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For more than 15 years, Matt Zinman has focused on the success of employers, students and jobseekers. Through it all, he has developed original resources and innovative techniques, especially to help graduates, professionals, disadvantaged youth and military veterans in transition. Here he reveals his best advice along with exclusive insights about networking, informational interviews and how to create a Plan B and Turn it into Plan A. So be sure to join this not-to-be-missed conversation!

Named one of the world’s greatest motivators and a Top 100 Business Coach, David is on a mission to empower over 1 billion people to be happy. His endeavors focus on four overarching principles involving gratitude, empathy, accountability and effective communication, which he advances throughout his many books, multiple podcast and radio shows, television productions, keynote speaking and weekly free trainings. Here Matt covers everything from David’s greatest life challenges to topics about mentoring and becoming a “Ferocious Buddha.”

Among all else, Matt is a tireless champion of internships and making experience matter. In addition to founding The Internship Institute in 2007, he has managed and mentored nearly 300 interns throughout his career, including many virtually. Here he shares his insights about deciding whether to have interns and how to make them optimally productive. This applies to any size company as well as for solopreneurs.

You may be skeptical about hypnosis, but there’s no denying that our subconscious plays a vital part of our quality of life. Fortunately, here to debunk the myths and explain how it all works is a world-renowned hypnotherapist. Gale also pioneered the Reprogramming Hypnosis System and shares her experiences and insights about how our subconscious can help us get what we really want.

Discovering your “why” is the easy part. Achieving that purpose is something else entirely. The Law of Attraction can help, but only gets you so far. This is your “why” is something effortful. Books don’t write themselves. Companies don’t thrive on their own. This is where INEVITABILITY comes in. If the Law of Attraction is powered by gratitude, then INEVITABILITY is fueled by self-belief. Join Matt for this insightful approach to goal achievement and techniques that make that inevitable.

Do you believe the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve? Well, here to explain just that is the Go-Giver himself, Bob Burg. You may know his book, The Go-Giver, took the business world by storm and has since sold more than a million copies. Hear Matt and Bob discuss the simplest, most fulfilling and most effective path to success in business and in life; as well as explore unusual topics about “Intrapreneurs,” how the book emerged and became a success.

Would you rather live life by design or by default? The thing about gratitude is that it doesn’t happen by itself. The same may not be true of the Law of Attraction. Whether you believe in it is less relevant than the role of gratitude in your life. Positive experiences like happiness, joy, inspiration and love rely on making a conscious decision and effort to feel grateful. This means that harnessing gratitude goes to the very heart of mindfulness and life enrichment.

With more than two decades of learning about leading people, bringing out their best and developing winning teams, retired Lt. Col. Eric Stetson is a tireless advocate for veterans in transition, including by managing the career readiness program for FourBlock. Eric and Matt cover a broad range of topics universal for business leaders, jobseekers and professionals alike.

What’s with coincidences? Do you “believe in them”? If not, in what DO you believe? Does everything happen for a reason? At what point does an unexpected experience crossover from something random to something meaningful? Do they happen on a spectrum? What is that? Here’s where Matt addresses these along with MANY other questions as well as shares practical steps to encounter more coincidences and make them matter.

Few adjectives would be an overstatement about Jana Short. Named among 2020’s most “Influential Women of the World-Global Influencers,” Jana is a premier mindset coach in the health and wellness industry. She is a best-selling author, public speaker, host of “Oh, My Health… There is HOPE!” podcast, and the founder and editor of the rapidly popular Best Holistic Life magazine, garnering 138,000 subscribers in its first year of publication. Surviving a near-fatal condition gave her a new lease on life to lead a movement for those seeking holistic change and more meaningful life balance. Jana also guides top global health influencers to increase their social impact.

Just about everyone knows the expression, “Go with the flow.” But isn’t it more than just a saying? Isn’t it based on personal experience? What does it mean to you? Join Matt for this newly charted exploration into why things happen, what’s controllable and how to harness an amplified awareness to rely on your intuition, adapt to circumstances and make the right decisions. He also shares his own personal experiences about relationships and reveals what he believes is the true secret to a healthy and harmonious marriage.

What does it mean to live an unmuted life? Joining the show to answer that and other insightful questions is Rachel Druckenmiller, a national thought leader, keynote speaker and CEO of Unmuted. Named a “40 under 40 Game Changer” by Workforce Magazine, Rachel affirms that, “Every time I face adversity, I see it as a catalyst and an invitation to live life more fully and intentionally.” In addition to sharing the story of her pandemic pivot, she explains how leaders can instill their teams with trust, compassion, stability and hope to live healthier, happier and more energized lives.

What do our mind-body connection, the natural elements (Fire, Air, Water and Earth) and personality traits all have in common? For Matt, the answers came more than half a lifetime ago when a profound experience instilled him with a foundation for personal growth that he has relied on ever since. Among all else, he shares that unique story along with insights about self-identity, sizing others up, interpersonal skills and managing conflict.

In highlighting this vital and timely topic, Matt changes the show format for a candid conversation with Dr. Lisa Horowitz, a staff scientist and pediatric psychologist from the National Institute of Mental Health. Leaving no detail unspoken, they address mental health, suicide and the actions necessary to save lives, including those of at-risk children and young adults. Suicide either does or could affect anyone and everyone. It’s time to shatter the stigma once and for all.

What matters more to manage, time or energy? What happens when energy exchanges in our relationships and random encounters? What other energy sources impact and influence us? How can we fuel and align our energies physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to perform at our best and enjoy life to the fullest? Those are but a few questions addressed herein and answered with practical ways to enrich daily living.

While positive thinking and hard work may be prerequisites for success, one often-overlooked facet are the gaps in our identity and how we close them to become the best versions of ourselves. Here to provide a healthy infusion of fresh insights is former NFL player and American Ninja Warrior Anthony Trucks who is now CEO of Identity Shift, which is also the title of his forthcoming book. Anthony shows how to make great shift happen, especially in these shifting times.

Who among us are without a loved one who’ve faced a mental health event or have struggled themselves at some point? Stigmas and taboos cast aside, Matt gets personal by taking this topic head on with bold authenticity. Sharing his own experiences, practical insights and actionable guidance, he also presents innovative tools (The Mood Scale), health maintenance techniques (The 3-Day Rule) and offers signs of hope.

How does one persist and push forward with positivity even when faced with adversity? What does it take to refuse to allow ourselves to be anything less than the best version of who we are meant to be? Thankfully, Christopher J. Wirth – coach, speaker and co-author of The Positivity Tribe – joins us to share, among his many insights, how lifting others up enables us to rise with them while giving us a positive mental advantage to navigate through hardship and prosper.

It literally shapes our world – from our happiness and inner monologue to how we interpret our interactions and size up others. Perception is truly foundational to our quality of life. The good news is that we have the ability and opportunity to assert our free will to make choices about how we perceive our experiences. Being objective and maintaining an amplified awareness about our perceptions will foster a more accurate and optimistic reality (at least that’s my perception).

Hers is among the most popular Oprah segments of all time. Genevieve Piturro, founder of the Pajama Program is an international speaker and author of the new book, “Purpose, Passion and Pajamas: How to Transform your Life, Embrace the Human Connection and Lead with Meaning.” Here she joins Matt to help inspire others to find their calling by listening to their hearts in pursuit of true success.

It’s all-too-easy to overlook certain ways to improve daily living. Here Matt explores simple, preventive measures and practical ways to both enrich your life and avert events that diminish it. He also shares techniques for job seekers to land on their feet and reveals what he wishes his 19-year old self knew.

He has performed more than 6,000 times for over 60 million fans and is widely regarded as the most beloved mascot in all of sports. Now in his 32nd season, Tom Burgoyne describes himself as the “best friend” of The Phillie Phanatic, the always-energetic mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. He’s also the author of Pheel the Love, has entertained the justices of The Supreme Court and is adjusting to baseball’s return without fans.

There are ONLY two kinds of people in the world: there are Spiders and there are those who get caught in webs. Are you a manipulator or are you their prey? In this unusual, metaphorical episode, Matt takes this topic head on and reveals ways to recognize these individuals and either avoid or approach them with caution. He also explains how to escape and stay clear of webs altogether. This topic from Z-isms continues to earn critical acclaim.

A universal topic for individuals and businesses alike, personal branding is the nucleus for success. Here to offer her unique insights is Lorena Acosta, a Personal Brand Evangelist and creator of “The Trust Factor System” who explains the essential factors for branding with authenticity by speaking from the heart, especially on social media. This episode also reveals some unknown insights about Lorena and her mission to #BeBusyBeingAwesome.

It may seem like an overstatement that Earned Confidence is the foundation for life enrichment, but soon you’ll realize it’s more like an understatement. That’s why Earned Confidence is Matt’s signature topic as well as is at the heart of his book, Z-isms: Insights to Live By. This is THE episode to discover the solo podcast and Insights to Live By. Kindly feel welcome to Listen In. 

Sandy Joy Weston is on a mission to spread the joy and positivity in the world.” She has amassed a storied career as a fitness and wellness icon, mindset expert, keynote speaker, podcast host and is the author of “Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow.”
As she is known to do, Sandy gets real both in sharing personal insights about herself and certain keys to maintaining a positive headspace based on top tips from her book and colorful life experiences.

Given that many of the solo episodes will explore the core themes in his highly acclaimed book, Z-isms: Insights to Live By, Matt explains what led him to write the book and gives a personal tour of the topics throughout, including about the guiding principle of Earned Confidence. He also shares his experiences with self-publishing with the hope it will help others fulfill their dream of becoming an author. In addition, Matt tells the story of his mysterious encounter that brought Z-man and the title to life.

In the second of this two-part interview with the Leaders of Hyperconscious Nation, Matt is joined by Kevin Palmieri, who reveals his unique Insights about personal growth, commitment to success and turning habits into happiness. Kevin also shares a personal story about his proudest accomplishment and whether he believes in soulmates, aside from Alan.

Peak performance business coach Alan Lazaros – the co-Leader of Hyperconscious Nation – shares his top Insights to Live By with Matt, including how a commitment to a principle-focused life leads to one of fulfillment. The interview also uncovers unexpected insights about Alan – from his most adventurous experience to his biggest fear.

Join Matt for an intimate introduction about himself and his personal journeys involving his defining life challenges and roles as an entrepreneur, single parent, athlete, caregiver and nonprofit founder. He also describes how an unusual coincidence led him to create the podcast as well as explains the formats for his weekly guest episodes and solo shows.

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