Today’s guest was called “a cult legend in the online community-building world” by Mashable.
He has been at the forefront of building highly curated, technology-enabled communities for ambitious professionals. He is focused on creating a strong membership experience and positive business outcomes for thousands of successful executives, thought leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs across the country.
He first co-founded Brazen Technologies, a career-management site for high-achieving young professionals and ambitious college students. After that, he went on to co-found Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invitation-only organization for leading entrepreneurs. In 2018, along with his business partner Scott Gerber, he authored Superconnector: Stop Networking & Start Building Business Relationships That Matter.
Today, he and his team are building the future of professional organizations with The Community Company, an organization which creates community programs for global brands and media companies.
Please join me in welcoming Ryan Paugh.
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In this episode we discuss:
- his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is being a person who puts other people’s needs in front of their own to focus on how they can help other people do their best work, sometimes at the sacrifice of what they are working on.”
- how his focus for business growth is on helping the people on his team break through barriers to be their best.
- how his empathy and desire for everyone to feel connected has existed his whole life, and how connecting people began when he was young.
- what being a superconnector looks like for him as an introverted and analytical person.
- his thoughts on networking events and how he creates an oasis for people who want to connect with others away from the noise.
- how he connects with people in his extended network, using a combination of strategy, intention, and serendipity.
Books mentioned in this episode:
- “Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter” by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh
- Listen to my interview with Scott Gerber.
- Learn more about Susan Cain.
- Listen to my interview with Morra Aarons-Mele.
- Learn more about The Hero Club.
- Learn more about Young Entrepreneur Club (YEC).
- Learn more about David Spinks of CMX.
- Learn more about Richard Branson.
- Learn more about Adage.
- Learn more about Forbes Councils.
- Listen to my interview with Dorie Clark.
- Learn more about Podcast Movement conference.
- Learn more about the INBOUND conference.
Robbie Samuels is a keynote speaker and relationship-based business strategist who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by both Inc. and Lifehacker. 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 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, Cornell University, Brandeis 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.
Interested in booking Robbie to speak? At www.robbiesamuels.com/speaking you'll find video clips and a description of his signature session, Art of the Schmooze.
Relationship-Based Business Strategist
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- 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.
- Why? Because you know it's true that if you try to do everything, you will accomplish nothing. Which means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
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- Together we will design a 12-month Relationship-Based Business Plan that will allow you to stack your successes to create momentum and leverage your limited time.
- Read about this program and then schedule a complimentary 60-minute session to see if it's a good fit. www.robbiesamuels.com/more
Robbie believes that networking is a marketing strategy and coaches entrepreneurs (of any gender) to grow to the next level through relationship-based business strategies and hands-on support. Interested to learn more? Send Robbie an email.
- Connect with Robbie on LinkedIn
- @RobbieSamuels on Twitter and Instagram
- New to his website? Start here
- On the Schmooze podcast archive
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