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BREAK OUT OF BOREDOMCongratulations on your gold book award!


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 shares the latest features and online facilitation techniques to help you design transformative, inclusive, and engaging online experiences.

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Author Bio

Robbie Samuels is an event design consultant, executive Zoom producer, and professional speaker recognized as a networking expert by NPR, PCMA, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Lifehacker, and Inc. He has also been recognized as an expert in virtual event design by JDC Events and is a Certified Virtual Convener and Certified Virtual Presenter. His event clients are national and statewide advocacy organizations, including Feeding America and California WIC Association. 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, that have collectively received over 600 5-star Amazon reviews and reached #1 Best Seller in 29 categories across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Robbie is a TEDx speaker and Harvard Business Review contributor who has been featured in numerous leading business publications and business books. Since 2016, he’s hosted the On the Schmooze podcast and, since 2020, #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hours. He is the out transgender owner of Robbie Samuels LLC, a certified LGBT Business Enterprise. Robbie resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two children.

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