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."
Julianne doesn’t just crunch numbers: she crushes them, saves them, and plans them for bigger, better student experiences. As our Director of Operations, 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 works with our long-term students on how to create websites and contextual models 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.
Big things are always happening at HPS HQ, and Shana is the In-Person Events Manager who makes the magic happen. A logistics wiz with a keen knack for making meaningful connections, Shana spent years producing high-profile events featuring icons like Julius Erving, Allen Iverson, and even “Tha Doggfather” himself, Snoop Dogg.
A podcast host and mover and shaker in her own right, Shana is HPS’s very own in-house influencer — no, really! Shana’s glowing personality and strong leadership have proven so effective over the years that she’s been celebrated by the Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia NAACP, and Philadelphia City Council as one of Philly’s most influential leaders.
Just like the Wizard of Oz, when you pull back the curtain, you’ll find Alex running the show. Unlike the Wizard of Oz, though, Alex is the real deal — she’s the virtual events ace who keeps HPS’s virtual programming running smoothly.
As our Virtual Events Producer, Alex leads video content development, manages the virtual student experience, and produces all HPS virtual programming. With extensive experience in events, entertainment, tourism, and hospitality, Alex has dedicated her career to designing exceptional experiences and fostering meaningful connections one event at a time. We think she’s pretty great at it — and we bet you will, too.
From emails, to websites, to podcasts, posts, proposals, and blogs, story drives everything at HPS. That’s where Dylan comes in. With years of experience as an award-winning writer, independent filmmaker, and messaging strategist, Dylan’s an unshakable believer in the power of compelling storytelling, and he feels most comfortable when his fingers are clacking away at the keyboard. The voice of HPS’s brand, Dylan dreams up, writes, and revises content that communicates HPS’s vision and brings it to life across all platforms.
The HPS student journey is nothing short of a transformational experience—and our Manager of Student Affairs Evan Straley makes sure we’re always delivering on that promise. With over a decade of teaching and curriculum experience, Evan enriches the student experience by expanding our course offerings, empowering our students, and guaranteeing that they achieve their public speaking goals.
A trained audio engineer and professional musician, Evan’s just as comfortable in front of an audience as he is in front of a classroom. Don’t be surprised if you catch him toting his bass guitar around New Hope and Lambertville.