His recent best-selling book, Steal the Show, is a must-read for anyone that communicates for a living. Furthermore, his 3rd annual “Heroic Public Speaking Live” event is coming up in October, something I’d strongly recommend you consider if you’re looking to improve in this area.
In this interview with Michael, we’ll address some of the following questions:
- The relationship between public speaking/presenting and acting– and how we’re all playing different “roles”and “characters” every day of our lives
- The difference between speaking and truly “performing”
- What is the toughest feedback you’ve ever received?
- Slides vs. No Slides when presenting
- What’s the gutsiest thing you’ve ever done or said on stage?
- What’s your greatest moment on stage?
Some salient points Michael makes in the interview are:
- The problem with comparing ourselves with others– especially when it comes to speaking.
- The fact that professional actors are “comfortable being messy” (working through the script and character to become great) whereas speakers are NOT comfortable being messy.
- The critical need “to see yourself that way” as a speaker and professional
- How preparation can dramatically improve a speaker’s anxiety (Michael also cites the Army’s great phrase: “You do not rise to the occasion, you fall back to your preparation.”)
- The importance of creating “an experience” when telling a story to an audience.
- The 3 parts of effective storytelling
- How there is no such thing as a set “style” for speakers
- Why it’s critical audiences are affected by the speaker, not by their “technique”