249 Leadership & Storytelling: One and the Same
15 Oct 2019


Leadership, Storytelling, Speaking, Communication, Community

Summary

As a speaker, you have an amazing tool at your disposal. This tool can create community, inspire new ways of thinking, and help you make a powerful impact on your audience. On this season of The Big Talk, we’ll look at the power of storytelling and how it is an indispensable tool for leadership. In this episode, Tricia shares her story of taking stages, and why storytelling and leadership are one and the same.

We’ll explore: 

  • How Oprah Winfrey, Heidi Schreck, and Maya Angelou took the stage asked us to create new stories.
  • The story of how I took my first stages and my first audition with Lucinda Childs.
  • Why I said no to playing the lead role in “Einstein on the Beach.”
  • The importance of deeply understanding communication in order to be captivating.
  • Why we are all capable of having great impact on the world.
  • The power of stories to give groups a shared experience.

Resources

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  • Great #storytellers and speakers inspire new ways of thinking, not only because of their ideas, but also because they are clear on what they want to say. @triciabrouk
  • When we come together and have a collective experience through #story, it creates a bond. @triciabrouk
  • When great #leaders lead, they are telling us stories. They connect to our human desires and move us to want to make change. @triciabrouk
248 Creating a Connection Through Storytelling – Jason Harris
08 Oct 2019

Connection, Storytelling, Emotions, Authenticity, Vulnerability

Creating a Connection Through Storytelling – Jason Harris

Summary

What truly moves people to action, the head or the heart? While information and content is vital, today’s guest reminds us that storytelling and connecting with people’s hearts through vulnerability is the most powerful way to impact them.

Jason Harris is the president and CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism and works closely with brands through a blend of soul and science to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Jason’s passion for leveraging the power of storytelling to humanize brands and establish an emotional connection with consumers as people rather than mere transactions has revolutionized the role and impact of modern marketing. Jason’s innovative methods are currently studied at Harvard Business School through the case study “Mekanism: Engineering Viral Marketing.”

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Jason’s current speaking platform.
  • Why Jason is so passionate about storytelling.
  • Why storytelling can be more powerful than focusing on just teaching content.
  • How body language and movement play a critical role in effective speaking.
  • The framework Jason used in his talk: personal to broad to urgent.
  • The most surprising things Jason learned from Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has impacted Jason personally and professionally.
  • Jason’s tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Interview Links

Jason’s talk: Born to Tell

The Soulful Art of Persuasionby Jason Harris

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Resources

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247 Your Message is Bigger Than Your Fear – Tonya Harris
01 Oct 2019

Anxiety, Message, Fear, Courage, Mental Health

Your Message is Bigger Than Your Fear – Tonya Harris

Summary

It’s easy to let fear hold you back as a speaker. What if you forget your script? What if people don’t like your talk? What if the unexpected happens? Today’s guest shares a powerful technique for dealing with fear, as well as offering many other tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Tonya Harris is an award-winning toxin expert, childhood cancer survivor, and mother of three. She is the founder of Slightly Greener, offering busy Moms simple solutions for reducing toxins in their home. Tonya is also the founder of the Happy Child Project, a movement to de-stigmatize learning disabilities and mental health challenges in children.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Tonya’s current platform.
  • What Tonya learned about herself in the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • The importance of being vulnerable in your talk.
  • The value of having immediate feedback when you speak in front of a live audience.
  • The “What If” technique and how it can help you.
  • How speaking has impacted Tonya personally and professionally.
  • Practical tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Interview Links

Tonya’s talk: Discrimination and Mental Health

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Resources

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246 Living in the Moment – Kristina Hallett
24 Sep 2019


Mindset, Preparation, Goals, Success, Distractions

Living in the Moment – Kristina Hallett

Summary

You can prepare for a big talk, but what happens when the unexpected happens or you go “off book”? Today’s guest shares how she maintains a tension between preparation and living in the moment when speaking. You’ll learn how these strategies apply to your speaking as well as your life and business.

Dr. Kristina Hallett is a board-certified clinical psychologist, executive coach, and speaker who specializes in harnessing the positive power of stress, self-compassion, and radical self-care. She helps professionals develop skills to make stress work to their advantage to increase productivity and well-being through changes in mindset, perspective, and everyday practices.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Kristina’s speaking platform.
  • Why Kristina’s “Living in the Moment” talk at Speakers Who Dare was such a transformative experience.
  • The importance of breathing and hydrating to improve your speaking.
  • The kind of awareness a speaker needs to be fully present, and the importance of seeing a talk as a conversation.
  • What Kristina learned about herself from the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • What surprised Kristina the most at Speakers Who Dare.
  • How speaking has impacted Kristina personally and professionally.
  • Practical tips for speaking more effectively.

Interview Links

Kristins’s talk: Watching a Talk Happen (Living in the Moment)

Kristina’s “Be Awesome” podcast

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Resources

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245 Bridging the Gap Between Speaking & Leadership – Stephanie Simpson
17 Sep 2019

Leadership, Speaking, Authenticity, Teamwork, Productivity

Bridging the Gap Between Speaking & Leadership – Stephanie Simpson

Summary

How do you influence others as a speaker? Today’s guest reminds us that influence goes far beyond your role as a speaker from the stage. She shares her compelling journey of blending speaking with leadership and coaching in a variety of environments.

Stephanie Simpson is an artist, educator, and coach. Drawing on her background in movement, meditation, and psychology, she guides people to achieve their greatest potential and empowers them to live their lives unapologetically and to the fullest by nurturing the connection between the mind, body, and spirit.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Stephanie’s speaking platform.
  • The importance of helping people feel engaged in what they are doing.
  • Why Stephanie believes that artists can save the world.
  • The link between creativity and problem-solving.
  • What Stephanie learned about herself through the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • How speaking has impacted Stephanie personally and professionally.
  • What surprised Stephanie about the Speakers Who Dare experience.
  • Tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Interview Links

Stephanie’s talk: Artists Can Save the World

Stephanie’s website

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Resources

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244 The Power of Kindness – Rocco Cozza
10 Sep 2019

 

 

Kindness, Rehearsal, Community, Business, Relationships

The Power of Kindness – Rocco Cozza

Summary

Does business have to be cutthroat? Today’s guest doesn’t think so. He shares why his unique approach to life and business through the power of kindness is impacting lives. You’ll learn how it can impact yours as well.

Rocco is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and business attorney. He has a passion for spreading his message of the power of kindness in business, and hopes to inspire the masses to leave this world a kinder place for his three kids.

We’ll explore:

  • Why Rocco changed his platform topic from entrepreneurship to kindness.
  • The value of treating everyone with kindness, decency, and respect.
  • What Rocco learned about himself through Speakers Who Dare.
  • The most surprising thing about the Speakers Who Dare experience.
  • How speaking has impacted Rocco personally and professionally.
  • Rocco’s advice for speaking more effectively.

Interview Links

Rocco’s talk: The Power of Kindness

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Resources

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243 Connecting the Dots – Mari Carmen Pizarro
03 Sep 2019

Leadership, Storytelling, Curiosity, Audience, Coaching

Connecting the Dots – Mari Carmen Pizarro

Summary

When it comes to your platform, it’s easy to feel like the various pieces don’t connect together. Today’s guest shares how she has blended her storytelling, speaking, and leadership into a unique mix, and how you can do the same as well.

Mari Carmen Pizarro is the Founder of Whole Leadership Systems, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to developing high-performing executives and leaders. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership and human performance and is an expert at integrating emotional intelligence with sustained levels of high performance. A seasoned Keynote and TEDx speaker, Mari Carmen captivates audiences all over the world, bridging the multicultural and diversity gaps with her content. She is also the founder of the International Leadership Academy for Women.

We’ll explore:

  • A bit about Mari’s speaking platform.
  • The value of having a great coach.
  • How Mari is connecting the dots between storytelling, speaking, and leadership.
  • The transferrable skills between leadership and speaking.
  • How a talk can give birth to a book, and vice-versa.
  • What Mari learned about herself in the Speakers Who Dare process.
  • How speaking has impacted Mari personally and professionally.
  • Her tips for becoming a more effective speaker.

Interview Links

Mari’s talk: Shattering the Glass Ceiling

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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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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

SarahNannen.com

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

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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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