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On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows. 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. Interviews are with talented people from different fields. We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders. I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started. Solo shows are shorter episodes where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Jun 25, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing David Crowley, 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 those 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 am celebrating reaching 50 episodes by sharing some of my favorite actionable insights from my guests over the past year.

Subscribe and leave an honest rating and review on iTunes. Thanks!

 

Two years ago, I decided to start a podcast. There were many technological and psychological hurdles to get past before I finally launched in July last year. In the midst of recording those early episodes and learning best practices for a podcast launch, my son was born. He’s now 18 months old and I’m excited to share that he will be promoted to big brother this December when our second son is born. If you want to get a glimpse into what motivates me to keep growing my business, check out my instagram account at www.Instagram.com/robbiesamuels.

I’ve heard that 93% of podcasts don’t publish more than 7 episodes, so it definitely feels like a huge milestone to be at episode 50. I kept going because I have been so encouraged by my listeners. Thank you for writing reviews, commenting on show notes, and emailing me about what resonated with you.

The show has been a mix of interviews and solo shows. The solo shows have been shorter episodes where I share a networking tip or technique. The content from these shows were the basis of my new book. Writing a book isn’t easy, but having these notes as a starting off point definitely helped me reach my goal. I’ve been invested in this book for a long time, so I’m thrilled to be getting closer to the launch date on July 30.

I also have been incredibly inspired by my guests – all talented professionals who have shared stories of leadership and networking. Hosting a podcast gives me an opportunity to spend an hour with these amazing individuals, and I then get to share the conversation and my favorite takeaways, with you. Over the next year, my focus will be sharing weekly interviews with the occasional solo show.

For today’s episode, I’m going to share some of the highlights from the 25 interviews I’ve done over the last year.

If you’ve been listening, you know that the first question I ask every guest is “how do you define leadership and when did you know you had the skills to lead?” The answers were far ranging. I compiled all of their definitions of leadership into a PDF – with links to their individual episodes. You’ll be able to download the PDF in the show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com – episode 50.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 50.

Jun 19, 2017

Do you know your neighbors? Today’s guest hopes your community ties are strong as they are a great indicator of your health and success. He deeply believes in the power of building social capital. For the last 15 years, he has been strengthening communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. He does this through Social Capital Inc., an organization he founded in 2002.

His resume is filled with over 25 years of leadership experience. He was Executive Director of Generations Incorporated, which under his leadership grew into a national model for intergenerational programming. He also started and directed the Kentucky Community Service Commission, a state entity appointed by the Governor responsible for AmeriCorps and other service programs.

As Founder and President of Social Capital Inc., he has helped them grow into a national leader – exploring how communities can systematically, intentionally, weave stronger social fabrics connecting its members. Pilot programs in three Massachusetts cities proved so successful that they are now replicating their proven model and civic networking tools in communities across the state.

Please join me in welcoming David Crowley.

In this episode we explore:

  • how he views leadership: “Leaders are the bridge between ideas and actions.” This was taught to him by his mentor
  • questioning whether to scale his organization – “Sometimes we forget the personal trade-offs we make as leaders.
  • figuring out what you aren’t good at, avoiding the tendency to hire people like ourselves, and creating a balanced team
  • engaging youth in service and leadership projects to help them harness their passion to improve their communit
  • strategic use of Twitter prior to and during conferences to build connection

Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear what I thought were the key takeaways you could put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchoomze.com - episode 49

Jun 13, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Belinda Rosenblum, 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 those 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 excerpts from my book - specific tips for following up and staying in touch.

Exchanging business cards does not indicate that you are establishing a relationship. Evidence of that is when you actually make plans to reconnect. So stop obsessing over collecting as many business cards as possible, because all you end up with then is a stack of business cards on your desk. Focus instead on having conversations where you leave the person wanting to talk further.

Of course, actually following up is key to building relationships. When I present my Art of the Schmooze session, I ask participants to raise their hand if they are good at follow-up. Every time only a few tentative hands go up. This is why it’s important to have strategic goals and a networking plan, so you’ll know before you even leave for the event why you’re going and who you hope to meet.

Listen, subscribe and read shownotes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 48.

Jun 6, 2017

Today’s guest is a CPA and Wealth Expert who helps take the worry and fear out of money. She believes life is supposed to be fun, and money is supposed to fund it for you! She left her thriving corporate finance role to found OwnYourMoney.com in 2007 and lead a movement to change our entire perspective on money – so we release the overwhelm and shame, take control, and learn the needed skills to be confident with money.

As the creator of the Money Makers Academy, she teaches the essential money skills and mindset that you may assume everyone else knows but actually very few people were ever properly taught. She also is the co-author of the book, SELF-WORTH TO NET WORTH: 12 Keys to Creating Wealth Inside and Out, offering a step-by-step approach to help you build your financial self-esteem and manage your own financial life.

With over 15 years as a corporate trainer, coach, and philanthropist, her ability to inspire action in others is fueled by her passion for helping people appreciate their self-worth and realize their financial goals.

Please join me in welcoming Belinda Rosenblum.

In this episode we explore:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Fundamental to leadership is a sense of responsibility.”
  • keep it from distracting you from succeeding in other areas in life
  • her journey from corporate life to being an entrepreneur and how she discovered herself along the way
  • how she became a financial coach in 2007 despite a lot of skepticism and was then well positioned as an expert when the Great Recession hit in 2008
  • the harmony she works to create as a work-at-home entrepreneur and a mom of two little ones

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 47.

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