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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OTS 019: The Only Constant is Change – Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake - The only change is constant

Today’s guest is fiercely committed to helping people come alive through the pursuit of big ideas. She does this through her business as a career and business coach and international speaker, helping people move beyond burnout to build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. She is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One.

With two years at a technology start-up as the first employee, over five years at Google on the Training and Career Development teams, she combines her love of technology with her superpower of organizing information to help clients through big transitions.

Please join me in welcoming Jenny Blake.

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OTS 018: BOO! Networking doesn’t have to be scary – Robbie Samuels

BOO! Networking Doesn't Need To Be Scary

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Keiko Zoll, 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, to help make networking less scary, I’ve created a simple tool to help you focus your time and get results. Brainstorm + Objective + Organize = BOO! Meeting strangers can be scary. It’s human nature to want to stick with what is familiar to us and stay within our comfort zones. The downside to this instinct? You’ll only know the people you already know and if they can’t help you find a job or identify new clients then you’re at a dead end. If you’re serious about achieving your professional goals you’ll need to get past your fear of meeting strangers.

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OTS 017: Why Networking Matters – Keiko Zoll

Why Networking Matters - Keiko Zoll

Today’s guest has spent the last 6 years raising awareness of and creating community for couples dealing with infertility. What started as an anonymous blog chronicling her own journey to parenthood through the wonders of science, has grown into an internationally-recognized powerhouse within the online infertility community.

My guest has become known as a leading infertility and women’s health writer. Her writing and infertility story has appeared in Redbook Magazine, The Huffington Post, Disney Baby, among many other publications.

She has received several awards recognizing her tireless advocacy for both infertility-sensitive legislation and cultural empowerment for infertility patients. Her short film, “What IF: A Portrait of Infertility” received a Best Viral Video award from RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association.

As a consultant, my guest helps her clients craft compelling narratives that ignites conversation and inspires action. She is also Director of Brand Strategy at Fertility Planit and News Writer for Romper.com, a new website for millennial moms.

Please join me in welcoming Keiko Zoll.

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OTS 016: Networking for Introverts – Robbie Samuels

OTS 016: Networking for Introverts

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing JoAnn Cox, 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’m sharing networking tips for introverts. I’m helping answer a common question, “Can I go home yet?” Listen to this episode for 3 steps to help you leave in one hour and feel accomplished.

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OTS 015: Lead by Listening – JoAnn Cox

Lead by Listening - JoAnn Cox

Today’s guest has experience in the world of fair housing and affordable housing. At the time of this recording, she had been working for the City of Boston since 2004 with ever increasing responsibilities. Her goal was to expand choice in housing for Boston residents. In early 2016, building on that experience and her previous roles in partnership management, marketing, promotions, and conference planning, she took on a Business Development role at Sumu, an innovative start-up working on housing search app.

Taking this leap has also allowed her to pursue her interests in writing and film and video production.  She is a Board member of Women in Film and Video-New England and freelances as a production coordinator and producer for creative and commercial film and video production, including with Good Natured Dog Productions.

Since 2007, she has served as a Founding Board member and Administrator for the Shirley Jackson Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Please join me in welcoming JoAnn Cox.

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OTS 014: Are Business Cards Dead? – Robbie Samuels

Are Business Cards Dead? Robbie Samuels

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Justin Kang, 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’m sharing my thoughts on whether business cards are dead. Are they still relevant in a world of apps and smartphones?

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