The Big Talk with Tricia Brouk

Learn how to get up on a big stage and talk about something important, through the lens of award winning director, and the executive producer of TEDxLincolnSquare, Tricia Brouk. She interviews people who talk for a living and gets them to reveal their secrets on how to become a successful public speaker. Past guests have included Lolly Daskal, Dorie Clark, Bob Burg, Mark Sanborn, Petra Kolber, Jason Van Orden and Scott McKain.
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Jun 19, 2018

You cannot serve and connect with your audience without first knowing them. Today’s guest shares practical, actionable strategies for uncovering information about your audience that will help you motivate, inspire, and encourage them.

Jun 14, 2018

Not every speaker is a great fit for every audience. It takes a special communicator to stay within his or her lane and realize when they are not a good fit for a particular tribe. Today’s guest will help you play your position, stick with your strengths, and make an impact by serving your audience in a way that reaches them best.

Jun 12, 2018

Speaking is not a one-way street where information flows from you to the audience. Today’s guest shows you how asking for feedback from your audience—whether it’s a podcast, live, or other type of audience—helps you connect and serve them better.

May 22, 2018

The phrase “It’s not about you” perhaps applies most of all to a TEDx organizer. Today’s guest shares how she puts the focus on others and helps people get out of their own way … not only in life, but also in her work with TEDx.

May 17, 2018

No matter what your background, you can use skills from any field to help you plan and organize a TEDx event. This is especially true of today’s guest, who brings a wealth of experience in producing and event planning. She will inspire you with her pursuit of excellence and desire to serve and empower women through her work with TEDxStLouis

May 15, 2018

All TEDx events share common elements: speakers, an audience, event organizers, and more. But each event is also an experience that is unique to its own time and place. Today’s guest shares how she has taken unique aspects of her local community and integrated them into her TEDx event for greater impact.

May 10, 2018

Today’s guest brings a unique perspective as a TEDx organizer who operates in an “east meets west” cultural setting. Shelly Govila shares how she has been a key part of organizing the TEDxWanChai event in Hong Kong and how it has opened up so many possibilities in her life.

May 8, 2018

Many people who view a TED talk realize that preparation is an important part of the process. Today’s guest helps us see that when you combine serious preparation with an irresistible idea, the result can be magic.

May 3, 2018

TEDx events take place in all kinds of locations and communities. Today’s guest takes us behind the scenes of his efforts to spread great ideas in an unexpected setting: prisons.

May 1, 2018

A TEDx event not only impacts the community where it takes place. It also impacts those who help plan and organize it. Today’s guest shares how being a part of TEDx has helped her connect with both those who attend and participate, as well as the community around them.

Apr 26, 2018

TEDx events have a global impact since the speaker’s talks can be viewed online. However, the events also have a local impact by influencing their communities in surprising ways. Today’s guest is the organizer of TEDxPittsburgh, and he shares how the event helps people become ambassadors to the community

Apr 24, 2018

TED talks have helped people from all cultures and walks of life come together to appreciate great ideas. Today’s guest is the founder of a TEDx event in India, and she shares her passion and wisdom for serving the global community through TEDx.

Apr 19, 2018

Although TEDx events consist of short, focused talks, it’s not just about “public speaking.” Today’s guest helps us understand the critical difference between speaking and spreading idea, and how this distinction comes to life at TEDxUCLA.

Apr 17, 2018

With so many TEDx events around the world, you may have noticed that the quality can vary among speakers and locations. Today’s guest is the organizer of one of the largest TEDx events in the world. She shares the team’s process of creating an event with both intentionality and excellence.

Apr 12, 2018

How does an employee of the government in Aruba become a TEDx organizer? On today's episdoe, you'll hear Elton Arends' amazing story of how TEDx helped him meet new people and begin impacting more lives through his work with TEDxAruba


Apr 10, 2018

Each TED event is focused on “ideas worth spreading.” Our guest today truly embodies this idea as the organizer of a TEDx event that includes a diversity of speakers across disciplines and genres. You’ll be inspired by Cherie’s creativity and passion for helping spread ideas in an ever-changing society.

Apr 5, 2018

Each TEDx event is unique to its community. On this episode, our guest shares her perspective on organizing TEDxTUM, which takes place in a university setting in Germany. Dora's experience and practical approach to involving the community will help you be more successful in your speaking and organizing as well.


Apr 3, 2018

Alex Opiel has see consistent growth in the TEDxBuffalo event over the last eight years. On this episode, she shares her passion for TEDx, how the event is organized, and why speakers must be in love with their idea.


Mar 29, 2018

On this introductory episode of Season 8, we take a behind-the-scenes look into the history of TED and how a TEDx event is produced. We also reveal the ten most popular TEDx talks and why each is so powerful.



Mar 27, 2018

What does an audience truly want? Do they come just for information or to hear a speaker read from notes or slides? Today’s guest offers a powerful reminder that an audience wants you to interpret your personal journey. By stepping into the shoes of the audience and understanding what moves them, you can create a voice that makes people want to listen.

Mar 22, 2018

There are many methods speakers use to communicate their message. Today’s guest shares how she uses the concept of channeling your message in order to impact an audience. You’ll learn practical tips for preparation along with many other insights into becoming a more effective speaker.

Mar 20, 2018

You have prepared a message, possibly traveled, and have something important to share. Yet the message is not about you. Today’s guest shares why you are there to serve the event and deliver a memorable experience. He reveals lots of tips for serving the event by preparing, knowing your audience, and much more.

Mar 15, 2018

It’s easy to view speaking as a one-sided monologue. But today’s guest will help you see that speaking is actually a conversation, and what that means. She also describes her fascinating background in teaching and how that impacts her approach to speaking.

Mar 13, 2018

As a speaker, you must bring an authority and command to the stage. But how do you do that? Our guest today will show you that it’s not about seizing command—it’s getting clear on your message, being your authentic self, and nurturing your voice. She shares practical strategies and insights to help you be more effective in your personal life as well as on the stage.


Mar 8, 2018

You must be constantly improving if you want to continue impacting audiences. Today’s guest reveals how he used a negative experience as a catalyst for taking his speaking to a new level. You’ll also learn tips for preparing, rehearsing, and much more.

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