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Alex’s keynotes get audiences excited about what they can do online. Whether she’s working with a live audience or delivering a webinar, Alex’s insights and participatory style leave people energized and inspired.

 

Remote Work Keynotes

How to thrive in a world of remote work

Transform your team’s relationship to remote work with a keynote presentation that shares the insights from Remote, Inc.,  Alex’s forthcoming book on productivity for distributed teams. Learn:

  • The entrepreneurial mindset that helps remote workers thrive ー and delivers results for their organizations
  • The three essential skills everyone needs when working remotely
  • How to foster personal well-being and closest relationships while working from home.
Alex tailors every one of her remote work talks to the culture and challenges of your industry or organization.

Selected speeches

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After the Office: Reinventing Collaboration for a World of Remote Work

The modern business meeting solves a very real problem—if it’s still 1961. Back then, a face-to-face meeting saved a lot of time and labor and Wite-Out, because the only other way to exchange ideas was by getting your secretary to type it up, mail it out, and wait for a response.

The meeting stuck around long after new technologies made other ways of work feasible. The overnight shift to remote work has made those new ways necessary—and invited us to radically rethink the balance between individual and group work.

In this engaging presentation, veteran remote worker and author Alexandra Samuel will show you how embracing that opportunity will not only help your team thrive during the pandemic, but position your organization to be even more successful in the years ahead.

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The Business of One: Finding Joy in Remote Work

It’s not enough to just stay sane while you’re working from home: Your team deserves the chance to thrive and excel. But that won’t happen as long as they’re trying to replicate the lives they lived at the office, and wondering where the heck to find the break room.

Data journalist and entrepreneur Alexandra Samuel invites your remote team to embrace a new approach to working remotely, based on the key habits she identified through her research on both new and longstanding remote workers. These habits release employees from the hopeless effort to reproduce the benefits of the workplace, and instead, discover the untapped benefits of working from home.

In a real-time workshop led from Samuel’s WFH studio, your team will try on a new remote work mindset that shifts the way they think about time, tools, and care-taking. They’ll find a new balance between collaborative and solo work, and between work and personal time, gaining a renewed energy for their working lives.

What Big Data Can’t Tell You

Drawing on her work at research tech leader Vision Critical, Alex shows how the combination of social media and survey data challenges the conventional wisdom on what social media analytics can tell you—and offer a new framework for thinking about what questions big data can and can’t answer.

Telling Stories with Data

Whether you’re dealing with big data or smaller, more manageable “little data”, you need to be able to not only understand and learn from it, but tell effective stories with it. Alex maps out the steps to developing an effective data strategy, from the data you need to gather to the opportunities to turn it into compelling content that builds your audience and tells your story.

Selected appearances

Telling Stories with Data, NTEN Leading Change Summit

The Internet: What To Pack, TEDxSFU

5 Tips for Stranded Evangelists, Educational Technology Users Group

Meet your Invisible Audience, Canadian Public Relations Society National Conference

Finding your Way in Social MediaInternational Women in Media Speaker Series

Social Media in 3 Hours a Week, North American Wholesale Lumber Association

 

What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You, SXSW Interactive

10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life, TEDxVictoria

Getting Closer to the Collaborative Economy Customer, Collaborative Economy Conference

IRL: In Real LifeSocial Media Shift 2

How Social Media Drives Consumer DecisionsLeadingRE Conference

Coping with Social Media, Northern Voice

About Alex

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Alexandra Samuel is a technology strategist, data journalist, and author who has spent much of her twenty-five year career as a remote worker. In her upcoming book, Remote Inc., she uses her wealth of personal experience to help us conceptualize a new approach to working in the modern age. Her must-listen talks show us how to thrive outside the office, using the entrepreneurial mindset and habits of remote professionals. 

A regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, the CBC, and JSTOR Daily, Samuel is a prolific writer whose articles on remote work, digital productivity, and tech culture have earned extensive media coverage. The author of the Work Smarter with Social Media series for Harvard Business Review Press, Samuel has long experience helping people make effective use of technology to enhance their personal productivity. More than five thousand students have taken her Skillshare class, Work Smarter with Your Inbox, and she was the lead social media expert for the Web Fuelled Business training program, which trained thousands of entrepreneurs across the UK. A featured expert on Google’s Digital Wellbeing site, Samuel speaks to both the personal and business impact of technology in her keynotes and workshops.

 

Samuel began her career in technology as the research director for the Governance in the Digital Economy program, leading a Toronto-based research program for a global consortium of government leaders from her home office in Vancouver. As the VP Social Media for customer intelligence software company Vision Critical, Samuel led a social media analytics pilot program while working from home so she could homeschool her autistic son. And as the co-founder of Social Signal, Samuel built one of the world’s first social media agencies while working out of her home with her husband and their first hires. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, where her dissertation was the first comprehensive study of hacktivism (politically motivated computer hacking).

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