Episode 035 – “Steal the Show” With Michael Port

Have you ever felt tongue-tied when you had to make a presentation, give a toast, or a short speech? On today’s interview, Michael Port shares how to guarantee a standing ovation for all the important speeches in your life.

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On This Episode

Rhythm of Life – I share My One Word for 2016
Random Riffs – How Did We Get Groundhog Day?
Feature Segment – Special Interview with Michael Port, author of the book Steal the Show

Rhythm of Life – My One Word

In Episode 033, I talked about starting the year off by selecting one word that will serve as my theme for the year.  I had learned of this practice from Jon Gordon’s book called One Word That Will Change Your Life.

The intention is to simplify your life by focusing on just one word the entire year rather than making resolutions that never stick.  By living a single word that is meant for you, you’ll find renewed purpose and meaning throughout the year.  It’s not meant to replace great goal setting and actions.  It does help determine if WHAT you want to do is a good reflection of WHO you want to become.

I’ve given this a lot of thought since the last episode. I had in my mind the type of word I wanted.  And finally my 2016 word came to me.  But before I committed to it, I put it thru a test.

Did it still resonate a day later?  Did it feel lighthearted?  Did it reflect my desire to be fully committed?  The answer to all was ….YES.

Listen to this podcast to learn what my 2016 one word is, and how I will use it as a compass to guide my year.

What’s your One Word?
Let me know what you chose and how it’s working for you by leaving a comment on my blog or Facebook page.

Random Riffs – Why is there a Groundhog Day?

Remember the movie Groundhog Day, where Phil Connors goes to Punxsutawney, PA to report on whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow? As the day approaches, it got me thinking about the history of Groundhog Day.

There are various stories around the origin of this tradition, but all agree on the meaning behind the groundhog coming out of his hole. On a sunny day, if the groundhog sees his shadow, that means 6 more weeks of winter, and he goes back in his hole.  If he doesn’t see his shadow, winter is almost over and he stays above ground.

Our continued faith in this tradition is illogical, but too fun to stop. Especially in the middle of a long winter.

Feature Segment – Special Interview with Michael Port

Michael Port is the author of six books which have been on the bestseller lists of the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly, and have been selected by Amazon and 800-CEO-READ FREE as “best books of the year.”   I had the pleasure of interviewing Port about his new book, Steal the Show.

Listen to this podcast where we discussed:

  • Developing from the inside out
  • Your unique voice
  • The importance of true connection and being in the moment
  • Why you should learn and practice performance principles for the important speeches in your life.

Additional resources for Michael Port:
Heroic Public Speaking – free videos and guide
Live Heroic Public Speaking Event
Steal The Show Podcast
Steal The Show Book
Business and Marketing
Connect With Michael – questions@MichaelPort.com

Share your comments on what you’ve heard today, and let us know how you might apply what you’ve learned from Michael’s experience.

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