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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 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

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.

May 29, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Stratten, 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.

Today’s podcast features excerpts from my soon to be released book, “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.” The unusual title will make a lot more sense by the end of this episode.

If you have been listening to my podcast, you are clearly prioritizing networking and creating relationships that work for you and your career or business. That said, you probably also have some anxiety around doing all of this. For many, the idea of meeting with strangers ranks somewhere around the thrill of going to the dentist. They would rather skip all of this fuss and just put their head down and do their work. You may have felt the desire to avoid networking events altogether, but have come to accept that they are necessary.

You have been told that networking was important, that meeting people was critical for your success, that your business would grow if you made the right kinds of connections. Your experience has left you feeling exhausted just thinking about going back out to yet another networking event. I host this podcast, and I’m launching a book this summer, to help you stop wasting time networking and be more strategic, effective, and inclusive while building great relationships.

Networking can take place anywhere. Listen to the rest of this episode.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 46.

May 23, 2017

Today’s guest has been named one of the Top 5 Social Media Influencers in the world by Forbes.com. He earned that title by telling the truth about social media marketing, with his signature sardonic humor. Namely that companies are largely using it incorrectly and getting distracted by every big shiny object that comes along. In an era where everyone is clamoring to sell you their social media marketing kit, he has nothing to pitch from the stage – so there’s no holding back. The stories about how we get it wrong help us get it right.

He and his wife are an amazing team as co-owners of UnMarketing Inc and co-hosts of The UnPodcast. They are also co-authors of four best-selling business books, including their latest, “UnSelling: The New Customer Experience” which was named “Sales Book of the Year” by 1-800 CEO-READ. They also released the 3rd edition of their first bestseller, with a new subtitle “UnMarketing: Everything Has Changed and Nothing Is Different.” All this while caring for their five children, two dogs, and two cats.

Prior to running his own business, he was a music industry marketer, national sales manager, and professor at a business school. Now he is solely focused on speaking at events for companies across a wide spectrum from PepsiCo, Adobe, and Red Cross, to Cirque du Soleil, Saks 5th Avenue and Fidelity Investments.

Please join me in welcoming Scott Stratten.

In this episode we explore:

  • his thoughts on leadership “I don’t think leader is a self-given title. You only are a leader if people choose to follow you. Leading is a verb.”
  • lessons he learned after the recession shut down his successful viral video company
  • his “conscious decision to not go for endless growth.”
  • the necessity of self-awareness: “If we can’t identify where we’re the hole or the weak spot, we can’t improve it.”
  • the value of networking at events: “Nothing beats face to face. Virtual is not a substitute for face to face, it’s an addition or an enhancement.”

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.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 45.

May 15, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Mary Pilon, 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 tips to help you more effectively and inclusively network with people with disabilities. This is an excerpt from my soon to be released book “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.”

Creating a welcoming event is a multi-faceted endeavor and I would be remiss if I did not offer some guidance on how to communicate with a person with a disability. Unfortunately, the angst people have about networking gets amplified when given the opportunity to connect with those with disabilities. This may be true even if you have a disability yourself.

Some people choose to avoid engaging rather than do or say something wrong. Others make an awkward, hesitant effort, which is sometimes perceived as inconsiderate, and rather than making someone feel included may have the exact opposite effect.

The bottom line is to be respectful. Aside from that basic tenet, there are some things to keep in mind when communicating with someone who is differently-abled than you.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 44.

May 9, 2017

Today’s guest has covered a wide range of topics as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She chiefly covers sports, business, and politics, including both the Rio & London Olympics, doping coverage, features on legal and financial issues in sports, and the occasional video shot from a dog sled. Her work regularly appears in leading publications like the New Yorker, Esquire, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Her work has received many honors and awards, including as part of The Wall Street Journal’s team that won Gerald Loeb and New York Press Club Awards in 2011 for covering the “Flash Crash” of 2010. She was included in Forbes magazine's first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media.

We met at a networking dinner hosted by Dorie Clark and I was fascinated to learn that she had written a New York Times bestseller about the history of the board game Monopoly. She really has a broad range of interests and experiences.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Pilon.

In this episode we explore:

  • how she defines leadership, “Leadership when you are in a creative field, you need to be a little bit more subversive and a little bit more out of the MBA box.”
  • the power journalists have, "Figuring out where do you want people's attention to be shifted."
  • why she thought she would have a greater impact as a journalist rather than a lawyer
  • what she does to stay relevant in an ever-changing industry
  • how she manages her time as a solopreneur, "Nobody tells you to take a vacation, no one tells you to take a break."

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.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 43

May 1, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Schneider, 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 the details of a study that explains why networking makes us feel dirty.

Are you resisting networking because you feel like it’s dirty business? Well, you are not alone. A study published in 2014 found that networking with the goal of career advancement made people feel icky. The study, co-authored by professors from Harvard Business School, University of Toronto, and Northwestern University, used one experiment to conclude that this kind of transactional networking for professional gain made people subconsciously rank cleaning products higher than other household or office products. In another experiment participants who thought about this kind of professional networking answered fill-in the blank words with words associated with bathing, while those thinking about personal networking to build friendships did not.

What leads to this feeling of being dirty? We are our harshest critics, so if we cannot justify our networking behavior and feel we are using others without offering anything in return, we may question our moral purity and that makes us feel dirty.

All networking is not created equally.

 

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 42.

Apr 24, 2017

 

 

Today’s guest is first and foremost a dad. What began as a small playgroup in 2008 became the NYC Dads Group and in 2013 expanded into the City Dads Group network with 26 groups across the country. This diverse community supports dads of all stripes, providing opportunities to socialize as they navigate parenthood together.

In addition to co-founding these groups, he co-hosts The Modern Dads Podcast, a monthly show highlighting stories of 21st-century dads and families. He regularly contributes to and is quoted by media outlets interested in telling the stories of involved dads.

As an at-home dad myself, I was grateful to discover this network of involved fathers existed and have become actively involved with the Boston Dads Group. I had an opportunity to meet my guest in person at HomeDadCon, hosted by the National At-Home Dad Network.

Please join me in welcoming Matt Schneider.

In this episode we explore:

  • how he defines leadership, “Seeing an opportunity to make change and taking it. Having the wherewithal to step in.”
  • what is holding dads back from being full parents
  • the effort to change the media’s portrayal of dads
  • how he scaled his hyper-local playgroup to a national movement
  • ways he found to monetize as the group has grown
  • balancing being an at-home dad and entrepreneur

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 41.

Apr 18, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Chung, 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 some tips about how to approach tight networking circles at events.

Over the last few months, I’ve been working on a new book and in the process asking my network to share their problems networking at conferences. Over and over I received questions that could be boiled down to - How do I get more value out of the experience of going to conferences? It’s a lot of time and money and I’m never sure how to meet people while I’m there. Maybe I shouldn’t bother going?

Maybe you’ve asked yourself a similar question?

Conferences are expensive and time intensive, but I wouldn't recommend avoiding them altogether. What you need is a strategy that will boost your confidence and help you feel your time and money were well spent.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 40.

Apr 11, 2017

Today’s guest is an award-winning executive coach with more than 25 years of team management, business development, and sales leadership experience. Early in her career she was recognized for her ability to negotiate multimillion dollar contracts with senior executives of numerous Fortune 500 companies. Having mastered the art of high-ticket sales, she went on to mentor, coach, and develop some of the highest paid, most elite, sales professionals in the country who have sold well over 1 billion dollars and counting.

Every successful executive can cite a mentor or advisor who helped them bridge the gap from middle management to C-level leadership. Every business owner has relied on a trusted guide to make the jump from breaking even to breaking profit records.


Having successfully navigated each stop on the journey to elite executive status, my guest’s passion is in helping business owners, sales leaders and seasoned executives achieve the success they desire.

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Chung.

 

In this episode we explore:

  • how she defines leadership: “One word describes leadership, 'influence'."
  • her experience being a “professional new kid” and moving every two years taught her the importance of being adaptable and influenced her style of leadership
  • how her c-level executive clients have, by all outside measures achieved success, but still strive to reach their full potential. Stephanie says, “It’s no longer about success, it’s about significance.”
  • challenges of being a woman and a minority in upper management in private aviation, which she moved through with her motto, “No excuse. Just produce.”
  • the steps she takes to recharge and replenish. “In order to give my best, I need to be my best.”
  • her belief that networking is about being in service as she cultivates relationships. “At some point the law of reciprocity will kick in.”

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.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 39.

Apr 3, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeffrey Hayzlett, 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 my thoughts on a common networking practice that I believe is highly ineffective. Keep listening to learn what not to do.

Whether you know the phrase “spray and pray” or not, you probably have experienced this phenomenon and possibly, like me, you have been guilty of doing it. When I first started promoting a group I founded over a decade ago, I whipped out a business card within seconds of meeting anyone who might remotely be interested. It took me awhile to realize this wasn’t the most effective way to network. When friends and colleagues began to talk up my group, instead of me doing all the promotion, the group really took off.

Now, I teach people how to stop wasting time networking and I have a PSA: Stop Spraying and Praying. When people tell me they don’t like networking, it’s this kind of behavior that is turning them off.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 38.

Mar 27, 2017

Today’s guest is a global business celebrity, best-selling business author, and award-winning public speaker. He has faced many challenges and achieved many successes in his career - most notably he is credited with the economic turnaround of Kodak after the Great Recession.

Currently, he is a prime time television host on C-Suite TV and a radio host on CBS Radio’s Play.it and C-Suite Radio. He takes viewers inside the c-suite of some of the world’s biggest companies to discover what makes c-level executives like CEOs, CFOs, and CMOs tick. He also conducts exclusive one-on-one interviews with business celebrities to discuss the strategies they’ve utilized to make it big.

He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox Business and has been cited as a leading business expert in publications such as Forbes, SUCCESS, and Mashable.

He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable skill set of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.

Please join me in welcoming Jeffrey Hayzlett.

In this episode we explore:

  • how he defines leadership: “Getting people where they don’t always like to go or where they want to go and didn’t know they could get there."
  • his guidelines for life - his conditions of satisfaction - "What is it I want to get out of life? What is it I want to do?"
  • what led him to build C-Suite Network, which has grown to half million c-level executives who are seeking a trusted and vetted network
  • how failure informs and impacts his professional career - as he says, "No one's going to die."
  • "What can I do to help you?" - this question has helped him build his vast network
  • a peek into the life of a global business celebrity and how he has to trust his team to manage little and big details

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 37.

Mar 21, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan RoAne, 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 my thoughts on the ABCs of business cards.


Over the last few months, I’ve been working with an association to increase connections at their convention. In an age where information is found with one click, and we count “likes” as engagement, conventions hold the promise of meaningful in-person connection with like-minded colleagues. Only through thoughtful and strategic planning will this promise become a reality.

Prior to my work with the association, I asked questions about their membership and the culture they had created at their convention over the last three decades. That’s when I discovered that a lot of the front line staff attending this event would likely not have business cards. As I shared in episode 14, “Are Business Cards Dead?”, even in the age of smartphones and apps, business cards are a critical tool for networking. This episode’s title is “The ABCs of Business Cards” because I believe you should Always. Bring. Cards. Remember those ABCs and you’ll be ready to make connections.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 37.

Mar 14, 2017

Today's guest is a best-selling author and a sought-after keynote speaker. Known as "The Mingling Maven®," she gives her multi-generational audiences the required tools, techniques and strategies they need to connect and communicate in today's global business world. Her practical, informative, and interactive presentations are known for what The San Francisco Chronicle calls her "dynamite sense of humor."

A former teacher, she now lectures at major universities and keynotes for Fortune 500 companies. Over 25 years ago she released her groundbreaking best-seller, “How to Work a Room®,” and is now considered the undisputed and original networking and conversation expert. That was the first of her seven best-selling books and she has sold over a million books worldwide. Nearly three decades later, she continues to create and shape the industry she launched.

Please join me in welcoming Susan RoAne.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 35. 

Mar 6, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing John Corcoran, 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 my thoughts on the different ways outgoing extroverts like myself have something I’m calling extrovert privilege.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 34.

Feb 27, 2017

Today’s guest shows entrepreneurs and small business owners how to bring in more income and clients by building real human relationships with influencers, VIPs, and people who matter.

He’s had a very varied work history that includes working in the heart of three major industries. He was a White House writer during the Bill Clinton Administration and Speechwriter to the Governor of California. He’s also worked in Hollywood and the heart of Silicon Valley. Currently, he owns his own boutique law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area catering to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

He is the creator of Smart Business Revolution and host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast. He’s also the cofounder of Rise25 Inner Circle, an annual accountability and group coaching program for professional service entrepreneurs who want to diversify their revenues and scale up.

Please join me in welcoming John Corcoran.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 33.

Feb 21, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Dorie Clark, 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 thoughts on the different ways outgoing extroverts like myself have something I’m calling extrovert privilege.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 32.

Feb 14, 2017

Today’s guest has held a wide array of leadership positions including, presidential campaign spokeswoman, nonprofit executive director, award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and she received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. And proving that she can do anything she puts her mind to: two days before this episode aired she became a Grammy-winning jazz producer!

All of these experiences inform her work as a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to many publications including Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Entrepreneur.

Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of two books Reinventing You and Stand Out. For Stand Out she interviewed 50 of the world’s top experts to understand how they developed powerful ideas and got recognized for them. I’m pleased to share that I was one of the experts she interviewed. Stand Out was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and was a Washington Post bestseller.

She consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, Ford Foundation, Yale University, and the National Park Service.

She is also an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Professor for IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

She was recognized in Forbes as one of “25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015” and is quoted frequently in the worldwide media, including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC.

Please join me in welcoming Dorie Clark.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 31.

Feb 6, 2017

Welcome back to On the Schmooze. Thank you so much for joining me. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Howard Putnam, 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 best practices for making introductions via email.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 030.

Jan 31, 2017

Today’s guest has lived through many challenging leadership moments. His career in aviation began as a baggage handler and he rose through the ranks until he became CEO of an airline, and later was recruited to be CEO of another one. He has also been an entrepreneur and has served as director of several start-up technology companies.

Specifically, he is the former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines whose foundation and culture placed people first. Later, when recruited to be the CEO of failing Braniff International, he was the 1st CEO to successfully restructure a major airline into…through, and out of Chapter 11. Earlier he spent over twenty years with United Airlines, his final position being Group VP of Marketing.

He learned along the way that cultures that place “people” as their #1 priority have the greatest long-term impact and success. He has shared his leadership lessons in his book “The Winds of Turbulence” and through a case study Harvard University wrote about his experiences at Braniff International, called “The Ethics of Bankruptcy.”

He is a speaker and advisor on business issues, such as change, leadership, and ethics. His passion for aviation began when he was growing up on an Iowa farm and learned to fly out of a pasture.

Please join me in welcoming Howard Putnam, CSP

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 29.

Jan 24, 2017

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.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 28.

Jan 17, 2017

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.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 27.

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