Two and a half years later there are over 200 reviews worldwide! Plus 10 influencer endorsements in the book.
"An easy to implement, practical guide. Whether you are attending conferences or building a network, a business or career, you'll want to buy and read this book."- Susan RoAne is an international public speaker, recognized networking expert, and author of the classic How to Work a Room®
"By taking the 'work' out of 'networking,' Robbie redefines what it means to network and build meaningful relationships that can help you achieve your goals." - Jeffrey Hayzlett, a global business celebrity, best-selling business author, and award-winning public speaker
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FREE Audiobook with Paperback Perfect for listening on the go or as a refresher on the way to your next conference or networking event.
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About the Book
A practical guide to help you build meaningful and authentic relationships.
When you register for a conference, it’s a big investment.
The cost might be covered by your company, but you will still need to be out of the office for a few days. Are you planning ahead so you’ll use the time away strategically? Do you feel confident about making the most of the opportunities at the event?
This book will help you stop wasting time networking and start building great relationships.
Rather than collect an overflowing stack of business cards on your desk, learn how to follow up effectively. Collecting business cards is not building relationships.
Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, networking novice or master schmoozer, this book is for you.
You’re probably wondering about the title--what does “croissants” and “bagels” have to do with networking? Picture those tight networking circles at events--those are the “bagels.” If someone opens up their body language and makes space for others to join the circle--viola! “Croissant.” Set the intention to meet people and your body language will reflect your intention.
If you feel anxious about networking, this book shares practical steps to help you feel empowered.
This book focuses on being inclusive. Clear examples of how to approach and engage people who are different from you are provided, so they’ll want to keep the conversation going.
Recognized networking expert and speaker Robbie Samuels shares these and many other tips and strategies to help you level-up your networking prowess. Whether your goal is to get the most ROI from participation in conferences or elevate your ability to network authentically, you will walk away with techniques enabling you to be more strategic, more effective, and more inclusive.
“I love “The Downside to Being a Unicorn” section! I’ve definitely experienced those awkward curious questions that some people think are great conversation starters. I also appreciated that Robbie included tips for how to network with people who are differently-abled. Inclusion is key!” - Stephanie Chung, a speaker and coach who is known as "The High-Ticket Sales Closer"
"Life gets busy and we're not always as prepared as we'd like to be heading into a conference. This book will help you take advantage of small networking moments at the event - like chatting with other early arrivals at your breakout session and waving over people to join your lunch table." - Thom Singer, CSP aka "Conference Catalyst," author of twelve books on the power of business relationships, networking, and presentation skills, including "The ABCs of Networking"
Robbie Samuels offers wonderful wisdom in this book-- read it not only for important lessons about how to network at conferences and grow your career, but how to approach life with courage and an inclusive spirit. --Greg M. Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University
“No one works a conference like Robbie – an artist of networking. Robbie gets the relational and the practical. This book is pocket-sized wisdom to help you make the most of conferences. Tips like writing your follow-up email draft in advance, using specific programs to keep track of priority business cards, and strategies for actually following up after the event despite having a busy life. Robbie covers it all.” - Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force
“This book is not just for beginners. I’ve worked in the heart of three major industries - Washington D.C., Hollywood, and Silicon Valley. Even though relationship building has always been a priority and I teach others how to network, I got some great nuggets and insights from this book. No matter if you've been using relationships and referrals to drive your business for years, or if you are just getting started in the world of business, you can definitely pick up some ideas in this book to add to your tool box.” - John Corcoran, an attorney, former Clinton White House Writer, host of Smart Business Revolution podcast, and co-founder of Rise25, LLC
“Have you ever wondered what to do at a crowded networking event? Not know what to do or say? Then you will really enjoy Robbie’s practical steps to navigating a room and making great connections. Whether you are a nervous first-time attendee or have been going for years you will learn valuable takeaways to give (and get) attention of the people you meet.” - Neen James, Keynote Speaker, and author of “Folding Time” and “Attention Pays"
"One lesson I learned while working my way up from baggage handler to CEO - relationships matter. We can't rely on technology to help us make those connections, we need to take advantage of opportunities to meet in person. This book will help you do just that." - Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Air and professional speaker
About the Author
ROBBIE SAMUELS is a keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and relationship-based business strategist who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Inc., Harvard Business Review Ascend, and Lifehacker. He works with associations to increase retention, engagement, and member value by creating more welcoming and inclusive conference experiences.
He is the author of the best-selling business book Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences and has been profiled in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. His clients include associations, women’s leadership summits, and corporations including Marriott, AmeriCorps, Hostelling International, and General Assembly.
He has been featured in several books including Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark and The Connector’s Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact by Michelle Tillis Lederman. He has guest lectured at many leading educational institutions including Harvard University, Brown University, Cornell University, and Northeastern University. Robbie is the host of On the Schmooze podcast which features his networking strategies and talented professionals sharing untold stories of leadership and networking.