayson Gaignard, founder of Mastermind Talks

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What one common characteristic do all high achievers share?
  • What is the best piece of interviewing advice your give to young professionals?
  • What is your weakness?
  • How has being a professional actor helped you as a keynote speaker?
  • What is your process for giving a speech?
  • How do you properly engage the audience at your speaking events?
  • What is your process for story-telling?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why high performers are urgent and impatient
  • A methodology that all can use to shine during spotlight moments of our lives
  • Balancing authenticity and ability to highlight the most compelling parts of ourselves
  • The importance of having a “through line” in all of your speeches
  • Herb Brooks and the role he played as the hockey coach of the Olympic team
  • There is an art in breaking some rules
  • Using Aristotle’s 3 acts for story telling

“You don’t have to be different to make a difference.” – Michael Port

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Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

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This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Michael Port is a leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell


Bio From MichaelPort.com In His Words

I’ve been called an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe and a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal, which I think is cool because I may be the only former professional actor to also be a New York Times bestselling business author.

I’ve written five books including Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, Book Yourself Solid Illustrated, The Contrarian Effect and The New York Times Bestseller, The Think Big Manifesto.

I’ve been on virtually every television network, and these days can be found keynoting conferences around the world on how to get booked solid or performing my one-man show, The Think Big Revolution.

I don’t want to go on and on about myself, but if you pick me, I promise you won’t be getting a vanilla sugar cookie. You’ll get an honest, hardworking, slightly irreverent, sometimes funny, provocative performer who hits his mark every time and has only fallen off the stage and into the orchestra pit once.

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