Today’s guest is known as a “human development investigator.”

He is a strategist who shares how to use Adult Development Theory to dramatically change how you can effectively build connections with others, understand yourself more deeply, and positively influence those around you.

He is a best-selling author and host of the Disney+ Show “Family Reboot,” who has spoken in 48 states and 5 countries to over 750,000 people. He has extensively studied human dynamics and relationships. He has been invited to speak at the White House twice and has been quoted in media outlets like The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, and is a contributor to TV shows like The Doctors.

He’s also a fellow dad joke enthusiast.

Please join me in welcoming Arel Moodie.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership develops over time into different definitions. Leadership means something different at each stage. Right now, it means empowering people without becoming the bottleneck.”
  • so many bad dad jokes!
  • why he didn’t have the confidence to enter leadership roles until college.
  • why he considered college as his way out of inner-city Brooklyn.
  • his pre-college experiences really fed his desire to go to college.
  • a book that changed his life, and not just because it was the only book written in English at the Shanghai airport.
  • his introduction into entrepreneurship and his first business.
  • his first steps into speaking and why he chose speaking about student success.
  • the three key factors of speaking: the craft of speaking, the message of speaking, and the business of speaking and why you need all three.
  • how he learned stage presence.
  • the observation that we don't count ourselves and instead uplift others.
  • the importance of curiosity and how that can lead to wonderful things.
  • why he joined the NSA.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer layers of his network.
  • the importance of deepening connections with his network.
  • why Arel thought a TV producer was going to steal his kidneys.
  • his challenge to all On the Schmooze listeners.


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Who is Robbie Samuels?

🟧 I'm a multi-passionate entrepreneur. I geek out about community-building, relationship-building, thoughtfully designing space for a conversation, and anything about bringing people together to create connections. I believe quality engagement is about inclusion and belonging.

Depending on what caught your eye about my work, you may be surprised to discover that I do more than you were initially interested in.

What do I do?

🟧 As a business growth strategist, I coach entrepreneurial women in their 50s and beyond who are looking to grow their impact and income through new revenue streams by helping them grow their audience before they launch their product or service.

🟧 As a virtual event design consultant and executive Zoom producer, I help my clients reimagine their in-person events by utilizing all of the opportunities available through digital and analog tools. Rather than replicating the in-person event, we create a powerful virtual experience.

🟧 Before the pandemic, and again as in-person events return, I support organizations designing conferences that create opportunities for participant engagement so they can follow through on their networking intentions.

I've been producing events in one form or another since I was in college in the 90s and providing business growth strategy advice for nearly as long.

⭐ I published two books that have collectively received over 400 Amazon reviews,
⭐ I was invited to do a TEDx on my signature networking technique,
⭐ I have hosted a podcast since 2016,
⭐ when the pandemic shuttered in-person events, I swiftly reinvented myself resulting in a successful multi-six-figure business, and
⭐ my clients include Feeding America, the California WIC Association, and other national and statewide mission-driven organizations.

How can I help you?

Here are some of the ways my clients describe me…

✅ business growth strategy coach
✅ virtual event design consultant & strategist
✅ executive Zoom producer
✅ professional speaker
✅ emcee (virtual and in-person)
✅ podcast host
✅ author
✅ virtual presentation skills trainer

and I'm likely leaving something out…

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