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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 19, 2023

This episode features one of the amazing talks given by a participant in my Speaker Salon Showcase. 


Each year, I curate the Speaker Salon live in New York City to give speakers a safe place to work on their craft. These leaders have become the go-to experts in their industries and are making a huge impact in the world. 


Today, I’m giving you a peek behind the scenes to witness one of the big talks presented at the showcase in front of influencers and decision makers.


This talk, “My Struggle With Academic Validation,” was given by Maekyla Massey.


Maekyla is a high school student from Long Island who is dedicated to public service and the improvement of her community. She is the co-chair of the WNET/PBS Group's Youth Collective, a THIRTEEN initiative to amplify the voices of Gen-Z in the building of an ethical world. Maekyla devotes her time to helping youth participate in their communities. She has received the Youth Leadership Recognition award, and her accomplishments have been recognized by the New York State Senate. 

In this talk, she explores:

  • Her drug of choice — academic validation — and the highs she experienced from it

  • Why the brightest students often have the darkest lives

  • What happened when she finally realized that she wasn't just a number

  • How more young people can discover their purpose beyond academic success

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