_MG_0949For most of us solopreneurs there will come a time when we’re asked to speak to a group or put ourselves in the spotlight in some public way. Even if this isn’t in our natural wheelhouse it’s something we can all step into – and apply what we learn in the process to every other area of our lives.

Rejoining the show to talk about how we can apply performance principles to steal the show on and off the stage is the one and only Michael Port. It’s all here on episode 298 of The Solopreneur Hour.

More About How to Steal The Show

Michael Port, if you missed his previous appearance on this show, is a former actor and multiple New York Times best-selling author who has taken lessons learned from the world of performance and translated them into everyday life.

On today’s episode we talk about tried and true techniques to get your point across, six performance principles as well as a bit about his upcoming book, Steal The Show.

One of the first things to keep in mind is the need for authenticity. The second is to create your persona and the life you truly want to live. While these may sound contradictory Michael explains why they are not. It’s simply a matter of bringing the best parts of yourself front and center.

For instance do you want to be bold but for some reason you don’t always act boldly? Then imagine yourself as bold, tap into that feeling within you and act accordingly.

You’ll Also Hear:

  • Who are the greatest performers in the world and why?
  • Where does real self-expression come from?
  • Why talent is NOT the differentiating factor in a great performer.
  • The one thing to keep in mind during any interview.
  • Why you really do know enough.
  • And much more.

Michael and I go into detail on how to create yourself as the person you most want to be and do so authentically. This in essence is an actor’s job: to create a reality and make it real in their performance. And it’s what solopreneurs can do to bring forth the life they truly desire.

We also talk about the key to being comfortable with criticism and then we dive into some principles of performance.

There are six main performance principles:

1. Get a clear objective.
What do you want and why do you want it?

2. Act as if you.
This we touched on a bit earlier – act as if you have what you want and you are being who you want to be.

3. Raise the stakes.
You have to be willing to take some calculated risks to create the person and the life you’re going after.

4. Say yes and.
This is a principles we’ve talked about on the show previously and it comes from the world of improv. By saying yes and we are improving upon the conversation and keeping the juices flowing; a simple no or a denial shuts down any movement.

5. Be in the moment.
Develop good listening skills to be present with the people and the world around you. And being in the moment will help you evolve and adapt as the world changes.

6. Choose early and choose often.
Get yourself a coach before you are confused and overwhelmed and have explored multiple paths. Hire someone before you think you need to.

Michael and I give you a real-world example of how to put these six principles into play on this episode. Thanks for being here and we’ll see you next time on The Solopreneur Hour!

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Selected Links and Resources From This Episode

Learn more about Michael Port’s Steal The Show
Heroic Public Speaking
Michael Port’s previous visit to The Solopreneur Hour
Michael Port on the Twitter