Today’s guest believes that the best leaders develop strengths instead of highlighting weaknesses.
He is a corporate trainer, keynote speaker, and leadership strategist for Fortune 500 companies. He is the only Canadian recipient of a TED Education – Huffington Post International Education Award for Creating Innovative Learning Environments.
He is a certified grapho-therapist whose TEDx talk: “How to Spot a Leader in Their Handwriting” has been viewed over 2 million times. His unique and unusual ability to analyze people’s handwriting in less than 60 seconds has been called “impressive and a bit frightening” by Forbes. His gift allows him to help spot a person’s strengths and weaknesses in ways they may not be aware of themselves.
He has worked behind-the-scenes for Saturday Night Live and has appeared on CNN, CTV’s The Morning Show, and Forbes as a featured commentator on topics ranging from leadership, personality assessment through handwriting, parenting, and value-based goal setting.
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In this episode we discuss:
- his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is using your strengths in service of those you serve.”
- how he learned to lead as a teacher in economically challenged areas of Toronto and Malaysia.
- how his mother analyzing his handwriting helped him shift from being affected by a stutter to knowing he could grow and realize his own potential.
- his early dream to be a filmmaker/creative and how that desire led him to call Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live 25 (twenty-five!) times before getting a 1-on-1 meeting with him.
- how books and movies provide the inspiration to persevere.
- how he almost got kicked out of teacher’s college for being too creative.
Books mentioned in this episode:
“Man's Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl
- “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” by Robbie Samuels
Robbie Samuels is a keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and relationship-based business strategist who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Inc., Forbes, Harvard Business Review Ascend and Lifehacker. He works with event organizers and associations to create a better experience for “Year 2” participants, leading to increased member value and member retention.
In light of COVID-19, he is assisting organizations with bringing this more engaging experience to virtual events as a Virtual Event Design Consultant and Emcee. Events are about content AND connections. Virtual events can no longer be an exception.
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 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, 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.
READ his “9 Ways to Network in a Pandemic” – www.robbiesamuels.com/9ways
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. Call 617-600-8240 to speak directly with Robbie.
Watch his TEDx talk “Hate networking? Stop bageling and be the croissant!” at www.robbiesamuels.com/TEDx.
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- @RobbieSamuels on Twitter and Instagram
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