Art of the Schmooze
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This training has been so popular that we've decided to bring Robbie back again this year!
Attend this interactive, fast-paced and fun 2-hour workshop to learn the foundation skills related to relationship building. Then, join us for an optional luncheon to put your skills into greater practice!
Forming and cultivating relationships is at the heart of any successful fundraising campaign, volunteer drive, committee effort or community building activity. This workshop will benefit anyone that wants to sharpen their in person networking skills or share their successful techniques: community members, seasoned fund-raising professionals, board members, senior management, grassroots organizers and anyone that wants to create welcoming community spaces.
No prior experience required, but it is presumed that participants have something to offer each other and will mutually benefit from a shared learning environment. This workshop will benefit both introverts and extroverts by sharing practical tips on ways to engage someone in a conversation, keep it rolling, exchange information and wrap up, along with many other important techniques to cultivate and grow new networks.
The formal workshop will run from 10 AM - 12 PM. Optional luncheon and schmooze practice from 12 - 1 PM.
About the presenter:
Robbie Samuels has extensive community organizing, event logistics and fundraising experience, but is best known for his relationship building skills. Since 2005 he has worked in the development department at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and was promoted in 2012 to Senior Manager of Events and Donor Engagement. In 2006, he co-founded Socializing for Justice (SoJust.org) to build a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community and network in Boston based on the philosophy of abundance. He offers trainings and consultation to non-profit boards, venture capitalists and grassroots organizers on a range of topics including fundraising, social networking, diversity and inclusion, and movement building. In recognition of his social justice work, Boston City Council named his birthday "Robbie Samuels Day" in 2011. Robbie identifies as a white, queer, feminist, trans man and lives with his wife Jess in Boston, MA. He likes burritos.