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Skillshare: Art of the Schmooze

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to find a new job? Make new friends? Just get out more often? Are you afraid you'll get stuck in conversations?  Not know how to approach people at networking events?   Join Socializing for Justice for a  fast-paced, fun & interactive Skillshare on the Art of the Schmooze on January 7th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

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 Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual capacity for movement building.

6:00-6:30 Socializing -  bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A

Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time:
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 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 trainings, including: Art of the Schmooze, Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking, Suicide Prevention Training for Community Leaders, at

Check out his testimonials - 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

DIRECTIONS - 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 -
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).

With 2200 members and over 6 years of creating a diverse cross-issue community in Boston (140+ 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 and  past event photos!

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  • Robbie S.

    I always enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for networking and providing insight into the tiny details that make for a great conversation. Last night's packed house had great energy and we're excited to see many of you at Connecting for Justice on January 31. Looking for more tips? I'm also available to do trainings for your organization and would greatly appreciate a testimonial!

    January 8, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

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Additional notes: The fee is $10-$20 (sliding scale). All registration fees are split with the trainer. Online payments are $10 per person ($10.61 includes PayPal fees), you are invited to make an additional donation at the door. Only cash is accepted at the door.

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