In the Fall of 2017, Heroic Public Speaking became the official coaching partner for TEDxCambridge: one of the oldest, most respected, and largest TEDx events in the world.

Heroic Public Speaking helps both beginning and experienced public speakers stop speaking and start performing. Co-founders Michael and Amy Port built a series of programs and events, teaching how to apply the intensive training they’ve cultivated through their years as professional actors.

Within the public speaking industry, we curate and train coaches in performance, writing, movement, voice, and more. They are some of the best coaches in the world.

And that means that anyone chosen to speak at a TEDxCambridge event gets to work with our faculty. Yes, TEDxCambridge speakers work with a writing coach, a performance coach, a voice coach ... we even have a specialist who is able to make academic work sound more accessible for a wider audience. There is no other TED, TEDx, or similar event that has such a comprehensive training and coaching program for its speakers; it's one of the things that makes TEDxCambridge so very unique.

2018 promises to be the biggest TEDxCambridge event thus far. 2,600 people will fill the Boston Opera House on May 3, 2018, and hundreds of VIPs will have exclusive access to one of the various TEDxCambridge salons throughout the summer. Check out more on the events and register here.

Want to submit your idea and be considered for a speaking slot at TEDxCambridge? Click here.


Co-Founder, Heroic Public Speaking Worldwide Artistic Director & Speaker Coach, TEDxCambridge

Michael Port has written six books, including 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 NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly and have 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.


Co-Founder, Heroic Public Speaking Worldwide Artistic Director & Speaker Coach, TEDxCambridge

Amy Port is the Co-Founder of Heroic Public Speaking. where Amy’s work extends from the execution of corporate training packages, to development of CEO keynotes, private master classes and coaching.

After earning her MFA in Acting from The Yale School of Drama, Amy spent years acting professionally in theaters such as Seattle Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare and Yale Rep, and working consistently in commercials. She now applies the skills of performance that only well-trained actors know to the coaching of ‘non-actors’ looking to crush their sales presentations, to make their voices heard in TED Talk style presentations, and to take the big stage keynoting major conferences.

Geoffrey H. Garrett, a senior attorney at Byrd Garrett Wealth Preservation, said: “As a military pilot and B-747 captain over a forty-year career, I received every kind of skill-specific training and encountered every sort of teacher. I consider Amy to be, hands down, the best trainer-coach I have ever met. I cannot recommend her services highly enough."


Head Performance Coach

Mike Ganino helps leaders and organizations hit their mark in their communications and strategies so they can build the kind of ensembles—ahem, company cultures & teams that drive results. He leads workshops and private sessions on presentation skills, public speaking, and communication.

Mike’s a Heroic Public Speaking alumnus and keynote speaker who uses his experience in the hospitality industry and as an improv actor to help brands communicate with intention. He trained and performed the art of making things up (AKA improv) at Second City Chicago, Improv Olympics, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Neo-Futurists. He was worked with category leading brands like Uber, ChowNow, US Foods, PeopleMatter, and Yum!


Vocal Coach

D’Arcy Webb – a.k.a the Speech Diva – is the Head of Voice Training for Heroic Public Speaking Worldwide. For more than two decades, she’s helped actors, performers, corporate executives, authors and speakers use their voices to connect with audiences around the world with power, eloquence and heart.

As a member of the voice and speech faculty at the University of Arts in Philadelphia and Drexel University, D’Arcy works with hundreds of new and seasoned performers to make their words resonate with clarity, precision and confidence.

D’Arcy’s love of language is contagious. She believes every word is a story in itself. Her favorite words are diaphanous, ephemeral and squat. After just one session with D’Arcy, clients and students discover a passion for the power of the spoken word they never thought possible.


Speaker Coach

Theo is a Heroic Public Speaking performance faculty member who helps academics translate their work in a way that others can understand and share. He’s a New York City-based neuropsychologist and adjunct assistant professor at Mount Sinai and at St. John’s University.

Theo is also the founder of The LEAP Center, a personal development company focused on self-improvement and goal achievement, by translating science into practical daily strategies.


Writing Coach

AJ Harper is a developmental editor and publishing strategist. She has helped hundreds of authors—from newbies to New York Times bestselling authors with millions of books sold—write and publish game-changing books, develop significant and loyal followings, and build their brand.

For ten years, AJ wrote exclusively for personal and professional development authors. As executive editor for collaborative books, AJ worked with thought leaders and bestselling authors, among them Lisa Nichols, Les Brown, Barbara De Angelis, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. George Fraser, DC Cordova, Barbara Marx Hubbard, T. Harv Eker, Brendan Burchard, Marcia Wieder, Lisa Sasevich, Hyrum W. Smith, Fabienne Fredrickson, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolan, and Adam Markel.

AJ is the writing partner for business author, Mike Michalowicz, author of several books, including The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The Pumpkin Plan, Profit First and Surge. For several years, AJ served as publishing strategist and managing editor for eWomen Publishing Network, a division of eWomen Network, the largest women’s business network in North America. In 2015, AJ retired from ghostwriting so that she could give her full attention to mentoring authors. She accepts a limited number of book development projects each year.


Writing Coach

Brenda Barbosa uses the timeless art of storytelling to help business owners find and craft unforgettable business stories that turn lookers into buyers and buyers into loyal fans – in less time and with less hassle.

As an award-winning writer and journalist with a career spanning nearly two decades, Brenda knows a thing or two about weaving words together in ways that are interesting, informative, relevant and real.

Known as the Storytelling Slickster™ in some parts, Brenda will do almost anything for a good story. She's interviewed drug dealers in cemeteries and jumped out of an airplane to document an 80-year-old's lifelong dream of skydiving – all that despite a crippling fear of heights and dead people.


Writing Coach

Kristina Paider – “KP” – is a screenwriter and strategist who leverages newsroom, boardroom and Hollywood writers room experience to create irresistible stories.

She has written fiction and non-fiction dialogue for a wide range of characters, including world-class negotiators, FBI agents, CEOs, the U.S. President, a neuroscientist and a shaman. As a Hollywood story analyst and screenwriter, KP has worked with more than 350 writers.

In addition to her artistic background, KP’s executive track record includes achieving multi-billion dollar revenue targets for several consecutive years. As a global marketing executive, she worked in luxury hotel real estate and tech, along with A-list media, clients and colleagues in 28 countries. She started her career as a journalist.

KP is the founder of The Hollywood Approach, a platform that leverages the art and neuroscience of story to help people expedite results in their business and life.

As a kid, KP got in trouble for singing at the dinner table, so now she sings through all meals, and sometimes conference calls, too. She is a dark chocolate enthusiast and is a regular guest pastry chef at the #1 ranked restaurant on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast.


Speaker Coach & Coaching Manager

Chloe DiVita is a professional speaker and digital media strategist uniquely recognized as being able to crunch the numbers, sell the product, connect with the community, and create the marketing campaign, all at the same time. She produced, directed, emceed the BlogPaws annual social media conference for 7 years where 500 attendees gathered for 3+ days learning the latest in digital media.

From theater stages to choreographing a competitive dance team, Chloe has always enjoyed performance. She has spoken on many stages via keynotes, breakouts, live streams, webinars and masterminds where she educated thousands of influencers about influencer marketing and social media. As a Heroic Public Speaking alumnus, she shares her performance and speaking passion with the students in the Graduate School at Heroic Public Speaking HQ.


Slide Design Coach

Joana Galvão is the co-founder of Gif Design Studios, an award-winning digital agency specializing in world-class brand identities and conversion-obsessed design.

Based in Porto, Portugal, Joana runs a team of 10 designers and developers, offering the full range of print and digital design services to industry leaders in seventeen countries on five continents. Joana’s work has been featured in the Guardian UK, Brand Brilliance, and Digital Arts magazine.


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