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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.

May 28, 2024

Today, I’m bringing you a conversation with an amazing speaker and an alum of The Big Talk Academy, Dena Patton.


Dena is an award-winning coach and trainer who works with world-changing business owners and leaders. She has supported over a thousand 1:1 clients who are forward-thinking, purposeful entrepreneurs and CEOs vested in their values, impact, income, and results. 


On global stages, Dena is known for her expertise and inspiration on the topic of mental toughness and building a positive mindset based on her book The Greatness Game. She has garnered 9 business awards and over 90 media stories including CNN, Entrepreneur magazine, First Women, NBC, and Business Journal.


Outside of her business ventures, Dena devotes herself to philanthropy work. She is the co-founder of The Girls Rule Foundation, which champions empowerment and leadership programs for teen girls. 


In this episode, we’ll explore:


  • Why Dena had to relearn how to speak twice in her life

  • What the "trifecta of greatness" is and the way to use yours intentionally

  • How mindset affects your ability to overcome daily challenges

  • Dena’s work co-founding the Girls Rule Foundation, which provides empowerment and leadership programs for teen girls

  • Dena’s current favorites: Book: Dream Big, Speaker: Sekou Andrews, and Podcast: The School of Greatness

More from Dena Patton


Her book, The Greatness Game

Her free resources at





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