Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tricia Brouk, CEO and Founder of The Big Talk, located in New York, NY, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

The Big Talk Academy serves thought leaders, influencers, and professionals. We curate thought leadership by packaging authentic stories into industry-leading voices and creating media luminaries.

Tell us about yourself

I've been working in film, tv, and theater for three decades in New York City. A friend asked me to direct her TEDx talk, and when I realized that by amplifying and elevating the voices of people who have powerful stories, the ripple effect of impact for good was going to contribute to global humanity.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is creating a team culture aligned with the values of integrity, inclusion, dignity, humility, curiosity, respect, and love.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

It's accepting the fact that I am always working. Yes, I take time off, and it's my company, which means I am always making sure things are moving forward.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Hire slow, fire fast.
  2. Take big risks; it's worth it.
  3. Identify your values before you start your company, so you are aligned from the get-go.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Being a Founder and CEO is a privilege that comes with responsibility. Understanding that you are a leader of your team, your community, and future clients, and that requires thoughtful care and meaningful tending.

Where can people find you and your business?


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