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?
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:
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.)
You wanna get a hold of me? The best ways are where all the robots & spammers don’t go. If you’re on Signal or Wire, please say so via one of the methods below & give your handle there when you contact me. These are my most highly filtered and therefore appreciated options these days.
If you hit me up in one of the following places, I’ll see it and smuggle you my more direct contact info ;)
Call/Text (415) 508-7627 This is a Google Voice number. I pretty much never pick it up. But if you leave a message by voice or text, I will see it no matter where I am in the world. I’ll generally get back to you within a day or two, and if not, just try me there again.
Leave a comment below All comment submissions go to me for moderation. So I’ll see whatever you type there, and if you want to say hey or request something, I’ll see that too. Again, it might take a day or two before I reach back, but I won’t miss your message.
And if you want to go crazy and send me stuff, here’s the best address (USPS only) Sam Rogers
PO Box 155
Ephraim, UT 84627
Email While you can try and email me at one of my various email addresses, please know that my email has been failing me a lot in the last year and I’m not as confident in it as I once was. I wish that were different, and I’m working toward that goal, but frankly I’m not there yet. Thanks!
What I do
I help make the world a more sensible, purposeful, and meaningful place. I try to do that with every project I take on, and remember it in every action and thought. I find I am getting better at that with practice. For work, I mostly hold titles like Learning Ecosystem Architect, Senior Instructional Designer, Video/YouTube/eLearning Expert Witness, or Writer/Actor/Composer/Director/Producer for stage & screen…but I do a ton of other stuff too.
What I enjoy
I enjoy finding strategically simple solutions, and I like to leave things better than I found them. Whether it’s learning or technology or music or addressing the perils of our age, adoption is the only thing that ultimately matters.
What I believe
We are presiding over the pinnacle of humanity. There are more people alive now than ever, we have more access to resources than ever, we fight less than ever, share more information that ever, and have more power to change our environment and collective fate than ever before in the history of history. And we know the current ways cannot continue. Let’s make the most of all this while we can!
What else would you like to see here? Do let me know in the comments, won’t you?