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The Matt Sodnicar Podcast

The Matt Sodnicar Podcast. Founded on the belief that one need not be famous to tell a compelling story. Focused on turning points in business and in life, those moments that will inspire others. Have a story to share? Head to Instagram @themattsodcast and shoot us a DM!


Stephanie McHugh: Creating Space for Others in Comedy
GET A TICKET to the July 31 show in LIttleton!I met Stephanie at a Denver event, and wanted to deconstruct her sense of humor - which reminded me so much of Mike Birbiglia.  Stephanie recorded this just a few weeks after her dad passed away, and we talk about his influence on her comedy.Stephanie’s journey with comedy began as a child when she learned the power of making people laugh.  Eventually she began pursuing stand up comedy in her 30s, married with 2 small children. Nine months after her first time on stage, Stephanie won a trip to the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and has been on the Denver comedy scene for over 17 years. Stephanie is passionate about empowering and coaching speakers and entrepreneurs on how they can add humor to their presentations to create more engagement with their audience.  She has developed a Be Funnier! Short and Sweet Coaching Package and she offers motivational speaking on the following topics:  Be Funnier! How to Add Humor to Your Presentation and The Importance of Laughter.  ​Stephanie loves dogs, has a recipe for chocolate tofu pie that you will LOVE and can touch her tongue to her nose.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
53:34 07/24/2022
Doug Kauer: Founder of Kauer Guitars. Quite cromulent.
Doug takes me through his life working with wood:  building cabinets with his dad to eventually starting his guitar business.  Shipping pranks with sawdust, just barely making it, riding bikes, and just 2 nerds chatting.Check out these gorgeous instruments here.And here is Otis Rush, Live at The Wise Fools Pub. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
64:05 06/18/2022
Anthony DeLeo: Founder of Bespoke Velo Australia
Anthony and I talk about the rewards of being cyclists, connecting as friends across the world, and what our little companies have done for ourselves and for each other.  I share the amazing story of a product going from Colorado to Australia and on to Ireland, in the hands of Sonia O'Sullivan, Olympic silver medalist, thanks to Anthony. Take a look at Bespoke Velo.   ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
60:08 06/04/2022
Emma Weisfeld-Adams: Planning a Beautiful Death
Emma describes her journey to become a death doula - helping people with holistic end-of-life planning.  She is the founder of Beautiful Life Beautiful Death.  She takes me through watching her dad die - then 11 years later, being pregnant with her first child when her husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness.Learning to live presently, mitigating fears, conscious peaceful dying. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
67:09 05/21/2022
Michel Hogan - Brand Counsel: Unheroic Work, Toxic Delight, Weaponized Values and the Myth of Wow
Michel Hogan, Brand Counsel, and author of "The Unheroic Work" generously teaches a masterclass on branding, marketing, values, integrity.We cover the myth of excellence, the difference between expectations and experiences, lessons from her book and why she wrote it, not starting with Why, values misused as a promotional tool, and how values can flip and become a liability.I'm on my second reading of her book, I've shared it with many, and if you're anywhere near your customer and their experience, you need to read it."You are the promises you keep." ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
106:33 03/10/2022
Michelle Krasniak, Part 2: Trial, Recovery and Life After
In a continuation of our previous conversation, Michelle takes me thru the trial of the man who abducted her as a young woman in upstate New York.She takes me through falling out with her family over the events, the PTSD and hypervigilance, blending in and not wearing makeup, and the effect the experiences have had on her.  She also helps with talking to therapists, how friends and coworkers can connect and help others who've experienced similar events. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
82:04 02/01/2022
Sully: Late Bloomer and Renaissance Man.
Alternate titles for this episode: A bottle of wine and a donut 2 Idiots in a box I wanted Chris to be a guest because he tells great stories.  While still amusing AF, Chris has a great life philosophy about how to treat people and maximize an opportunity, and recover from adversity.We go through his days as a graveyard shift valet at a Vegas hotel & casino, 9/11 being his second day as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, and starting a premier run store and community here in Denver. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
90:22 12/30/2021
Michael Cox: The Things That Don't Define You Shouldn't Shake You.
I connect with Michael Cox from Zagworx and In my book, he is one of the best humans, serving others as a recruiter - doing business the right way. We cover failures, self-doubt and fear - defining fearless along the way, and the book Beyond Band of Brothers. He takes me through leaving the security of working for Xerox, starting his own recruiting firm during the pandemic, then 8 months of no business, and how helping others - truly with honesty - pays off.  Then, his wife is diagnosed with cancer.He teaches me about askholes, push/pull factors, exposure therapy, no ay de otra (there is no other) and the mantra that "things that don't define you, shouldn't shake you."The episode concludes with a new track from Claire Beeler: Mothman.   ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
74:18 11/24/2021
Jonathan Banks: How to Create Your Best World and Display Your Values
I sit down with Jonathan Banks, President and Co-Founder of NCXT.  He takes me through the design philosophy of working with restaurants, and leveraging the right technology for the owners to help them thrive - and how to create our best world.We also talk about how the customer determines the value of the offering, the intersection of values, intentions, and decisions, how design thinking allows true focus on the customer and a fascinating discussion on how to display your values when you're not being tested. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
60:01 10/28/2021
Michelle Krasnyiak: Get Into Warrior Mode and Giving Up vs. Giving In
Michelle takes me through leaving the US, moving to Costa Rica to launch a food truck.  "The Salty Pineapple" or La Pina Salina happened to be only the 4th food truck in the whole country - and she hates to cook.  Oh, and then when project was hitting the wall, she found out by accident that her husband was preparing to divorce her.  She takes me through the difference between giving up and giving in.She then takes me though the harrowing story of how she survived a kidnapping by staying in the moment and getting into warrior mode - the embodiment of fortitude. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
78:41 10/13/2021
Jennifer Wreyford: Courage to Rise and Surviving the Dark Night of the Soul
I sit down with Jennifer Wreyford CEO and Founder at Courage to Rise, and while she is a life coach, I unequivocally prove that she is not the cringey kind! We cover how she has used her own journey to help others through the trauma of divorce and breakups, with honesty, accountability and zero judgement.  We cover positivity bypassing, how the work is not going to be a happy, fluffy bunny, working herself out of a job with her clients,  and visiting, but not living in, the dark places.  She is also very candid about an event she calls the Dark Night of the Soul, and recovering from that.Find Jennifer, Courage to Rise, and her podcast here:www.jenniferwreyford.comwww.couragetorise.comCourage to Rise Podcast: ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
105:05 10/04/2021
Cyd Hatch, The Girl Who Brands: Wastebooks, Photography and Storytelling
Cyd's story, in her own words:I'm a tea and polka dot junkie, bulldog momma, and passionate supporter of women's empowerment…But most of all, I'm a storyteller.As a kid, I would regale friends and family with my retellings of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. As an adult, I still love to tell stories, but now I don't talk about silly goats and trolls. Instead, I tell the stories of people, their passions and brands.In college, I fell in love with the story of mankind: history. I loved researching, writing and presenting about the people and events that shaped our society. After graduating, I decided that it was time to help make history, so I hit up Capital Hill and joined US Senator Jeff Flake's Press Office. It was here that I truly came into my own as a storyteller.In Senator Flake's Press Office, I had the opportunity to see firsthand just how big an impact the right story could have. I managed the Senator's social media accounts, wrote press content and ensured that the right photos were taken at the right time and ensured that the Senator's public image helped build support for his goals and ideas. One of the Senator's projects was to expose and eliminate congressional waste. Unfortunately, most of that waste was described in reports so bland and boring that reading them was downright painful. We needed a story, a narrative that would make people sit up and pay attention.So, we created the Wastebooks. The Wastebooks were digital reports that poked fun at all the strange things Congress spent money on. By translating congressional speak into an engaging, easy-to-read format, we created something people wanted to read. We told a story. As a result, the Wastebooks were a total grand slam being  featured in USA Today and other major news outlets and put Senator Flake's campaign against governmental waste on the map—and all because of good storytelling. (We also were able to end Paid Patriotism at American sporting events which is a tangible win and impact many people cannot say they accomplish in the Senate.)In the years since, my own story has taken unexpected twists and turns. I went through a difficult divorce, but that experience forced me to explore new options on my own. I discovered that I could tell the stories of people through photos and started my own business: Afton Photography. In the early years, I went door-to-door handing out flyers for $25 photo-shoots…Today, my photos and the stories they tell have been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, the Washington Post, The Hill, and many other major publications. I have worked with major fashion and lifestyle influencers like Danielle of Blonde in the District, Anychi Wei, and Krista Salmon and shot photos for multiple US Senators. I also shot under D.C. lifestyle photographer Tony Powell.I eventually managed PR, social media and fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club National Capital office, where I helped raise millions to support children in need across America. I moved to Utah where I worked at a localized marketing agency helping to bring in millions in new revenue through effective branding, social media management, and great content. I worked for various other organizations and brands including active wear, educational non profits and museums.My secret? Storytelling. Over the years, I've learned how to identify a business's brand story and communicate that story in a compelling way. Whether it's through design, photos or the written word, I know how to tell stories that get people to do something.WASTEBOOK/PAID PATRIOTISM LINKS:  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
50:58 09/23/2021
Jessica Rae: Curiousity, Courage and Fear in Leadership
I sit down with Jessica Rae, VP of Account Management from Blackline to talk about leadership in business, but specifically how she recognized and admitted to fears as a leader - and the transformation that occurred in her teams from that candor and courage.  We also explore facing mortality as a breast cancer survivor; the concepts of neutral curiosity, assuming positive intent, and how her athletic background helped her feel comfortable failing, and forged a mindset of heading forward towards resistance - the dark cave of fear, and Casa Bonita!  Links to her articles: Becoming More Heart Centered in Leadership Connections, Courage and Change Management Books and podcasts:  The Price Of Tomorrow, by Jeff Booth, and  A Rich Life - Tim Ferris with Ramit Sethi ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
79:32 08/26/2021
Christine Wzorek: CEO of White Label Advisors - The Elegant Puzzle of Human Behavior
Christine Wzorek, CEO of White Label Advisors defines how marrying human capital, business strategy, and financial strategy through the lens of human behavior can truly affect the performance of a business.  We also cover the origin of her personal brand deck inspired by Coco Chanel, leaving an abusive relationship and the many attempts to actually do it.  She then describes the elegant puzzle of human behavior, how an HR policy is only as good as the behavior, the right to dignity, fonts (yes, fonts), and how she designed her brother's memorial program to honor his design ethos and style.Other links: Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind Helvetica Documentary Superheroes by The Script ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
73:01 08/13/2021
Samtu Palouki: The Journey from Tech Nerd in Togo to Becoming a US Army Soldier & Filmmaker
Samtu Palouki takes me through his incredible journey from a nerdy tech kid in Togo, moving to the US without being fluent in English, joining the US Army, the added challenge of the language barrier during bootcamp, isolation & lonliness, to creating short films to boost his comrades' morale - and becoming a viral video star.  A story of perseverance, creativity, humor, and creating from the heart.Here's his first viral video.And see more of his work on Instagram.Thanks to Chris Anthony for connecting us.  Samtu and Chris met at Fort Drum,  on the promo tour for Chris's documentary, Mission Mt. Mangart, about the 10th Mountain Division in WW2.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
66:44 07/27/2021
Kelly Schexnaildre of Merfs Condiments: Justice, Forgiveness and Letting Yourself Be Loved
I sit down with Kelly Schexnaildre, founder and CEO of Merfs Condiments.  And this conversation is not about the hot sauce.  We talk about the journey to allowing yourself to be loved - and accepted, the spirit of forgiveness, defining grace as unearned favor, leaving the church, religion, and the guilt of being gay -  culminating her calling to ponder becoming a minister. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
67:58 07/09/2021
Ellen Busch: Overcoming the Educational Death Sentence of Dyslexia
At a very young age, Ellen Busch was labeled dyslexic.  At the time, it was a death sentence in the educational system.  With the unwavering support and love from her parents, she realized she's not broken and learned to thrive.  We also talk about finding the courage to leave an abusive marriage, the transformation after attending Mark Divine's Navy SEAL Unbeatable Mind program, and the impact and gift of life demonstrated by her mom by being an organ donor, and her dad being a tissue donor.  I also had the privilege of reading a powerful letter from the family member of the life saved.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
78:37 06/24/2021
Carie Zoellner : The Humanitarian Mission of Hagar International
I sit down with my longtime professional mentor and career guardian angel, Carie Zoellner about how she got involved with Hagar International and their mission to end the cycle of trauma from human trafficking.  Gartner will match your donation for the next month, at 200%: ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
43:07 06/19/2021
Marley Blonsky - All Bodies On Bikes
I chat with Marley Blonsky, Seattle-based bike advocate, bike adventurer and fat cyclist advocate.  We talk about how dealing with retailers assuming she's a beginner, cycling through a crumbling marriage, speaking up for fat cyclists and how this journey ultimately led to being featured in the Shimano documentary All Bodies on Bikes with friend Kailey Kornhauser.  Give them a follow at All Bodies on Bikes. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
53:12 06/05/2021
Quinn Brett & Joshua Stevens: The Motivation Myth and Being Loved After Loss
How you learn to accept that you're worthy of being loved - after addiction, physical trauma and transformation and divorce?I sit down with Quinn Brett (@quinndalina) and Joshua Stevens, (@tumbleweedultra) in advance of the Wings of Life Relay, raising funds for spinal cord research.  Please join the team or consider a donation!We talk about bravery, motivation, love, and naked men in saunas. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
69:14 05/04/2021
Talnua Distillery: Community, Family and Whiskey with Adam Gamboa
Adam Gamboa from Talnua Distillery in Arvada takes me through their Star Wars themed cocktails, including the Yoda Soda, Darth Tater, Wookie Crumbles, and why gravy didn't work in a cocktail - this time around.We go through the history of Single Pot Still Whiskey, and but more importantly, Adam takes me through the leadership in Talnua, and the support for work, family and community - and explains why that magic blends into a wonderful experience for customers and employees.Be sure to come by starting May 4 2021 to enjoy these great bevvys. Thanks to Nick Sodnicar at SodFotog for the great distillery pics. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
48:33 04/26/2021
Teila Evans: The Power of Sales and When Nobody Looks Like You
I sit down with friend and sales training consultant Teila Evans from Flockjay.  We talk about how she started her sales consulting business, more out of necessity than by choice, breaking through decision paralysis, impostor syndrome, the unconscious impact of being the only black person in the office, and helping create space to help another show their power.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
51:30 04/20/2021
Cori James, Fill The Well Athletics: Learning Self-Love, A Natural Sad, The Artist's Way
I sit down with Cori James, tattooer, triathlete, self-love advocate and founder of Fill The Well Athletics.  We cover her journey of anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder - to start an athletic wear company based on inclusion and self-love.We cover The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, comparison being the theft of joy, learning that an eating disorder is so much more than food.Here's a link to the clothing company, Jakroo.   ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
56:18 04/10/2021
Ken Andrews: Principle Architect at Arch 11, and The Way Design Inhabits the World
I sit down with friend, fellow cyclocross racer and Principal Architect at Arch11, Ken Andrews.  I have personally been fascinated with design and architecture since I was a kid, but never understood the nuances of why I liked some buildings and not others.  Take a look at the amazing designs on Arch11's Instagram feed: Ken takes me through, with passion, expertise and humility: art, function, style, proportion defining compression and release the interconnected role of construction and architecture site specific response the making of space and how design inhabits the world Arch11's commitment to a built environment and eliminating carbon footprints  Here are the books and movies now on my list from this chat: Charles Eames, Screening Room and Powers of 10 Bjarke Ingels: Abstract on Netflix The Phenomenology of Religious Life (Studies in Continental Thought) ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
61:18 02/27/2021
Scott Smeester: CIO Mastermind - The Power of Peer Advisory
Scott Smeester has been an engineer, developer and a  CIO and founded CIO Mastermind to help companies - and the individuals that lead those companies - manage technology solutions and navigate digital transformation with trusted, unbiased peer advisory. Learn more about CIO Mastermind.To download the case study we spoke about, click here. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
53:49 02/16/2021
Colleen Abdoulah: Actionable Steps - Women and Gender Equity in the Workplace: Pt. 2
In Part 2 of my conversation with Colleen Abdoulah, she describes actionable steps women can take to overcome gender inequity in the workplace.   How to be a better negotiator The difference between assertive and aggressive Being your own worst enemy Loving yourself and respecting yourself enough to GO FOR IT Changing the mindset to overcompensate Working towards total consciousness and awareness How to own the word power as a woman Colleen also takes me through surviving rape at 19, and what impact that has had on her life.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
45:45 01/15/2021
Colleen Abdoulah, Former CEO of WOW! Internet on Gender Equity & Courage - Pt. 1
This is part 1 of a conversation with Colleen Abdoulah, Ardent Warrior for Gender Equity.  She is also the: Former Chair and CEO of WOW! Internet and Cable Chair Emeritus of World Pulse, a social network for Women to Accelerate Change for Gender Equality Board Chair of Rocky Mountain PBS Board Member of Colorado Women's College We cover courage in the workplace, general awareness of self, staying centered, controlling preparation, how to pay attention to someone else's motivation, judgement vs. discernment, and finding true power as a woman.We close Part 1 with the Cherokee prophecy of the bird of humanity,  that says the bird of humanity has a male wing and a female wing, and it has been flying for centuries with primarily only its male wing. The prophecy says that in time the female wing will extend and express itself fully in men and women. The male energy will relax and the bird of humanity will soar.Part 2 focuses on actionable steps women can take in the workplace for gender equity.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
59:21 01/15/2021
Steve Thompson: Holistic Human Performance Coach on Empathy and Habits
Steve Thompson takes us through how empathy, and progress vs. perfection has lasting results on fitness.  I always knew this cat was deep and thoughtful, and this conversation absolutely reinforced that.  Starting with Steve's Facebook post on changing how he felt rather than how he looked - we dive into being empathetic with himself, and how he takes care of his clients, to better people outside the gym.Steve takes me through how to build a personal castle, not demonizing anything - especially food and drink - changing habits with baby steps, removing opportunities, and the myth of motivation.Take a look at Steve's post and pics here. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
49:56 01/09/2021
Gary Stotler - Putting Myself Together, Investing a Penny, from 400 Pounds to Ultramarathoner
Merry Christmas everyone!This was a powerful and amazing episode with Gary Stotler, coach, consultant and author.  I'm releasing this on Christmas Day so that if you, or anyone you love is struggling to simply know that you're not alone in your journey.  Gary takes me through weighing 400 pounds, sucking at selling cars and starting with walking one lap around the block, and getting just a little better each day.  He now incorporates journaling, meditation, yoga nidra, into his transformation.  We talk about taking out the mental and emotional trash and the clutter, and celebrating over 1200 days sober.We're both failures - and while that may sound brutal and raw, it's the truth.   We've failed at jobs, relationships, life, fitness.  But we didn't quit.  And that is the sometimes the hardest thing is to not quit.  It's a fine line between keeping going and not quitting, but that's all it is.  We both understand how easy this is to say, and how challenging it is to do.Gary and I have an emotional and powerful conversation - and made our world a little smaller.  We connected, and I hope after listening to this you feel connected too.  I also share an amazing metaphor about time management from my friend Owen Jones. Please connect with Gary at his website: His books are available here at Amazon. If you'd like to try yoga nidra, here is the link to Brianne's guided practice. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
60:34 12/24/2020
Thomas Frey - Futurist at the DaVinci Institute
I sit down with Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci institute, and he takes us through: The future vs. optimism & pessimism How we will interact with devices in the future Autonomous vehicles / semi trucks and yard operations What is it about the future that scares certain people throughout history Unintended consquences How the Roman numerals were a system problem and how to avoid a similar one Why we should have a 13 month calendar Why we should make our youth feel positive about the future And the average speed of humans in 2050 Connect with Thomas and the DaVinci Institute here at : ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
63:18 12/18/2020