Co-Founders Michael & Amy Port realized they had a competitive edge with their formal background in Acting; it’s positively impacted their endeavors as professional actors, entrepreneurs, communicators, and (for Michael) as a NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 6 books. So they brought it to public speaking training.
You don’t have three years to drop everything and earn a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting—that’s an absurd ask— and not necessary—when you are a business owner or a professional speaker.
… But when you think of the great speeches that stick with you forever— the TED talk links you share with family and friends, the keynote speakers that you follow religiously on social, and the business owners you’ve witnessed closing big deals and investments—are the ones that are strong performances. There’s a touch of theatricality to make these performances memorable, to make them stick.
Theatricality doesn’t always mean mesmerizing a crowd with Shakespearean sonnets. Instead, theatricality offers you a way to wow audiences in a process where you’ll almost always know the right moves, the right tenor, and the right message.
Co-Founders Michael & Amy Port realized how much their Masters degrees in Acting impacted their endeavors: as professional actors, entrepreneurs, communicators, and (for Michael) as a NY Times, Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
And as their careers as public speakers grew, they realized something:
So, the Ports thought about key-factors that made the top Acting conservatories effective, prestigious, and life-changing:
During HPS GRAD SCHOOL’s public speaking training, you’ll focus on one project: yes, you can choose a keynote, breakout workshop, TED-style talk, one-woman play, Instagram Stories series, high-stakes boardroom presentation, or another type of performance that’ll help you in your goals. Your choice. The curriculum adapts to the kind of material and format you’re working on.
With the guidance of Heroic Public Speaking faculty, you’ll develop a rehearsal-ready speech, rehearse your content, infuse stagecraft, create one heck of a performance, and navigate the business of speaking.
Here’s a small taste of the topics you’ll devour:
Heroic Public Speaking Headquarters was designed specifically with Graduate School in mind. Of course, there are breakout rooms and a large space to rehearse. But beyond that, we want you to feel at home. There are comfy couches to sprawl out at as you create content and a local coffee shop across the street to get you up on your feet. With an oversupply of USB outlets for electronics, conference tables, and spaces to store your luggage galore, the Heroic Speaking team thought of how to fill up each nook to make your lives (and your travels) as accessible as possible. It’s versatile to intimate group conversations and larger rehearsals. In short, HPS HQ is a beautiful space to work, be inspired, and expand your craft.
HPS HQ is in Lambertville, NJ, a quaint historical town brimming with artists and hiking trails. It's equal distance from both Philadelphia and Newark airports. A place bursting with delicious food and independent shops, Lambertville encapsulates a blend of charm and community.
This isn’t a one-day event. It’s work, it’s developing content, rehearsing, tweaking content, shaping your performance. You won’t be a remarkable public speaker after the first session. But, if you think Michael, Amy, and the Heroic Public Speaking faculty are the right teachers for you, then, yes, public speaking is in your future. No, more than that. Being an effective Speaker and performer and communicator is your future.
“When I arrived, I was a jiggling mass of self-doubt. And now, as a proud HPS GRAD alumnus, I have a killer script, solid rehearsal protocols, a unique personal brand, a solid game plan for getting paid speaking gigs, and an enormous family of like-minded, talented people to support me through this new journey. HPS isn't just a training program, it's a fire hose.”
“I spoke at IBM Think in Vegas yesterday. Home run. I felt it was by far my best speech ever and that is due to the great training you and the team are giving me. I "went big" and the audience reacted. I really felt in the zone and well connected to the audience … I took it to a new level. I got applause during the speech three times and many more laughs than I've ever gotten before. Many attendees (50+) came up afterwards, thanking me for the inspiration and for helping bring clarity to their paths. I had a couple of people say that I changed their lives. Three people got choked up with tears in their eyes while expressing their gratitude.”
“I had a lot of rust. I hadn't spoken in front of an audience for 4 years. Fast forward: I'm so booked that events are coming out of my ears. 88 events so far this year, so I'm working on a new price sheet tomorrow to raise prices and stop wearing myself ragged. It has been an exciting year and a half, and I just wanted to give you a shout out for your huge contribution on getting me back into the groove as I launched.”
“After completing HPS CORE and going straight into HPS GRAD, Amy and Michael Port showed me how to boost my self-confidence by silencing those inner critics and open up to countless opportunities. Now I have the elements of being a professional speaker and discovering my voice to spread my message to the world.”
“When I came to HPS GRAD, I was hoping to be clearer on my message and content. To discover my big idea. Through my experience with the team, I can clearly express my message and better serve the audience. I have the tools needed to make a big impact.”
“This program has given me the framework for what it takes to be a public speaker. From the actual performance to the business and I wish I could've had this type of training earlier in life and I'm a young professional. After being a part of HPS there are so many ways to take this and I can't wait to see what's in store for where I'm currently at and my future endeavors.”
“Last week I was in Chicago doing my coaching bit for a total of 100 clients, 7 hours a day, for 3 days … and it was different. I have been doing this for 18 years, yet I felt the difference and so did my support team. Based on the comments from the clients, so did they. Tuesday I had three conversations about future speaking opportunities.”
“I started working with Heroic Public Speaking because I wanted to be a better public speaker. Specifically, I was focused on presence, energy, storytelling, and humor on stage. I've made huge strides in all of these areas, and the feedback from audiences is inspiring. I can also point to clients that we were able to bring on board specifically because of my improved public speaking.”
“I was a good speaker when I came to HPS. Now, I deliver great keynotes with performances that entertain and inform. My speaking fee grew 50% in the year following my involvement and doubled the following year. I've recouped my investment many times over. Plus I'm part of a community of talented and diverse people whom I've come to know and love.”
“I started at square one not being sure if I even could speak on the topic I was thinking about, and now I have the content nearly developed for an hour-long keynote complete with terms I've coined and a contextual model, AND I improved my speaking skills so much. I also met so many amazing people that the connections alone made the cost of the class worth it.”
“Before HPS GRAD, I was already making a living as an education speaker. I was getting speaking opportunities, but I didn't feel like my message had the impact I hoped it would. HPS GRAD was a serious personal investment, and I can now say that it's one that will pay off over and over. I am confident that my message will affect thousands of lives. My business will grow through the tactics that I learned with Heroic Public Speaking. And I will continue to improve as a speaker through the network I've joined. All in all, teachers' and students' lives will change thanks to my experience at HPS GRAD … and mine definitely has as well.”
“Taking the leap to be a professional speaker after 27 years in the military was a scary proposition. I joined this community and now have the knowledge, skills, and support to crush this next chapter of my life. Joining the Heroic Public Speaking community was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I can't recommend it highly enough.”
“I came in feeling like a newbie speaker. I left feeling like a professional. Michael, Amy, and the entire HPS faculty are the best, most speaking helpful coaches you will find. HPS Grad has ensured that myself, my company, and my clients continue to get value from my speaking for years to come.”
“A keynote for 375 people, thank you Heroic Public Speaking! It was such an exciting experience instead of a nerve racking one because of the awesome training from your team and phenomenal support from this community.”
“I went into the program looking to increase my skill as a presenter. I left with the confidence to be a full performer in my job and in my life. If you are on the fence about going through this program, just do it. Whether you are a professional speaker, work as an entrepreneur or work for someone else, the return on investment is hands down the best I've ever seen from a career development perspective.”
“I am super-inspired to continue my development as a speaker and use all the things I've learned. The reason I signed up for HPS GRAD was that I felt I had reached a plateau and didn't know how to improve my speaking further. HPS GRAD helped me move on, I am now heading for the next level.”
“The HPS team is world class at creating a safe place where I could be vulnerable, stretch myself and move outside of my comfort zone and because of this I have a TEDx talk I can’t wait to perform.”
“Heroic Public Speaking is my company's new competitive advantage.”
“While I've delivered 100+ speeches in the past, it's always been a bit haphazard in how I managed that process. Since completing HPS GRAD, I feel equipped to get out there and start actively building this arm of my practice in a deliberate and effective manner. Thanks to the comprehensive nature of HPS GRAD, I have clarity on what to sell, how to position it, how much to charge for it, and (most importantly) how to ensure that what I deliver is of exceptional value to the client.”
“Heroic Public Speaking creates magic.”
“I wanted to improve my public speaking skills for work. HPS GRAD seemed like the best option because of its excellent faculty and immersive program. Through the course of the four months spent together, I not only transformed my performance as a public speaker, I found a loving and supportive community. I also found that I have something important to say to the world beyond my performance at work. If you want to become a world-class speaker and find your voice, I recommend HPS GRAD a thousand times over.”
“Much has changed for me. Tangibly for the immediate term, my publisher has already committed to sending me out on a national book tour with my dog. Also, the "being" a professional public speaker is new, and how it supports the rest of my platform is the professional game changer.”
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