Bashar Wali
“A Hotel is Just a Building”
Lust for Life: Adventure, Travel, Hospitality
June 7th 2017 at The Queen Theater   MORE INFO

“My name is Bashar Wali, I am a human being, and this is what I like.”
A Guaranteed Methodology for Managing the Chaos
of Preparing for a TEDx Talk

The scribbled notes sprawled across the desk. The balled-up notes mounting in the trash. The setting aside of time that, mathematically, you know full well you’ll never have. The book-marking, the compiling, the collating, the sudden questioning of the very things that have made you successful enough to even be in this situation. The generating of potential titles, the scrubbing of said titles, the starting again.

The writing, the re-writing, the reading, the re-reading, the re-reading aloud, the panic that ensues when your assistant tells you it’s 9.5 minutes over. The scrapping of whole sections, the killing of your babies (your ideas, not actual babies—though it feels like it). The mid-chaos blogging wherein you attempt to convey to your hosts that “everything is moving along precisely as planned.” The sense of relief when they fall for your subterfuge so that you may resume this madness. The realization that you will also need slides for this talk. Self-doubt now bordering on self-loathing. The wide-awake hours in bed at night agonizing about whether your ideas will be worth spreading—or forgetting. The filmed run-throughs. “Why do I do that thing with my glasses?” “Do I have time to get a personal trainer?” “I wonder what their speaker cancellation policy is?”

Then, late one anxious evening in your study, a single, angelic thought slips into your head and changes everything: This is not brain surgery. Of course, this talk deserves all the rigorous preparation I’ve put into it. But, at the nub of everything, what I’m really communicating is this: “Hello, my name is Bashar Wali, I’m a human being, and this is what I like.” Surely any calm, collected, curious, and passionate person can do that.


For more than 20 years, Bashar Wali has been driving innovation in all facets of the hospitality industry at companies like Wyndham International, Starwood and Grand Heritage Hotels. As President of Provenance Hotels, he has crafted an assertive growth plan and developed strategic partnerships that have led to marquee collaborations with James Beard Award-winning chefs and alliances with preeminent developers like Woodbine Development Corporation, Bolour and Associates, GB Lodging and Thayer Lodging to expand the company’s national presence and grow its portfolio of owned and managed hotels. Read More

TEDxWilmington Salon :: Lust for Life: Travel, Adventure, Hospitality. June 7th, 2017 at The Queen Theater. MORE INFO