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346: The Way to Build Relationships at Conferences, with Robbie Samuels

By Dave Stachowiak

Robbie Samuels: Croissants vs. Bagels Robbie Samuels has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and is the author of Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.* He’s a member of the National Speakers Association and has been speaking on the topic of inclusive networking for over a decade. He also hosts the On the Schmooze podcast. Key Points If you’re brand new to a conference, scan the floor and look for welcoming people. If you don’t see anyone, get in a line somewhere to meet people. If you’re a regular at the conference, think of yourself as a host. A lot of networking success is about preparation. When you go into a session early, don’t just hop on your phone. Talk to people. When a line forms to talk to a speaker, work the line. It’s a great opportunity for networking. Organizing a networking event at a conference is a great way to meet people. Resources Mentioned 10 Tips for Conference Connections Croissants vs. Bagels* by Robbie Samuels Contactually Quiet* by Susan Cain Book Notes Download my highlights from Croissants vs. Bagels in PDF format (free membership required). Related Episodes The Secret To Success At Conferences, with Charles Max Wood (episode 73) Get ROI From Professional Associations, with John Corcoran (episode 209) Executive Presence with Your Elevator Speech, with Tom Henschel (episode 316) Discover More Activate your free membership for full access to the entire library of interviews since 2011, searchable by topic.

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