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The art of public speaking with authentic and meaningful storytelling can change and even save a life. Learn how to get up on a big stage and share your important message through the lens of award winning director, Tricia Brouk.

She shares her personal experience of being on big stages all over the world and interviews people who talk for a living and gets them to reveal their secrets on how to become a successful public speaker and have lasting legacy.

Tricia has put thousands of speakers onto countless big stages. Guests of The Big Talk have included Stedman Graham, John Lee Dumas, Hap Klopp, Darieth Chisolm and Farnoosh Torabi among others.

Jul 16, 2019

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.