It's a challenge many face - how to leverage being at a conference to build your professional network and make the investment of time and money worthwhile. In this Facebook world, we've forgotten how to do face time (and I don't mean the app). Content may be king, but in an online world, it's not necessary to attend events to learn. Conferences hold the promise of in-person connection with like-minded colleagues. This promise won't be realized without a strategy and an understanding of how to be effective. Listen to our conversation to learn practical steps to take advantage of big and small networking moments at the event. 

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What Am I Going To Learn?

  • Goal Setting
  • Best Opening Lines
  • Questions to Avoid
  • Importance of Body Language
  • Graceful Exit Strategies

Who Is Robbie Samuels?

Robbie Samuels has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark. He passionately believes everyone should stop wasting time networking and start building great relationships. He shares how through his signature session, “Art of the Schmooze.” Since 2009, his engaging and fun presentations have helped a wide array of audiences increase their confidence when it comes to relationship-building – whether through networking, fundraising, or sales. 

He works with associations and conference planners to increase engagement among attendees and their ROI from the event. He shares networking tips and techniques as host of On the Schmooze, his weekly podcast which features talented professionals sharing untold stories of leadership and networking. His book, “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” will be available summer of 2017.

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