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INTRO

Today's guest speaker is a multi-passionate entrepreneur or what some would call a “multi-hyphenate.” In his case, this means he's a professional speaker – business growth strategy coach – event design consultant – executive Zoom producer – emcee – podcast host – author – virtual presentation skills trainer, and I'm likely leaving something out… He has been recognized as a networking expert by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Inc, and as an industry expert in the field of digital event design by JDC Events. His two books have collectively received 400 Amazon reviews and reached #1 in eleven paid categories. 

Please join me in welcoming… all the way from his home in the Philadelphia suburbs – a TEDx speaker – an HBR contributor – and Scrabble champion (PAUSE) at least in his own home, Robbie Samuels.

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Robbie Samuels is an author, speaker, and business growth strategy coach recognized as a networking expert by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Lifehacker, and Inc. He is also an event design consultant and executive Zoom producer recognized as an industry expert in the field of digital event design by JDC Events. His clients include thought leaders, entrepreneurial women, and national and statewide advocacy organizations, including Feeding America and California WIC Association.

His books “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” and “Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List” have collectively received 400 Amazon reviews and reached #1 in eleven paid categories.  He is a TEDx speaker, Harvard Business Review contributor, and has been featured in numerous leading business publications and business books.

Since 2016 he has hosted the On the Schmooze podcast and since 2020 #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hours.

Download bonus content at www.SmallListBigResults.com and www.CroissantsvsBagels.com.

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Robbie Samuels is a speaker, TEDx speaker, and business growth strategy coach who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Harvard Business ReviewForbesLifehacker, and Inc and as an “industry expert in the field of digital event design” by JDC EventsHe 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 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% say they lost track and plan their week around this event.

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.

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 ReviewForbes, 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 podcast which features his networking strategies and talented professionals sharing untold stories of leadership and networking.

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Robbie's Books

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Croissants vs Bagel book cover

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