Coaching & Mastermind
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I work directly with a limited number of self-employed professionals, aka solopreneurs.
You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you're running out of time.
The reason options are overwhelming is that you're looking at them as a series of disconnected steps, when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.
You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. Which means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I will work with you to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation/vacation, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.
We can build your plan through a half-day strategy session, a coaching engagement, or mastermind program.
These are not right for everyone; they're personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.
What might you work on?
In my coaching work with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we focus on the areas where you'd like to grow, which may include:
- Creating a strong sales conversation framework
- Building your referral network
- Lead generation through a relationships
- Growing your visibility in your industry
- Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
- Identifying and launching a minimally-viable offer
- Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
- Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
- Improving your virtual presentation skills
Why Work With Me
Robbie Samuels is a keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and relationship-based business strategy coach who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Harvard Business Review Ascend, Forbes, Lifehacker, and Inc and as an “industry expert in the field of digital event design” by JDC Events.
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. He writes for Harvard Business Review Ascend. 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, a weekly podcast that features interviews with talented professionals who have achieved success in their field or industry. He asks probing questions to get them to share untold stories about their leadership journey and how they built and sustained their professional network.
He is a Certified Virtual Convener and Certified Virtual Presenter. He created The 5% Advantage Program, a four-week certification program that helps presenters grow in their confidence with Zoom, online facilitation, and virtual event design so they can reduce their tech angst and host more engaging online experiences. Presenters have the opportunity to be Certified Virtual Event Professional #NoMoreBadZoom. He is the host of #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hour, a popular weekly virtual networking event that explores new ways to design engaging virtual experiences. This event attracts 50-60 participants each week, 50% of them have attended 8 or more times, 20% have attended 20 or more times.
As a Virtual Event Design Consultant and Executive Zoom Producer, he assists organizations with bringing their in-person events strategically online. He provides virtual event design strategy, emceeing, production (managing the tech, including chat and breakout rooms), and training/supporting presenters. His clients include national and statewide advocacy organizations, including California WIC Association, Feeding America, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Association of Talent & Development chapter, The National At-Home Dad Network, the California Notary Symposium, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.
How We Work Together
You have a big goal, such as writing and launching a business book, strategically growing your coaching or consulting practice, or piloting a new offer. You are willing to do the work, but you don’t have time to waste. You have to get the steps right.
You know if you get the right guidance, you’ll be able to focus your efforts and make this happen.
To make the most of our time together, you’ll complete a questionnaire prior to our session. With this in hand, we will work together over three hours to create a clear action plan based on proven strategies.
No more wasting time throwing spaghetti at the wall. You’ll know exactly what steps to take after this session to start seeing real progress towards your goal.
3-Hour Virtual Strategy Session – $3,000
Ready to get started or have questions?
Contact me. I’m excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.
What They’re Saying:
“Robbie had a huge impact on both broadening my horizons and driving me to act out of my comfort zone as I launched my book, Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration. A great person to work with on scaling your project or business.”
“Thanks, Robbie, for identifying that I needed to increase my networking in order to increase my authority. By following your nudge and advice, I have begun on a path of connectivity. This allowed me to resuscitate a research project. I was blind to how important networking is, and how weak I was at it. But, through your guidance I felt confident enough to ‘tap my network' to come up with the $25K funding needed for the project. Before this minor transformation, I would have given up on the project when turned down by a foundation as I wouldn't have known where to get resources. Thank you.”
This Coaching Package kicks off with the Strategy Session as outlined above, and then provides ongoing support over six months or 12 months to help you execute the strategies we discussed. Meeting regularly keeps you focused and on track, even when life inevitably tries to get in the way.
You want to see real progress, and you know that you need a guide to get you where you want to be six months from now. You are ready to invest in your own success.
Your strategy session will result in a blueprint you can follow, organized into 12-week sprints. We’ll meet every two weeks to review your progress, troubleshoot anything getting in your way, and refocus your efforts for the next two weeks. In between sessions, you’ll have some homework to help you accelerate towards your goal.
You’ll have my full support as you move into the zone of proximal development – that space just outside your comfort zone where personal and professional growth takes place.
The Coaching Program – $15k (6 months) or $25k (12 months)
This is a good option if you’re ready to commit to doing the work, and know
that having the right support will get you where you want to be. No more
random tactics, and instead you’ll have a clear strategic action plan and a
coach to keep you on track.
Ready to get started or have questions?
What They’re Saying:
“I hired Robbie to help me with an idea I wanted to turn into a business. Then the pandemic hit. Robbie helped me rethink everything and then put entirely new pieces in place to launch it. I have now put in place so much of what I've wanted to accomplish to set my business up for success – including strategic moves I would never have chosen to do on my own if he hadn't urged me. I could not have done this without Robbie's guidance. He was supportive yet frank, and he kept me accountable to my own vision. Everything I've done looks professional and adheres to best practices, which I never could have achieved on my own. I strongly recommend working with Robbie to get your business set up and launched right.”
“I have started a new organization, and am trying to grow my in-house list. As it continues to grow, however, my open rate has decreased, especially for appeal communications. I had an important fundraising email – one that was to be the final push for crowdfunding that could lead to matching grant funding. I really needed the appeal to be successful. So I contacted Robbie Samuels for advice. He suggested a strategy, including a subject line for me to try to bolster my open and click-through rates. So, I created an email blast with an A/B subject line split. The version with Robbie's subject line and content suggestions far surpassed the original email. Bottom line: We reached our goal in part due to that final push. Robbie gets much of the credit for its success.”
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
Perhaps you’ve been a speaker or coach for a few years or nearly two decades. Do the challenges Tammy faced and the goals she desired resonate with you?
You’ve seen a lot of changes in the way businesses can be run, and wonder if there’s an opportunity for you to do the same. While your friends are starting to talk about retirement and slowing down, you’re revving up for another exciting chapter of your life.
Over a 10-month period, up to 12 participants meet every month for three hours.
Each participant shares their question in advance. Robbie facilitates the discussion.
Here are some guidelines on who will get the most benefit from this program:
- You are an entrepreneur who has been running your own business for at least 2-3 years.
- You are willing to put time and effort into trying new business strategies. This requires a time commitment, and you will be accountable to the group. If you are looking for a quick fix, this is not the program for you.
- You are coachable. Meaning that you will accept feedback (even feedback you disagree with) with the understanding that it is meant to help you and at least consider it before shooting it down.
- You are collaborative. Each group session will involve giving support as well as getting support. You will be a participant in the process. I'm looking for team players.
- You thrive in a dynamic group environment, and you’re excited to get to know other participants.
Tammy Gooler Loeb had a successful practice as a Career and Executive Coach for 18 years. As she neared 60, she wanted to share her experience and knowledge beyond the individual clients she had been serving, or as we say to “go from one to many”. Tammy became excited about the idea of hosting a podcast. This would give her content to share, the opportunity to network with guests, and establish greater authority in her field.
She knew she needed support around this new endeavor, and she came to me for that guidance. Tammy was ready to shift her business and begin to develop new revenue models that didn’t rely on hourly clients. She also wanted to have a bigger impact and spread her message further, but she needed the mindset, tools, and skills to make it happen.
There were a few things holding her back, one was that she had never developed a specific niche, nor built an engaged email list. And, with a thriving coaching practice, where was she going to find the time to focus on her business and learn all of these new skills?
She joined my Mastermind, and over a six-month period, she increased her rates by 50% and reduced her client hours by 20%.
The result? She began to attract more of her ideal clients who knew she could help them, and she had two half days freed up to focus on her business.
She launched her podcast, Work From The Inside Out, and then put energy into piloting a group coaching program.
The Mastermind Program – $12,500 for 10 months
This is a good option if you know you will benefit from participating in a
dynamic group filled with smart, experienced, and dedicated entrepreneurs.
Ready to get started or have questions?
What They’re Saying:
“When I saw the opportunity to join this program, I thought, I've got to do this. I know it will benefit me. The things that it opened up for me in terms of insights were beyond what I had expected.”
“Robbie Samuels invited me to participate in a year-long Mastermind group he was facilitating to help me achieve a new level of goals I was pursuing. Robbie is a fantastically intuitive connector, so I knew he would put together a well-matched group. The Mastermind group was a major factor in helping me reach every single goal I set in 2018. Robbie creates an encouraging structured environment and has concrete suggestions on both purpose and process. I’d highly recommend Robbie as a facilitator of any kind, but most especially Masterminds.” –
“What to say about Robbie! That’s a tall order. He’s a one-off. A valuable sounding board, way ahead of the game, Robbie intuitively knew how to zero in on this particular issue and helped me change my story, dismantle my thinking. The best part? I walked away absolutely optimistic. What could be better than that. Thanks Robbie. Kudos!” – Mary van de Wiel, brand storyteller