“I highly recommend Robbie and saw firsthand how he can make the difference between a good and great convening. We look forward to partnering with Robbie for our future events.”
—MELANIE NOWACKI, Feeding America
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When Covid-19 brought all in-person events to a screeching halt, events became synonymous with virtual events. By now, you likely have Zoom basics down. The problem is that basic skills are not enough to stand out as a top-notch virtual presenter.
You don't need a high-tech recording studio with a green screen, hair light (that's a real thing), and fancy software to level up your Zoom game. Focus on improving your technique rather than your technology. Break Out of Boredom: Low-Tech Solutions for Highly Engaging Zoom Events will help you design transformative, inclusive, and engaging online experiences.
Your message may not be getting across if you’re not providing a thoughtful participant experience design that allows everyone to engage. All too often, traditional event design—particularly in a virtual setting—benefits the loudest, most confident, and most experienced participants.
Robbie Samuels shares how to use the latest features and online facilitation techniques to structure your events, so everyone feels welcomed instead of merely invited. Using purpose-first design creates sessions that move participants from inspiration to action.
While focusing on Zoom, this book’s purpose-first design and virtual facilitation concepts apply to any virtual meeting platform. It was written to support meeting professionals, virtual presenters, and virtual facilitators committed to hosting virtual meetings and conferences—and overcoming Zoom fatigue and death-by-PowerPoint.
"Robbie has been providing Zoom production, speaker guidance, and session design for Feeding America's virtual multi-day conferences since 2020. He does an outstanding job communicating with our team and coordinating with dozens of session speakers. His expertise, attention to detail, great follow-through, and guidance give us confidence going into each virtual event. We receive great attendee feedback. Robbie is a key contributor to our success."—MELANIE NOWACKI, Feeding America
"Robbie kept our team strategically focused on key milestones so we understood and could plan for all the contingencies and actions necessary for a successful virtual conference. Robbie was very easy to work with. He communicates clearly, and with excellent “touch.” We always trusted that he would deliver everything necessary for a successful conference."—ROSS TARTELL, Ph.D., Association of Talent Development (ATD) Southern Connecticut Chapter
Robbie is a brilliant event design strategist, and a calm, confident Zoom technician. He is creative and sharp, quick-thinking, and always focused on results. Engage with Robbie before outlining an event, because I can assure you that whatever you have in mind is not quite as impactful as what Robbie can help you create.
I enthusiastically hired Robbie because our event guests deserved the kind of seamless experience that only happens if the ‘stars on stage’ aren't fumbling around trying to pull the strings as event producers and directors.” —KATE COLBERT, marketer; speaker; researcher; communications expert; and author of the bestselling books Commencement: The Beginning of a New Era in Higher Education and Think Like a Marketer: How a Shift in Mindset Can Change Everything for Your Business
"I used all Robbie’s tips and tricks at our board meeting the day after he led a Zoom training, and they were a big hit. We used one of his prompts in the breakout rooms and kept the energy up with music and ASL applause. Everybody loved it! If you have a high-stakes meeting that needs excellent facilitation and engagement, reach out to Robbie for expert assistance." —MARGI POWER, Leadership Council, San Mateo County
I’m so glad I answered that call. Robbie’s program filled in the blanks I didn’t even know were there. The program has tremendous depth, and while I already had two virtual presenter certifications, the one I got from Robbie’s course was the most intensive and helpful to my success in leading virtual programs. Continuously learning is essential, as tech is ever-evolving. I highly recommend him and his program." —MARILYN SUTTLE, keynote speaker; author, Who's Your Gladys? How to Turn Even the Most Difficult Customer Into Your Biggest Fan
He is the author of three books “Break Out of Boredom: Low-Tech Solutions for Highly Engaging Zoom Events,” “Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List,” and “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.” Collectively they have received over 400 Amazon reviews and reached #1 in eleven paid categories.
He is a professional speaker, TEDx speaker, Harvard Business Review contributor, and has been featured in numerous leading business publications and business books. Since 2016 he has hosted the On the Schmooze podcast and, since 2020, #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hours.
He is an out transgender owner of Robbie Samuels LLC, a certified LGBT Business Enterprise. He resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two children. Learn more about him and his work: www.robbiesamuels.com.