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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.

Tricia 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.

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.