Next Level People

Mental Health Week - Eric Chiappetta - Food, Addiction, Help

An episode of Next Level People

By Greg, Shaun, and Reena
Next Level People is the podcast where everyone knows your name. The hosts, Greg, Shaun, and Reena make sure you're not getting yet another surface level crapcast.

This is THE no BS podcast that isn't afraid to ask "Influencers" the hard questions.

If you're looking for another fluffy rainbow puppy podcast ... this ain't it.

However, if you happen to have a fluffy rainbow puppy, we would be interested in petting it.
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Fixing the Job Search - Joe Shepherd Founder of ZenLeap
Job searches suck ... big time. All of us at some point have experienced it. Some of us have nightmares about it. Joe is one of those people that had to learn the hard way. Even with all the technology we have - today's market is brutal and unforgiving. Joe and a handful of others have banded together to create something that we're hoping will put the power back into the hands of the job seeker and eliminate the biases that sometimes (a lot of times) come with hiring. Our ask is that you head over to and create a profile and let us know your feedback. We're small enough and nimble enough to actually hear what you're saying and make the changes that need to be made. Want to connect with Joe? Head over to his LinkedIn page and tell him we sent ya!
November 26, 2018
Veteran's Week - Sexual Assault in a Military Academy - Polo Tate
Today's episode will heal someone if they're willing to listen to the questions and the truths that Polo Tate speaks. Growing up, Tate used her academic aptitude and athletic prowess to earn appointments to both The United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (USAFA). She decided to accept the challenge to attend USAFA out of high school, where she played varsity volleyball in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Tate left during her second year, and her harrowing journey at one of our nation’s most challenging institutions can now be found in her gritty, honest and dynamic debut memoir, Deep Dark Blue. ------------- Want to get your hands on the book, head over to: OR head over to Amazon or anywhere you like to buy your books. ------------ Did this episode positively impact your life in some way? We'd love to hear about it! Please head over to iTunes and give us a review. From time to time we'll pick a random review and read it outloud on our show. As always - if you want to hear us tackle a specific issue or know someone that should be on the show, REACH OUT! We want this show to have as much impact as possible :)
November 16, 2018
Veteran's Week - Unflinching Truth - Rich Cardona
Rich Cardona enlisted in the Marines because, in his words, he was a shit head. He planned on getting out at the end of 4 years but because of 9/11 ended up reenlisting and as a result stayed for a total of 17 years. He did all the things he thought he was “supposed” to do to make himself marketable. He got the right jobs and even tried to play the political game at one of the biggest companies on the planet. But ended up realizing that even with an amazing salary and big house (and his financial advisor telling him to just stick it out) he just couldn’t do it anymore. So he struck out on his own, attempting to find out who he really is and what he really wants. And just a week before this episode aired, he had a life-changing conversation with Gary Vaynerchuk about his personal truth. Listen in because the questions and the truth that is spoken in this episode transcend far beyond just veterans. The conversation we had should be taken to heart by anyone that wants to live truly happy as who they truly are meant to be. If you want to connect with Rich use the links below: ________________ Want to join the Next Level Movement? Share this episode and give us a review on iTunes. Every time you do that - you join us in making a global impact!
November 15, 2018
Veteran's Week - Start Where You Can - Samuel Messenheimer
Samuel Messenheimer is a Marine Veteran and Founder/CEO of Critical Axxis. He is also one of the most giving and compassionate people I know. He, like many veterans, went into the military because that was the only option he saw for himself. It instilled discipline, pride, and determination in himself. But as soon as he got out - he got punched in the face with reality. He wasn't prepared for how the civilian world worked. He had to learn how to ask for help and had to learn that it's ok to be a beginner. Once he pulled himself out of that funk he decided that he was going to help as many people and organizations as possible so that they don't have the go through the same challenges he did. If you want to connect with him or get involved in helping veterans through Critical Axxis, reach out to Samuel using any of the links below: Personal LinkedIn: Critical Axxis:
November 14, 2018
Veteran's Week - Military Spouses, the Forgotten Heroes - Natalie Oliverio
Very rarely do we talk about the people at home that are holding things down while their partner is gone. So we brought in Natalie Oliverio, Veteran and Founder of Military Talent Partners to chat about how we can help Military Spouses. If you want to get to know more about Natalie or connect with her company you can do so through ... OR ---------- If you want to be a part of this movement, our goal is to get to 1000 5 star reviews on iTunes. WHY? Because the higher our ranking, the greater our reach and impact. Thank you so much for listening and if there's something you ever want us to cover reach out to any of us on LinkedIn and let us know!
November 13, 2018
Veteran's Week - Finding Purpose in Transition - Christopher Morga
Christopher Morga is a Navy Veteran with a similar story to a lot of veterans. He entered the military without a lot of direction and transitioned out with that same lack of clarity and that ended up punching him in the face. After losing his home and breaking down in the middle of his kid's room, he eventually found his purpose out of frustration with the job search and many recruiters' lack of empathy. Fast forward 15 years later and he is on the Forbes Coaches Council, is a published writer, keynote speaker, and is doing everything he can to empower people to find their purpose and not experience what he did in the job search. This episode is 1 of 5 focused on helping veterans. While that is its focus and goal, much of this information can be applicable to almost anyone. If you'd like to learn more about Christopher Morga, feel free to reach out to him on LinkedIn using the link below. Just be sure to tell him that we sent you ;)
November 12, 2018
Grab Attention with Justin Blackman
If you're wanting to know how to grab someone's attention with written content, if you're wanting to learn how to discover your unique brand voice, then this is the episode you've been waiting for. Justin Blackman is a freakin magician when it comes to this topic. He's got 2 decades of marketing big brands like Red Bull, Puma, and 5-hour Energy where he learned the power of voice. It made him hate boring, drab, self-centered sales emails, and websites. He quickly analyzed the good ones, studied quick hit storytelling techniques from comedians, and cannon-balled into copywriting. Now he helps B2C businesses craft messages that make you whip out your wallet and like them. Connect with him at: LinkedIn: Twitter: @PrettyFlyCopy Facebook: Website: Things referenced in the episode: Justin's Headline Project: Copyhackers article: Kira Hug:
November 8, 2018
Coming To America - Gaurav 'Gary' Choukse
Not a lot of people are willing or able to talk about the subject of what it's like coming to America. The visa process, the corrupt 3rd party recruitment agencies, the 90 day window you have to secure employment, the blatant racism. It's the wild west out here. The only way to tackle ignorance is with facts. That's why I wanted to get Gaurav (AKA Gary) on the show to shed some light on the visa process as well as what he's been able to accomplish through good ole fashion networking (which was a foreign concept to him). Gary came to the US to get his Master's in Management of Information Systems and has since started a #LinkedInLocal in Huntsville, Alabama. I want to challenge you to take some time to listen to just a few brief pieces from his story so that you can increase your level of empathy towards people that come to America to try to make a life for themselves. You can connect with Gary on LinkedIn here:
November 6, 2018
True Recruiting with Adam Posner
Recruiting. It's a cuss word for many people. Some people see what we do and actually want to know how to get started. It's got a low barrier to entry so pretty much anyone that can fog a mirror can get started. But what actually makes a GOOD recruiter? In this episode, we talk about the differences between old school and new school tactics and the absolute bare minimum foundation you have to have in order to make it in this industry with your reputation still intact. But the most important thing is the debate between which version of the song "Africa" is better ... Toto or Weezer. Let us know what you think! --- Adam is the Founder of NHP Talent Group and specializes in recruiting for Senior-Level roles within: Digital Marketing, Media, Technology, Product and Content Creation at Start-ups, Creative Agencies and Brands. Prior to recruiting, he spent 15 years in the ad/marketing industry, leading account management and digital strategy at American Express, SIRIUS XM and digital ad agencies like VaynerMedia in NYC. Marrying those two things together explains exactly why Adam is able to truly understand what both sides need. Want to connect with Adam - check him out on LinkedIn and tell him we sent you!
November 1, 2018
Mike Casavant - Metal Bands, CrossFit, and Balance
Mike and I were introduced about a year ago and instantly hit it off. At the end of the conversation, we were both pissed that we didn't hit record because we knew the info was important for people to hear. So ... fast forward to today and voila ... here's the episode. We talk about his transition from touring with 2 metal bands to the world of CrossFit and personal training, where he's going next, and what balance actually is. Mike is such an amazing human being and we absolutely LOVED having him on the show. This is a super fun episode and can't wait to hear your feedback on it! You can connect with Mike with the links below: LinkedIn: Instagram: @mike_casavant_
October 30, 2018
Mental Health Week - Chuck Dow - Borrow my Angel
Chuck Dow is no stranger to suicide and mental health issues. His family has been ravished by both. But he is NOT taking it sitting down. Chuck was the winner of this year's Hack4GoodSGF pitch night in which he presented his idea, along with other competitors, for a chance to have it picked for the hackathon that Greg co-organizes in Springfield, MO. It's his goal to make an incredible impact on the state of mental health and suicide prevention. He's in the infancy stage of his non-profit called Borrow My Angel. This episode is a quick snapshot into his story - and what he's doing about it. ----- If you'd like to get involved, please don't hesitate to reach out to Chuck. They're looking to build an army of angels with different skills and passions. You can reach out to chuck via Facebook or LinkedIn using the links below: Facebook: LinkedIn: #MentalHealthAwareness #NextLevelPeople
October 3, 2018
Mental Health Week - Advice From a Licensed Counselor
If you've listened to our episode with Eric Chiapetta then you'll know exactly who Kathy Hawkins is. She's the one that Eric reached out to at his darkest moment. Today we dive into the tactics of helping someone when they're at their rock bottom, possibly sitting with a gun or ready to jump. This is advice that if someone called you immediately after listening to this you'll be able to put it to use right then and there. #MentalHealth #BalanceMovement #NextLevelPeople
September 21, 2018
Mental Health Week - Jaime Cohen - Return to Who You Are
Meet Jaime Cohen. Fashionista. Salsa Dancer. Comedian. And just an all around bad ass! This is her story of how she walked through depression, realizing that she just didn't care about any of the things she used to, and how community (and specifically LinkedIn) got her groove back. ----------- You can connect with Jaime on LinkedIn here: On any other platform you can find her with the handle @Jaimbalaya
September 20, 2018
Mental Health Week- Katie Wallace - From Addiction to Nature
In this episode we dive in and chat with Katie Wallace about her journey from bi-polar alcoholic/drug addict to sustainability entrepreneur. Greg geeks out about forest bathing and nature therapy and shares a bit of his story since it relates pretty closely to Katies as well. Long story short, get around a community of people that encourage and empower you to live your best life and get out in nature. It's scientifically proven to reduce stress, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and to increase focus and boost your immune system. ---------- For more information about Katie you can connect with her on LinkedIn at: If you're a business wanting to go green and lower your carbon footprint you can reach out to her at
September 19, 2018
Mental Health Week - Eric Chiappetta - Food, Addiction, Help
Meet Eric Chiappetta: Accomplished chef and restaurant owner, sommelier, former heavy metal band member, and the podcast/vodcast, Chef or Death. We walk through the dirty of life in the Food and Beverage industry. The side of F&B most people don't talk about. The ups and downs, the addictions and broken relationships, and everything in between. If you're a foodie and in the Denver area - be sure to check him out! Regardless, definitely give a listen to some of his episodes on
September 18, 2018
Mental Health Week- Tyrone Ross Jr. - Failure, Suicide, Hope
Tyrone Ross Jr.'s story is anything but average. He walks us through being the first in his family to graduate high school let alone college and was a hopeful Olympian only to see his life and dreams crumble before him. Mental health and suicide are serious global issues. Chances are you or someone you know needs to hear this message. Please share this episode ... it might just save a life. --------------------- Tyrone has more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry and recently started NobleBridge Wealth Partners with his partner, Corey Franco. Tyrone is an established speaker having addressed employees at Etsy, Spotify, Uber and Wyndham as well as students at Columbia, York College and Montclair State University. Tyrone is a graduate of Seton Hall University and was also a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field in the 400 meters. Connect with him on LinkedIn
September 17, 2018
Let's Dance with Mihran Kirakosian
Mihran Kirakosian is one for the world's foremost live performance producers, artistic directors and choreographers working today. Based in Los Angeles, Mihran is widely known for his extensive work with Britney Spears, Madonna, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna. Mihran first toured with Britney Spears on the 2003 “Me Against the Music” promotional tour. He followed up by collaborating with Madonna on "The Re-Invention” and “Confessions” world tours. He also performed alongside Madonna on the historical "Live 8" concert at Hyde Park in London. While working creatively alongside the world's greatest entertainers such as Ricky Martin and the Black Eyed Peas, Mihran has also developed a career working commercially for Nike, Ebay, Joe Boxer, and HP. Want to learn how to dance from someone like that - go subscribe and follow him asap!
September 6, 2018
Reena Tells All
Reena is one of the best networkers in the game and when we found out exactly how she got her start it all started making sense. Reena started off her career as the producer of the Jerry Springer show. Seeing as The Jerry Springer Show just went off the air this month it only seemed right to get the full scoop on exactly what it was like to work for the man, the myth, the legend that entertained 90's kids for hours on end. From little people to the episode she hopes no-one finds - Reena bares all in this episode. If you're not connected with Reena yet ... you're missing out. Go fix that now!
August 29, 2018
Breaking the Mid-Life Myth with Matt Balducci
Matt Balducci is an Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, High-Performance Business Coach, and Amazon Best Selling Author. He was taught hard work coming from a blue collar background and just above the poverty line. In this episode we cover A LOT of ground, talking about health and fitness, avoiding a mid-life crisis, dealing with false identities, and Greg introduces a concept he's wrestling with he calls "Gods and Contra-gods" If you'd like to learn more about Matt or want to join his high performance group for men simply go to or reach out to him on Facebook or Linkedin. Be sure to tell him that Shaun and Greg sent ya ;)
August 24, 2018
Recruiter Rants with Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin is a no non-sense guy that isn't afraid to call it like he sees it. That's why we love him. We dove STRAIGHT into the conversation and didn't even get to introduce him like we would normally. He's got "colorful language" so now you've been warned but I hope you don't let that get in the way of the heart behind what we were all talking about. From LinkedIn to how to get into recruiting to why you probably won't get the job. We covered it all in this rant style episode. Jeff has one on one meetings with people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, and lots of other big name people in the business. Jeff is the real deal. If you want to connect with him feel free to find him on LinkedIn but be sure to tell him that we sent ya ;) LinkedIn: You can also check out his companies here: and here:
August 8, 2018
Differently Abled with Chantel Soumis
This is one of the most impactful interviews we've done simply because Chantel shed a LOT of light on what it's like to have to mark off the "Disabled" box on a job application. You say you're passionate about diversity - then you need to add this to your arsenal and do some homework just like we'll be doing. Chantel Soumis is a communications expert and professional storyteller. As an advocate for the differently-abled community, Chantel spreads awareness, hope, and inspiration to those around the world who fighting for acceptance and fighting to understand the hidden struggles of differently-abled people. Chantel is also a top LinkedIn creator, a social media influencer, and a host of the (Un)Learn Show on the social networking platform. The (Un)Learn Show features those who have broken bad habits. In doing so, the show inspires and motivates others to un-learn certain behaviors LinkedIn: Website: Instagram: @MarcomChantel
July 30, 2018
Just Chill with Katie Wallace
Katie is one of the most chill people we've had on the shows. She doesn't take herself too seriously which ends up being the best recipe for anyone that decides to do anything public facing. We spoke about LinkedIn Locals being a cult (just kidding ... maybe) and we learned a bit about why she quit her job to save the world. If you want to learn more about what Katie is up to you can connect with her on LinkedIn:
July 9, 2018
Next Level Content Strategy - with Joe Mullings
Joe Mullings is the guest of today's episode and we dive straight into why he's betting hundreds of thousands of dollars every single year on content creation for his executive search firm. Joe does not mince words and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. If you're looking for a no excuses allowed episode - this is it. Tune in. Take notes. Go execute. --- Joe Mullings is the CEO and Founder of The Mullings Group. Joe and his firm have completed more searches in the medical device industry than any other search firm. More than 5,000 searches with more than 500 different companies in the Life Sciences space. If you'd like to connect with him on LinkedIn - here's his link: Tell him Greg and Shaun sent ya!
June 29, 2018
Dr. Mike Morgan
Scientist, technologist, entrepreneur, and connector of people. Dr. Mike Morgan was one of the early adopters of video on LinkedIn and as a scientist normally does - he's been experimenting like crazy with it. He's created "Humans of LinkedIn" - Motivational Thoughts by Dr. Mike Morgan (which we give him a little bit of a hard time for in this episode), and all sorts of other collaborative and entrepreneurial efforts as you'll find out in this episode. We even kind of dive into the deep end of the thought, "In order to be authentic you have to actually know who you are" Take a listen and let us know what you think! Connect with Dr. Mike on LinkedIn and tell him we sent ya:
June 22, 2018
Meet the Kyles
As you'll hear from the very beginning of the episode, Greg and Shaun had an amazing time, a ton of laughs, and we were able to learn and strategize with the Kyles who are going through a similar process of growth with their audience and their message. If you haven't heard of #CoffeeWithKyles just do a quick Google search and drop in on one of their episodes where they interview both influencers and creators. There's definitely more to come with these fellas! If you'd like to connect with them you can find them on Instagram as @CoffeeWithKyles OR on LinkedIn (of course) Kyle Burt - Kyle Witham -
June 15, 2018
The Creative Curve with Allen Gannett
Join us as we destroy some of the most commonly stated myths surrounding creativity with the author of the new book, "The Creative Curve", Allen Gannett. His book is coming out on June 12th, 2018, anywhere books are sold. Trust us - you're going to want to grab a copy :) ALLEN GANNETT is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor for and has an upcoming book The Creative Curve, on how anyone can achieve moments of creative genius, coming out in June 2018 from Currency, a division of Penguin Random House. He was also once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.
June 8, 2018
The Entrepreneurial Plunge
From an earth scientist digging in the tundra of Canada to an entrepreneur putting on events impacting the lives of thousands of people. In this episode, Shauna Arnott, founder of Haste and Hustle and the “Generation Now” event, will teach you the steps you need to take to make that nagging entrepreneurial desire you’ve had for years a reality. You’ll also get to learn about the filters Shauna uses to decide which opportunities will drive her towards her goals and ultimate happiness for her and her son. For more information on her and the Generation Now event she’s putting on in February you can go to
December 11, 2017
The Guts to Publish
This episode is all about getting started with the much dreaded step of personal branding called "content creation". In this episode Greg chats with Ben Rea and they break content creation down into bite-size chunks so that it's not so scary. Take these tips and learn from their mistakes that you have a shorter learning curve when it comes to content creation on LinkedIn.
November 27, 2017
Building a Sticky Brand
Goldie Chan has taken LinkedIn by storm with her LinkedIn videos. So much so that people at LinkedIn dressed up as her for Halloween! If you want to build that sticks in people's minds then you need to sit down, take some notes, and then put the pointers into action immediately!
November 21, 2017
Hellooooo LinkedIn Videos
Join the conversation as Greg chats with Dr. Mike Morgan about the evolution of LinkedIn video, what we've experienced from it, where we think it's going, and most importantly, how you can make the most of it.
November 21, 2017
Resumes Don't Have to Suck
OK OK… We get it… Resume suck. But they don't have to. Listen to this episode where Greg talks to resume expert, Christie McPherson, on exactly what her resume should and shouldn't have.
November 13, 2017
Dating Recruiters
Join the conversation with Lindsay Mustain as we walk through her LinkedIn article that brought some major hate mail. We will show you exactly how to reach out to recruiters or anyone else on LinkedIn. We also toss in some light dating advice free of charge as well!
November 6, 2017
The Beard & Batman of LinkedIn
In this episode you'll get to dive into the minds of two "Linked-Infamous" men, Adam Karpiak and Shaun Hervey. You'll learn how we went from typical profile to gaining an amazing community.
October 30, 2017
No more fluff and BS
This is the pilot episode of NextLevelPeople. This is where You go to figure out what we're all about. If your tired of the bs and fluff out there - keep listening (because so are we)
October 8, 2017
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