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Heroic Public Speaking

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About The Class

engage and inspire your audience.

A memorable speaking engagement can transform a career – learn how to tell stories that stir up emotion and move listeners to the edge of their seats. Join Michael Port and Amy Port for the most engaging public speaking course you’ll ever encounter, Heroic Public Speaking.

Public speaking is notoriously difficult, but working professionals can rarely avoid it. Whether it's selling your work to a potential client, presenting a deck to collaborators, or giving a talk in front of a large audience, it is almost guaranteed that you’ll have to speak in front of others – learn how to do it well. In this Heroic Public Speaking course, Michael and Amy will teach you a system for engaging, persuading, and inspiring your audience, no matter the size.

In this class, Michael and Amy will help you craft a presentation that feels like a performance instead of speech. You’ll learn techniques for structuring a compelling presentation with tips on incorporating cliff-hangers, using humor to engage listeners, and constructing stories that tell a coherent story. You’ll also learn how the pros handle pre-show nerves and respond to the audience in real-time.

If you want to impress and inspire your audience, no matter the size, join Michael and Amy for their complete guide to turning your public speaking gig into a performance.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Steal the Show

  2. 02

    The Principles of Performance

    Michael and Amy teach what actors know about performing to help you create rich experiences for your listeners.

  3. 03

    Communicating Without Words

  4. 04

    Find Your Voice: Breathing

  5. 05

    Find Your Voice: Build your Voice

  6. 06

    Working On Your Speech

  7. 07

    Finding Your Big Idea!

  8. 08

    Sorting Your Big Idea

  9. 09

    Big Idea & Promise: Framework

  10. 10

    Developing Different Contrasts

  11. 11

    Crafting Captivating Speeches

  12. 12

    Becoming an Aware Performer

  13. 13

    Discover Storytelling Secrets

  14. 14

    Building a Story: Three Act Structure

  15. 15

    Outlining Your Story

  16. 16

    Rehearsing: Content Mapping

  17. 17

    Rehearsing: Beats & Operative Words

  18. 18

    Masterclass: Coaching Breana

  19. 19

    Masterclass: Coaching Omar

  20. 20

    Masterclass: Coaching Linda

  21. 21

    Masterclass: Coaching Sierra & Lacey

  22. 22

    Masterclass: Coaching Jim

  23. 23

    Masterclass: Coaching Martez


Meet Your Experts

Michael Port

Michael Port has been called an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal and a "sales guru" by The Financial Post (which is remarkable given that he may be the only former ... read more

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Amy Port

Amy Port is the Director of Training for HEROIC PUBLIC SPEAKING. After earning her MFA in Acting from The Yale School of Drama, she spent years acting professionally in theaters such as Seattle Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare and Yale Rep, and ... read more

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  • pdf Developing Your Big Idea - A Self Guided Worksheet
  • pdf Guide to Making World Saving Speeches - 25 more tips
  • pdf Syllabus
  • pdf Practice Script 1
  • pdf Practice Script 2

89% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-81d8d8

    September 2014

    What a great class! An incredible amount of content shared in a fun, engaging way. Michael Port is a gift. I attended his Book Yourself Solid Immersion via telecourse and was impressed. However, seeing him on video adds layers of instruction that will benefit me not only in public speaking, but in other aspects of my business and life as well. Amy Mead really lazers in on specific improvements that get big results. Thanks to all for an outstanding class.

  • user-5f0647

    August 2015

    Wow.. When I first stumbled across Michaels videos I thought “this guy is almost TOO good.” The free information was so helpful that I rationalized with myself that I didn't have to sign up for the course, at least not right away. Eventually after my procrastination period I bought the class and was pleasantly reassured of my purchase. The content inside was just as valuable and fun! Not only that, watching the transformations of the students as they practiced their speeches was simply amazing. Michael and Amy work great with each other and have put together a top notch experience with Heroic Public Speaking.

  • Isabella


    December 2014

    Awesome course. I follow Michael Port and his BYS system and I was pleased to see he is sharing also his professional acting experience/tips to help us creating and delivering public speeches. This course is different from what you find on the market: both Amy and Michael are professional trained actors and they share lots of insiders tips (contrast, blocking, the importance of storytelling, rehearsing, etc). A true gem and great course. I hope they will do more with creative live in the future. this course (like the BYS) is highly recommended.

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