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The Business of Meetings

Apr 7, 2020

During this global pandemic, we’ve all been impacted in some form or fashion. It’s likely you have questions or feel confused as to how things are going to move forward after this chaos subsides. If that’s the case, know you’re not alone. Today’s guests, Brad, Greg, Sherry Walling, and Tyra Warner all share their unique insight on how to approach these uncertain circumstances and how we can proceed in the future. Eric Rozenberg guides this Q&A session with valuable questions coming directly from listeners. Join Eric in part-three of this three-part series for tips on how to stay positive and productive during this economic crisis. 

Greg’s Bio: Greg Habstritt has a unique skill set that not only allows him to be a successful full-time investor, but he also has the ability to teach others how to create wealth and prosperity for themselves. He truly "walks the talk", as he teaches principles and strategies that he personally has used to create a significant investment portfolio and net worth.


As the Founder of SimpleWealth, Greg has more than 20 years successful entrepreneurial experience in a number of industries ranging from telecommunications, information technology, event marketing, education and broadcasting. He started his first business at 8 years old, and is a self-confessed "serial Entrepreneur”.

Brad’s Bio: After putting myself through college, I spent 34 years in corporate America and 29 of those years in executive or C-suite management. Communication as a cornerstone of my leadership journey rewarded me with a hybrid of experiences from hotel management, event third party management, association management and destination marketing management working for some of the most iconic brands in the industry: Experient, SmithBucklin, New Orleans & Company and Connections has prepared me for owning my own company where I have the pleasure of sharing and coaching my experience and models of success.

Being a paradigm pioneer in a multitude of markets (association, trade show, corporate and government) has required a honing of communication and emotional intelligence skills. Whether it be working in organizational design and structure, implementation of a new direction or speaking in front of the masses…the foundation is communication. I have had the privilege of presenting around the globe as a trusted adviser. While I enjoy presenting, I am truly the happiest when I am working with someone to find their voice. A graduate of the University of Illinois and member of the American Society of Association Executives, Professional Convention Management Association, International Association of Exhibitions and Events and a Founding Supporter of the Association for Women in Events. My greatest accomplishment – being a husband and a father! Oh, and a rescue dog Dad!

Tyra’s Bio: Tyra Warner (formerly Tyra Hilliard), PhD, Esq, CMP is an attorney and professor whose expertise is in legal and crisis preparedness issues for the meetings, events, and hospitality industries.

Tyra teaches hospitality and business courses at the College of Coastal Georgia.  She is published and widely quoted on legal and crisis management issues in academic and trade publications.

Her 25+ year meetings industry career has included management roles in hotels, travel, destination marketing, associations, catering, law, and academia.  

Sherry’s Bio: Dr. Sherry Walling helps smart people do hard things. She works with leaders and entrepreneurs to tackle the common and uncommon challenges that go along with the pursuit of an extraordinary life. As a clinical psychologist, speaker, yoga teacher, podcaster, entrepreneur, and best-selling author, she draws from her professional expertise as well as her personal experience. Her best-selling book, The Entrepreneurs Guide to Keeping Your Shit Together, combines the insight and warmth of a therapist with the truth-telling mirth of someone who has been there.

When she’s not in the consulting room or hopping stages around the world; Sherry can be found on her paddleboard, swinging from the rafters pretending to be a circus performer, or ushering her three kiddos through an art museum in some fabulous city. 

Show Highlights: 

  • Greg shares why we should prioritize relations and connections now more than ever 
  • Staying at home can be a great time to tap back into your passion and reset 
  • Businesses are currently in a vulnerable state and Tyra discusses how we can be supportive of people during difficult economic times 
  • Sherri shares how we can practice being people we’re proud of in crisis
  • Filing for general liability insurance and when you can cancel it 
  • How to practice self-compassion during difficult shifts 
  • How the Force Majeure Clause and travel bans dictate whether or not reservations can be refunded 
  • Whether or not job and product searching should be put on a hold 
  • How to approach clients during economic downturns 
  • Whether or not how we approach the internet and meetings is going to shift 
  • People crave human connection and this may increase the need for live events 



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