When Work Drama is a Good Thing…Ft. Traci DePuy at

This week we welcome Traci DePuy, Head of Global Events at, to the podcast! We talk about what it takes to be a great leader, staying positive in challenging times, and organizing work streams to build a successful hybrid event. And, we try to answer the question: What’s the best way to motivate a team? You don’t want to miss this episode of Meeting Minds!

Creating Touchpoints for Your Audience ft. Storey Pryor

This week on Meeting Minds we welcome Storey Pryor, the former Senior Director of Global Events at Isagenix, and now an independent event planning consultant. We discuss curating  event culture, building touch points for your audience, and discover ways  you can optimize your next event for a fantastic audience experience. You don’t want to miss this fabulous episode!

Using your Story as Rocket Fuel

We all have a history and how we choose to use it matters. Mike “C-Roc” Ciorrocco shares how you can use challenges to propel you forward, like rocket fuel, and help others reach their potential. Check it out!

Tell us about you.

I came from a broken home and being a young kid you think that’s ordinary and normal, you adapt to that and get used to things that are not normal. A lot of conflict with the parents, step-parents, child support, custody. Sometimes the conflict gets taken out on the kids. A very awkward situation built me. You could go down the wrong road or good road, I chose the good road.

3 years ago I realized my purpose, I am going to help millions of people, that’s where the journey started. It’s just been telling my story to let people relate and how I can help them.

How do we find our own story in all of this?

I have one dominating rule I live off of. My podcast is called “what are you made of” negative self-talk pulls you backward. Self-talk is a very important tool to use. The dominating rule is to turn off setbacks, letdowns, and negativity. This includes people, turn it into rocket fuel for the future. Once you become aware that your life isn’t the same, you look for setbacks and limits because you understand what it’s for. Successful people always look to solve problems and challenges, unsuccessful people are always running from them.

How do you find peace where we are now and yet escape from what is holding us down?

When there’s something that happens, like an adversary like COVID, the first thing is to acknowledge it right away. Too many people waste time worrying about the problem instead of trying to solve it. When things happen I am always looking above at the whole of it. It’s an energy and focus thing, shift your focus and figure out what you need to do, not to survive but thrive and go after it.

Let’s talk about building up others.

In our organization I always look at people who don’t necessarily have experience in what we do, I want people that are good quality people, they want to do good, they are willing to learn, and they have a great attitude. I’ll teach them the rest, if they have those qualities, the sky is the limit.

Leaders need to invest in their people, and share the goals of the organization with the person’s goals and make sure they align. Any people’s problems in an organization or a team become the companies problems. Focus on that on a daily basis, anything worth doing at all is worth doing every day!

How do you know when someone is ready to improve themselves?

There’s a stage, stages you go through. When people come to work at our company we have a 1 on 1 meeting with them, talking about their goals. We make sure we understand that and we share what we expect of them, it starts there. From there, we get permission to hold them accountable for what they achieve. We get them to sign a paper saying their goals and expectations with permission for us to hold them accountable. We do training every day in the morning and I get a report to see who has engaged that day. If they are not engaged, they didn’t do their training, and I can see that.

The Biggest Cost to an Organization May Surprise You! Ft. David Horsager

David Horsager is an expert when it comes to trust. He explains how trust can make or break an organization! Listen to hear how we can move forward during this time building trust.

Transparency and Synergy in the Events Industry Ft. Melanie Bradshaw

Melanie Bradshaw joins us and shares with us, her expertise on relationships and partnerships in our industry. Now is the time to continue to build on those important relationships and the key is transparency!