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Some chronological highlights of my history for context:
  • 1976 = born in Napa California, almost died in the process
  • 1977-80 = first childhood memories, parents separated, Montessori preschool
  • 1981-87 = attended a small rural grammar school, became a boy scout, worked at my Mom’s new age gift shop, stepparents and brother & sister introduced, moved twice, devoured every old scratchy 45 I could get my hands on
  • 1988-89 = attended a large middle school where I was the smallest kid, nearly died of pneumonia and again when the kids at school tried to drown me, played D&D, collected yo-yos, generally tried to be invisible
  • 1990 = moved to live with my Dad in Novato California, studied drama in high school, joined Star Trek Fan Club
  • 1991 = president of high school’s Environmental Awareness Club, worked in Stepmom’s office doing shipping/receiving & data entry
  • 1992 = started singing in choir, roadying for my Dad, fell in love with comic books
  • 1993 = joined jazz choir & musical theater, recorded first album with choir, teen board member of Teen inspiration Foundation
  • 1994 = won Best Solo Jazz Vocal at RAVES award showcase, worked as busboy at local Japanese restaurant, served as Peer Counselor, volunteered for local political campaign
  • 1995 = founded Til Dawn a cappella group for the Teen Inspiration Foundation, started performing solo at open mics, English major at Sonoma State University, worked as Ferengi at Paramount’s Great America theme park, presented at Peer Counselors Conference
  • 1996 = recorded album Get Motivated, Baby with Til Dawn, moved to Iowa to study music at Phil Mattson’s School for the Music Vocations, worked part time for the school
  • 1997 = released For the Radio Audience with collegiate a cappella group Audio Radiance, returned to Sonoma State, worked as waiter at Indian restaurant, became licensed massage therapist
  • 1998 = served as “The Voice of Project Censored” on NPR, studied audio engineering & video production, backup vocalist on several albums, car totaled in accident, worked as foodrunner & backwaiter at Domain Chandon
  • 1999 = graduated with B.A. in Communications Studies from Sonoma State, joined Improvox, fell in love with woman twice my age, backpacked in Europe, coined name “The One Mouth Band”
  • 2000 = moved in with girlfriend (log cabin in woods of Marin), Office Manager for startup record label & commercial music production company, first experiences live-looping
  • 2001 = released Graceful Passages, got part-time job with GreenPoint Mortgage in Training Department, first started this website, cast in local theater production of The Fantastics
  • 2002 = released first solo vocal album One Mouth Band (live), joined a cappella group The Irrationals, local TV appearances
  • 2003 = performed around US as The One Mouth Band, founding member of The Vowel Movement Beatbox Collective
  • 2004 = performed in Singapore as The One Mouth Band, created LipBiz instrument lubricant for beatboxers, started Snap Synapse web development business
  • 2005 = won two Ward Swinger awards as The One Mouth Band in Graz Austria, started singing with childhood musical heroes SoVoSo
  • 2006 = released second solo vocal album 100% Organic Human Music (live), started TaKeTiNa Teacher Training certification, joined SoVoSo, first trip to Burning Man, started working as freelance Instructional Designer, officially incorporated Snap Synapse
  • 2007 = released album Done Waiting with The Irrationals, first solo tour in Australia & New Zealand, first International Body Music Festival, started teaching private voice & live looping lessons, beginning of my CouchSurfing Period
  • 2008 = whirlwind of performing and teaching workshops in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand (including performing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and becoming a finalist in 1st American Beatbox Championships), apprenticed with healer
  • 2009 = released One On One EP with girlfriend Nicolle Lane, started teaching sound healing, spent most of the year in Australia
  • 2010 = didn’t die as predicted, first tour in Brazil as part of the “Bay Area Sonic Ensemble”, started teaching online, lots of TaKeTiNa & CircleSong activity
  • 2011 = touring & teaching in Europe as The One Mouth Band, bought sailboat (home base), attempted to to emigrate to New Zealand, first podcast interview, started coaching
  • 2012 = released third solo vocal album Could Love (studio), started The Body Music Lab, helped found Return of the Cypher at the Boom Boom Room, lots of Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild activity
  • 2013 = got ham radio license & CERT qualification, learned sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, acrobatics, motorcycle riding, cofounded The Kaia Group sound healing trainings
  • 2014 = cowrote & produced “Raditatical: A Journey In Rhythm” at Montalbahn Theater in Hollywood, started singing with improv a cappella / sound healing group The Elements
  • 2015 = worked for Google creating the first YouTube Certified Online training program, part of International Music Festival in Bali
  • 2016 = moved in with girlfriend in Salt Lake City, coproduced daily livestreaming show “L&D Talk” with Brent Schlenker, best friend Jory Prum was killed as result of motorcycle accident, began speaking at Learning & Development conferences, obtained e-Residency in Estonia
  • 2017 = released album Listen with The Elements, released first book Just Do The Thing: A Guide, moved to central Utah to help care for mother-in-law, built studio, livstreaming for “TLDC”, became permanent resident of Panama, first expert witness gig
  • 2018 = released Doable Change podcast & started Doable Change Corp, bought Clear Mind Publishing, started Optimistic Holdings, first conference keynote, started “Your Best Work in L&D” mastermind group
  • 2019 = performing with Project VOX, livestreamed TLDC19 conference, blew up all websites, first social media fast, graduated from Seth Godin’s altMBA, awarded “Rockstar of the Quarter” by Cornerstone OnDemand, explored cinematic production
  • 2020 = switched to a plant-based diet, produced several online conferences & webinars, taught livestreaming & live looping to many fellow performers affected by COVID pandemic, served as Director of Marketing for Energy Utility Group, eventually closed up shop at Snap Synapse LLC and accepted Global Learning Technology & Analytics Manager role with ConvaTec, studied data analysis & visualization, got Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification

If I left out something you’d like to see here, or you are curious or confused about anything above, please comment below to let me know.

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I’ve been a lot of things, mostly improbable things. Things that don’t make any sense when you put them all together, and that stack up to something suspiciously beyond my 44 years of living. Some examples:
  • Int’l award-winning solo a cappella / beatbox act
  • Expert Witness
  • Star Trek alien
  • Acupressure Practitioner
  • Web Developer
  • Personal coach, Mastermind Leader & Group Facilitator
  • Social Media & Marketing Consultant
  • Audio Engineer & Video Producer
  • Author & Public Speaker

And that’s just the stuff I once got paid to do.

In any case, today I’m the Global Learning Technology & Analytics Manager for the global medical solutions provider ConvaTec. Yeah, I know, go figure. Believe it or not I’m actually somehow well-qualified for the position.

I’ve done a lot of my life out of sequence from the standard. This year, I took my first full-time employee job in…well, ever, I guess. It’s early yet, but it’s working so far. Great timing, in fact! As the rest of the world is falling apart, I’m leveraging all my skills toward helping things fall together for a business with 10k or so employees spread all across the globe.

Because this gig is pretty full-on, and because the rest of life is so haywire these days, I’m not actually taking anything else on at the moment. I’ve barely kept in touch with friends and family in the last few months. It’s a weird time.

If you happen to be one of those friends or family, I’m sorry. It’s nothing you did, promise. We’re good, I’m simply of a different focus these days and have pulled back a lot on my public visibility and even private availability. You can still hit me up anytime as you wish, please do :)

For anyone who doesn’t know me yet, thanks for dropping by! And, uh…how did you get here? Nice to see you and I hope you like what you see around here. I tend to think a lot, and post here every few days. Comment on any post and I’ll respond. Wishing you all the best!

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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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