I didn’t start off with 8 bestselling books. 25 years ago, I was living on ramen as I earned my MFA in acting from NYU. I ate a little less ramen as I earned consistent roles in TV, film, and theater.
After a few years, I decided that the actors’ lifestyle wasn’t for me so I talked my way into a job in the fitness industry (on the business side) for which I was, seemingly, unqualified for. I told them I didn’t have any of the experience they were looking for but made my pitch about why they should still choose me. No one was more surprised than I was when it worked.
A series of promotions put me in a position where I was responsible for big budgets and hundreds of employees and contractors. It was a great training ground for my next step into business consulting. At first, I focused on the industry I knew well but then, after writing Book Yourself Solid in 2005, I expanded into other industries.
Before I knew it, hundreds of thousands of people had read Book Yourself Solid and I’d spoken in front of audiences in the millions.
Over the last two decades, I’ve written eight books which have been translated into 29 languages, including my most recent, Steal the Show. A few of them have become perennial bestsellers and have made it onto the bestseller lists of the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, among others. Not too bad for someone who was told by his fourth grade teacher that he had the worst spelling she’d seen in 25 years of teaching.
I’ve since combined my acting training and business background to build Heroic Public Speaking Worldwide. Together, with my wife and co-founder, Amy Port, at our 10,000 square-foot headquarters in New Jersey, we offer the most complete (and effective) speaker training in the world. We teach speakers what actors know about how to give better performances during keynotes, breakouts, and even workshops. Our clients include CEOs and founders, Admirals, Navy Seals, and FBI agents, Olympians, politicians (but only the nice ones), bestselling authors, small business owners, and people leading movements and advancing important causes.
While we write with intent and attempt to describe Heroic Public Speaking in the most impactful way possible, there is nothing that we can say that could ever be more important than the honest and transparent testimonials and reviews from our students.
Below you’ll find a little form that you can use to contact me. You can also just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the spirit of full disclosure, I should let you know that your email will go to our help desk. But, if it’s meant for me, it’ll get filtered into my inbox within a few days.
In the meantime, keep thinking big about who you are and what you offer the world.
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.