Michael Port has written eight books, including Book Yourself Solid and Steal the Show, the latter which—according to the former President of Starbucks—“might be the most unique and practical book ever written on the topic of public speaking.”
He’s been called an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal, a “sales guru” by the Financial Times, “a public speaking phenom” by Jonathan Fields and “the best public speaking coach in the world” by Lewis Howes. The founder of MastermindTalks, Jayson Gaignard, declared, “Michael Port is the best speaker I’ve ever seen.”
His books have been on the bestseller lists of the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly and have been selected by Amazon and 800-CEO-READ as “best books of the year.”
He was once a professional actor, having received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City and Law & Order, and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth. These days, Michael can be seen on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on air expert in communication and business development and as the host of the most popular podcast on public speaking and performance, Steal the Show with Michael Port.
Amy Port is the Co-Founder and President of Heroic Public Speaking; her work extends from the execution of corporate training packages, to development of CEO keynotes, private masterclasses and coaching.
After earning her MFA in Acting from The Yale School of Drama, Amy spent years acting professionally in theaters such as Seattle Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare and Yale Rep, and working consistently in commercials. She now applies the skills of performance that only well-trained actors know to the coaching of ‘non-actors’ looking to crush their sales presentations, to make their voices heard in TED Talk style presentations, and to take the big stage keynoting major conferences.
Geoffrey H. Garrett, a senior attorney at Byrd Garrett Wealth Preservation, said: “As a military pilot and B-747 captain over a forty-year career, I received every kind of skill-specific training and encountered every sort of teacher. I consider Amy to be, hands down, the best trainer-coach I have ever met. I cannot recommend her services highly enough."
You might not know it, but Laura started out as a poet, joining our team after several years in academia. She has two graduate-level degrees in Creative Writing and Student Affairs; combining her past experiences as a writer, Director of Student Activities, and teacher gives her the gumption to mentor the majority of the team, serve as the Heroic Public Speaking voice, and make sure students feel taken care of. Laura’s poems and essays are featured in international journals, and her copy is featured right in front of you. Yes, she wrote this very sentence.
Julianne doesn’t just crunch numbers: she crushes them, saves them, and plans them for bigger, better student experiences. As our Controller, Julianne is in charge of helping our leadership team make smart decisions that support the financial health and growth of the company. She’s also proven to be a fantastic project manager for many of our events and programs. You’ll never hear Julianne say “that’s not part of my job.” She’s been a team member of a global accounting firm, on her family’s farm, and now she’s with us.
With sites, printed materials, and even a bit of interior design, Sienna crafts design from a service-oriented mindset. Everything Sienna touches turns to gold … unless she’s working on our branding … then it turns to #2e2d51, #dee1ee, #e11c4e, and #000000.
With every event and program, Sienna thinks about ways to serve and provide you with tangible takeaways. Not only does Sienna work behind the scenes, but she also teaches our long-term students how to create sites that make event planners want to book a conversation. She makes everyone’s days brighter and their experiences optimal.
If there’s a new tech platform our team needs to learn, Becca will be the first to master it. A CRM + InfusionSoft analyst, Becca sends out all of our communications, ensuring the tech side of your experience is smooth, whether it’s in virtual programs and events, learning platforms, or simply updating your information. She doesn’t drop balls. In fact, as a lacrosse coach in her spare time, Becca makes sure balls stay off the ground, at all times.