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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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Jul 31, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze! This week, I’m reading the Introduction to my new book “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.” Download the Kindle book today – it’s free for a few more hours and then 99 cents the rest of this week (regularly $9.99).

The night before my book launch this past weekend, I was up late refreshing my Amazon page over and over again. I had set an audacious goal of 100 reviews before my public launch and was incredibly close to achieving it. The number of reviews remained at 94 now matter how many times I refreshed. Then I remembered that some of my team were posting on Amazon sites in their home countries. I found a list of these sites on Wikipedia and checked my book page on each one of them. I found 7 more reviews! 

“Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” launched two days ago and there was a tremendous response with 1240 downloads in one day! Over 2,000 downloads since it soft launched a few days ago.

The number of reviews on Amazon.com is currently 125 and new reviews are posted regularly. I'd love you to read my book and write an honest review. My next goal is to reach 200 reviews.

My book even cracked the Top 100 Free list for a bit – was at #95 Monday morning! Huge thank you to the nearly 350 people on my launch team.

Get your free Kindle book at www.robbiesamuels.com/bookstore. The free promotion ends at 3 pm ET today and will be 99 cents the rest of this week. The paperback will be available in a few weeks (once the audiobook is done since the paperback includes a free audiobook).

I’m offering a special bonus bundle for the first 100 people who join my email list. The bonus bundle is all of the transcripts from the solo shows I recorded in my first year of podcasting. That’s 25 networking tips and techniques spelled out in detail with specific steps you can follow to help you achieve your success. Plus, quotes from my first 25 podcast guests – their answer to the question about how they define leadership. Their answers ranged from inspirational to cautious. I hope their wisdom and these networking tips help achieve your personal and professional goals.

 

Listen, Subscribe and Read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - Episode 55.

Jul 24, 2017

Today’s guest is a leading expert on real estate damage and has consulted on major catastrophes around the globe. He consulted on the World Trade Center, the Flight 93 Crash Sites, the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina, and several tragedies including Jon Benet Ramsey, OJ Simpson, and the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide mansion. Earning him the nickname “Master of Disaster.”

Currently, he leads Landmark Research Group. Prior to this, he led a national practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest consulting firm. His extensive research has taken him to all 50 states and the seven continents. He is known for his ability to gather complex information and present his findings in a straight-forward, intelligent way.

His book “Me We Do Be” shares principles that are the result of his research at the intersection of sociology and economics. He interweaves classic behavioral research with his own work on high-profile cases―to reveal why some dive, some survive, and others thrive.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Randall Bell.

In this episode we explore:

  • how he defines leadership: “The greatest myth out there is that leadership is some kind of position, title, or degree. Leadership has nothing to do with any of that. Leadership is essentially doing things in a way that others will want to follow.”
  • his journey over 25 years that resulted in the creation of his Me We Do Be principles.
  • how he maintains relationships across vast geography and disciplines with the help of technology you have in your pocket.
  • the simple truth that building great relationships is based on kindness and empathy.
  • the power of the phone calls in an age of digital 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 54

Jul 17, 2017

Today’s guest is an executive leader with international experience who has worked at the most senior levels of two Fortune 100 companies and is known as a strategic collaborator who brings people together to do great things.

What caught my attention was her groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting, transformational book, “True South.” This book will teach you how to master the art of faking authentic leadership. You’ll have your employees, customers, and shareholders eating out of your hands with these tricks and tips designed to save you time and prevent uncomfortable displays of vulnerability.

Yes, it’s as funny as it sounds. It’s her hope that her readers will be able to use this parody of corporate life, and the shared laughter that results, to spark conversation and change in the workplace

This book is one of the ways she shares her passion for designing strategies and conversations that engage people, creating holistic solutions, and transforming organizations. All of this is built upon her expertise in communications, culture change, collaboration, executive effectiveness and team leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth George.

In this episode we explore:

  • how she defines leadership: “Having self-awareness to know who you are and who you are not, and then having the courage to be who you are.”
  • what she did when her leadership style was called out when she was just getting started in her career.
  • how the qualities of a leader have changed over the years and how she didn’t see herself as a leader under the old definition.
  • what led her to write a humorous take on leadership books and how it ended up becoming a parable that unintentionally shares serious takeaways.

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 53

Jul 10, 2017

Today’s guest is a builder. He is best known for building a multi-million dollar business with his childhood friends, ShipOffers, which has been an INC 5000 Company for the past three years in a row. In 2015, he launched a podcast to build a community where struggling entrepreneurs know they can achieve anything they want despite their past.

The journey to self-fulfillment wasn’t easy. He almost lost it all in 2008 after years of struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Facing the near destruction of his marriage and the sad realization that he was negatively affecting his children’s lives, he made the decision that year to get sober, and he has stayed sober ever since.

As he got clean, he also became clear about his vision to help others find their passion and achieve more. With this in mind, he launched his podcast, The Tony G Show, that brings together his love for business, radio and life.

Please join me in welcoming Tony Grebmeier.

In this episode we explore:

  • his definition of an authentic leader: “I made all of these faults and I’m here to tell you that you can get out of anything you’ve done if you have the willingness, the capacity to be honest and admit your faults.”
  • the teachers and coaches who have pushed him to think differently, including his friend who said, “Your life has meaning and purpose, but what you are doing right now doesn’t.”
  • how he changed his attitude and now embraces life and loves finding ways to help others succeed.
  • the investment he has made in himself to go from a “diseased mindset to an empowered mindset.”

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 52

Jul 3, 2017

Today’s guest has found a way to marry her knowledge of the law with her experience working with influencers to create Hashtag Legal, a law firm dedicated to helping businesses succeed in a digital world. As technology created new opportunities for business owners, the legal industry did not keep up with the times. Hashtag Legal fills that void. Their clients are influencer networks, CEOs of digital empires, online entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners.

Previously, she was Director of Operations and Chief Counsel at Type-A Parent, the world’s premier conference, influencer network and community for mom bloggers, dad bloggers, and the marketers who want to connect with them.
She has been a practicing lawyer for over 10 years and has worked for a large, international law firm in New York City on complex commercial matters and for a Federal District Judge on both civil and criminal federal cases.  She is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School.

Please join me in welcoming Jamie Lieberman.

In this episode we explore:

  • how she defines leadership: “Surrounding yourself with people who do things better than you & being able to bring the best in them out.”
  • the benefits of being the only lawyer in the room
  • the important step to take before launching a business, especially a niche within a traditional industry
  • building a team to complement your strengths and shore up your weaknesses
  • her conference strategy to make great connections before, during, and even after the event

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 51

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