OTS 028: Leave them thinking you’re fascinating – Robbie Samuels

Leave them thinking you're fascinating

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Iris Polit this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my 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.

This week, I’ll be sharing how strategic volunteering launched my career and specific steps you can take to achieve your career goals.

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OTS 027: The Perks of Being Positive – Iris Polit

Today’s guest is a personal branding and success coach and the co-author of “Mastering the Art of Success” (available summer 2017).  She is also an award winning marketing professional who has spent the last two decades working with nonprofits and IT companies. In the late 1990s, she began offering personal branding and success strategy consultations through Your Marketing Ace and Your Success Ace, her solopreneur side businesses. Her familiarity with a broad range of workplace environments and positive psychology, enables her to work with a variety of professionals and entrepreneurs. She helps them leverage their personal brand and employ their signature strengths for a career and life full of happiness and prosperity.

Please join me in welcoming Iris Polit.

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OTS 026: Strategic volunteering launched my career

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Andy Neillie, CSP this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my 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.

This week, I’ll be sharing how strategic volunteering launched my career and specific steps you can take to achieve your career goals.

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OTS 025: Leadership is Powerless – Dr. Andy Neillie, CSP

Leadership is Powerless - Dr. Andy Neillie

Today’s guest believes that having an executive presence is not a talent one is born with, it is a skill one can learn. He is the CEO of a multi-million dollar franchise business, an adjunct professor teaching leadership skills to MBA students, an executive coach working with Fortune 500 companies, as well as a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and consultant.

For over 20 years, he has combined his background in management and sales with strong speaking and training abilities, to motivate clients and audiences to take action that benefits them and their organizations. His consulting firm enables leaders to influence their organizations more powerfully and purposefully through leadership workshops and retreats.

He is the author of two books – “Golden Principles: Life and Leadership Lessons from a Rescued Dog” which was honored by Amazon.com with a “Top 100 Best Books of the Year” award in 2015 and most recently “Executive Presence: 49 Golden Rules for Executives, Managers, and Leaders to Maintain Authority Under Pressure, Communicate Confidence, and Own Any Room.”

He received his Doctorate in Ethics & Leadership from Phoenix Seminary and a Masters in Leadership from Western Seminary.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Andy Neillie, CSP.

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OTS 024: I’m a solopreneur. I’m not “out on my own.” – Robbie Samuels

I'm a Solopreneur. I'm not "out on my own."

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my 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.

This week, I’ll be sharing my journey from 9-5 employee to self-employed entrepreneur and how “weak ties” helped me achieve success.

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OTS 023: Change that sticks – Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP

Change that sticks - Chris Clarke-Epstein

For over 30 years, today’s guest has been challenging her clients to change old mindsets in order to meet the new challenges they are facing. She asks leaders thought-provoking questions – pushing them to find new ways to do old things – because she believes that if you ask great questions you will get great answers.

She is a “change expert” who has worked with senior leadership and middle management from a wide variety of industries, including financial institutions, healthcare, higher ed, and nonprofit. Her clients appreciate her ability to blend sound theory with a practical approach to complex issues – and they leave ready to apply what they’ve learned.

As the author of or contributor to more than 15 books, she teaches and writes about the dynamics of change, delivering effective feedback, dealing with conflict, and building high performance teams.

Her career began as a Sales Representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin. Just 8 years later she left the safety of an office job to become a professional speaker. She has certainly made her mark on this profession, becoming a Certified Speaking Professional in 1993, the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association; she served on the board of NSA for many years, including as President in 2000-2001; and most impressively, received the prestigious Cavett Award in 2014, an award named for the founder of the National Speakers Association and given to a member who exemplifies his giving spirit.

Please join me in welcoming Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP.

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OTS 022: Small Networking Moments at Conferences – Robbie Samuels

Small Networking Moments at Conferences

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Josh Packard, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my 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.

This week, I’ll be sharing my tips on networking effectively at conferences, even when you don’t have a strategic networking plan.

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Empowering Children to Make the World a Better Place

Grant at 2 monthsA magical thing happened on Dec. 15, 2015, at 9:11 p.m.. I became a father.

While I had been planning for that moment all throughout my wife’s pregnancy — immersing myself in researching baby gear for our registry and reading parenting books — I could not have been prepared for what it felt like when my son finally arrived.

That day I joined the brotherhood of fatherhood.

Growing up I didn’t think I would become a father. For starters, I’m transgender and was raised a girl. I also wasn’t at all interested in carrying a child, even at a young age. So I wasn’t sure how this parenting thing would happen for me.

Over a decade ago, I decided to move from living a very gender-blurred existence to being solidly perceived as a man. But that word– “man” — always felt a little off for me. I would say I was a “guy” without hesitation, but a man … well that had a different connotation for me.

As someone raised female who then came out as gay, I had some strong feelings about the way white, cisgender straight men behaved in our culture. I had no interest in exemplifying that.

OTS 021: Act with Integrity – Dr. Josh Packard

Act with Integrity - Dr. Josh Packard

Today’s guest grapples with big life questions and tries to make the answers he finds, through his careful research, accessible for all people. He is currently the Executive Director of Social Research Lab at University of Northern Colorado, Director of The DeChurched Project, and an associate professor of sociology.

He studies institutional participation in America, and helps organizations to understand why their customers, clients and members have left… and what they can do to get them back. His research has appeared in numerous academic and trade publications, including a 2015 entry in the “Leadership Journal” titled, “Meet the Dones.” This refers to the growing number of people who have moved away from organized religion, but not from God. But, you don’t have to be an academic to read his work, his first book from The DeChurched Project, called “Church Refugees” is available on Amazon. He regularly speaks, consults and takes on research projects for clients who seek a better understanding of why people are just not enamored with large institutions anymore.

We met when he presented on the main stage at Influence 2016, the annual conference of the National Speakers Association. He was there to relay the news that we have to rethink our relationships in order to fully understand authority and influence in the modern era. It’s not just one industry that has declining membership – trust in institutions of all kinds are at an all time low.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Josh Packard.

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OTS 020: “I’ve arrived. Now what?” First 15 minutes at a networking event – Robbie Samuels

First 15 minutes at a networking event

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jenny Blake, this week you’ll be hearing from me, your host.

Every other week I’ll be offering my take on some aspect of networking and relationship-building. These shorter podcast episodes will include practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. My hope is that insights from me and my 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.

This week, I’ll be sharing my tips for what to do during those first 15 minutes of a networking event.

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