075. How to Perform Your Speech With Amy Port

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Amy Port joins Grant Baldwin on The Speaker Lab to talk about the link between acting and speaking, plus much more!

Is there a connection between acting and speaking in public? There most certainly is a link between, according to today’s guest. Amy Port joins us to talk about that connection, and how to tap into it to become an even better speaker.

Amy is an amazing speaker, a performer in her own right. Her background is in acting, theatre, and performance. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale’s School of Drama and consistently worked as an actor after graduation.

But the transient life of an actor was not for her and she moved on. Fast forward 15 years and she’s sharing her acting knowledge to help speakers become great performers and speakers on stage.

On today’s show, Amy explains why we are all performing and taking on various roles in our lives even if we don’t consider ourselves actors, plus how to use those roles effectively on stage. Tune in for all of that and more on this episode of The Speaker Lab!


  • The two parts to making a speaker great versus good.
  • How do you make the mental shift from speaking into performing your speech?
  • Why rehearsing properly is so important.
  • What does it mean to “sculpt” your performance?
  • When should you get in front of test audiences?
  • Staging: what it is and how to do it effectively.
  • How to find the balance between being rehearsed and over-rehearsed.
  • And so much more!

Tweetable: The right teacher makes a world of difference.– Amy Port