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

RideOYL.com

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

Follow Tricia Brouk on Twitter

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Connect with Tricia Brouk on Facebook

Connect with Tricia Brouk on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Talk on Twitter

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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

TraceyWik.com

Connect with Tracey on Facebook

Connect with Tracey on LinkedIn

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

Follow Tricia Brouk on Twitter

Follow Tricia Brouk on Instagram

Connect with Tricia Brouk on Facebook

Connect with Tricia Brouk on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Talk on Twitter

TriciaBrouk.com

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238 Lessons from a First-Time Speaker – Rachit Kansal
30 Jul 2019

 

Passion, Preparation, Writing, Art, Feedback

Leverage Art to Make a Difference – Rachit Kansal

Summary

Many of the talks given at Speakers Who Dare were delivered by those with stage experience. However, today’s guest shares his insights and experience as a first-time speaker. Although he is new to the stage, he shares a wealth of tips that can help you improve your speaking as well.

Rachit Kansal is an engineer and researcher committed to changing our relationship with the planet. Working at a leading non-profit and think tank alongside a team who shares his passion for forging innovative paths forward, Rachit is currently focused on understanding how we can leverage the intersection of technology and economics to accelerate our world toward a clean energy transition.

He also believes that technological and economic innovation are only part of the solution. In order for the transition to clean energy to be as impactful as it can be, it also needs heart—a young, fresh, bold approach that is as daring and passionate as it is smart. With a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy, Rachit draws on his expertise as well as his experience having lived and worked on four different continents to meet our global problems with a truly global perspective.

We’ll explore:

  • What Rachit learned about himself from the Speakers Who Dare experience.
  • Rachit’s writing and preparation process for his talk.
  • What Rachit will change about his process in the future.
  • How speaking has impacted Rachit personally and professionally.
  • His suggestions for preparing for a big talk.

Interview Links

Rachit’s talk: How a Mass Mobilization of Art Can Save our Planet

Rachit’s writing on Medium

Connect with Rachit on LinkedIn

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

Follow Tricia Brouk on Twitter

Follow Tricia Brouk on Instagram

Connect with Tricia Brouk on Facebook

Connect with Tricia Brouk on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Talk on Twitter

TriciaBrouk.com

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237 Resilience Redefined Beyond Survival – Amy O’Neill
23 Jul 2019

Survival, Resilience, Feedback, Mindset, Process

Resilience Redefined Beyond Survival – Amy O’Neill

Summary

Every big talk has the potential to change lives. This is especially true of today’s speaker, who prepared a life-changing talk about survival and resilience. She will inspire you with her story of taking her expertise to a deeper level and helping people become more resilient beyond just surviving.

Amy C. O’Neill, MS, LPC has built a career in mental health over two-and-a-half decades, and traveled a personal path that has proven over and over again that resilience is key to truly living healthy, both in mind and body. Resilience enables us to face tragedy and still take the necessary steps to go through. Resilience is mandatory for us to recover when obstacles interfere. And, as Amy can attest, resilience can be harnessed.

After methodically training and successfully completing three Ironman Triathlons, and the prestigious Boston Marathon five times, Amy knows how mental and physical focus can lead to success. Perhaps her biggest life test was being thrust into the role of a Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor. Her testimony understanding the path of the unthinkable has opened up her eyes to a new way of going through adversity. Amy’s goal is to share her lived and learned knowledge with others. The survival journey is complicated, and we can not only survive challenges, but also thrive and create a life we love.

We’ll explore:

  • Various ways that Amy is using her speaking platform to impact lives and advocate for survivors.
  • The value of understanding your message fully.
  • The mindset shift to begin owning who you are as a speaker.
  • What Amy learned about herself in the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • The most surprising thing about the process for Amy.
  • Why doing this talk represented a risk for Amy.
  • How Speakers Who Dare has impacted Amy personally and professionally.
  • Her tips for anyone doing a big talk.

Interview Links

Amy’s talk: Resilience Re-Defined, Beyond Survival

Amy’s website
Connect with Amy on Facebook

Connect with Amy on LinkedIn

Follow Amy on Twitter

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

Follow Tricia Brouk on Twitter

Follow Tricia Brouk on Instagram

Connect with Tricia Brouk on Facebook

Connect with Tricia Brouk on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Talk on Twitter

TriciaBrouk.com

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236 Becoming an Accidental Advocate – Marla Schultz
16 Jul 2019

 

Humor, Vulnerability, Mental Illness, Confidence, Listening

Becoming an Accidental Advocate – Marla Schultz 

Summary

Our sweet spot as speakers can come from surprising places. Today’s guest shares her story of blending humor, public speaking, and acting in order to deal with the “heavy” topic of mental illness.

Marla Schultz is a headlining stand-up comic, speaker, and actress. She has guest-starred in numerous films and TV shows, been a regular on Sirius XM Radio, and performs in clubs, theaters, and on cruise ships nationwide.

She never imagined that her years making people laugh would provide critical skills needed when communicating with doctors and insurance companies, as well as helping keep loved ones alive. Since becoming an Accidental Advocate, Marla has proven that laughter really is the best medicine. She uses her engaging sense of humor to connect, entertain, and make a difference.

We’ll explore:

  • Marla’s current speaking platform, which focuses on breaking down the stigma of mental illness.
  • The challenge of overcoming stigma and criticism.
  • How Speakers Who Dare impacted Marla, her message, and confidence.
  • Marla’s unique blend of stand-up comedy, public speaking, and acting.
  • What worked, and what didn’t, in Marla’s process for preparing for Speakers Who Dare.
  • How Speakers Who Dare has impacted Marla personally and professionally.
  • Marla’s advice for anyone considering a big talk.

Interview Links

Marla’s talk: Becoming an Accidental Advocate

MarlaSchultz.com

Connect with Marla on Facebook

Follow Marla on Twitter

Follow Marla on Instagram

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

Follow Tricia Brouk on Twitter

Follow Tricia Brouk on Instagram

Connect with Tricia Brouk on Facebook

Connect with Tricia Brouk on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Talk on Twitter

TriciaBrouk.com

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235 Own the Stage – Theresa Nguyen
09 Jul 2019

 

Immigrants, Stories, Stage, Fear, Mindset

Own the Stage – Theresa Nguyen 

Summary

Almost every speaker deals with nerves or stage fright. But what if you could develop the confidence and mindset to own the stage? Today’s guest shares her amazing story of learning to lean into her fear and develop greater confidence as a speaker.

Theresa is an Intuitive Coach, certified in Dragon Reiki, Angel Card reading, and channeling. She is the founder of More Time More You, which is focused on aligned purpose. Theresa and her husband, Eddie, are the hosts of the podcast “The Theresa and Eddie Show”, helping to humanize the immigrant and refugee experience.

We’ll explore:

  • Theresa’s passion for sharing the immigrant experience.
  • How Theresa has leaned to face her fear and begun to own the stage.
  • The importance of developing an unshakeable mindset.
  • How the Speakers Who Dare experience impacted Theresa.
  • Her tips for preparing to take the stage.
  • How becoming a speaker has helped Theresa personally and professionally.

Interview Links

Theresa’s talk: Lack of Access to the American Dream

MoreTimeMoreYou.com

Connect with Theresa on Facebook

Connect with Theresa on LinkedIn

Follow Theresa on Instagram

Follow Theresa on Pinterest

Resources

The Big Talk Academy

FREE Ebook: 7 Step Formula for Fearless Speaking

Follow Tricia Brouk on Twitter

Follow Tricia Brouk on Instagram

Connect with Tricia Brouk on Facebook

Connect with Tricia Brouk on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Talk on Twitter

TriciaBrouk.com

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The Big Pitch
09 Jul 2019

I have received thousands of pitches over the years, whether it’s to be in a show I’m producing, on my podcast, TEDx event or now Speakers Who Dare. You have one opportunity to stand out from the crowd from one piece of paper, or in one email. This is your chance to get on the radar of the event organizer so that you can get onto their stage and have the impact you want to have.

Here are the top three mistakes people make when pitching:

  1. Save the best for last.

You may think saving the best for  last is a good move, however, not when it comes to getting and keeping the attention of organizers. Lead with your important thought. I see this over and over, it’s as if people are working it out and then they figure out what they actually want to say and it goes at the very end. We may not make it to the end of the pitch and therefore, miss your important thoughts, because they are not up front. Do not save the best for last, when pitching.

  1. Puff yourself up with books you’ve written and your credentials.

Most organizers want to know the message or idea that you are sharing can serve their audience. We don’t rely on your resume for that. Instead of leading with, I’m a PHD and have written three books on behavior, lead with My patients are dying and I believe this is something we can prevent by creating a behavior pharmacy.  This tells me you are a doctor, that you care about what you do, and it peaks my interest to keep reading.

  1. Leading with the want.

When you are pitching, it should never be about you. It should always be about the idea and the important message. Instead of leading with I want to help people see fear is a gift, which is about you,  lead with the idea. Fear is a gift that will serve the population and ultimate the world. When you highlight the idea, you become the person we choose.

By avoiding these three simple mistakes, you are giving yourself an opportunity to connect and stand out with event organizers. For more support on pitching, download my free Sample Pitch Letter.

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