[act-ma] THIS THURSDAY Re: 9/4 SoJust ProfDev: Art of the Schmooze (for extroverts AND introverts)

Robbie Samuels send2robbie at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 11:50:29 PDT 2014

Ok, so summer may not officially be over, but if you're like me, you're
buckling down as your fall schedule fill up. Make the most of all those
meetings and events on your calendar - attend my Art of the Schmooze
session this Thursday! Just $10 if you register in advance at www.sojust.org
(and you're more likely to show up if you've already paid).

You've probably heard about this training from a colleague. It's true,
you'll be laughing as you're learning great networking tips. The perfect
prep course before SoJust's 8th birthday party, Connecting for Justice, on
Thursday, September 11.

I hope to see you there!


On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM, Robbie Samuels <send2robbie at gmail.com>

> Do you often get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people
> at networking events?
> *You'll want to brush up on your skills before SoJust's 8th birthday
> party, Connecting for Justice, on Thursday, September 11
> <http://www.meetup.com/sojust-tm/events/194745412/>. *
> *Join Socializing for Justice for a  fast-paced, fun & interactive ProfDev
> (professional development training) on the Art of the Schmooze on Thursday,
> September 4, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.
> <http://www.meetup.com/sojust-tm/events/194746202/>*
> *Fee: $10 advance/$20 door is split with the trainer.*
> *Limited space - register ahead of time: www.sojust.org
> <http://www.sojust.org>*
> Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).
> *Newcomers always welcomed!*
> *SoJust's Co-Founder, Robbie Samuels, who is well known for his schmoozing
> skills, is this month's trainer.*
> *Art of the Schmooze*
> Forming and cultivating relationships is at the heart of any successful
> fundraising campaign, volunteer drive, committee effort or community
> building activity. This training will give you the confidence to pursue
> your *personal and professional* goals - from the importance of shaking
> hands and making eye contact, to tips on the best opening line and how to
> exit a conversation gracefully. An amazing side benefit is that you'll
> learn how to create a welcoming community space by keeping an eye out for
> outliers, considering yourself a host instead of a guest and knowing how to
> compliment someone without "othering" them.
> *Robbie Samuels* has extensive community organizing, events logistics and
> fundraising experience. In 2006 he co-founded Socializing for Justice to
> build a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community, network and
> movement in Boston based on the philosophy of abundance. He is the Senior
> Manager of Events and Donor Engagement at Gay & Lesbian Advocates &
> Defenders (GLAD). On the side he offers trainings and consultation to
> non-profit boards, venture capitalists and grassroots organizers. In 2011,
> Boston City Council named his birthday, September 16, "Robbie Samuels Day".
> Learn more about his  most requested trainings: "Art of the Schmooze" and
> "Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking" at www.robbiesamuels.com.
> <http://www.robbiesamuels.com/>
> *Check out his testimonials
> <http://www.robbiesamuels.com/p/testimonials.html> - including this one: "*Robbie's
> Art of the Schmooze training totally blew me away. First of all, it must be
> said-- Robbie is VERY FUNNY. In fact, the workshop felt almost more like a
> comedy show than a skill-building workshop. It was awesome. Apart from
> being highly engaging, Robbie was also insightful, informative and
> wonderfully practical. As someone who often has trouble getting out of dead
> conversations, I felt like I came out of the workshop with concrete
> strategies for how to wrap up and end a conversation BEFORE it dies. On the
> flip side, Robbie also has a number of great stock comments/questions to
> help keep conversations from prematurely dying. Now, I consider myself an
> extrovert but it is still extremely helpful to get such a clear explanation
> of what kinds of questions help deepen connections, and which kinds of
> questions one should avoid. From handshakes, to body stances, to where to
> keep your business cards, Robbie knows the ins and outs of how to make
> connections and keep them. I got so much out of this workshop. I only wish
> I could sit through it again (and again and again...)." ~Beck Epstein
> 6:00-6:30 Socializing -
> *bring your own dinner * 6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A
> <http://www.nonprofitcenterboston.org/site/c.ddKGIQNuEmG/b.1363373/k.5381/About_Us__Directions.htm>
> - The NonProfit Center* is located one block from South Station at 89
> South Street. The Center is physically accessible through the main lobby.
> _________________________________________________________
> *Socializing for Justice - www.sojust.org <http://www.sojust.org>*
> Since 2006, we've been building this great sandbox where we can bring
> progressives of all stripes together and try out new ideas in this
> "Movement Moment". Spaces like this are crucial as we start to reframe and
> build new visions for our movement(s).
> SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share
> common values but may work on different issues. We host monthly socials
> that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a monthly
> ProfDev Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which provides access to
> affordable professional development to increase our individual capacity for
> movement building.
> With 2500 members and 8 years of creating a diverse cross-issue community
> in Boston (185 events!), Socializing for Justice is the best place to find
> the great people, organizations and community you're looking for while
> putting the SOCIAL back in social justice.
> *YES, WE MEAN YOU.* We've got members of all ages, races, genders, sexual
> orientations, levels of activism and professions. We hope you see someone
> like yourself and meet someone you otherwise wouldn't have.
> *Want to know more about SoJust?* Check out our  Frequently Asked
> Questions
> <http://sojust.meetup.com/1/messages/boards/view/viewthread?thread=3187615>
> and  past event photos <http://sojust.meetup.com/1/photos/>!

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