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Director of Alliances
Life is rarely linear. While I was inspired 20 years ago to take on public speaking, I believe that today with more human experience--coupled with the incredible techniques and authenticity of the HPS CORE methodology--I am in a much better place to gently move the world.
Heroic Public Speaking CORE was, hands down, one of the best programs I've ever attended. From the moment I walked in, the HPS folks were kind, positive, and welcoming; the environment was beautiful as well. The confidence I built over two days of instruction and practice were invaluable. It turned the process of crafting a keynote from a nebulous concept, into a process with discrete, action items I could achieve. I can't recommend this event more highly.
Having taught public speaking for 5+ years at Towson, I know better than most how difficult it is for many people to stand up in front of a group. It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are, how experienced in business, your “normal” confidence level, or how successful you’ve been in your other endeavors. Public speaking causes anxiety in people from every walk of life.
In my experience, there are three things which have to come together in order to overcome that fear:
1. Great instruction/coaching;
2. Practice; and,
3. An incredibly supportive environment.
Heroic Public Speaking offers all three. The instruction is world class … and I mean that literally. People from all over the world come to Lambertville, NJ to receive coaching from Michael and Amy Port. I’ve never encountered and you will not find better teachers, more invested in the success of their students.
As far as practice is concerned, the HPS trainings and events offer opportunities to practice in masterclasses, small rehearsal groups, and in with trained coaches one-on-one. They will prepare you to get on your feet.
This last element – the community – is the most difficult to assemble. Frankly, even with the incredible teaching, it’s the community that made me keep coming back. The people within the HPS community, from the HPS staff to the graduates, learn to speak a common language, are incredibly supportive, and inspire real transformation. In a career of professional teaching, coaching, and learning, I’ve never seen anything that comes close. For anyone nervous about speaking in public, this is the place to overcome those fears.
After presenting around the world and winning awards, I thought I had public speaking down to a fine art. I realize after working with Michael, Amy, and the rest of Heroic Public Speaking the team that I've been relying on talent to carry me through. With the structure and thought process HPS has given me over the training I'm excited to see what I can really do. Being immersed in an environment of positivity and support has reinvigorated me beyond belief.
The Heroic Public Speaking team is unequivocally the best in the biz. I have never experienced that level of professionalism and engagement (and I'm an education junkie!). You will not only walk away with every tool you need and the ability to apply it, you will also leave empowered.
It’s hard to put into words how impressed I am with Michael and Amy Port and the team at Heroic Public Speaking. I learned so much in just two days of intensive speaker training. The facility and content of the program are absolutely stellar. But it’s the love, passion, and talent that the Ports bring that made the experience unlike any other education I have had. I expect it will prove to be more rewarding too.
If you get the chance, [if you are referred] I implore you to take them up on this generous offer. You will definitely come away with new talents and ideas for the speaking side of your business. You may even make new friends and run into old ones. My only regret is not bringing my family with me. Lambertville and New Hope are beautiful, historic, communities you must visit. YES! AND!
Heroic Public Speaking is a place I felt "got me" as a music artist and writer. Their experience is diverse and commitment to respect for the stage is in everything they do. I can highly recommend them as a professional organization that I trust will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
The amount of knowledge dropped in two days is absolutely phenomenal. The HPS faculty are incredible: so smart, so inspiring, so real, and so helpful. HPS HQ and the entire experience are truly world class.
I spent 30 years of my life speaking, motivating and inspiring some of the finest men and women our nation has to offer and I was “good” at it. After 2 short days at HPS CORE I realized I was just “good” but not “great." The training I received made me “gooder” and eventually I will work on being the “goodest” with my ultimate goal of being “great.” I strongly believe the team and instruction at HPS will get me there.
Attending the two-day HPS CORE program is worth its weight in gold. By the end of Day Two, I left feeling as though I had soaked in a week's worth of insights as they pulled back the curtain on what it takes to be not just a good speaker but a true professional on the stage.
If you feel you are a great public speaker, then you need to take this program so you can find out how many tools and techniques you have available to you that you are not currently using. Michael and Amy are at the top of the mountain and they can get you there too.
Speaker, Author, and Podcast Host , The Youest You Podcast
I have had past speaking and acting training, and have even done TEDx talks and speeches, yet nothing compared to the level of mastery and wisdom I learned at Heroic Public Speaking. I was blown away by Amy and Michael's knowledge, kindness, brilliance, guidance, and first-class event. I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to make an impact in the world with their speaking.
Be prepared for a tectonic shift in the way you view public speaking. Michael and Amy Port put on a world-class, 2-day event that will change how you speak. In your life there will be a "before HPS" and and "after HPS."
The value of the Done-For-You video at the end of HPS GRAD went beyond having a professionally-produced sizzle reel. DFY exceeded my high expectations. DFY sped up my breakthroughs: selecting great content (that I’d crafted in HPS), then rehearsing it for maximum success (with a shelter dog on stage that I’d met and trained only a few days before filming), having a great filming experience (that is also a master class in performing for the camera), and learning even more by witnessing breakthroughs in my colleagues. Completing the DFY project makes me a more confident and focused public speaker and performer who makes bold choices. Completing it with my colleagues gives us all a shared rite of passage into the elite camaraderie of professional public speakers.
Vice President , PSP Systems and Solutions at Waldron & Associates
In other courses/programs, I would probably have skipped if I was "too busy to breathe." Not Heroic Public Speaking. I showed up because it mattered to me, and it mattered to my cohort for me to be there for them, too. I have learned how much the rehearsal process applies to all aspects of my business - even a difficult call with a client. This past week, I had a tough call with a client - I prepared and rehearsed what message I thought they needed to hear and support they wanted. Instead of a difficult call with angry clients - I had a supportive call with engaged clients looking forward to the project. This is how HPS has helped me beyond the development of my keynote speech.
I wanted to strengthen my speaking performance and Heroic Public Speaking gave me the process, protocols, and space to achieve that. I feel more confident and ready to share my messages with a rehearsal process and supportive team that's got my back.
I was having a difficult time finding my voice and message to capture the attention of the audience to think and make them feel an urgency on their worldview. Walking into Heroic Public Speaking, I did not have many public speaking credentials. 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.
I've gone through so many other programs, but Heroic Public Speaking is nothing like I've ever experienced. HPS GRAD transformed me from a speaker in my own small world, to a performer who owns a stage and changes the world one speech at a time.
What makes HPS so special is the people involved. First and foremost, Michael and Amy Port's genuine care for each and every one of their students sets the tone for the entire HPS community. Second, the HPS faculty and team members truly go out of their ways to help us succeed. Third, the HPS students had beauty and love in each person, and getting to know them has led me to reconnect myself to who I am. I can call this community my new extended family. I am forever grateful.
Heroic Public Speaking has changed me. I don't think I've ever had a season so full of growth and development as I have during my time being engaged with this community. The Heroic Public Speaking team are absolute masters at unlocking our hidden capacity. I can be of service to my audience (even if it's an audience of one).
Founder & CEO, Professional Speaker, bridge between inc.
Thanks to Heroic Public Speaking, I have a keynote on generosity. I took 20 pages of info, thoughts, links, and sculpted it into something worth hearing. It went from a heap of random ideas into an organized performance. The talent, attention, care, experience and support from the HPS faculty and the talent attracted to HPS is unmatched. It's a must. For anyone who wants to be certain: when I have the opportunity to perform, I'll be worth the audience's attention, fee retained, time invested and I will make a difference.
I came to Heroic Public Speaking to add another tool to my tool belt. I came away with a tool box.
More important than the presentation skills HPS delivered is the transformation I experienced as a result of working with a community of supportive faculty, staff, and students who truly "have my back."
I needed skills, I needed confidence, I needed mentors, and I needed a support network. I found all of that in spades at Heroic Public Speaking. The development process was not easy but it works. "Trust the process" became a mantra some days, and in the end, the HPS team was right. The beauty of having such a great process is that I know I can use it again and again to help myself keep growing and getting better. At the very end it comes together in amazing ways and leaps your skills and confidence forward. In speeches and workshops I gave along the way, people told me how much better I was getting and could see the differences in the feedback I was receiving after gigs. I also met the most amazing group of people ... who will be friends for life. It was absolutely worth the investment and the only regret I have is the program has ended.
Working with Heroic Public Speaking over the last year has been a truly transformative experience. Much like a sculptor might approach a block of marble with an idea of the potential beauty that lay underneath, I came to HPS with an idea of the type of theatrical keynote I wanted to create, but I was unclear on how to create it. The processes I learned at HPS have helped me to chip away at the marble, revealing what's underneath. Shortly after attending my first round of GRAD, I produced and performed my first one-person show. I booked my first paid keynote performance of the same show one month after that. HPS laid the foundation for achieving the next level of my career goals, but it has also been a wildly transformative personal experience as well. The processes I've learned at HPS have made me a better communicator in all aspects of my life, and I'm a better human being as a result of being a part of the community they have created.
When I came to Heroic Public Speaking GRAD, I didn’t have a specific message or a firm idea of what I wanted to speak about. By the end of the program, I had a powerful keynote speech, a video to market myself as a speaker, a website and podcast in the works, and plans for a book. I also gained a beautiful community of support with amazing people from all over the world. The coaching is top-notch, the facility and staff are impeccable, and the structure of the program is such that ANYONE can benefit and improve their speaking abilities dramatically.
I joined HPS GRAD with the hopes of understanding and practicing the skills needed to compete with the best of best public speakers. Not only did I learn that, I walked out with more love & acceptance for myself and a community I will forever turn to for advice on everything in life.
Heroic Public Speaking GRAD is a big commitment, and it is 100% worth it. I can't imagine where I would be without the performance and business coaching. When you join HPS, you are not just getting best in class professional development, you are joining a supportive community and network that walk with you through your journey-whatever that looks like.
Founder & Professional Speaker, Life Mapping Institute
My experience with Heroic Public Speaking, Michael and Amy Port, and their talented team was absolutely transformational. I've learned more than I have in years. HPS GRAD was a deep dive into clearly communicating my message, learning how to rehearse in order to make an impact, and sharing my journey with a group of wonderful, like-minded individuals who will be life long friends. HPS is exceptional from beginning to end.
Heroic Public Speaking opened my eyes to the craft of public speaking and gave me the tools to improve every speech, workshop, or client presentation I will ever do in the future. Incredibly deep, rich, and practical content and engaging instruction. I can't recommend Heroic Public Speaking enough.
I know that I'm supposed to touch many lives, not just a few, through speaking; I just didn't know to begin. Amy Port and Michael Port not only showed me how, they provided an supportive and safe environment in which to learn the core elements of being a successful public speaker.
I left Heroic Public Speaking feeling like I was upgraded, like going from from a printed map to a GPS. The clarity that the two days provided in models, road maps, staging techniques, and learning more about how to connect with the audience was outstanding. Some of the participants volunteered for class coaching, and I witnessed them transform right in front of me. And, it was a plus to meet so many generous people, including the faculty.
I am not a keynote speaker, I am business consultant. HPS CORE helped me with insights, tools, and techniques that are readily transferable into my world of presentations, conducting workshops, and report writing. Overall, it improved my executive presence.
Attending Heroic Public Speaking CORE was like stepping through a portal to a world in which clear, effective, and compelling communication is the norm. I have no doubt that, as I continue through the HPS GRAD program, the Heroic Public Speaking team is more than capable of providing the support I need to level up my communication and grow personally and professionally.
Chief Digital Officer and Partner, SilverTech, Inc.
In my 20 year career running an agency, I struggle to think back to any other two days that were more jam-packed with actionable and real information from a class. HPS CORE was absolutely worth the time, and I look forward to continue investing in Heroic Public Speaking.
Professional Speaker & Fighter Pilot , Athena's Voice
HPS CORE was an amazing experience. I felt challenged and supported all at the same time. I was completely out of my wheelhouse, but I was not overwhelmed. I was astonished by how much content they fit into two days. Every officer should be so lucky to take this course. What a tremendous opportunity.
I didn't know that a two day event could offer such robust, fulfilling, and inspiring teaching. Heroic Public Speaking covered so many topics, but not in a whiz-bang way where they breezed through it and you were left wondering what happened. Each class was organized with practical, tactical, steps so that--when you leave HPS HQ--you have your own new set of tools to do this work at home. Heroic Public Speaking raised the bar on what a learning experience should feel like.
Keynote Speaker & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, The Alter Ego Effect
I recently spoke at an event with thousands of attendees and some really big-name celebrity speakers. Because of the work, I did with Heroic Public Speaking, I was named the top-rated speaker of the entire event. Their process is a game-changer and that talk has spawned five more keynotes.
Professional Speaker & Founder , Performance Lifestyle Inc.
I’ve been speaking for many years, but Heroic Public Speaking is turning me into a performer. There is a big difference. I have no doubt it will have a big impact on my company, and an even bigger impact on those we are able to deliver a world class product to serve their needs. HPS is a family business and I feel part of that family. In the coming year I will progress more than the past 20 combined. They’ve helped me turn pro.
HPS CORE was an incredibly powerful experience. Not only do they teach techniques and strategies that I had never heard in years of public speaking training, they go above and beyond to make you feel at ease to help eliminate fears you may have about speaking or sharing your message. I highly recommend HPS for people who want to make a bigger impact with their talks...whether it's workshops or on big stages.
If you want to learn how to take your talent and message from being powerful to life-changing, you need to work with Heroic Public Speaking to see how science and art collide to magnify what you are capable of.
Amy and Michael have a generosity of spirit that fills up the room, and for that reason alone attending HPS CORE would be a good investment of time for anyone seriously interested in upping their speaking game. However, the real-time coaching and insight into content creation that you'll get from this course is SO VALUABLE that I think Amy and Michael might just be crazy for sharing it with everybody else.
Heroic Public Speaking provides absolutely top-drawer training. I have never spoken to a group in my life. After two full days of training, I now feel confident that I can create and perform a very good presentation for my new business.
If you have a desire and a dream to become a public speaker and to take your message to the world, I highly recommend Heroic Public Speaking. The wealth of knowledge is beyond what you could imagine and the hands on learning is so powerful and will impact the way you think, feel and create your message that needs to be shared.
It's rare to attend an event without feeling like you're being prepped for the "big sales pitch". I cannot thank the Heroic Public Speaking team enough for the overwhelming sense of belonging you created in the amazingly educational two-day HPS CORE program. The time spent with your team and with the other speakers in attendance was incredibly valuable and will forever change how I approach the stage and my audience. The training provided by was delivered with expertise and a deep understanding of their audience that can only come from a place of love for what these folks do every day. The entire staff at HPS was delightful to interact with and did an excellent job of making everyone feel welcome and cared for. Thank you HPS!
I have been to other speaking coaches in the past and I have gotten great advice and information from them. But the depth that was offered at Heroic Public Speaking went far beyond what the other coaches were able to offer. If you want to truly stand out from stages, webinars, workshops, or even just speaking to your team then I cannot recommend Heroic Public Speaking enough. It will change you for the better and is worth every penny and then some.
I've been earning my living as a speaker for a couple of years and I've taken a number of speaker training programs. I knew there was more for me to learn to become truly world-class, but I had grown very jaded that anyone could or would teach it to me. Then I accidentally stumbled on Heroic Public Speaking. Given that I'd been burned several times in the past, I admit I came to the program with some skepticism. But it all melted away within about the first two hours. They really do have unique and valuable content, and they know how to develop speakers to become dramatically better.
The live coaching is invaluable, even when it's not you on stage receiving the coaching. A participant would speak for just 2 or 3 minutes, they'd get a little coaching on something that I previously might have assumed to be trivial, and they would immediately improve by leaps and bounds. It was stunningly effective, and equally fast.
I wholeheartedly recommend this program. The return will far outweigh the investment.
Heroic Public Speaking provided world class training. I left with a detailed road map of how to craft and deliver a referable keynote speech. This training helped me develop the confidence I needed to take my career to the next step.
I came to Heroic Public Speaking CORE to work on my speaking skills with a vague sense that I needed to be there, possibly for something beyond the germane. My time here was full of value; I have pages filled with practical and immediately applicable notes that will affect how I conduct trainings and presentations starting this week. HPS CORE far exceeded my expectations.
My new keynote was received way and above my expectations. They kept mentioning my talk throughout the whole day. I got a standing ovation and never had so many people thank me in person, through emails, and in LinkedIn messages. I rehearsed it SO much that I felt as if I was literally talking with my best friend on stage. We were serious, then we laughed, and then we had moments of awe and inspiration. So, a wholehearted thank you for supporting me on this wild journey and empowering me to be the best version of myself.
I have been searching for a best in class public speaking program for many years. After attending HPS CORE, it is clear that Heroic Public Speaking is that program. I learned more in two days than I did attending ten other programs.
Michael, Amy and their team are the best at what they do. I have seen a lot of speakers and speaking coaches and at HPS they don’t just tell you what not to do, they give you input on things to try to make your performance on the stage more powerful. They take great speeches and within minutes help to make them phenomenal.
I went to Heroic Public Speaking CORE with lots of expectation because I heard great things about it. But now I can say that all those expectations were fulfilled and I even got more out of it than I expected. I came back inspired to grow in my speaking abilities and with the tools I needed to take my speech to the next level.
Professional Speaker, Co-Founder , The Center for the Healing Arts and Sciences
I am not one for performance and felt a little suspicious that it was a really important piece of creating and delivering an effective speech. But, HPS has convinced me-taught me-that creating a performance for your audience is about gaining their trust.
HPS CORE experience wildly exceeded my expectations in content and then the onsite experiential learning. It was the perfect environment to soak every minute of speaker training. I hope now to "save the world, one speech at a time" speaking about the importance of rethinking education.
I have been through some of the best training available in the world during my career, and Heroic Public Speaking now occupies the number 1 spot. The entire Heroic Public Speaking team is world-class at their craft. Every leader should attend this training.
Training with the staff of HPS was a remarkable and refreshing experience. The faculty members are all way above average, not only in their teaching skills but also as people. The respect and kindness they are able to show while offering the type of feedback that encourages students to make forward leaps and bounds in their performance is rare. Attending their training is transformative. I can't recommend this team and everything they offer enough.
Heroic Public Speaking is the standard for this work. Their wisdom, expertise, insight, and research in this industry is unparalleled. They have perfected the delicate synergy of speaking and performing, which profoundly impacts audiences. They have transformed the way I view and approach public speaking, and because of Heroic Public Speaking, I am now confident, I that I will "save the world, one speech at a time."
As someone who has been speaking professionally for over 20 years, I've learned many things about speaking that I had never thought about through HPS CORE. There is no question that my workshops, retreats, and other speaking engagements just took a huge leap forward in professionalism thanks to this work. Hosting a 2 day retreat for 15 women while going through the program led to it being the best I'd ever hosted (in 15 years). It is THAT powerful and beneficial and I highly recommend it to anyone considering it.
HPS CORE was truly a life changing experience. These people are the best of the best in terms of their knowledge, expertise, and love for people. For every second of every day, they easily held my attention and went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of. The passion that they have for helping people to become the best version of themselves is second to none.
I went into Heroic Public Speaking's CORE training wondering if I even had a place in the speaking world and where would it be if I did. And regardless of what happens in my speaking career, what I learned in HPS CORE makes me a better business owner, leader, friend, father, and husband.
HPS CORE were two of the most impactful days of my life. I learned so much about how to perform and become a world-class keynote speaker. If you're someone who wants to take their public speaking to the next level, HPS CORE is a must.
HPS CORE is one of the best programs that I have done. I learned so much in such a short period of time. The safety that was created was amazing and allowed people to take risks and reduce anxiety. The people that I met are doing such great things and everyone there was so amazing.
Signing up for HPS CORE was money well spent. It was stimulating and covered all the areas of performance I had hoped to engage. The students were motivated, the instructors were dynamic, and the setting was perfect.
As an attorney, I have conducted thousands of depositions and have argued cases in open court for over 30 years. That did not stop me from learning what I needed most from Heroic Public Speaking: organization and structure. If you want to sharpen your speaking skills run, don't walk, to HPS!
Director of Enterprise Solutions, McGraw-Hill Education
There are very few times in life where you get the opportunity to not only learn and grow in your profession but also as a human being. This is one of them. I had the pleasure of working with world class teachers who were not only masters of their craft but actually cared about each and everyone of us while we were there. If you've ever thought about upping your game as it relates to public speaking, I can't think of a better place to come and invest in yourself. This experience was second to none. "Honor" can be described as putting the good of the group before the good of ones self; this experience was truly an honorable and memorable one.
Michael Port is brilliant at what he does, with endless creativity for how speakers can go from great to unforgettable. Thank you for teaching me how to turn my talent into an actual craft that gets more results!
Heroic Public Speaking’s CORE program is the most powerful professional development program I have ever been a part of. I’m not just “singing their praises” I am shouting it from the rooftops. Michael, Amy and the rest of the team are magic. Their skills, insights, and abilities change the way you look at public speaking. And, if you listen, what you learn will transform you as a speaker.
Director of Communications, Trion, A Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC Company
HPS CORE was a phenomenal, well-rounded experience that would serve anyone looking to up their speaking game. I not only learned so much from the incredibly skilled HPS facilitators, but had a lot of fun. It was also truly a gift to be able to connect with the other students, all so accomplished and interesting in their own right. An experience not to be missed, especially if you're someone with a growth mindset!
I started Heroic Public Speaking CORE knowing that I was a "good speaker." I came out of HPS CORE knowing I will become a performer. The idea that we need to stop speaking and start performing was transformational and the work need to deliver a performance critical. I will change the world one performance at a time and influence hearts and minds to improve the lives of special needs patients.
I head to London next week and Jamaica the following week for speaking engagements. I go with confidence that I have prepared and will deliver with excellence. I have the Heroic Public Speaking team to thank for taking me this far. I have so much more to learn and grow, and I’ll keep drawing on what you have taught me and continue to teach me.
Coming to HPS is much more than immersing in improving the skills associated with public speaking; it is charting a path into becoming a more effective communicator. This impacts every other area of my life as well: how I show up on stage is how I show up in person. While I know I have come to work on the craft of speaking, I am grateful that both the work I am doing as well as the community I am engaged in has made me a much better person all around for it.
The ability to come to Heroic Public Speaking was a fantastic experience. Michael, Amy, and their teaching professionals are top notch. They create a welcoming environment, a safe space to rehearse, and explore the various aspects of performing, and offer an engaging schedule. Participating throughout was very helpful to stay engaged and deepen my learning.
I went into Heroic Public Speaking wanting to learn the skills of presenting and I left with a newly discovered capacity to become a performer. This program may be one of my best investments of my professional career.
It has been amazing to not only have the support and accountability to develop a great script, but to then see the transformation in my own and others' speaking after they worked with different coaches. The Heroic Public Speaking faculty are just plain delightful people to be coached by.
My goal is to go from simply presenting on stage to performing on stage. It is a big change and the support and direction from Heroic Public Speaking has been amazing. I have a ways to go, but feel that I can get there with a lot of hard work and the direction of the talented HPS team.
Heroic Public Speaking taught me what it takes for creating a world class performance while being authentic to myself and my message. The level they are performing at surpasses most professional keynoters that I’ve seen. It is a game changer!
Professional Speaker, Sales & Marketing Professional , ExxonMobil
What I learned in HPS CORE I could use immediately ... seriously, within the next few seconds or minutes. The Heroic Public Speaking team clearly have a skill for seeing and bringing out the best in people, in a way that’s inspiring and constructive at the same time.
Professional Speaker & CEO, The B3 Method Institute
I have participated in a number of speaker showcases and hands down this was the most professionally done event that I have experienced. Heroic Public Speaking have the experts in place to review your script and give guidance on format, length and provide the confidence that they have your back along the way by supporting you if you forget a line during taping. In addition, the crew is phenomenal - a video team with not just one or two cameras..but instead four! AND, audio, hair, make-up specialists, as well as, the direction by none other than Amy Port herself to ensure you deliver the content to your greatest potential!
Professional Speaker, Mascot Branding Expert, Raymond Entertainment
If you are a speaker wanting to “be a performer” and not just a “speaker” ... If you want to understand how being a performer can up your game in an interview, presenting to your team, speaking to your loved ones, teaching or just communicating more effectively, then you must connect with Heroic Public Speaking. I just finished HPS CORE and it was transformative. This is not a paid endorsement. In fact, I am a paying customer, and my time with HPS was just like going to Disney ... I wanted to stay longer and spend more.
Professional Speaker, Professional Leadership Consultant, Author, Former Top Gun Pilot
This course is absolutely brilliant and well-worth anyone's time and money. I am so glad I was able to participate in the HPS CORE course, and now I can't wait to return to take part in their other programs. I say this specifically because I'm extremely interested in furthering my craft and developing expertise in the art of speaking. I've now found the best school in which to do so. I'd like to publicly thank the brilliant teachers at Heroic Public Speaking, and affirm that this is one of the best investments I've ever made in myself.
I conducted a full-day workshop for a group of 45 women at a Fortune 500 company. The CFO, VP of HR and Board member were in attendance as well. I freakin' nailed it! It was powerful and fun and ended with one of my past coaching clients starting a standing ovation. It was an amazing feeling.
I used so many tools I learned from my Heroic Public Speaking GRAD experience - storytelling, using my body, creating characters - and it was one of my best performances to date. I showed up as me - in a big way.
Heroic Public Speaking will not just make you a better speaker, but they will transform you from a good speaker to being a performer of excellence. From my first live event with Heroic Public Speaking, I knew this would be a relationship for years. There are many speaker programs out there, but none as unique as Heroic Public Speaking.
In my opinion my speeches tend to be very dry and inauthentic. My background is in the Pharmaceutical Sciences so my style of presentation was very matter of factly. After attending HPS, I was assured that I can be more expressive than normal and still come across authentic to the audience. On the stage it felt a bit too dramatic for me but the audience liked it better. Anyhow, when I returned home, I became more expressive with my emotions and movement when I speak to my clients. What I found out was that I was able to have a closer connection with my clients. As of today, I have not yet given a speech in front of an audience, but when I do I am sure to add more aligned expressive emotions and movement to my speech.
Before Heroic Public Speaking, I truly felt that people are just gifted to be on the big stage. After Heroic Public Speaking CORE, I understand it is a craft that really should be taught, rehearsed and provide continuous education. Eye-opening. Also, the complete Heroic Public Speaking team is extraordinary.
Speaker for Healthcare Providers and Caregivers, Author & Coach
You're only as good as the people in your organization. I have been treated by every person in your organization with professionalism, kindness, and respect. Keep acquiring quality people and you will continue to produce quality students.
What a wonderful experience. Not knowing what to really expect, I was blown away with the content and the genuineness of everyone that shared. It was not fluff, it was on point and usable. Even though I am retired from the day-to-day work structure, I am not retired from giving back and starting a new career in coaching, consulting, and writing a book. It gave me a renewed energy not only to continue what I am doing but add speaking into the mix of things for years to come. It's never too late to learn.
HPS CORE taught me the fundamental skills for writing and performing a well-organized and well-received speech. There is no better place for this kind of preparation. Michael and Amy have an expertly trained team who supported me every step of the way. They can do the same for you!
As someone who has spent that last 15 years as a professional trainer, my standards are high and I find most courses lacking in one or more key areas. My HPS CORE training was a wonderful exception, meeting or exceeding my high standards in every meaningful way. Companies talk about "believing in excellence" all the time, but the team at HPS actually DELIVERS excellence.
Heroic Public Speaking has been an incredible experience from day one. The environment that is crafted for you is invaluable, and the content is priceless. I’ve been to many public speaking courses, and yet, I’ve enrolled in HPS twice! The reason is simple: HPS is by far the best public speaking training on the planet.
I'm savoring yesterday. It was an exquisite day thanks to your impeccable organization and pursuit of excellence in all that you do. In addition, your team exhibits the same genuine care and professionalism. You all give so much to each of us in such an unconditional and heartfelt way. Of course, you expect us to do our work and come to the process prepared, but at every turn, we knew you had our back and were there to support us. The world needs more people like you. No matter how the video turns out, I want to thank you for providing me with such a highlight experience full of learning and personal growth. You, Michael, your talents and insights and the team at HPS are extraordinary!
General Surgeon/Plant-Based Community Nutritionist
I use the techniques that I learned observing Amy and Michael to keep the sessions interactive and engaging. I am certain that the experience our participants had, was 100% better because of my HPS work. I always feel that working with Heroic Public Speaking for ten minutes gets me farther ahead than working on my own for 10 hours. I was able to deliver the message from the heart and could connect with each person in the group. Heroic Public Speaking made a big difference in our community through me. Thank you very much.
I attended another speaking course prior to HPS. I learned some things and became a better speaker. It was good. The other one was half the price and only 20% as good. HPS is GREAT! The value compared to the investment is so much more than other programs. HPS is the best! I wouldn't pay for the other program a 2nd time, but I AM paying for HPS GRAD again. So worth it!
The end result is 10x what I thought it would be. I came away with a finished, delivery ready, referable speech . . . AND I know how to market it and get it out into the world.
I am SO grateful that Michael mentioned "it is the end of the beginning, but not the beginning of the end". So comforting, because I was not able to participate as much as I had hoped, due to starting my own business. Knowing the HPS group is driven by love and encouragement, I'm finally ready to share my "intro" video that I recently finished - I know that I'm still ok posting - "better late than never". Michael and Amy, I can't tell you how glad I am that I took a leap with this course and you BOTH were there to catch all of us! I'm also really excited by the fact that we were part of the group that saw LOVE blossom right before our eyes...speaking of, you will note the "Michael Port pronunciation" of the word love in my video...thanks again to ALL of you HEROES - here's to just the beginning!!
I am in the middle of my annual "fall tour". Inside of 3 weeks we do two a day stops to 28 cities from coast to coast and wind up talking to and listening to all 500 of our managing partners of our individual restaurants. I wake up at 6 am go to bed at 10ish...and give 6 performances a day. I am 2/3rds of the way finished for this year and absolutely CRUSHING IT. As I gained competence from what I learned from the Heroic Public Speaking team, and my confidence has soared. Thank you again for your time and interest in helping me at HPS. There is no doubt I am bigger, faster, and stronger. If you ever have a business person on the fence whether to take class or not, have them call me!
In the last few days, several people have asked me (unprompted) if I'm a motivational speaker! I attribute this to the more confident way I'm standing, the way I'm projecting and using my voice, and the excitement I'm feeling about being a speaker. Giving off the HPS vibe.
Michael and Amy not only embrace you as a speaker but as human beings from different backgrounds different experiences. They find a way to bring a group of diverse individuals together who bond and support each other in getting better as a professional speaker. They are the best in the business. Believe me, I researched this!
Attending a Heroic Public Speaking training was a pivotal time in my life as I was struggling with my confidence due to changes at work and multiple leaders that used their people until we collapsed or left the company. I had low confidence and was not being my best me. Through my time with Heroic Public Speaking, it was the catalyst for me to start to fight for myself and be more courageous. It has taken some time - I am feeling more like me each and every day. I have been reflecting a lot lately to better understand when the change began and realized it while I was at the training.
Keynote Speaker & Author, Book: The Miracle Morning
If you are serious about becoming a professional, highly paid speaker I strongly recommend doing whatever it takes to be at this "Heroic Public Speaker" training with one of the best in the world, Michael Port. It will change your life.
HPS is a very rare and special experience. I've been to conferences, I took different courses and classes but nowhere I would feel so welcome and so at home as at HPS. Both Michael and Amy, as well as the faculty are extremely professional and dedicated. Their methodology works every single time and seeing changes in other 'pal' speakers leaves you at owe and with tears in your eyes. After just one interaction, it becomes obvious why people come back over and over again. Love the faculty and the whole HPS community!
Upside of working on improving as a speaker with Michael Port and Amy Port: you receive the most amazing guidance from the best in the industry and are encouraged and inspired to "change the world, one speech at a time." Downside: not being able to stomach your current videos and wanting to redo them.
Michael and Amy and the HPS team have applied best in class rigor to the craft of public speaking. The safe container at HPS creates an environment that lifts your spirits, build your confidence, and most importantly gives you the tools for world class performance as a speaker. Yes, and!....it is super fun, which is surprisingly enhanced by the effective and in depth content. Thank you!!!
Entering HPS GRAD, I wasn't sure what to expect with 70 people attending. And I'm not sure of the "how" - but I do know the outcome: I felt that I had the complete attention of the staff whenever I wanted or needed it from whichever member. We got significant interaction and coaching from the principals, and the master classes were ALWAYS transformational - whether I was the one on the stage or not. As one who's always hated group work, I was hesitant (VERY) about self-led rehearsal groups - and from day ONE enjoyed this component of the program as much or more than any other. The attendees were all so well-curated, and diverse, and interesting, and interested - and the staff made the instructions for these groups so clear-cut and well-understood that there was none of the normal "Forming-Storming-Norming" stuff to deal with.
Those two things alone were worth their weight in gold in the transformation of my speaking skills and confidence level from "meh" to "WOW! I've got this - and can't wait to keep developing"!
As the first phase of my public speaking training draws to a close, I wanted to thank you both for your kindness, compassion, caring, instruction, support, and your belief in me. Having the two of you become part of my life has changed it for the better. And I could wish for no better mentor to help me launch my new career. I look forward to continuing to work with you as I strive to become a better, more heroic speaker.
This week I've been doing the breath and voice practices, even had my wife join me! I'm definitely noticing the resonators. still working on over all control of them but this takes time. This morning I changed some things: did some exercise, reviewed my talking points, prayed, and when through my breathing and vocal warm-ups, there was an immediate difference, even before I went on the stage. In general, I felt more relaxed and more myself.
I wanted to respond to your email following my presentation in front of our entire firm and home office (150 people at least). I received incredible feedback and I attribute a lot of my success (in my presentation) to the skills I took from HPS. During my speech (when discussing the importance of investing in your personal business) I raved about HPS and the benefits of attending seminars like these.
I came to Heroic Public Speaking not knowing what to expect. I left feeling empowered by the instructors, mentors, and HPS community. I have a renewed level of appreciation for the steps needed to become a successful speaker and a better understanding of how to reach my goals. Michael & Amy are genuinely enthusiastic about their event participants and are willing to share their knowledge in a way that is immediately actionable, regardless of the participant's prior skill level.
After graduating from Ole Miss, I left Mississippi and moved to Memphis. I transitioned from being a college intern in the financial services industry into a full time position in the financial services industry.
The position was promoted as an "entrepreneurial opportunity" in the sense that you developed your own book of business, and you had business expenses like business cards, stationary, marketing materials, copies, faxes, office participation fees, office rent, telephone, car, gas, car phone, entertainment expenses, etc..
That first year would prove to be tough mentally. Being out in the real world, supporting myself and business expenses had a new set of challenges.
I'll never forget the day I was a few months into my full time career. My savings were almost gone, no clients, no income, and not many prospective clients on the horizon.
I was renting the upstairs of a house from a college buddy a few years older than me for $200 a month. As I sat in the floor, stressed out over a pile of bills that I was figuring out which ones would get paid and which ones would not, my life was about to be transformed.
I looked up at the bookshelf in the room and one book jumped out. The spine of the book had a red arrow pointing up with the words 'See You At The Top' Zig Ziglar.
I thought "Zig Ziglar... what the hell kind of name is Zig Ziglar?" I went over to the bookshelf and pulled the book out.
That night I read for hours and 'See You At The Top' was the first motivational book I read that truly impacted me. That book created a passion and mission for learning about human potential and personal development that has now lasted nearly three decades.
I can't imagine where I would be today without the impact, knowledge, and influence from the tens of thousands of hours invested into thousands of books, tapes, cd's, podcasts, workshops, courses, seminars, walking on fire, submerged in ice, yoga retreats, silent meditation retreats... I've done about everything you would expect a "personal development junkie" to do.
As I reflect on the all the growth and development programs that I've been a part of, few have had a bigger impact on me than Michael and Amy Port along with the entire faculty and team at Heroic Public Speaking. (And yes, I thought what the hell kind of name is Heroic Public Speaking?)
When I first attended their 3 day event along with my oldest son in Philly in October 2017, by noon on day one I told Chas, "I've already gotten my moneys worth."
At that time I was in my first year of leaving the financial services industry and starting my consulting business.
The investment of time and money was a consideration, but I recalled Jim Rohn's sage advice, "work harder on yourself than you do your career."
I signed up for their HPS GRAD for the Spring of '18 at HPS HQ in Lambertville, NJ.
I'm thankful and fortunate that I did.
By the end of day one, I had gotten my money's worth.
In our world it's becoming more and more rare for organizations and businesses to deliver upon their promises. When was the last time you interacted with a business and realized, "WOW, this team is AMAZING!"
Under-promising and over-delivering is a special gift to give clients. I'm grateful to be able to invest my time, money, and energy with a team that has a passion for their craft, consistently delivers Excellence, and continually exceeds my expectations.
An added bonus is the amazing group of other students, some of whom have become trusted friends. I've met entrepreneurs, attorneys, doctors, professors, consultants, an astronaut, athletes, coaches, CEO's, CFO's, speakers, consultants, fighter pilots, social workers, teachers, techies, healthcare workers, and more...
The common thread... these people are committed to their craft and they have a burning desire to make the world a better place. It's an honor and blessing to be on this path with the entire HPS community.
As my business continues to prosper and my impact expands, I'm serving my clients better as a result of the entire HPS community.
Amy and Michael HPS has been a benchmark turn around for me, I was in a bit of a slump when the class came available. Your energy each week and the true passion you gave me helped me pull.myself up and get back in the race, I live by "Falling down is allowed, getting up is required." I gave all of myself to the class and got all of you in return. HPS has stirred my soul and is helping me stay focused.
I felt (my recent speech) was the best of the 700+ I've ever done. I got applause during the speech three times and many more laughs than I've ever gotten before. I had a couple people say I changed their lives. Three people got choked up with tears in their eyes while expressing their gratitude.”
I’ve worked with, observed and learned from the best coaches on the planet. Amy Port and Michael Port of Heroic Public Speaking are as good as any coaches I’ve been around. They are masterful teachers, visionary leaders and brilliant tacticians & practitioners. They are masters of their craft, and they have had a major impact on my life, my speaking career and my perspective. I’ve been around elite coaches my entire life and Amy/Michael are as good as they get.
They coach the world’s top professional speakers and performers. If you want to become a professional speaker, I highly recommend them. If you are currently a professional speaker and want to level up, I highly recommend them. If you simply want to improve your ability to lead and influence any group or team through the spoken word, I highly recommend them.
Yesterday I watched them do smaller coaching sessions with several ELITE speakers... and as always I learned a ton. Heroic Public Speaking is one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
Each session with the Heroic Public Speaking team felt like one epiphany after another. They changed my whole perspective on how to think about and approach the craft of public speaking - I am forever grateful.
HPS GRAD has exceeded my wildest expectations and has been worth every penny. I had no idea speaking was so complicated. A lot of the things I've learned are things that people try to do instinctively, and it's fascinating that HPS breaks it down into the technical process so we can do these things deliberately in every speech.
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.
Heroic Public Speaking was an important part of my growth as a professional speaker. I see more clearly where I can develop my content and on-stage presence. Working with people I respect and admire is such a rare opportunity.
When I signed up with the program, I was hoping to complete the program with a rehearsal ready script and solid coaching on how to deliver a good speech. HPS has delivered that and more.
My HPS GRAD experience has given me confidence that I'm on the path to becoming and amazing speaker.
I am certain that with the right support and hard work, I will be on big and small stages, changing lives, one speech at a time.
HPS GRAD has given me an amazing roadmap for developing and presenting any kind of speech. This structure gives me peace of mind and confidence to seek out and say yes to bigger and better opportunities. Even before I completed the program, those speaking engagement invitations were coming in and HPS has given me the skills and confidence to deliver.
I had my first gig since attending Heroic Public Speaking last month. I felt comfortable and connected to the audience at a deeper level than ever before. Thank you to both of you to help me be a better speaker.
I have expanded my idea of what a speech actually is and have gotten comfortable with the idea of performing versus just delivering content. I also now have an end to end process to get me from start to finish so instead of all of the thrashings I can just do the work.
I signed up for HPS GRAD hoping to become a better speaker and performer. I had no idea I would also become a better, more fully expressed version of myself. The program has a price tag, but the experience is invaluable. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I have been looking for a course on public speaking for a while. Previously I had read Michael's book, Book Yourself Solid, and loved it. So I inquired about training for becoming a better public speaker. From the moment I received my first email to tell me about the CORE course and what it entailed I was hooked. I loved that Michael and Amy included their community in their marketing materials and extended their generosity to everyone around. The online course was well executed, and you always had a helping hand by your side. HPS CORE was AMAZING. Putting the lessons into action was an incredible experience. Michael and Amy expertly guided us through CORE. I am a better speaker now and will continue to hone my craft. Because now I can say: Yes, and...
I wanted to reach out to you because, in that moment on stage, surrounded by an entire stadium of people, I knew with every cell in my body, this is where I am suppose to be. It felt totally natural and i wasn’t nervous even a little bit- it was exhilarating! (Though I do look forward to learning to use my voice and body with more conscious intent. Nothing like watching a replay to learn!) ... This experience will open doors for me professionally and with my humanitarian work. I will be the voice for those who can’t speak or aren’t heard. I see myself speaking to the heads of nations and to influencers across the world. I will speak and work with parents, heads of NGO’s and others within my demographic. I will continue to learn until I master this art of communicating messages that are hard to hear and difficult to comprehend. I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of the possibilities.
Thank you for being a family of support that i didn’t know existed or would be available to me. My heart is full as I fly to HPS to learn and reconnect to my HPS family that I’ve missed so much! Like many others, I have self-funded my entire non profit. HPS was a huge stretch financially for me, but I wouldn’t trade what I've taken away. I’m confident the sacrifice will be paid back exponentially in the years to come.
It is difficult to explain how powerfully HPS has changed my life. I have met a group of individuals I would otherwise never have met - some of whom have changed my life through the power of their stories. I had a massive life epiphany that I had a hidden tendency to allow my “it has to be perfect or I’m not willing to put it out there” to stop me from progressing. (This realization alone has been life changing enough to be worth it.) I have learned to conquer fears I didn’t realize I had. I have learned to see and think and play bigger as a result of committing to work on my stage craft and take my message to a bigger age and command a larger speaking fee in the process.
I went into this course with an open mind, but I’ll be the first to admit I was skeptical given past experiences with similar “extended learning courses”. To my great surprise, Michael & Amy absolutely delivered in every facet. This was far and away the best two-day experience I could have ever asked for, and my communication skills will be forever changed for the better.
Real Estate Associate , Keller Williams Reality, Inc.
Here's what I know, amazing people are in this group. Amazing people are being transformed. The leaders are miraculous, Amy and Michael. If you make the choice to step into your power you will have phenomenal support. I've been to so many events and programs and have NEVER met so many like minded people. I'm looking forward to continuing our journey together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Comedy Ventriloquist/Inspirational Speaker, I'm No Dummy Productions
Wow! I was blown away by the caliber of the faculty. Every one of them was top notch with a very clear focus - to make us better speakers. HPS provided a safe, fun environment in which to explore new methods and meet new people.
As I left today, it seemed hard to say goodbye. To walk away from people I met and shared an experience with and whom I came to know and respect. Then I realized, this is not the end of the journey, merely the beginning. We all have a voice and we are all leaders. Michael Port and Amy Port clearly showed us this and inspired us to new heights. So thank you to the Heroic Public Speaking team.
"I wasn't fully aware of what to expect. Day long trainings tend to be overkill. However, Michael and Amy were fantastic! The day flew by. The manner in which they communicate is powerful and entertaining at the same time. I learned techniques that I can use for any type of presentation or communication. I wish I had this training 20 years ago!"
I went to HPS to support my boyfriend in his passion. He went last year and was so fired up and I wanted to understand and help in any way I could. My brain understood the importance of this class but now my heart gets it too! I’ve had the inner thought for years of sharing my story ... now Luke may have to support me in my career as I support him in his! Thank you for helping the average to strive to become Heroic!
Writing & Marketing Coach, NGNG Enterprises, Inc. (NotGutsNoGlory)
After getting a taste of Michael and Amy's brilliance while learning their Core Principles, it was a NO BRAINER to invest in continuing my performance training with them. I joined their Grad training and can honestly say it was the ride of a lifetime. The high, high quality of instructors; the mastery behind the structure and curriculum; the location and incredibly safe/nurturing space they've created at HQ; the most sacred community of people that I have ever had the chance to know...it all added up to the BEST experience of my career BY FAR. I could not be more enthusiastic, confident or grateful. I am "all in" with Heroic Public Speaking and invite you to be as well.
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Before HPS, I knew I needed to step on stage and was terrified to do it! HPS give me solid frameworks to reduce 90% of the nerves that happen when you're in the spotlight. In addition, the entire conference is wildly practical and super actionable. You don't just learn a bunch of "fluffy ideas." They bring in world class speakers and teachers who focus on giving you REAL tools and techniques you can use not only on stage but in every performance in your life. Best investment in a conference I've ever made.
I directed the songs in my church this Sunday. The tips you give about having eye contact with the audience and a new-found lung capacity (thanks to the breathing exercises I now do each day) made the experience nice both for my audience and me. I can't wait to apply what you taught us for a real speech.
Senior Nurse Executive, Sunquest Information Systems
The Heroic Public Speaking experience is life changing - Michael and Amy along with their team provide an immersive and transformational portal to performance excellence. They do this through their obvious knowledge and expertise, their deep commitment to their craft and community, and their kindness and respect for each interaction. We know that it can be rare to find the leader who walks their talk - but when we go beyond to embodying excellence - and at all levels of the organization, we might not have a term for that. Yet. The Unicorn Culture? The Performer’s Precedent? The HPS Portal? I hope you find your way here for your own Yes, AND! Experience.
Founder and Managing Director, Preeminence Consulting
If you have ever thought of going ALL IN and working closely with Heroic Public Speaking, my best advice is to do whatever it takes to get started NOW! If you're serious about taking your speaking game to the highest level possible, don't wait, don't make excuses, and DO invest in yourself and an incredible future.
Michael Port is the best public speaking coach I've ever seen. I should know because I'm in the business of creating visuals for the top speakers in the industry Everyone should invest their time to attend. Blessed to be a part of this community of like minds and be in this realm.
My 8 yo boy had to do a little speech at school today. I coached him yesterday using all of the stuff we've just learned. He comes home and tells me the teacher's jaw hit the floor when he spoke. He even got asked to demonstrate the speech again to the class next door. All of this coming from a kid who usually barely enunciates and has pretty much scraped by on his prior speeches.
Heroic Public Speaking taught me valuable skills that have helped me become more confident and more impactful in not only my audience presentations but in everyday conversation. Michael and Amy present the course in a fun and comfortable environment that I found not only productive, but entertaining as well. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, regardless of your past speaking experience.
When we arrived, we thought we were already pretty good. By the end, we had transformed into performers. Michael and Amy Port are doing what they were meant to do. A great investment in valuable personal development.
I've been able to take what I've learned and translate it into confidence and an ability to connect that has dramatically improved my sales close rate in my business, reduced my sales cycle by months, and given me the confidence to stand my ground in contract negotiations.
Coming to GRAD School was like going to your first day at a new school. I was a bit nervous, not knowing anyone. My nerves were immediately calmed once I walked in the front door. I feel that I've found my people - professional, successful and extremely supportive. I've also crushed a fear and gained a level of confidence that I wouldn't have if it hadn't been for this program. I know the phrase "life-changing" gets overused, AND I need you to know this was truly that for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
If you're invited to the A-Lister event, you're already good. Probably very good. And probably not as good as you could be. When you've reached the ceiling of your talent, the next step is to develop your craft. And the A-Lister event is where you do that.
HPS GRAD is bar none the single most impactful learning experience I've ever had the privilege of being a part of...a caring culture that nurtures and encourages you to be the you that you really are...a safe place to try, learn, and try again as you develop the craft of being on the stage and sharing your message...a team of faculty committed to designing and delivering the right experience for you wherever your are...the experience that will take you to where you want to be and prepare you to reveal your message to the world. If you are serious and want to find the place where you can finally become the speaker you were born to be...you need to find a way to attend HPS GRAD: It will change your life.
Amy, I wanted to reach out to you and say thank you. Amy I had no nerves, I had a voice and the feedback I'm getting is amazing. I would never, ever in my wildest dreams have ever thought I would be standing in my power as someone who inspires others and on stage doing it!! I've had three further opportunities for speaking events and I'm elated. I don't really know what to say except that I will be on TED and I will be moving my speaking into story-telling and I have no qualms about stepping out of my comfort zone any more.
I'm already so much more aware of using conversational pauses! I think I've explained content mapping to 4 people today alone! Thank you so much, each one of you for all your kindness, curiosity, and connection. All the best to you until our paths cross next!
To anyone who has the remotest inkling that they might want to participate in HPS when next offered: all I can say is invest the dollars, free up your schedule and GO FOR IT! The rewards will be a gazillion fold.
Last week I went to Denver to give a plenary presentation to health service state administrators. This is a group of people who invite researchers and academics to start their annual conference, so they are used to a lot of slides and statistics.
I walked into the room, a nice size ballroom with round tables, about 200 people in the audience, a stage with a podium and a large screen off to the left of the stage for the slides. While the organizer was going through my bio, I was thinking how am I going to get away without using the podium or the slides.
And then a miracle happened! The organizer looks at me in fright and says: "I can't find your slides!" The audience gasped in unison! And I said: "Don't worry, I can start without them!" I took center stage, she stayed behind the podium on stage left, and I started speaking. The audience shifted their gaze from the screen to me, they became totally engaged, and no one begged to see a slide! Thanks to Heroic Public Speaking I can now pull off a research presentation without visual aids!
I came in wanting to learn what it takes to do an event like this and I came away much more. I came away with; 1. You have to LOVE your tribe in order to serve them! 2. It takes hard work, preparation and dedication to deliver the message 3. When you have integrity you attract those with integrity. 4. It takes a team to make magic happen.
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. 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 and product models I learned about. 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.
I've devoted the past 30 years, as a business attorney, working with companies of all shapes and sizes. I've been privileged to serve as counsel to some of the most successful and recognized companies in the country. In those three decades, I have never (and bear in mind that lawyers hate absolutes) encountered a company and a culture like HPS.
The highest praise I can give Michael and Amy is that they've kept every single one of their promises. I watched as they and their incredible faculty, staff, and fellows poured heart, soul, and mind into making Grad School everything it could possibly be.
When I look back on the last ten + years of my professional life, by far the best decision I made was to work with HPS.
I wanted to learn to become a Keynote speaker. I got way more than that . This program has been life-changing, powerful, emotional and rewarding.I want to serve and I am working on getting speaking gigs at charity events that are helping inner city children, especially those in the Hispanic communities.
HPS was truly impactful and highly professional. Michael and Amy were perfect. I felt honored to be invited and grateful for all I received. The rule about not criticizing was, to me, as helpful as any of the sessions and is something I intend to implement in my everyday life. Lifting up, instead of finding fault seems like such an obviously positive thing. Living it for three days changed me forever. Finally, the networking and meeting new friends was a welcome bonus. Thank you Michael, Amy and Team, for a terrific ROI!
Chief Happiness Officer/Keynote Speaker, The Happiness Consulting Company
I spoke on Friday after a 15 hour flight back home from Brazil. After practicing voice, breathing, and other tools I've learned the best compliment was an attendee who was impressed with the my presence! That was key feedback as I see it all coming together!
I was looking for a way to improve my skills as a speaker and better understand how to communicate my message in a way that changes people's lives. That is exactly what I got in spades! If you're a speaker looking to take your game to the next level, HPS is the right place for you!
The lesson I'm getting is just doing things, trying things, seeing what works, seeing how it feels differently in my body, listening, pushing through the unknowns to create something new. I watched so many of the GRAD students do that, and I'm so impressed with how everyone is growing and finding their voices in new ways. Thank you Heroic Public Speaking. You all show up with so much generosity.
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 this community was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I can't recommend it highly enough.
From introverted and reserved, to craving the stage ... in only a few months. That's the power of HPS GRAD. As someone with no prior speaking or creative training, I'm humbled by and so grateful for the transformation HPS continuously inspires. Can't wait to continue doing my part in changing the world, one speech at a time. If you feel even a slight calling to take your speaking skills to the next level, stop thinking and just sign up. HPS Grad showed me what I didn’t even know was within me, and freed my voice to be a far more effective force in the world.
I can't tell you how powerful a tool the Big Idea and Big Promise is for me. In the past, I'd have been stuck for days, weeks, even MONTHS at this stage of content creation, agonizing over the choices, trying to force all of the gems to fit... but this time the decision was effortless. So effortless I'm almost in tears from the relief. Thank you, Heroic Public Speaking. This one tool alone makes going through this course a big win for me.
After catching back up on life, I have finally found some time to reflect on my incredible experience at HPS last week. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have been introduced to you guys and the wonderful community you have created. I learnt so much and am eager to find a way to come back and learn even more!
I was speaking with my mother on the phone last night, about my time with you and some of my thoughts about speaking going forward. She said she can hear a difference in how I sound. This was a very significant statement to me. Considering that I've already changed a lot from Toastmasters, this shows how much more I've gained in 3 days. I was surprised and pleased to hear that my time with Heroic Public Speaking already shows noticeable benefit.
The work we did together and the environment allowed me to find my voice as a speaker; to find my unique message and to live 'the pledge' to actually go and DO it - rather than just hoping it would happen some day. The work we did together is helping me to reach my full potential - and to find and release my power - so that I can go out into the world and do the same for others.
The entire 8 CORE experience was incredible. The program was extremely well run. The HPS team does anything in their power to bring the best out of every person and to watch it happen time after time is an experience I felt very lucky to be part of.
What Michael and Amy have created at HPS is extraordinary. I was looking to take my work as a speaker and performer to the next level, from the content I deliver on stage to the performance itself. The curriculum, the facility and the faculty set the stage for me to take risks, show up big and gain the tools necessary to accomplish my goals. This training has certainly propelled me to the next level. Thank you HPS.
Over these years, I have interviewed several public relations and marketing firms, but had not found the right mix of understanding. Understanding my audience, how my company is different and in many cases why we are better than others in our space. (I owned my own marketing and branding company for 20 years, so I’m very particular with whom I choose to work.) Because of HPS, our messaging is becoming so much clearer, and with every pitch meeting when we roll out a new thought to a potential client, our messages are landing in a REALLY BIG WAY. While my goals may be different from others in our class, I could not be more grateful for making the choice to join HPS GRAD. The investment I made in HPS GRAD is quite small in comparison to what I would have paid a marketing or PR firm to develop “their” version of what I already knew, but couldn’t articulate. This has been the biggest focus group I could have imagined, and I’m now ready to develop a plan and roll out the new concepts and messaging.
I am no longer "just a _____" anymore. I'm now a Master of Heroic Public Speaking with a clear, powerful message that will help change audience perspective on how we educate and raise our leaders. HPS GRAD helped build that foundation and provide the enrichment to take my performance ability far above the standard.
I just came from giving a speech! Heroic Public Speaking, you didn't just teach us the structure & all the "Dos & Don’ts." You also have given us the confidence that is needed to perform. My intention was solely to be of value to the audience, make them laugh, and have a good time. I was able to let go of my shyness because I concentrated on them. I have been telling everyone about Heroic Public Speaking. These people have seen the change in me.
This event was transformational. It reminded me that we need to focus on our craft (and how difficult that can be). Michael and Amy are the best in the business but they also bring a network of faculty together that are extraordinary. I walked away from this event a better speaker and, more importantly, a better performer. I loved it!
I was interviewed by the local news and thanks to HPS, Michael and Amy, I was prepared by all I had learned in class. It turned out to be a lot of fun and they even used a line or two that I had prepared ahead!
If you need to speak as part of your business or you have a big idea you need to share, trust HPS to help you find your path. Micheal Port walks the talk of his many best sellers. Amy and Michael over-delivered at every point during CORE.
Quite simply, I thought that this was one of the best 2-day seminars I have ever attended. Any and Michael were riveting, informative and effective in getting me to remember key points in preparing a presentation, preparing to present and to making it all interesting.
A big huge thank you to Amy & Michael & your amazing team for the mind blowing, inspiring and fun packed week of learning. Leaving with our heads full of new ideas, and hearts filled with new friendships. You inspire greatness and kindness in people and we feel extremely grateful to be part of the family.
HPS is the gold standard in speaker training! It attracts motivated and growth minded individuals that help encourage and push each other to learn. I've made fantastic connections and highly recommend the program to anyone who is considering sign up. Yes! And...
Marketing & Website Expert, Pia Larson - Fingerprint Marketing
I have only given two very small presentations to chambers. I knew this was my key to growing my business and making a difference in other people's business. Michael and Amy continued to blow me away every day of the event. What struck me the most were all the tiny tactical changes and concepts for big changes. I now see myself as a speaker and am excited for bigger events. Because I put myself out there, I've already booked a larger gig. Your community is amazing. No pushing biz cards into my face, promoting their businesses, just honest and genuine caring and helping. I go to tons of conferences. This is the MBA of events. I feel like I've found my people. It has made me want to step into the spotlight and lead a bigger life.
Thanks again and again Heroic Public Speaking for not giving up on me and pushing me through to the end. Just a birds eye view how much that video has pulled me out. I'm so thankful I pulled through with it. And you guys would have never known how close to the edge I was many times in giving up. I was not only taught as a child, as far back as I can remember that it was very wrong to have our picture taken and even worse to have a video taken of you. Even though in the past few years I began to understand that is all nonsense it was still very tough to do that all the way up to the point that I actually did it. Thank you again Michael and Amy. You guys have worked miracles in my life. I want you guys to know I've come less than 10% of where I'm going. I have big goals and dreams.
Was blown away by your friendly support and American hospitality. Seeing you all in action and getting coached, set the bar for me and where I want to go. Being used to work with smaller groups, I feel now it's time to up my game and I know I can. Rehearsals, gigs, support, and feedback are in my immediate future.
If I had used the services of Heroic Public Speaking years ago my speaking business would be in a MUCH different place. The amount of growth and success I'm going to have in the next year is almost hard to fathom. Their coaching techniques are game changers and they're also a pleasure to work with.
Marketing & Communications Consultant, Dana Dobson Public Relations
There is other training out there for people who aspire to become professional public speakers, but nothing -- NOTHING! -- compares to the high caliber of training and experience you'll receive at Heroic Public Speaking. It's because of Michael and Amy Port, their faculty and the numerous celebrity speakers who come in to raise your potential and ratchet up your skill set 10-fold. As someone who was brought up in a family of performers, I felt that when I walked into the door at the new HPS headquarters that I was coming home after a long, 40-year trek through the desert. It's true, though. When I arrived, I was a jiggling mass of self-doubt. And now, as a proud HPS grad school 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!
Last January I left the corporate world, signed up for Heroic Public Speaking and went to the live event. I had no idea of what I wanted to speak about, or to be honest if I even could speak about anything really. In 8 months, my world and confidence has dramatically shifted. I am 100% honest when I say I have been in contact with the most incredible, talented people. I feel so grateful for that. Some sweet souls have had me on their podcasts and every time it was so much fun. The first one I was so nervous, but you would never know it because the host wrapped me in his incredible energy and we just went for it. People ask me about the training I have done and I say ... you know, the people I learn from are the most heart centered people I have ever encountered. To me that makes all the difference. Heart felt gratitude!
Watching the keynote speech changed my mind about what I want my project to be. I was playing it safe and Michael's encouragement to "Think Big" made me realize I should start working on a speaking project that I've been thinking about for 3 years. I'm standing in my truth ready to take it on.
Wow. You two have just redefined “class” for me. When I got a small package in the mail from HPS, I was curious: what could it be? When I read the note, I was touched. And when I opened the zipper pouch I was blown away. I couldn’t believe, first, that you actually remembered/saw/noticed/cared about what was going on in my world. My first paid gig and my dad’s surgery. And that you not only sent a card (that alone would have impressed me!), but sent a gift! Truly--mind blown. That is how to do it. Loyal fan for life. I mean, I was already a loyal fan, because you two are such amazing teachers, but this? This I will be talking about forever. Thank you. Thank you for the gifts, but mostly, thank you for seeing me and for making me feel seen. That is invaluable. You rock.
Creative Speaker , Destined for Greatness Enterprises
Want to up your game as a speaker? Want to be sought after rather than always beating the streets to find speaking opportunities? Attend HPS! You will learn the science and art behind being a purpose-driven speaker who steals the show! I attended because I want to be a master speaker, transforming lives through my message. Michael and Amy showed me how. Their presenters were authentic, skilled, generous and fun. I'm a fan and looking forward to the next steps with them.
After working with Amy at a corporate training, I made a concerted effort to focus on the delivery and impact of my public speaking. While I consider myself a solid public speaker, I have seen a breakthrough. A great number of people came up to me after Amy's training to tell me that this was the best seminar they had ever attended. And the real proof? We broke a firm record in the number of appointments from seminars sweep; I attribute these results to Amy's guidance. There are definite revelations from her training that put money in my pocket: more appointments, and thus, more clients.
“The fear of public speaking coaches/seminars is that you will be put in a box, but Michael and Amy want just the opposite. By understanding that every interaction we have is a performance, it gives you the freedom to be YOU fully expressed in a way that also provides the most impact for your message.”
Human Resources Assistant, NE Department of Health & Human Services
I wanted to say THANK YOU for a fantastic experience at HPS. It was everything I could have asked for! I ALSO wanted to say a special thanks for providing a "politics-free" experience. Passions are so great on all sides right now, it was REFRESHING to be able to put those things aside and be UNITED in our pursuit of EXCELLENCE in public speaking and in our desire to make the world a better place "one speech at a time"! I am incredibly grateful that I could experience HPS.
The workshop provided framework and process that I can use again and again for a variety of speaking situations. Looking forward to being more confident, prepared, and effective with my speaking opportunities.
I started working with Michael and Amy toward the end of 2015. Originally, Amy was my speech coach and helped me develop the script, content map, and rehearse for a TEDx talked I’d been invited to give. She helped ensure that my best self came through and that my ideas resonated with those that watched. Nine months later, the talk itself ended up being selected as the Talk of the Week on TED.com and currently has over half a million views.
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, Michael and Amy are your people. I recommend this program a thousand times over.
I love words but have none adequate to convey what I received from Heroic Public Speaking. I'm excited by the learning, humbled by the professionalism, moved by the depths of insights that make more sense of the world than what I usually hear, intrigued by the message about being a performer not a critic. Last year I came back from Heroic Public Speaking and immediately applied what I learned to my work with clients. This year, I realized that the best learning I could do would be focused on me. And then my gut had a charley horse, because I saw that in a nano I turned my need for improvement in so many areas into less than and all the things I need to be and am not (yet).
I've had several people ask me about HPS and I can't say enough good things. It's given me a renewed perspective on the work I do with coaching clients- when they tell me how it has changed their lives, I know how they feel. It's also interesting to see how things get run there and given me insights into how I can create a safe place and world class experience for clients.
I used the Foundational Five to present a new market opportunity project to our leadership team. The framework helped me focus the conversation and we got rave reviews and approval for a $50M market opportunity. Thought you'd like to know that as you talk to others about the program.
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. I also have created life long friendships with the most amazing group of people I've ever met. 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.
Thank you Heroic Public Speaking team as you provided me roadmap on performance speaking and to be authentic. It's a life-changing experience and discovers a greater way in crafting my story. HPS CORE with Michael, Amy and the whole HPS team was outstanding. My expectations were exceeded in every way and I have already put many of the principles to use - even before completing CORE! My communication effectiveness will undoubtedly increase as I continue to put into practice what I've learned from the folks at HPS. Thanks again Michael and Amy, may your tribe grow!
Senior VP & General Counsel, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
Thank you for a great couple of days. While I, unfortunately, was not able to attend Tuesday's sessions, I am sure things continued to go well and ended with a strong finish. I have attended many conferences in my career. This was, by far, one of the most interesting and useful ones I have attended in a long time.
“HPS will transform you personally and professionally. I loved speaking before I joined, but always had the awareness that there was a gap between who I wanted to be as a speaker and what I was actually delivering. Being part of HPS has helped me to close that gap, increased my confidence, and deliver more value to my audiences.”
HPS was a growth experience like none other. Not only did I learn new professional skills but I also experienced personal growth that was moving and very unexpected. The community created offers support to experiment and reinforcement to make big choices. The commitment to your growth and openness in sharing insights is unparalleled. As someone with limited speaking experience, I wasn’t sure if HPS was out of my league. What I found was a group of people with varying degrees of experience and success but a central commitment to improving personally and helping everyone as a group to push skills up a level or two or more. The expertise of the staff and teaching fellows is inspiring and shared freely.
I love learning and in particular, learning from true professionals. That was my experience this week with Amy and Michael Port at their training. My mind was opened up to a host of new possibilities and choices in my life as a professional speaker. After giving thousands of speeches in my career, to leave Heroic Public Speaking with hundreds of new ideas and nuanced ways of thinking about my audience, my time on stage, the development of my content/message, and the use of my voice, I feel grateful for the time I spent with these true masters of the craft.
I was working with my CEO on my personal development plan and I wanted to become a better speaker. He asked around and had heard this was the best program around. It did not disappoint. Mind blown by the experience, the quality of the leaders, the community. I have never felt so welcome by so many people. I felt it was a "safe place" for discussing ideas, there was no judging and it felt like a family. My company paid for the program for me, I would pay myself next year if needed.
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. One client even compared me to Tony Robbins. I can also point to specific clients that we were able to bring on board specifically because of my improved public speaking.
Professor, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
I've been a professor giving talks all over the world for 15 years. In Heroic Public Speaking, I received a semester's worth of invaluable guidance on performing my craft. I now stand on the precipice of beginning my true "speaking" business.
While the time commitment for this experience was a lot - it was absolutely worth it and you are worth it! We all have the power and capacity to get our messages out into the world. There is NO better training ground to help do this than HPS. Best professional investment I have made!
A song from Wicked comes to mind for me to describe what is happening in my life as a result of HPS:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!
I have been with the same company for over 12 years full-time, and even longer if you include my intern years as a college student. I started speaking as an undergrad when I was invited to present research at national conferences, having no clue what that might lead to one day. In the past few years, I've felt a stirring to do my own thing but have been paralyzed by the fear of actually making a move. My parents are entrepreneurs, so the only model I have for work is that you work for yourself. I've been resisting it, yet desiring it at the same time.
My big idea of Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You has felt a bit inauthentic for me because I keep holding back from making "the" move with work. I've been scared. But this program and the people in it are giving me confidence and reminding me that I'm the only one holding myself back. I've been able to click my heels and go home all along.
In this community and as part of this amazing tribe, I have felt so loved, SEEN, and encouraged. I've been invited and expected to take up space and to let my peacock feathers fan out without fear of being "too much" for anyone. I've been experiencing the power of letting myself be brave and bold and be myself. I've been celebrated for using my voice and have been told by the lovely D'Arcy that it's my gift and that I tell the truth when I sing. I finally have a draft of my speaker website decked out in a rich peacock color palette because of a conversation with Bharat. I kept making excuses why I wasn't doing it, and he made me realize I just needed to DO IT. At HPS Live, Coach James encouraged me to share my gospel choir story when we were paired in one of the improv sessions. I had - at that point - never used the story in a speech and had certainly never sang in a speech. Anne-Marie has told me my voice is my superpower and has helped me embody the peacock. Osama has spoken limitless potential over me and encouraged me to trust myself, release the arrow that I've held in tension for so long, and to stop seeking permission.
I get teary-eyed as I type this because of how powerful all of it has been. I'm so grateful. I'm so glad I randomly met and talked to Clay Hebert at a bar at a conference in San Diego in August of last year and that he recommended Steal the Show as the book to read for speaking.
I am building confidence to do what I've wanted to do for years - work for myself and do what I want to do, how I want to do it - without apologizing.
This has been a process of unfolding, a process of trusting, and a process of growing and discovering. Michael, Amy, and D'Arcy, thank YOU for what each one of you does to create a space where greatness is celebrated, uniqueness is cultivated, and people are invited to shine.
Thank you, Michael and Amy, from the bottom of my heart for all the time, energy and love you invested in us. HPS GRAD was really a very remarkable experience! I began to mellow out over time, in large part due to your kind guidance. I’ve grown to finally accept the fact that the creative process is messy, it’s never done and never going to be perfect. Your team has remarkable individuals, and everyone was so helpful and willing to go the extra mile to keep us informed and on track: a testament to your leadership and ability to find quality people to support you.
All I can say is ‘Wow.’
I wrote a post for LinkedIn Pulse using the class techniques to develop the content. I needed to tell a story that really connected to a common experience. I threw away a lot of content along the way. I also read it out loud several times to get the tone right.
The wow is about the reaction to this short post. People are sharing it. They are writing to me to discuss the post. They want to know more! One person wants to take me to lunch to talk more. Had to share. Success!
A second unintended benefit of this class. It changes your perspective on how to best approach past situations. Case in point, I've had a LinkedIn profile for years. I've never gotten email about it, until today: "Your profile has made an impact on me. Everything you communicate resonates with my aspirations."
Wow. I've never had such a reaction to anything I've written. Anything. 3 books, several whitepapers, blog posts, anything. I was astounded. This was from someone who isn't a connection!
It all started after watching the Think Big Revolution keynote. The keynote made me rethink how I approached something as mundane as my LinkedIn profile description.
I am working to get my future speech to connect emotionally, as I seem to have done with a simple LinkedIn profile.
We used SO much of what we learned in Heroic Public Speaking at our fist (of many) corporate wellness talks. The best is afterwards Mike and I could spot our craft and technique. The crowd had great feedback and we are so excited to fine tune and bring this to bigger businesses that care about the health and wellness of their people. Thank you everyone that taught us so much. I’m so happy the connections to everyone and the lessons don’t end after Heroic Public Speaking; they grow with you.
I only want to relay a story. I discovered Heroic Public Speaking by watching a YouTube video from TEDxCambridge. The profound part of the story was when Amy Port stated someone’s issue with public speaking was because her mother slapped her on her face as a child and said no one wants to hear from you. Wow! My mother always said children should be seen and not heard. That created my entire life of hiding in the shadows of public speaking (I am 55 yrs old now). I became the secretary of the class instead of president because the secretary did not have to give a speech. I told a teacher to give me an F in the class for the section that involved public speaking and numerous other stories. My moral of the story: one single statement that your company makes can change someone's life. Keep up the good work. Thank you.
In past correspondence with you for several years, I had yearned to attend Heroic Public Speaking. I gained so much by attending! Every single aspect of the HPS experience was par excellence. You have given me great inspiration and the confidence to boldly continue my work of 33 years. HPS has sealed my decision to reach out again to larger audiences. It is my hope to continue to soak in and bloom from your exceptional talents, gifts, and insight. Now, there's much work to do to implement all that I have gained.
It has been an honor and truly one in a lifetime experience to work with Heroic Public Speaking. Thank you for all of your love, support, and push throughout the last four months. Your teaching and mentorship has blessed my life and in turn helped bless my brand’s community. Joining HPS GRAD was the biggest financial investment I’d made in myself since starting my company and the words “thank you” do not do this experience justice. It has changed my speaking, my story telling, my mindset to not be a critic, and my life. I look forward to continuing this path in your community, achieving my BIG goals of keynote speaking 25x per year AND becoming an A-Lister, and finding ways to serve the two of you as much as you have me. Thank you both for the GRAD experience.
Managing Partner/Director, Fortune Practice Management
Dear Amy, first of all I want to thank you for the coaching you provided to me at out companies speaker academy. I have reviewed the video numerous times and get more value each time. It is truly a pleasure to have met a “True Coach”. While there are many individuals that claim the role; their are few who can embody it. You seem to have mastered the craft as well as your own. And personally, you are impactful in the extreme.
Thank you Michael, Amy, and the entire Heroic Public Speaking team and community. You provide a world class service and do it with more integrity than I have ever seen. My promise to you is to make you proud when I perform.
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.
HPS CORE was a better than expected experience! I've participated in workshops in the past that focused on public speaking but I have never experienced anything like HPS CORE. Michael Port is a brilliant coach and observing him during masterclasses was amazing. The entire HPS team is incredibly talented and professional in each of their respective areas. I highly recommend HPS CORE to anyone considering upping their game in the speaking arena whether for keynotes, pitches, sales calls or corporate communication!
With the support of my fellow heroes and Michael and Amy, I see a doorway ahead to ease, playfulness and creative self-expression. I can shed some self-centered fear, some unrelenting self-criticism, some worry about not being good enough or performing well enough. What a gift! And I also reflected on how wonderful it was to start from zero in May, without a topic and to play with ideas for a keynote a month ago, to change topics entirely two weeks ago, and to work hard and create a wonderful piece that serves me and my current clients very well. I GOT THIS!
The week before last I gave my first official keynote speech after completing your Heroic Public Speaking GRAD in July. I was asked to apply for this keynote and got accepted right after I started your course (no accidents.) While I certainly got everything one would expect to get from participating in a graduate course in public speaking, I will leave that acknowledgement to the multitude of testimonials you've already gotten from so many others.
My testimonial is for the things I didn't even know I'd learned that just showed up in the exact moment I needed them and they were there. From knowing what to look for at the site visit to the space I'd be speaking in, to the relationship I created with the AV team that made all the difference, to know what to wear (and what not to wear & why) to recognizing the need for creating a powerful introduction for a novice to deliver, to staying calm before 500 people, to ending to the minute without a timer, I could go on and on and on.
However the most powerful thing for me was feeling that the two of you and my colleagues had my back, the "knowing" I've got this, to walking off stage clear about what worked and what I'd do differently next time, simply as information as opposed to feeling ashamed of not being perfect, recognizing myself as a professional speaker who will be continually improving her skills, it's never done and that's ok, it's actually great.
The work my classmates and I did with you in our course went so far beyond learning to speak in front of an audience. Your faith in us, in the process and in the power of oratory to positively shape the quality of life is making a huge contribution to the world.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
Chief Business Development Officer CBD-O, Arise Bioscience
Who would have ever thought that spending four months with strangers would turn out to be one of the most incredible experiences in my adult life. We learned, we cried, we laughed but all came out better performers for sure.
I didn't know what to expect and I was completely inspired by the presenters, the amazing community of learners, the support and the phenomenal learning. I feel like I've just begun the most fabulous journey of my life.
The best trip so far in my speaking business. I’ve been a speaker and trainer in creativity and different thinking since 1995. HPS gave me a brand new suitcase with ahas, wows and pure insights into speaking and the business of it. Don’t miss it, just GO HPS.
I came to Amy as a work in process and she shaped and encouraged me to stand on that red dot, in front of a lot of people and give a talk. Even with a microphone falling off my ear, I battled through it, and most people don't even notice once they see the video. Amy was tremendous to work with and so very patient with my nervousness. I brag about Amy and the Heroic Public Speaking team all the time. The professionalism all of you showed was a comfort for me in doing this. I wasn't alone … ever!
The Heroic Public Speaking team are the consummate professionals - they delivered so much value and feedback that I was able to immediately use on stage. I can't wait to put all of this information into practice and take my speaking career to the next level with their help.
I’ve had the opportunity to take part in many professional development courses throughout my career, and none have had a more profound impact on me as Heroic Public Speaking. I have been utilizing the concepts and methodology they teach from the day I left their facility and haven’t given a single presentation since without having their coaching top of mind. Quite simply, Heroic Public Speaking made me a more effective communicator both personally and professionally. I would recommend Heroic Public Speaking to anyone who has the desire to better themselves.
In more than 30 years of professional speaking, I thought I had my signature stories down pat. Boy was I wrong. I was blown away in not only how quickly both Amy and Michael were able to pinpoint areas of improvement, but also their immediate and wonderful suggestions.
Thank You. Thank you so much for the recent HPS. My take aways of 30+ pages of notes, personal experiences, and mind shifting left me unprepared for the return home. Today I am preparing for my “next” chapter and setting the stage to be independent- saving the world one speech - one person at a time. You took a firefighter and molded a warrior. Thank you. But yet I have a new family and support system thanks to you. If you ever need a volunteer to handle details at HPS call me. I’ll be there with a smile and can do attitude. Yes and….
Amy Port is an amazing teacher- I was surprised at how well she understood my world (and the others in the group) when 4 of us worked with her for a full day earlier this year. She wasn't just great but she also adapted what she was teaching- that's really special.
At the age of 61 I decided that it was time to get over my fear of being in front of larger audiences and do something about it. I enrolled in Improv Classes to start off with which was awesome. Though I needed more. I needed to be able to create content that was compelling and deliver it in a way that would benefit my audience. I have known Michael for quite sometime and know that he is best in class in anything that he puts him mind, energy and resources towards. HPS is no exception. I needed to get over my fear and now was the time. I pulled the trigger and enrolled in HPS CORE which is probably the best thing that I could have done. I got just what I needed HPS CORE and the community of people that I met during the weekly study groups. Though I went through the beginning of the rehearsal protocol and did my Table read and content mapping though I knew it was going to be a challenge to get up on stage during the Masterclass. Though I never got up in Masterclass I did have the opportunity to do my 4 minutes of content during the Rehearsal Group. What a terrifying experience. I don't think anyone in the entire building could have done any worse than me. I was short of breath, couldn't follow my own script and had to stop a few times to gather my wits. Though I got through it! The other students in the room were supportive and gentle with their comments and that is exactly what I needed. I didn't die though I did walk out of that room with the goal of going back. That's right! I am going to go back and get up on that stage in a Masterclass and perform my content with confidence and the ability to say Yes and to Michaels suggestions! So if I can do this so can you. If you are fearful to the point that you have missed great opportunities in your life and do not want to live that way any longer then you need to sign up for HPS CORE.
Though I have been speaking for many years, HPS CORE helped me understand the craft (the hows and whys) behind effective development and delivery of content. The course shown a light on how to make effective choices that impact and influence an audience. More importantly, HPS CORE gave me the confidence to make bold choices to be effective on stage.
I learned a lot .. and also learned that I have a lot to learn. The Heroic Public Speaking faculty have a unique style that is captivating and easy to embrace. Regardless of your level of speaking, or venues you speak at, this will take your career to another level.
I wanted to make the reach for the potential I believe I have to write a book — a long time aspiration. I wondered if I was I ready for this, if I had what I needed to make this a worthwhile investment. I learned that in order to do anything (and anything new), you have to first believe that it’s possible, then you have to get clear about it, then treat it like a project and make time for it until you have something to show the world. Since the book retreat, I have converted a wall in my home office into a ‘war wall’ on which initial ideas and directions have been placed. I will now live with this wall, with its taunts and inspiration, and tend it until I die or the post-it glue biodegrades. It’s a truly wonderful group of people that we met. Inspired, accomplished, and down-to-earth — regardless of their stage in the process. The private Facebook group page has been a continued source of inspiration and connection post-event. Michael talks a lot about offering value, and here too they walk the talk. They are both cognizant of the time and investment our group made in them, and they both made and make it clear that they honor their commitment to that investment, and to our success as authors and as people.
You have no idea how helpful this course has been. Since I started this course, I have given a talk/workshop or been in a panel 4 times. Later this month, I will be speaking at MIT in Cambridge, MA and in February I will be facilitating a workshop at the Harvard Business School. I am definitely thinking big, Michael and Amy. Let's do this!
I feel like the biggest benefit was instead of focusing on how to present specifically, they taught us how to think as we presented. Big difference, and allows the presenter to relax more and actually present better. Dean Smith used to say if you do the right thing on every possession, the game and winning will take care of itself. Kind of similar. If you focus on acting/conveying the message in the best way (and not on yourself while presenting), you actually give a much better overall presentation and are more memorable to the audience.
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 GRAD was that I felt I had reached a plateau and didn't know how to improve my speaking further. GRAD helped me move on, I am now heading for the next level. A huge thank you for a great program!
This is LONG overdue. Heroic Public Speaking have literally transformed my life through HPS GRAD. The first time I got on my feet during GRAD, I was so frozen with fear that I couldn't recall the first line of my speech even though it was based on a story about my family that I'd told dozens of times. Amy's intervention in that moment changed everything. She and, later, Michael, helped me discover and refine a natural gift for acting/improv which has become a source of true delight and has noticeably increased my self-confidence. I was able to give a strong performance and felt very much at home on stage. What a transformation! I've recently begun working with Amy one on one to develop a theater piece and book that will be extensions of my speech. I'm LOVING the process. Thank you, Michael and Amy, for helping me find my voice and a family of colleagues that continue to inspire, teach and support me. Just like everything you do, HPS GRAD was incredibly well-orchestrated and rich with learning.
HPS GRAD is the best money I ever spent! Exceeding my very high expectations.
Two years out of HPS GRAD, my speaking fee is higher and meeting planners are reaching out to me. I have definitely elevated my confidence and skill as a result of going through Heroic Public Speaking.
In all my professional trainings, I have never felt such commitment and dedication from the facilitators. Heroic Public Speaking creates an unbelievably safe space to learn and grow. I went to HPS CORE wanting to improve my public speaking ability and came away revisiting how I approach communications in all facets of my life.
Imagine having 2, 3 or 4 such mentors all in one place to help you with your individual challenges. That’s Amy and Michael at Heroic Public Speaking. If you have even the slightest inkling that you want to be better at communicating ... whether at work, in negotiations or on the stage ... Heroic Public Speaking is where you need to go. Period.
Speaker & Certified Career & Small Business Coach, Balanced Path Coaching
To my HPS Grad 8 family, I just recently updated my LinkedIn profile to say "Speaker", which was a HUGE step for me. I was nervous about doing it since I'm just getting started, but I was pleasantly surprised by the responses from my connections. It lets people know that you're available for speaking and I also believe it allows people to believe that they can do something they've dreamed of. So if it's not already on your profile, I hope you'll consider adding it! And adding speaking as one of your skills.
We all know the tremendous amount of work we've all put in this year, and I know we're just going to keep improving. I'm so incredibly impressed with the speakers I've seen so far, and the progress we've all made. No one is the same as when we first entered the HPS doors in February! If I've ever seen you speak, please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn and I'd be honored to endorse you. I'm hoping by the end of May I'll have seen you all! I'm so excited to see how all of us continue to grow and save the world, one speech at a time!!
This course has truly opened so many doors for me in my business. I came to HPS to not only learn the "mechanics" of being a better speaker and performer but to also be a better communicator. I certainly received that, but I also came away with so much more. This course has touched almost every area of my business! Communication is fundamental to everything in business and being able to take these skills and apply it to not only presenting on stage, but also in working with team members is proving to be incredibly valuable to me.
The choices you make is what builds your character. Making the choice to work with everyone at HPS was a big choice, with an immeasurable impact. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much, cried so hard, and formed fast and deep bonds with others. This is truly a magical place.
Keynote Speaker and Author of High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant
I’ve been keynoting for almost 20 years and have had wonderful career speaking across the globe. I chose to work with Amy, Michael, and the team at Heroic Public Speaking to up my game even further. I’m enjoyed performing as a keynoter more than ever and you can see it in my results. My keynote fee jumped from $10,000 a speech to $15,000 after my first round of work with them.This year, I landed my first $25,000 fee. I've recouped my investments in HPS many times over!
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.
There was no fluff whatsoever - everything was high-impact, high-stakes learning and it was enjoyable to learn and take it in. Sometimes, at other conferences, I feel saturated and worn out, like I've been beaten about the head and shoulders with good ideas. HPS CORE was like a prix-fixe menu that tasted good the whole way through, and I didn't have to change into my fat jeans.
Thank you all for these outstanding three days. I have learned so much and it transcended my expectation. This made me realize that I just started an amazing journey. And I will do my contribution to save the world, one speech at a time.
This was my first conference that I attended on my own dime and time. It was a goal for 2017 that I didn’t accomplish because I wasn’t clear on my objective. It made 2018 list again, but this time I added a criteria: The conference needs to support my purpose. This eliminated all rah-rah events and mindfulness retreats I had previously looked at because I didn’t seek to be inspired or motivated. I want to learn skills that help me step up my game and become the person I want to be. HPS live did this – in so many unexpected ways. Now at home and reflecting on this event, I am noticing significant changes in my life. The way I approach other people (I am more open to their ideas – YES, AND – tell me more – instead of shutting down because I don’t agree or don’t want to try.); The way I read and record the content for my podcast episodes (I am more deliberate choosing my words and emphasizing them based on the meaning they have).; the way I rehearse for my speeches (I followed the rehearsal steps you taught me which led me to rewrite my speech several times, resulting in a more succinct and effective speech that had me dig deeper within myself); Today I gave my first post-HPS speech. My evaluator and several audience members came up and recognized the improvements they saw in my performance. Prior to HPS, I could not articulate that all of this (and more) would happen but I knew it – intuitively. From the moment I learned about your event, I clearly saw the paved road for my path ahead. I rarely have felt so certain about next steps in my life and I cannot wait to start the deep and tough work next year with you and your team. I am so excited to start walking this path and to see what kind of person I become along the way. Thank you again for what you do – it changes lives and that makes it the most important craft that there is.
My event went really well. The comments from hundreds of people are that it was the best presentation over the entire three days. They said I nailed it. They laughed they cried. They were moved. They made commitments to themselves to pursue their true potential. It was amazing. On that particular day based on where I am in skill and content I could not have done better. Perfect recall of the material. Incredible pauses for dramatic effect. In fact I ran over by five minutes. Audience engagement was incredible.
When I signed up for Heroic Public Speaking GRAD, my primary goal was to experience a personal transformation. I lead workshops and speak to small audience as part of my current work, but I did not consider professional speaking as a career. This entire experience was so special and so unique that it is impossible to NOT have a personal transformation while also becoming a high calibre professional speaker. Personally, I feel more creative, more connected, and less "in my head".
The experience of working with Michael, Amy, & the HPS team was truly a game-changer for my work and career diving into speaking full-time. I've been able to use the lessons taught in everything from creating content for the stage, my blog, podcast interviews, and more in an easier format than I ever had previously. In addition, the emphasis on the importance of - and process by which to - rehearse is what allowed me the chance to raise my fees substantially and continue stepping onto bigger stages throughout my career.
As someone already actively speaking, I initially worried about how much I would learn at HPS, but Michael and Amy's performance philosophy is enough to shift the mindset of even the most established speakers. The workshops and masterclasses at HPS will transform the way you think about speaking, both on the stage and off. I left with an expanded network of supportive fellow speakers, and a renewed sense of purpose: to change the world, one speech at a time.
Today I spoke at a fireside chat at YELP in Scottsdale, AZ. The topic was mindsets. This was a great opportunity to test what is going to be my signature talk. They were very engaged. So helpful what I'm learning in this program. Thank you Heroic Public Speaking. I know that I have lots of room to improve; I love even more that I have the HPS as a road map.
I really can’t recall as to how I got connected to Michael Port, truly I can’t. And reflecting through my Journey and where I am heading, Its nothing else than a blessing to meet Michael, Amy, the HPS Team and all of you lovely people. What else would someone like me wish for in life. I haven’t experienced such a rich, diversified and so welcoming community like this one. THIS IS TRULY A BLESSING.
VP Business Development, LeaseProbe/Real Diligence
Thank you Michael Port for creating another incredibly safe, loving and heroic space to play and learn and grow. As you said you weren't performing a speech, but you were certainly performing spectacular art of coaching. I wasn't sure I was 'ready' (okay, let's be honest, I wasn't ready) to be coached on stage, but I'm so glad I did it, and so glad I didn't wait until I was. For all of you who are not yet ready - don't wait!
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.
Yesterday I spoke at the Charlotte VegFest in Charlotte, NC, on “The Plant-Powered Tsunami: How YOU Can Accelerate the Plant-Based Movement.” The speaker directly following me was Dr. T. Colin Campbell, co-author of The China Study who has been featured in many films and documentaries, and is popularly known as the “father of plant-based nutrition science.” I have worked with him in the past in the last company I was with, and I consider him a friend and one of my biggest mentors. He called me up this morning (twice), and I was sleeping like a log, so when I woke up I called him right back thinking he had forgot something at the event or some other emergency had taken place on his way back to NY. He answered and said that he had just been talking with his wife, who was also at the event, and they were extremely impressed with my performance. Colin knew I quit my job as a Chief Marketing Officer just this past March to speak more instead of being behind the scenes, and he said I was “absolutely fantastic” and was where I “needed to be.” I still can’t believe he called me up just to tell me that. I wanted to share this with you, because it was HPS who inspired me to be me, Ronnie Tsunami, and take a chance of pursuing my dream of being a professional speaker. So here I am at 9am on a Sunday morning ... already thinking about booking more speaking engagements. I am where I am supposed to be.
I just got off stage from the first keynote since training with Heroic Public Speaking. I have never been more prepared and relaxed. It went great and we captured some solid video and stills as well from what I heard. I even followed most of my blocking. Thank you and the team deeply for your love and support (and training!)
I've found home for the speaking part of my life at Heroic Public Speaking. The team has created an environment that strikes the perfect balance between structure and playfulness. They inspire me to bring more of myself to the stage, and to embrace the creative process at every step.
I am back in California and just wanted to thank you and the entire HPS team for such an awesome and wonderful day doing our speaker videos. The organization and ease with which you all executed one the most high-stakes days of our entire program was nothing short of phenomenal.
Wow! to the make-up and hair magic that Stephanie and Melissa created. Our headshot photographer was beyond wonderful and fun. Never have so much enjoyed getting my photo taken.
And of course Amy your direction onstage made the whole experience truly liberating. Thank you so much. You guys are the best! I am forever grateful and blessed to be part of the HPS family.
Hope you get some rest soon.
When I first signed up for Heroic Public Speaking, I felt like I was a fairly skilled speaker. I just needed some polishing and, from most people's perspective, that was true. What I found through my learning at HPS is that the power of a speech is so much more than great stories and powerful messages, written beautifully and shared in the spoken word. When a speaker can step on a stage and become a performer of their message, instead of just a speaker of their content, the message can truly penetrate the heart and soul of the audience. HPS not only taught me the importance and power in performing a speech versus simply speaking it, their teaching method sinks it into your very core. Absolutely worth every penny!
Thank you, Heroic Public Speaking. I have already implemented some of your suggestions, and people have noticed and said that my speaking is better. I mentioned that the expectation in my setting is that I speak from behind a podium. (I am a minister in a traditional denomination.) I asked about leaving the podium behind so that I could implement some of the things I learned at the Masterclass. You encouraged me to give it a try. I did leave the podium behind, and several people said that it was one of my best sermons. As a bonus, it was on Easter, so about twice as many people had the opportunity to hear it as would have on a "regular" Sunday. I'll keep working on the strategies and principles that you teach. Thanks for doing what you do so well.
“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. Thank you, Amy."
Amy and Michael are WORLD CLASS at helping speakers bring out the performance in their message. Their ability to get to the heart of a challenge, provide instant solutions, and dramatically upskill even the most accomplished speakers to grow is a joy to watch and mind-blowing to experience personally. If you are a speaker looking to up their game, then investing time with Heroic Public Speaking is a decision that will pay you back time and time again.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to be part of several leadership and entrepreneur tribes. The tribe built from HPS GRAD is unique in the common practical goal we share – building a speech that changes not only the world around us, but our world and how we engage. Personal development and transformation takes many forms and occurs at many levels of maturity and can be difficult for all tribe members to find what they have in common. Learning the craft of creating a speech that moves people has a foundational element that we all share. From doctor to patient, astronaut to dancer, teacher to student, philosopher to comedian, we are learning the tools to reach, resonate, and move people. This may just be the best tribe ever! I am grateful for this group of brave individuals who don’t accept the status quo and are ready to change lives.
This is the best investment in personal development I have EVER made. The bonus is the price ensures real commitment from every student: the type of people that aren't afraid to take risks, make big impacts, and encourage their fellow students to perform at their highest level.
When I got offered a place in Amy and Michael Port's "A-Listers" Heroic Public Speaker training, part of me thought the title was shrewd ego bait. (Which I'll always take.) But the three days of mind-blowing coaching from Michael and Amy, and the brilliant, generous pros I got to share the experience with -- we're talking top-rung, sought-after career speakers -- were nothing short of A-Plus-List. Anyone who has a chance to learn from Michael and Amy Port, take it.
Decompressing after spending 2.5 hours taking 15 CEOs through my stuff on boards & executives. No notes. One flip chart. No PowerPoints. It was well-paced, and energetic. Lots of discussion & 'we've got to have more of him'. HPS ideas triggered clarity & engagement. Thanks, Heroic Public Speaking!
I've been speaking for over 33 years and have attended more events than I can count during that time. Heroic Public Speaking is hands down the best event I have ever attended. Period. End of statement. The caring and compassion that Michael, Amy, and all of the faculty show for the students is beyond commendable. The people who attend engage with candor and collegiality in a way that is seldom experienced. But most important the information shared is where the real value lies...from the mindset shift of speaking to performing, to the process of rehearsal to ensure maximum impact, and all the advice that supports being your best when on stage...this is a rich event that is not to be missed if you are serious about achieving your true potential as a speaker. I will be back.
It's hard to put into words the impact HPS and the faculty have had in my life. It goes so much deeper than even the superb craft they have taught me. They have given me the permission to be ME and to share my voice with those that need to hear it. You can't be great without believing you can be and HPS honors each of their speakers' god-given value. I have never been so moved, both personally and professionally, as I have been by Michael + Amy Port. Thank you so much.
Isn't it amazing how the energy created in a room or strangers can motivate huge progress and change. I'm doubling my efforts to get out there and share my message - NOW is the time to pursue the life you were born to life! Thanks to Heroic Public Speaking for your love, support and motivation to be ALL I can be!
Michael and Amy are so incredibly generous with their time and gifts. And they're amazing role models for how to be. It's wonderful to see and begin to emulate the joy, love, and generosity the two of you have for your students. Thank you.
The material well organized, the content rich, the context and your presentation a class study itself, the improv on day two a great and necessary fit, the take-a-way off the charts, and the chemistry of your relationship and love beautiful to see. It was a pleasure to be in the room. My fervent hope is that Live Oak experienced the “feeling” and the benefits of ongoing professional and personal growth and will continue the engagement and seek a path for ongoing services.
Business Advisor and Valuator, Sally Massagee, CPA
Thank you for your awesome thought that the most important thing is to love the audience! I did a workshop this afternoon after our class. It really couldn't have gone better, and I know that part of that was your thought.
The faculty at Heroic Public Speaking have mastered the art of performance, and more importantly have developed a coaching technique that works. I recommend Heroic Public Speaking to anyone I know looking to bring their speech to the next level.
I just booked my first keynote with a pro team minutes after posting on Instagram a 10-second snippet from an HPS GRAD rehearsal session. Almost didn't post it because it wasn't "perfect" but decided to do it anyways.
Michael Port is my personal public speaking mentor. After going through his training I have been invited to speak on stage 9 times this year alone. My performances on stage have become the talk of my industry. What it has done for our business and brand is immeasurable.
I went to HPS to work on my craft as a professional speaker and to refine my performance. I’ve never taken any formal classes on speaking before so I didn’t know what to expect, which made me nervous. I typically only do things I know fully, which limits my upside.
I learned breathing and warm up exercises to help my stamina on stage.
I learned and rehearsed an all about them opener.
I shifted my thinking for my performance from what do I want them to know when I’m done presenting to setting the intention of what do I want them to feel when they leave the session.
Thank you to my teachers for pushing me and encouraging me and making me better. I will do the work.
Thank you to my cohort for sharing your hearts, sharing your talents and for pushing me to be better. I will never forget you.
Thank you for reading, for asking about this, and for caring about me enough to be my friend and to offer many words of support, encouragement and wonder. I will never take you for granted.
Now it’s time to do the hard work.
Founder, The Speakers Practice
I just spoke with the event planner about one of my presentations last week - this was to people in management - two of the comments were "up and above expectations" and "excellent presentation."
Back home in Michigan. I can hardly believe it was only a week ago that we were all gathering for our first day of HPS and games with Dan Cordle. The experience of HPS was beyond amazing! The incredible things I learned from HPS are already transforming me. Yesterday I was back in the classroom, and I am already performing differently. I was more in my body and allowed myself to be bigger in my voice and my movements - and had to make the conscious decision to not shy away from that.
I did my first public speech for a very long time this Friday. It has been so fearful for me, and I have been so nervous the few previous times I have been given speeches before. This has been holding me back in trying to get speaking engagements to help my business grow. This Friday I have benefited so much of the learning I have had from Michael and Amy. I have been very rehearsed before, but knowing that this is key to being able to improvise and to take whatever comes, made me take the time to rehearse even more. The introduction to work on pauses, emphasizing certain words and to repeat certain words to highlight the message that was presented has been so helpful. Michael has talked about loving your audience. This is very difficult I know from experience, if you are in your head worrying about what to say, how to move and how they will judge you. After the speech my editor said it looked like I had a glory light around me. I am just so grateful.
I didn’t want a second more to go by without saying -- WOW! Loved our working time together yesterday and really looking forward to next session with you and Michael. I’d also like to discuss another session, to ask your help developing and preparing our new executives annual platform speech.
Keynote Speaker & Author , Book: They Ask You Answer
This was the most productive professional event I've done in terms of working on myself and my business in the last 10 years. I hope everyone on this strand gets together. It's something we should all do a lot more of really (getting together and getting better as a team). I'll be writing about the event in more detail next week, but needless to say, I'd do it again without blinking.
Thank you very much for helping me create my talk and present it. I was pretty happy with the whole experience, and learned soooo much - particularly how I can make it easier for the next time. I hope you were happy with how it came together too. The biggest challenge for me was perhaps not having a well-defined topic or a clear business model when I jumped into the HPS program in May. Michael said you would be able to help me with the topic and the talk - he was right!
One benefit from this process that I've experienced already is that the material we developed has proved to be really useful when explaining the tax problems and solutions to prospective clients (and I've gotten a new inquiry almost every day in the last week).
Director of Business Development, Remodelers Advantage Inc.
Heroic Public Speaking will unlock your ability to become a great public speaker. They have an incredible mix of content, and personality, and passion that all work to help you achieve success in a place that never seemed possible.
Content & Media Relations Coordinator, The Independence Center
I know I commented during class but have to say again that my head is exploding (in a ticker tape, festive type of way...not a messy, zombie type of way) from all the amazing stuff presented in the last couple of classes. I am so freaking excited! BOOM!
I signed up for HPS because A) big fan of Michael's books last several years and the chance to be taught live by him, and w/ the lovely and powerful addition of Amy, was too good to pass up. and B) I knew the training would be a tremendous boost to my presentation skills to clients and executive leadership, and just communication in general.
I've never had much of an issue speaking in front of crowds, but the increase in confidence, flow (thank you content mapping!) rehearsal and table reads just amped up my skills so much.
Thank you for creating this kind of community. It is one of the most wonderful experiences in my entire life. I've had some unbelievably great experiences as an opera singer with wonderful artists who were some of the most fun human beings I've ever had the joy to meet. I feel privileged to be able to join this group and get to now so many warm-hearted people with a sense of mission to share what they know that will transform lives and businesses. You guys done good, so good
I’ve been to MANY conferences and put several on myself as well. Hands down, yours was the best. Everything you did was so thoughtful, so intentional - everything in the support area helped us feel welcomed and included.
"I made a conscious choice to pack my Heroic Public Speaking t-shirt and get photos wearing it on both of these great landmarks. Why? Because I wanted to remind myself that if I could travel to the far ends of the earth, I could stand on a stage at home.
I am not currently a public speaker…sure, I’ve done a few presentations to local groups and a ton related to my career, but speaking wasn’t something I considered doing until last year. The impetus was a Heroic Public Speaking event, when I received a gifted ticket. I went because – well, because my intuition said GO!
And I came home charged. Motivated to change the world through my words. To actually reach out and share my words, one person at a time. That’s a huge step for me. I’m a writer – I’ve spent a couple decades writing health-related materials. And I’m an author, although despite people encouraging me to publish, I hadn’t made the decision until this past Fall. But I’ve always been content to stand one step back. Sometimes even backstage, watching others I’ve supported step up and succeed.
What I experienced at the HPS event was the kindling of a fire I didn’t realize was inside me: I have a gift that isn’t being fully honored. I left curious to know why. Why was I stepping back? What gave these other people the courage to stand up and share?
I left the HPS event knowing that it changed my life. My world. As a result, I am PUMPED to take the next step. That step up on to the stage."
Speaking today in front of about 20 high net worth investors, thanks to Heroic Public Speaking I'm confident I'm going to blow their socks off. Thursday another 10 potential clients. I am ready to rock their world.
Social Media Consultant & Speaker, Sue B. Zimmerman
Because of Heroic Public Speaking, I am now a paid speaker. I never planned on broadcasting my message and stories to the world but damn, it feels so great to be on stage and make a difference in someone's life or biz. So much of who I am on stage comes from what I have learned from Heroic Public Speaking.
Have you ever dreamed of becoming a public speaker? Have you ever thought if only I could feel more comfortable speaking in front of colleagues? Have you ever had a big idea, and knew you needed to get it out there, and just couldn't figure out how. If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then HPS may be the right place for you. Amy and Michael teach you how to cultivate the many stories that lie within you, write the stories, perform the stories that will ultimately lead to showing up with your big idea. Carefully sculpted, they have created an organized space that offers ways to shift how you perform, how you modulate your voice and how to use your body. They are not a cookie cutter organization, rather, they take you for who you are, the inherent talents that reside within you, and skillfully work with all of who you are so you can be the best you on stage. I highly recommend Michael and Amy Port to enhance your public speaking platform and to go from page to stage with grace.
My biggest take aways were 1) focusing on the little things can have a big impact and 2) having a process for preparation, story telling and content development will make my presentation/message more effective.
Reading this reminds me of how very much I am in the right place at the right time. THANK YOU Michael and Amy for bringing this program and the work to the speaking industry. Many, many moons ago I spent years in the acting arena and I just love being able to open that door again, use what's necessary and create even more powerful presentations for the women I serve. Ready to rock!
Real Estate Associate , Keller Williams Reality, Inc.
I was in tears watching my speaker video as a flood of emotions came my way. I have no idea where this video is going to take me however I know it will be big, far and wide with it's impact. Michael and Amy Port you two are my gifts in 2015. I can't wait to continue my work and journey with you and the rest of the HPS folks.
HPS has helped me to take my speaking to the next level. I met amazing people and had an incredible experience. I've never thought about so many of the facets that the faculty outlined. I feel like I have an edge on other speakers, because of the training, and the amazing network!
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.
Executive Director & Founder, KS Training & Consulting
It's taken me a long time to really embrace how the amazing topics we're covering in this course really work for the technical workshops and presentations I deliver. But it really started clicking. Last Thursday, I presented at our local WordPress Developer's Group and decided to implement what I have been working on for class. I nailed it! I had so much fun, received lots of compliments about my speaking style, and think I may have paved the way for a chance to speak at one of the nationally recognized events.
I joined HPS with the goal of improving my executive presence and learning how to make an impact across-organization lines. I received much more than I bargained for. I've got a set of ninja-speaking skills and a community to support my growth for a lifetime.
I have a new way of thinking about my presence in the world and a new found confidence to go conquer 100X bigger challenges and make an even larger impact. I didn't think something like this existed.
Amy is brilliant. We had a coaching session where we ended up working on content, and Amy saw connections and a structure I did not see in my own content. She was so intuitive and brilliant—not only in the questions she asked, but in how she asked them, and in the connections she made. She is on another level. The progress I made on my content was almost entirely due to that conversation. Following our discussion, I outlined a new book, and will call my current editor and ask if she is willing to take on this new project. I'm really really excited and very appreciative of how Amy helped bring this about.
Non-stop inspiration, motivation and transformation. You learn as you listen to lectures, participate in workshops, deliver your speeches, play educational games and even enjoy your lunches (on the house!). You can’t go wrong with this training!
I want to thank you and the members of your organization for a truly transformative experience. Before attending HPS, I felt anxious because I had a few presentations that I felt that I needed to find a way to power through. While attending HPS, I was excited to discover that I have an important message to share with teachers and parents. I have a unique voice to use to share my vision. I now have a framework to use to craft my message in an organized, effective, yet unexpected way. I will no longer rely on slides to make an important point, or luck to have an impact. I realize that I owe it to my students, colleagues, school community, and myself to find ways to develop my talents, presentation and facilitation skills. As I watched the masterclasses, I kept getting distracted by a voice in my head. The voice did not say, "I can do that!" The voice said, "I want to do that!" I want to tell stories in a way that helps parents think differently about how they prepare their children for school. Parents and teachers must learn to stop assigning blame to each other when the children we both love are not doing well in school. I want to inform parents about the ways they can effectively partner with educators. I want to help parents find out what to do differently when their children fail to thrive in the classroom. When parents and teachers tear each other down, the children caught in the middle pay the price for our inability to work together. I have these conversations often with parents, and I realize that I am capable of relaying this message on a larger scale. It is necessary for me to take bigger risks, put in extensive work, and get a lot more training. You have an excellent staff and a fantastic organization.
These kickass people pushed, loved, and encouraged each other the last 3 days in the A-Listers speakers' masterclass. Incredible speakers who do huge things to change lives. We all walked away transformed.
Even after experiencing several other high-level events, there really is nothing quite like Heroic Public Speaking.
Working with Michael and Amy and the wonderful people here at HPS CORE has been life-changing, and I don't mean that in a trite or frivolous way. HPS CORE has truly shifted my paradigm.
This sets the stage for what I believe will be the outworking of living a much bigger life. Choosing not to experience this or move forward with HPS would be an extreme disservice to both ourselves and the people we wish to serve.
I had my first international industry event talk today. I was planning it as if 10 people would turn up but the room was full!! People were standing at the back. I opened with a powerful 5 minutes, positioning the talk. Transformed the energy in the room up another notch. Got everyone's attention by engaging them. The performance just flowed out of me. I had one guy come up to me, shake my hand, gave me a kiss on the cheek, looked me in the eye and said 'thank you'. I could feel it. Got lots of tweets. I am thrilled. Thank you all. This course is my power move!
Chief of Strategy & Value Architect, The Non-Obvious Company
Today I'll be taking the largest stage yet and speaking to over 2200 CEOs and leaders in the financial industry as the closing conference keynote speaker. Thank you Heroic Public Speaking for all your training, love and light as I lift a few thousand today with the message you all have helped me refine.
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.
HPS definitely lived up to it's promise to make me a better speaker -- and in ways I hadn't even anticipated. The inclusion in one program of a number of components that I didn't realize I needed (and how much I needed them). The focus on voice, movement, presentation, marketing & the business of speaking, in addition to the amount of rehearsal time and coaching was phenomenal. Each of the faculty is masterful in her or his own way. As good as the program was, my learning to be a performer and to transform the world one speech at a time is just beginning.
If you are unsure about the gains you will make, I want to reassure you that the gains will come. I left the in-person training at Heroic Public Speaking early to give a presentation the following morning. And within an hour of my speech, I got an invitation for a keynote at a large conference and requests for staff training at 4 hospitals. Do your homework (aka., do what Heroic Public Speaking tells you to do) and good things will happen!
I recently completed Heroic Public Speaking CORE and recommend it highly to anyone interested in developing their skills in communication. Whether it be to improve skills in public speaking, job interviews, corporate presentations or personal relationships, the techniques taught can be life-changing. Michael, Amy and the entire HPS team demonstrated excellence in their skills as instructors and their sincerity as caring friends. The information and skills taught emphasized being a performer versus a critic and the difference between the two. HPS CORE established life-long relationships with other attendees as well as the HPS family. The facility was professional and created a comfortable environment for learning. At the risk of sounding a bit goofy, I do truly feel like I have become part of supportive family. I would recommend the HPS program to anyone looking to become a better "you".
When I was a little girl, I would sit on the toilet and give my "lectures" to doors and stuffed animals. As an adult I teach sales people and my youth group. HOWEVER, I have been toying with an idea for years... but never followed through. But now I am. I love running and I wanted to create a program to team kids up with their parents or others to spend quality time together while training for a 5k. Many of us are simply too disengaged and we need to reconnect with our loved ones. For me, running time is when I do that. So, I am going to get out there and begin PERFORMING as I launch my program. I am beyond thrilled. What a great network I am now involved with.
Christine Auman Khetarpal
Coach, Emerge Now! Coaching
There were so many pleasant surprises about this conference that I could talk for hours about what new "ah-ha"s I walked away with from every speaker I heard and every person I met. Overall, I was blown away by OUR diverse talents, instant connections and genuine kindness. I NEVER felt competition; I felt that, despite our numerous differences, we were all there for one thing--to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Thank you so very much for your incredible training programs. While many of my other talks have been high stakes professionally, this was an important one for me personally. I just love that everything I've learned during GRAD has so many applications outside the reason I originally came to you. Leveling up my speaking skills has and will continue to pay off dividends for the rest of my life.
I appreciated how Heroic Public Speaking laid out the program content. It was the perfect combination of inspiration, practical tools we could begin using on the spot, and seeing the progression from a new speaker to a seasoned professional keynoter.
I was on the fence about attending HPS. I'm a paid speaker already and I thought I was all that. I was one of those "wing it" speakers. Not anymore. This was game changing for me.
I learned so much about the process I just ignored and I didn't even realize how much I needed to grow.
Not only did I learn more in 3 days than I did in 5 years speaking. I made new friends and built new relationships with some of the best people I've ever met professionally.
Thanks to Amy and Michael Port, and everyone else who made this event awesome. I'll never be the same again and I'm better for the experience. Easily worth 10x the investment! Thank you!
Please accept my sincere heartfelt appreciation for your willingness to play full out with our team the last two days. It brought me such joy to witness and hear about the on and off stage transformations that occurred, exceeding my expectations. I have grown up being around some of the most powerful, influential human beings on this planet and you both are phenomenal leaders that I hold in the same category. I learned so much by simply being in your presence and valued every minute. Thank you for being our "game-changers" and supporting us on our mission to raise the bar. My personal commitment is that I will get in front of the two you to receive the coaching I need to become the master communicator I must be in order to take this company where I envision it going
As I make the shift from facilitating, training and teaching on the stage to motivating as a thought leader HPS was the perfect turning point in my 17 year coaching career. Learning how to speak from a perspective of engaging as a performer who entertains my audiences changes everything. Thank you Michael, Amy and your great support team and faculty!
When I joined HPS I had no doubt I'd become a better speaker as a result. What I didn't realize was that I'd become part of a new global family of world-changers, advocates, catalysts, warriors and friends, every one of whom has my back - as I have theirs.
This program is life-changing. The curriculum is structured to get the learner from wherever you're starting - whether it be raw, unformed ideas or an already well-practiced keynote - and progress you farther than you imagined. The delivery - online when that's what works best, in-person when that's what's needed - ensures you're constantly moving towards your goal. The teachers are all top of their respective fields - content creation, writing, performance, movement, voice, marketing and speaker business management - every relevant discipline is taught at the highest level. Great coaching - from teachers and previous Grads so there's constant support, and then the faculty does real-time Masterclass coaching with many of the students and it's astonishing to see what progress can be made in a short period of time. And while all of that would be enough, the thing that makes HPS really special is the community. Hugely diverse, profoundly dedicated to difference-making and changing their pockets of the world, the HPS students are to a person inspiring, brilliant, funny, caring, generous and courageous (and many of them are also quite extraordinary karaoke performers!!). All in all an investment of time and money from which I'll reap rewards forever. I'm grateful to be part of HPS.
I am so grateful for the wonderful teaching from you Michael, Amy, & Dan! I had my first event performance yesterday with a group of 3rd grade girls. I used the lessons I learned in HPS and at the end two of the mothers said they couldn't believe how I was able to keep the girls completely engaged for 2 hours. But perhaps my favorite was a young girl Eva who said "there is no way that was 2 hours, it felt like 20 minutes" and Vivian who said "that was the most fun I've ever had". It felt like the highest level of praise because it is exactly how I felt at HPS. It went so fast and I had the most fun. I am a better speaker because of it and I have many new friends. Thank you!
Founder & Lead Brand Strategist, Branding & Beyond
Today was my fourth Toastmasters meeting and my first prepared speech ever. Out of 5 speeches given today, a few from Distinguished Toastmasters, I won best speaker of the day! My evaluator said that the criteria for the Icebreaker speech is quite basic for beginners but I am by no means a beginner. I can attribute that to the instruction I have received from Amy Port and Michael Port. Thank you so much for all of your help. I am looking forward to the next module and learning how to rehearse and memorize.
While we all have returned to our homes, I think we've all returned with hearts and minds that are more rich, full and brimming over with new friendships and possibilities. From the bottom of *my* heart, an enormous thank you to Michael, Amy & the entire #HPSLive crew for creating such a remarkable space and experience. And Michael, for inviting me to take the stage, even if for a moment, to share with this exceptional group, I am profoundly grateful. It's an honor, and I hope to continue connecting and deepening my experience with each and every one of you for years to come.
Corporate Coach & Speaker, Luxury Retail Coaching and Consulting International
Now bringing my full authentic self forward; taking massive action, playing full out and achieving greatness by thinking BIG and playing in a universe of abundant possibilities! What a massive breakthrough. Powerful.
Business Development & Freelance Copywriter, Frigibar Industries
I couldn't be happier to be a part of this event! What a wonderfully diverse group of helpful, friendly people and useful and actionable content. Thank you again to the generous people that made my attendance possible!
Video Sales & Marketing Speaker, Film School for Marketers
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.
Sr. Manager/Associate Director/Director of Quality, BD Technologies and Innovation
Michael and Amy,
Two weeks ago I was woken up at 2am to the shocking and unfortunate news that my father had unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack. The next 24 hours was a chaotic whirlwind of activities from catching the first flight out at 7am, attending to my mom and planning the funeral services. In the midst of all of this, there was one thing that was really nagging at my heart ... who is going to give the eulogy?
You see my dad was a very unique person. He could light up a room when he walked in and would have you laughing in minutes with his quick witted humor and perspective on life. He was hard working, reliable and cared so much about everyone he knew. He always had a way to make anyone feel special even if you were the butt of the joke.
So I knew not any old speech would do....and not just anyone could deliver it. I toyed with passing this duty off to my cousin who had recently done a standout job at my Grandma's funeral just a few months earlier because I didn’t know if I could physically stand up there and get through it. But then I thought back to my time at HPS. I thought back to everything that I learned, all of the lessons and tips I had written down. Slowly my confidence returned and I decided right then and there that this was my job, my responsibility and I was the only one who could bring what I knew had to be said to reality.
I came up with an interesting opening, framed out my main themes and blocked off how I would deliver certain sections of the speech.
Next, I thought a lot about my who my audience was going to be. I knew the goal of this speech had to go beyond just telling everyone about my own personal feelings. I knew my job was to portray why my dad had such a great life and more specifically to connect individually with everyone who came to that service. In a time like this, people are hurting and one way to heal the pain is through stories that connect on a personal level. But there were so many stories, how could I pick and choose. Understanding the different factions of my audience guided me in this process.
Additionally, I made sure to add humor ... lots of humor. My dad was a funny guy, it wouldn’t do the speech justice if I didn’t have everyone laughing along as they remembered him. All of the great things I learned in HPS about humor and performing gave me the confidence to add this into the speech without hesitation.
Finally, I thought about the performance itself and that I was a performer, there to help get everyone through this difficult time...that meant I needed to make them laugh, make them cry and leave them not in a place of sadness but in a place of inspiration.
I wrote and I wrote, I asked people to read it. I took advice, added stories and then rewrote it some more…..I rehearsed it over and over again (because I learned how important this was). What happened was I learned when I would choke up, I learned where I might break down. Over and over I learned to press through those difficult parts allowing just enough emotion to come through but not enough to derail the whole thing into a crying mess. I knew that people would be feeling the same as me and expect that to happen.
On the day of the service I did not feel nervous at all, I approached it with confidence and happiness in my heart knowing I would knock this out of the park for my dad. I knew I was going to make him proud. And it all went off, just as planned. The response I got afterwards is what I didn’t expect. I knew people would come up and say I did a good job (even if I didn’t) but to hear things like - “you absolutely nailed who he was” and “you couldn’t have said it more perfectly” were what really made me feel good about it. My mom came up to me afterwards and said that was the first time she had ever heard me speak in public and that it was amazing all while crying at the same time. I even had about 6 requests for copies of the speech or recording so that they could show people who couldn’t be there.
It may not have been technically perfect but it was perfect for those that heard it and I have all the thanks to give to HPS and team for everything I learned because without you guys, it would never have come off like that. So thank you from the bottom of my heart!