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I help align the actions we take with the intentions we’ve expressed. This means learning from what is and changing it to become more of what we want. Along the way I help make sense out of chaos, I guess.

I do this for individuals (coaching), for groups (masterminds), and for organizations (consulting). I don’t focus on what work we got done, I focus on how much there is left to do eliminating as much from that list as possible.

I hail from the Learning & Development field (formerly known as Corporate Training), because pretty much everything there is to do in L&D, I’ve done. But I’ve never fit in there, really. I’m just as experienced and capable with marketing, entertainment, and technical stuff like coding or systems design.

Please don’t try and figure me out. We’ve got more important things than that to tackle together. You get a powerhouse of skills with me, and someone who’s as playful as he is serious.

I’d like to help. What do you need?

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Hi, I’m Sam Rogers. Welcome!

I’m a musician, writer, teacher, and creative producer who is addicted to learning new things.

Looks like you’re someone who’s curious about stuff too, and I love that! It makes me like you already, and want to help you explore.

Here at this very simple website, you’ll find thought-provoking articles, well-informed opinions, and weird-ass perspectives. All are mine. I don’t pretend to know everything, and since I constantly upgrade my thoughts based on new information I might not feel the same way forever. But I can promise that I feel very passionate about whatever I’m posting about here, and I am hungry for any comments of your own that you care to share.

You can use the search box in the upper-right of the navigation to find specific things. Or you can use the navbar or categories to just browse around. Here are the Top 10 most popular posts that folks like you tend to enjoy:
  1. Now – what’s going on for me this month
  2. Quarantined, Better(ish), but with No Answers Yet – a recent post that went viral, so to speak
  3. What If? Podcast appearance – I was accidentally more revealing than intended in this podcast interview, but people really seem to like it
  4. Getcher Healthcare Elsewhere, part 2 – US healthcare is awful, so here’s my alternative
  5. Estonia, e-Residency, and what I believe will come – I think we need a new kind of intellectual domain, beyond countries and governments
  6. Privacy vs. Health in Genetic Testing – yes, you can have it both ways and here’s how
  7. Music Listening in the Modern Age – a musician’s perspective on ethical digital music listening
  8. Turning Google against itself with The Ironic Chromebook – how to configure a broken chromebook to defeat all Google Ads (and most other ad tracking)
  9. The Data Doesn’t Tell Us Where To Go – as data takes a more central role in our lives, it’s important to remember what it’s for
  10. Why I do Social Media Fasts – every so often I turn off the socials for a month, you probably should too

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I’m comfortable in a great many situations, but I’m really not comfortable trying to pretend that I fit on a resume. Unsurprisingly, I’m not very good at it either.

So I finally broke down and paid someone else to help with some of the dirty work in reformatting my resume.

The old one was okay. I updated it for the new year and everything, but the main problem was that it was really designed to get consulting clients, not employee positions. These days I’m open to both. I’ve realized that if I want to do work that matters for people who care (as Seth Godin taught me), then I the likelihood of finding that in my industry means not doing consulting work. So I’m looking for companies with cultures that fit. And that are up for me working remotely, because I’m not in commuting distance to anything and there are family reasons why I won’t be for some time.

Will this resume help me get what I’m looking for? I don’t know, but it’s worth a shot! I’d love to have your feedback too — comments anyone?

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I’ve been teaching music for many years now. From singing to beatboxing to live-looping to rhythm to songwriting to improvisation to studio production, I’ve led workshops and held private lessons the world over.

Since 2013, I’ve used the LessonFace platform to serve students around the world, virtually. For instance, helping a young woman in Norway design her solo set and rock mics in Europe while I’m in the US is pretty frickin’ awesome! So is growing mastery in my students back home while I’m New Zealand or Panama or whereever. When I first started doing things like this, it was kind of a big deal and there were many technical issues to resolve. But these days, ain’t no thang. Ain’t the future grand?

If you might be interested in deepening (or starting!) your musical path, or you know someone who is, please let me know. One of the things I decided recently is that I want to do more of this kind of work in 2020. It means a lot to me, and I have a ton of knowledge to playfully share. Leave a comment below or check me out here:

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One of the things I do professionally is speak. Keynotes, sessions, teaching, panel discussions, interviews, etc.

Not counting the speech competitions I began doing way back in the 8th grade, I started doing this kind of work at music conferences long ago.

In recent years, I’ve been busier in the Learning & Development world. So I started presenting at conferences and that led to more opportunities to speak. This just kind of happened via word of mouth and personal relationships. Until today, I didn’t have any resume to back up the fact that I’m legit and quite capable.

Now I’m not planning to go register with the National Speakers Associate or make a profession out of speaking or anything. I’d have to travel too much for that, and I’m not as inclined to do that as I once was. Though for the right opportunity, I’m still certainly insterested.

Here are a few topics other people have asked me to speak about:
  • Using Data to Decide
  • Workflow Design & Productivity
  • What Learning Professionals can learn from Marketing
  • Media Production for eLearning (audio, video, livestreaming, podcasting, etc.)
  • Directing & Producing for Training Video

If any of that sounds interesting to you, please let me know.

Click here to see my Speaking Resume (PDF).

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