242 The Power of Sharing Your Stories – Alexis Fuentes
27 Aug 2019

Purpose, Stories, Courage, Service, Community

The Power of Sharing Your Stories – Alexis Fuentes

Summary

One of the hallmarks of a great speaker is the ability to share your true self from the stage. Today’s guest shares her approach to authentic speaking that includes sharing a faith-based message that connects to people from a variety of backgrounds.

Alexis Fuentes is a motivational storyteller rooted in Catholic spirituality. Her work is designed to enliven and nourish that spark of faith that gets people moving. She is all about saying “yes” and doing more, and hopes that her stories will help you do the same.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Alexis’ speaking platform so far.
  • Alexis’ ability to massage her message for non-religious settings.
  • What she learned from the process of Speakers Who Dare.
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with excellent people.
  • What was most surprising about doing Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has impacted her personally and professionally.
  • Tips for increasing your effectiveness as a speaker.

Interview Links

Alexis’ talk: For the Love of Hate

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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241 The Message is Bigger Than You – Sarah Nannen
20 Aug 2019

Confidence, Grief, Living, Platform, Clarity

The Message is Bigger Than You – Sarah Nannen

Summary

The most effective speakers realize their message is bigger than them. Today’s guest shares her journey through grief in order to become a “renegade widow” whose bold message is impacting countless lives.

Sarah Nannen is a keynote speaker, life coach, and the author of the best-selling book Grief Unveiled: A Widow’s Guide to Navigating Your Journey in Life After Loss. Sarah became a military widow and solo mom of four young children in 2014 when an aviation accident claimed her husband’s life. Her journey through grief opened her eyes to a renegade way of approaching life and possibility that now informs her work with women breaking through limitation to live extraordinary lives. Her podcast, “Grief Unveiled,” released in 2018, offers up weekly conversations dedicated to real talk and real truth about grief and living.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Sarah’s current speaking platform, including her podcast.
  • How Sarah came to embrace her identity as a speaker.
  • The way Speakers Who Dare has impacted Sarah on multiple levels.
  • Why being a “renegade widow” is so daring.
  • The importance of having a professional on your side, and making plenty of time for rehearsal.
  • What Sarah learned about herself in the process of Speakers Who Dare.
  • The most surprising part of Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has impacted Sarah personally and professionally.
  • Sarah’s tips for becoming an effective speaker.

Interview Links

Sarah’s talk: Being a Renegade Widow

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Grief Unveiled: A Widow’s Guide to Navigating Your Journey in Life After Lossby Sarah Nannen

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Grief Unveiled Podcast

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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The Influencer Podcast – Julie Solomon
13 Aug 2019

Do you feel like you’re meant to excel in more than one field or industry? Do you wish you could figure out how to go after everything you’re passionate about, while still remaining authentic? What if you didn’t have to choose just one thing to pursue professionally? 

If those questions speak to you, you’re going to love today’s podcast guest, Tricia Brouk. Tricia is the definition of someone who ‘does it all,’ and she’s done it super successfully. Her resume includes “award winning director,” “professional writer,” “television show choreographer,” “TEDx producer,” “sought-after speaker,” “podcast host” and much, much more. 

In addition to the incredible accomplishments mentioned above, Tricia also finds time to coach, mentor and motivate people looking to become professional speakers. More specifically, she helps her students identify and craft big talks, and strategize their speaking careers for success. 

I loved getting to chat with Tricia about how she got started (you’ll want to hear why she originally moved from Missouri to NYC!), and how she learned she was a natural at leading and training people. Her story is an amazing reminder that we don’t have to be forced into just one, limiting ‘box’ when it comes to our careers, and that you can truly do it all if you put in the right amount of energy and commitment.   

If your dream is to stand in front of huge crowds one day at important events, Tricia is your girl. Tricia’s work has been praised by leading industry professionals, including Farnoosh Torabi, a financial columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine and creator of “So Money” podcast, who says “Tricia is where public speaking and business meet!” and that she is “an absolute MASTER at public speaking.” 

If you’re looking to learn how to inspire and encourage others through your words and land the speaking events of your dreams, you won’t want to miss what Tricia has to say.

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240 Becoming a Vulnerable Speaker – Mike Shereck
13 Aug 2019

 

Vulnerable, Community, Curiosity, Responsibility, Men

Becoming a Vulnerable Speaker – Mike Shereck

Summary

Popular thinking about masculinity tells us that men are to be strong and tough. Today’s guest shows how going through the Speakers Who Dare process helped him embrace his vulnerable side while also increasing his speaking platform.

Mike Shereck is a leader, coach, and author. He’s also a real guy with over thirty years of experience in construction and manufacturing. He works with leaders and teams to empower them in the ever-changing, challenging, ambiguous, and chaotic world of business today. Mike has an unparalleled stand for men and their leadership and is committed to shifting the narrative around men, leadership, and their impact. He believes it’s possible to honor our authentic masculine self, while accepting, honoring and partnering with, and contributing to, all others with whom we share this world. Mike is the author of Berwyn Rules: Leadership Secrets of 26thStreet. He is also a Harley Davidson enthusiast.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Mike’s speaking platform today, and what is was like before Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has helped expand Mike’s platform.
  • Why Mike believes this topic of being a man is so daring and pushes so many buttons.
  • What Mike learned about himself through the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • How Speakers Who Dare has impacted Mike personally and professionally.
  • Mike’s advice for anyone who wants to do a big talk.

Interview Links

Mike’s talk: Man Up

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Listen to Mike’s show on WCGO 1590 AM (Chicago)

Send Mike an email

Call Mike at (630) 643-6336

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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Say YES to the Possibilities (with Tricia Brouk)
12 Aug 2019

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As kids, we hear the word “No” constantly from other people. But when we become adults, it’s easy to get into the habit of “No” to ourselves. Why is that? It’s because we’re often afraid or stuck in a rut.

I’m thrilled to have a guest today who will help you stop saying “No” to all life has to offer, and instead begin saying YES to the possibilities.She is an award-winning director, including being awarded Top Director of 2019 by the International Association of International Professionals, Best Comedy from the Vancouver WebFest for Directing Sublets, and A Golden Thumb Award from Roger Ebert for her work on John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes. In addition, Tricia has also won six awards, including Best Documentary Short from the Olympus Film Festival, for her short documentary Right Livelihood: A Journey to Here, which now qualifies for an Academy Award!Her work has been featured on shows such as Black Box for ABC, The Affair for Showtime, and Rescue Me on FOX. She has worked with Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Eddie Izzard, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, and the late James Gandolfini.Tricia is committed to producing and directing stories that inspire, entertain, uplift, and foster an exchange of ideas. As the Executive Producer of  Speakers Who Dare, and former Executive Producer of TEDxLincolnSquare, she curates the top speakers in the country, and her production company, The Big Talk Productions, shoots documentary shorts on the thought leaders making an impact on our world.I first got to know Tricia through our mutual friend Bob Burg, and I’ve been writing show notes for her excellent podcast, The Big Talk, which is the best public speaking podcast out there (if I do say so myself).

In our conversation, we touch on a variety of topics, including Tricia’s journey through dance and theater to public speaking, how to deal with failure, the importance of mindset and confidence, first steps to take in becoming a public speaker, and much more.

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The Other Side of Potential: Starting Humbly, Making it Big and Giving Back, with Tricia Brouk
12 Aug 2019

Tricia Brouk’s passion for storytelling has shaped her work in film, television, and theater for over two decades.

She is an award-winning director to include: Top Director of 2019 by the International Association of International Professionals, Award of Merit by The IndieFest for her short documentary Right Livelihood: A Journey to Here, Best Comedy from the Vancouver WebFest for Directing Sublets, and A Golden Thumb Award from Roger Ebert for her work on John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes.

Her work has been featured on Black Box for ABC, The Affair for Showtime, and Rescue Me on FOX, as well as in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hoax with Richard Gere. She has worked closely with, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Eddie Izzard, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Kelly Reilly, Famke Jensen and her dear friend, the late James Gandolfini.

Tricia is committed to producing and directing stories that inspire, entertain, uplift, and foster an exchange of ideas. As the Executive Producer of Speakers Who Dare, and former Executive Producer of TEDxLincolnSquare, she curates the top speakers in the country, and her production company, The Big Talk Productions, shoots documentary shorts on the thought leaders making an impact on our world.

Her ground-breaking Speaker Salon has culminated in hundreds of her speakers booking international speaking engagements, TEDx Talks, and speaking opportunities with the top speaker bureaus alongside Mel Robbins and Barbara Corcoran.

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239 Create a Future that Inspires You – Tracey Wik
06 Aug 2019

Future, Different, Forces, Vision, Energy

Create a Future that Inspires You – Tracey Wik

Summary

Can people predict the future with 100% accuracy? Perhaps not, but today’s guest spends a lot of time thinking about the future and how we can be better equipped for it. She also shares her experiencing in creating a better future for herself, and her listeners, through crafting a compelling talk.

Tracey Wik is an entrepreneur, writer, and talent futurist dedicated to creating workplaces that recognize and elevate the potential of all employees. She works with high-achieving leaders to help them understand what talent they have, what talent they need, and how to put science around the art of selecting and developing teams.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Tracey loves road trips.
  • A bit about Tracey’s recent speaking engagements, and how she helps people debunk limiting beliefs.
  • The value of delivering a complex idea in a short period of time.
  • How to overcome feeling paralyzed when preparing for a talk.
  • Tips for becoming a more effective speaker.
  • How speaking has impacted Tracey personally and professionally.

Interview Links

Tracey’s talk: The Influence of a Zip Code

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Connect with Tracey on Facebook

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Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

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Follow The Big Talk on Twitter

TriciaBrouk.com

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