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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

    26:51
  2. 02

    The Principles of Performance

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

    32:18
  3. 03

    Communicating Without Words

    23:30
  4. 04

    Find Your Voice: Breathing

    29:49
  5. 05

    Find Your Voice: Build your Voice

    26:02
  6. 06

    Working On Your Speech

    15:42
  7. 07

    Finding Your Big Idea!

    29:17
  8. 08

    Sorting Your Big Idea

    33:39
  9. 09

    Big Idea & Promise: Framework

    28:12
  10. 10

    Developing Different Contrasts

    25:33
  11. 11

    Crafting Captivating Speeches

    27:37
  12. 12

    Becoming an Aware Performer

    30:17
  13. 13

    Discover Storytelling Secrets

    20:06
  14. 14

    Building a Story: Three Act Structure

    32:13
  15. 15

    Outlining Your Story

    35:49
  16. 16

    Rehearsing: Content Mapping

    32:16
  17. 17

    Rehearsing: Beats & Operative Words

    39:59
  18. 18

    Masterclass: Coaching Breana

    25:14
  19. 19

    Masterclass: Coaching Omar

    25:04
  20. 20

    Masterclass: Coaching Linda

    34:02
  21. 21

    Masterclass: Coaching Sierra & Lacey

    31:14
  22. 22

    Masterclass: Coaching Jim

    17:24
  23. 23

    Masterclass: Coaching Martez

    31:05

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

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