Expert or Visionary? (Michael Port)

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Michael Port is an author, speaker and course creator. His latest book is titled The Referable Speaker. He runs a business called Heroic Public Speaking and is the host of the popular podcast, Steal the Show.
In this episode, Danny and Abe talk with Michael about his wildly successful, high-ticket course on public speaking.
In this episode we discuss:
What is the difference between an expert and a visionary, and why is it important?
  • The compounding nature of turning the flywheel and trusting the process.
  • Ways to properly pilot a course.
  • Progressing from piloting to high-ticket course.
  • The power of referrals.
  • When can offering services for free really pay off?
  • Finding your unique approach that sets your course apart from others like it.

“And if you can change the way people think, you can change what they do.”
– Michael Port
Michael Port has written nine books, including The Referable Speaker, Book Yourself Solid and Steal the Show, the latter which—according to the former President of Starbucks—“might be the most unique and practical book ever written on the topic of public speaking”.
He’s been called an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal, a “sales guru” by the Financial Times, “a public speaking phenom” by Jonathan Fields and “the best public speaking coach in the world” by Lewis Howes. The founder of MastermindTalks, Jayson Gaignard, declared, “Michael Port is the best speaker I’ve ever seen”.
His books have been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly. They have also been selected by Amazon and 800-CEO-READ as “best books of the year.”
He was once a professional actor, having received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City and Law & Order, and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth. These days, Michael can be seen on MSNBC, CNBC and PBS as an on-air expert in communication and business development and as the host of the most popular podcast on public speaking and performance, Steal the Show with Michael Port.
Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:

  • Guest: Michael Port
  • Hosts: Danny Iny & Abe Crystal
  • Producer: Cynthia Lamb
  • Executive producer: Danny Iny
  • Assembled by: Geoff Govertsen
  • Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
  • Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
  • Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits:

• Track Title: Bossa BB
Artist Name(s): Marie
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
• Track Title: Grace
Artist Name(s): Shimmer
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton
• Track Title: Carousel Lights
Artist Name(s): Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton
• Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton
Episode transcript: Expert or Visionary? (Michael Port) coming soon

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