Hi there and welcome! Depending on what attracted you to invite me to be a guest on your show you may be surprised to discover that I do more than what you were originally interested in. I'm a multi-passionate entrepreneur or what some might call a “multi-hyphenate.” In my case, this means I'm a professional speaker – business growth strategy coach – virtual event design consultant – executive Zoom producer – emcee – podcast host – author – virtual presentation skills trainer, and I'm likely leaving something out…
I shared a bit about my journey on my About page, but suffice to say 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.
Along the way, I have been recognized as an expert in multiple areas, published a book that received nearly 250 reviews globally on Amazon, was invited to do a TEDx on my signature networking technique, hosted a podcast for over 5 years (and counting), and when the pandemic shuttered in-person events I swiftly reinvented myself to continue to provide value to my clients and my network.
My second book, "Small List, Big Results! Successfully launch a new offer no matter the size of your email list" will be released on October 31, 2021. You are invited to join the launch team to receive an advanced copy and other goodies. Learn more at www.robbiesamuels.com/booklaunch.
All that I've learned and experienced makes me the person you'll want to work with regardless of the service I'm providing. Speaking of which, check out the ways we can work together.
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Since my new book is about building a market before launching an offer I'd like that to be the focus of our conversation if that makes sense for your audience.
You may pull from these two short bios/intros for my podcast intro:
1) Robbie Samuels 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 – virtual 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. As a virtual event design consultant, he assists organizations with bringing their events strategically online with less stress and greater participant engagement. As a business growth strategy coach, he helps his clients discover likely prospects who already know, like, and trust them so they stop struggling to launch their offer. Since 2016, he has hosted the On the Schmooze podcast and since March 2020, a weekly #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hour.
2) Are you tired of Zoom fatigue? Today's guest will help you stop causing it. He believes events are about content AND connection. Virtual events are NOT an exception. He has been recognized as a "networking expert" by Forbes and Inc, and as "an industry expert in the field of digital event design" by JDC Events. He helps national and statewide advocacy organizations strategically bring their events online with less stress and greater participant engagement. He also trains and certifies presenters and meeting professionals to use Zoom, online facilitation, and virtual event design to execute engaging online experiences. Please join me in welcoming... all the way from his home in Boston, MA - a TEDx speaker - an HBR contributor - (PAUSE) - and Scrabble champion (at least in his own home) Robbie Samuels.
(2019 head shots) photo credit Leah Cirker-Stark
(2015 head shots) photo credit Maureen Cotton
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On the Schmooze podcast Launched in July 2016, this weekly podcast includes a series of solo shows where he shared a specific networking techniques, plus hundreds of engaging interviews with industry leaders and best-selling authors.
These talented professionals share untold stories of leadership and networking. Robbie explores how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders.
Each interview has key takeaways, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. Show notes include resources to help you get started.
Insights from Robbie and his guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you.
"Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Netorking at Conferences" reached #1 in three paid Amazon categories and has received nearly 200 reviews worldwide.
Purchase at www.CroissantsvsBagels.com to receive all of the book's bonuses, including the free audiobook. Podcast hosts are invited to ask for a complimentary copy of the Kindle book.
Small, Big Ideas
"I have a lot of appreciation for “small, big ideas;” that is to say, everyday ideas that are accessible and immediately actionable, but have the power to inspire significant change. These ideas aren’t inherently special, but when people enact them on a large scale, they have tremendous inertia. Furthermore, these ideas springboard bigger movements, and give groups the confidence to tackle more ambitious goals.
Given their simplicity, these ideas are easy to understand and teach. It’s not hard for me to imagine sharing Robbie’s ideas with others: after all, it wouldn’t take me long to show you a better way to stand in order to appear more welcoming. In fact, I saw firsthand that folks were employing this newfound advice, minutes after learning about it; that was pretty cool!
While I admire idealism, and recognize its power to motivate and inspire, in my experience, those affected by ideals struggle to translate them into an actionable strategy. Finding something to do, right now, to make the world better: that’s the hard part!"
~ Stephen Francis at Humanist Hub (affiliated with Harvard University)
Croissants vs. Bagels - wondering about the book's title? Picture those tight networking circles at events, those shoulder-to-shoulder huddles that are impossible to break into - those are the bagels. If one person in the circle opens up their body language and lets others join - croissants!
~ MY SIGNATURE SESSION ~
Art of the Schmooze: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking A highly interactive session focused on increasing relationship-building skills
Career progression often depends on fostering a strong and supportive professional network, but do you feel awkward at networking events and uncomfortable making new connections? Attend this engaging session to learn tips and tricks that will help introverts and extroverts work a room, from having the right tools to knowing the best approach to engage prospective colleagues and collaborators. No matter your role, you will benefit from being more strategic, effective, and inclusive while building great relationships. Our presenter, Robbie Samuels, believes that your impact on the world is directly related to your willingness to engage your community. Through this session, he will show you how.
At the completion of this session, participants will be able to:
See all of Robbie's session topics at www.robbiesamuels.com/speaking.