HPS

Performance Coach

(Part-Time Contractor Position)

at Heroic Public Speaking HQ

ABOUT HEROIC PUBLIC SPEAKING

What We Believe

We believe that a speech has the power to change the world and the people in it—including the speaker.

What We Do

Heroic Public Speaking helps speakers with transformational ideas leverage the power of performance to move audiences (and themselves) to think, feel, and act differently. Simply put, we help speakers deliver best in class performances so their ideas take hold and spread.

Who We Do It For

  • Professional speakers and soon-to-be professional speakers.
  • Entrepreneurs who use speaking to build their brands and book more business.
  • Mission-driven people who want to advance a cause or lead a movement.

What We’ve Built

Heroic Public Speaking is considered by many to be the preeminent public speaking and communications training company in the world. We're a small company with headquarters in Lambertville, NJ, founded by a husband and wife team.

Who We Hire

It's easy to say we care … but we really do. We work hard, and we do it together. We know that no one is perfect and that sometimes non-traditional hires are the best hires. In fact, most of the people working at HPS, including the founders, currently do something different than they did in their previous jobs or what they were originally trained to do. Bottom line: we want you if you produce results, and we want you to be happy while doing it.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

We Need a Performance Coach (Contractor Position)

Heroic Public Speaking is searching for a top-notch performance coach for our students. Our students are non-actors that learn the craft and pedagogy from acting in order to create transformational keynote speeches.

You will work at Heroic Public Speaking HQ a few days every month, coaching students in large group sessions and one-on-one private sessions. You will also do virtual performance coaching over zoom.

Experience coaching non-actors, while not essential, is a plus, as is an ability to speak to why communication and performance matter in everyday life.

Specialty in storytelling welcomed.

The roles and responsibilities for the Performance Coach will be reviewed with every new adult cohort with a positive student experience and engagement in all HPS programs and events.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

MFA in Acting or Directing, and/or proven performance coaching track record. While we seek individuals with substantive training in the performing arts, we also seek an individual that can thrive working in private coaching sessions and a pre-set curriculum alike.

WE DO, HOWEVER, EXPECT THE FOLLOWING

  • Local or within driving distance to Lambertville, NJ.
  • Willingness and ability to document class curriculum for future use.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; you enjoy engaging with and influencing others.
  • Willingness to take well-informed risks: not shy away from them.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet a deadline while maintaining an emphasis on detail and excellent follow through.
  • Comfort with taking direction and responding to feedback well while also having the confidence to improve company processes.
  • Can collaborate and work in support of other teammates, as well as work independently and be a self-starter.
  • Enjoy drama on the stage or TV but aren’t interested in it on a day-to-day basis. A high degree of emotional intelligence and presence of mind is an absolute.

YOU NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY

Especially after the pandemic, we’re a company that values and embraces technology; you must be comfortable learning and using modern processing and communication applications, like Google Suite and Slack. And, for virtual private coaching sessions, you must be willing and able to record and distribute your sessions from Zoom.

If you haven't used some of these platforms, don't let that discourage you. Our savvy team members were able to pick these platforms up right away.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience.

LOCATION AND WORK HOURS

While our team is currently remote, the person filling this role will eventually be required to be on location at Heroic Public Speaking HQ in Lambertville, NJ.

GET THESE MATERIALS READY IN ORDER TO APPLY

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter.
  • A 1 - 2 minute video introducing yourself. You’re welcome to use a free video platform like Loom.
  • Links to any videos that might be helpful in assessing your vocal coaching experience.

We can’t promise to interview everyone who applies for a position at HPS, but we promise to review every application that is submitted. We know how challenging the job hunting process can be and we respect all the effort you put in to land the job of your dreams. Maybe the job of your dreams is here at HPS HQ.

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HEROIC PUBLIC SPEAKING CORE VALUES

1. We develop people …

  • … so we look for what’s working before we look for faults in performance.
  • … so we give people the feedback they need to improve their performance in a way that they can hear.
  • … so we encourage and support people to go after big goals that might make them nervous.
  • … so we embrace changing roles and responsibilities as we grow.
  • … so we regularly express our gratitude and recognize the sacrifices people make in pursuit of big goals.

2. We make and keep promises …

  • … so we do what we say we’re going to do even when it’s inconvenient.
  • … so we show up prepared and on time.
  • … so we don't make loose commitments that could lead to unmet expectations; we are explicit and clear in our promises even if we have to say "no."
  • … so we communicate in advance if a deliverable has changed.

3. We apply constraints to be more creative …

  • … so we use process checklists to free our minds from worrying about the busy work.
  • … so we don’t distract each other with unnecessary noise or clutter.
  • … so we are lean and nimble and can adapt to whatever comes our way.
  • … so we protect our time to allow for focused creativity.
  • … so we keep our space and ourselves clean, tidy, and organized.

4. We pursue mastery of craft …

  • … so we create transformational experiences for our students.
  • … so we are more focused on being effective than being right.
  • … so we adhere to the HPS Operating System completely.
  • … so we develop everyone’s skillset because talent is overrated.
  • … so we produce “client ready” work; we don’t do sloppy.

5. We stay focused and on track …

  • … so we use OKRs to achieve our goals and guide our activities.
  • … so we play the long game and focus on the end goal rather than short term hacks.
  • … so we get gritty and try again if something doesn’t work and, if it still doesn’t work, we try something different.
  • … so we make decisions that align with our shared goals.

6. We create collaboratively …

  • … so we ask for help when we need it.
  • … so we treat others they way they want to be treated.
  • … so we make sure to recognize each members’ contributions.
  • … so we say, “Yes, and..” rather than “Yeah, but…”

7. We are always performers; never critics …

  • … so we go high when others go low.
  • … so we focus on achieving our goals instead of beating others.
  • … so we don’t waste time being petty or small.
  • … so we lift others up rather than put them down

8. We care more about results than approval …

  • … so we don’t do unnecessary work just to look busy or impressive.
  • … so we don’t say we know how to do something when we really don’t.
  • … so we are transparent about our losses as well as our wins.
  • … so we make all company metrics public for team members to see.
  • … so we bounce back quickly when rejected or disappointed.
  • … so we exceed even our own expectations.

9. We communicate clearly and directly …

  • … so we never gossip or pander.
  • … so we show respect to others.
  • … so we get to the point and don’t waste time.
  • … so we stand behind our convictions and values.

10. We take care of our family …

  • … so we are flexible and adapt to the needs of our employees.
  • … so we offer meaningful compensation, benefits and life experiences for our employees and their families.
  • … so we spend time with our employees’ family members and get to know them well.
  • … so we name HPS HQ offices after our employees’ children.

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