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Today’s guest believes that the most successful women leaders operate in the world knowing that there is no one stopping them from developing a vision of who they want to be, how they want to be perceived, and how they want to perform their role.

In 1997, she founded CEO Vision to do her part to ensure that women leaders realize the value of their leadership in the workplace and the world. She has helped hundreds of women leaders hit their stride and step into their power.

She combines her 30 years of expertise with the best leadership assessments on the market, plus 1:1 coaching and cutting-edge research. She then weaves in powerful leadership-related neuroscience techniques ensuring that her client’s growth as a leader “sticks.”

A pioneering advocate for the advancement of women leaders, she played key roles in AWED, the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

Please join me in welcoming Ellyn McKay. 

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In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “a leader only has one job and that is to earn followers through three skillsets; vision, alignment, and execution.”
  • how neuroscience and leadership intersect.
  • how being bold can be done by great storytelling.
  • her leadership origins dating back to her little league days.
  • how her mother raised her and her sister to instill in them the values of being strong women.
  • while in college her and her friends thought they were going to topple the patriarchy and discovered how wrong they were.
  • how she nurtures her relationships and maintains those connections for nearly 50 years.

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About Robbie:

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 created The 5% Advantage Program, a four-week experiential 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 that meet the purpose of the convening and participants' need for content and connection.

He is the host of #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hour, a popular weekly virtual event that explores new ways to design engaging virtual experiences. He assists organizations with bringing their in-person events strategically online as a Virtual Event Design Consultant, Virtual Emcee, and Zoom Producer.

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 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

SIGN UP for his free weekly Virtual Happy Hours – www.NoMoreBadZoom.com

Keynote Speaker

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.

The 5% Advantage Program – #NoMoreBadZoom

Are virtual events a big part of your 2020 business plan? People have started to be less forgiving when it comes to bad Zoom, causing “Zoom fatigue.”

  • You need the confidence and skills to up your game. The problem is that there are so many new pieces of technology to master quickly that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you're running out of time.
  • The reason options are overwhelming is that you're trying to go from zero to 100 immediately, when — to make the most of your time — focusing on getting 5% better every time you host would allow you to focus on the most important and highest-impact options.
  • Why? Because you know it's true that if you try to do everything, you will accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
  • How? The 5% Advantage Program teaches online facilitation and virtual event design, but even more so, give you the tools for reflection and continuous improvement.
  • Through this interactive and experiential 4-week program you will grow in your confidence with Zoom, online facilitation, and virtual event design so you can reduce your tech angst and host more engaging online experiences that meet the purpose of the convening and participants' need for content and connection.
  • The time to start getting 5% better is now because you will be sought out, not just for your expertise, but for your ability to deliver that expertise on an interactive virtual platform.
  • Interested to learn more about this program and get on the waitlist? Details www.the5percentadvantage.com.

Relationship-Based Business Strategist & Business Coach

Are you ready to create a Relationship-Based Business Plan that will help you achieve greater impact (and income)?

  • 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. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
  • How? This program will help you find the clarity to determine what is the right next step for your business. A book? A podcast? An online course? Masterminds? Speaking on bigger stages?
  • 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.
  • Robbie believes that networking is a marketing strategy and coaches “expert entrepreneurs” to grow to the next level through relationship-based business strategies and hands-on support. Interested to learn more about private coaching packages? Send Robbie an email.

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