The Next Level Method Podcast: A New Approach to Self-Development

Richard Rierson & Matt Lillie

The Next Level Method and the Dose of Leadership Podcast have partnered up to deliver proven strategies and tactics so you can achieve massive results in your Relationships, Fuel, Energy and Purpose. Included you will find exclusive never-before released audio content that will give you insights on how to get the most out of life. Each week we host insightful interviews with global experts who share their knowledge on what it takes to be successful today.

All Episodes

Jessica Zweig is the CEO of the SimplyBe. Agency, a premier personal branding firm based in Chicago, serving clients across the globe. Named a “Personal Branding Expert” by Forbes, a Top Digital Marketer To Watch by INC, and honored with the Gold and Silver Stevie® Award for “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2018 and 2019, Jessica facilitates sold-out workshops and speaks on the power of personal branding to corporations including Google, Salesforce, Virgin, Nike, Motorola, Red Bull, and Bank of America. She also hosts the top-ranked marketing podcast The SimplyBe Podcast. Jessica’s debut book, Be: A No Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself, launches in February 2021 with Sounds True, an imprint of Macmillan.  After growing up in Highland Park, IL, and attending the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Jessica co-founded CheekyChicago, one of the premier lifestyle magazines in Chicago. The website was a huge success, and although Jessica was known as a Top 10 Chicago “It” Girl, behind the scenes her life was far from perfect. The website began to lose money, and Jessica’s relationship with her co-founder turned toxic, but she still strove to maintain the façade of success. After overdrafting her checking account and unable to pay her cell phone bill, Jessica realized she wasn’t being her authentic self. Instead, she was operating from a place of fear which prevented her from true success. This revelation led Jessica to found her own company, SimplyBe. Agency, in 2014.   At SimplyBe., Jessica and her team work with corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and creatives to become recognized industry experts and thought leaders. SimplyBe works with clients including Heineken, Morningstar, Blackstone, Mars, Vishen Lakhiani, Jason Rosenthal, Andrea Levoff, Larry Jordan, and many more to successfully develop their personal brands while highlighting their greatest business asset: their authenticity. Her business provides customized branding, marketing, and creative services with an emphasis on core values like kindness, truth, service, and of course, authenticity.  Jessica believes authenticity is the key to true success, and that being yourself opens up a new world of empowerment that’s not just about how much money you’re making. She’s also on a mission to debunk the perception that personal branding is an act of vanity; instead, when done right, personal branding is an act of service, a social responsibility, and a positive investment toward a positive future.  Jessica has brought her life-changing and trademarked methodology to clients around the world, taking many from unknown experts to recognized thought leaders. In her free time, she loves traveling, meditating, journaling, working out, and reading. She is involved with multiple charities including the Humane Society, The Human Rights Campaign, I Grow Chicago, Black Lives Matter, and more. Jessica currently lives in Chicago with her husband and two dogs. 

Dec 6

50 min 24 sec

Dr. Devin is a girl from the heartland with a heart on FIRE & a big, big mission! She is an active student and teacher of the art of Chiropractic. She is a passionate teller of the Chiropractic Story and protector of its philosophy and science. Her path has been blessed with many great teachers and mentors. She completed specialty Pediatric and Prenatal/Postpartum and Family Health training with the ICPA. She sets her roots firmly in the beautiful fields that surround her family's home and she spreads her wings to study, share, serve and spread the gift of Chiropractic's Sacred Trust. She is on a relentless pursuit of living the FULLNESS of life and serving to her highest capacity in all the ways she can for all the days she can.


Dec 2

1 hr 2 min

Michael has advised leaders and organizations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East, consulting in more than thirty industries, from service providers to billion-dollar multi-national corporations, including Panasonic, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Royal Bank, and many others. Michael is an in-demand speaker, giving keynotes and leading workshops for the Certified Management Consultants Association, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, Social Media Camp, and more.

Nov 29

46 min 17 sec

Teneshia Jackson Warner is the founder and CEO of Egami Group, which helps companies such as P&G, Target and Eli Lilly connect with multicultural consumers. Egami Group also partners with other agencies to bolster their multicultural offerings. Warner's latest book, The Big Stretch: 90 Days to Expand Your Dreams, Crush Your Goals and Create Your Own Success, is a guide that draws on Warner's experiencing of quitting a corporate job to starting her own business. In 2019, she was one of the headline speakers at our PRovoke Global Summit, where she discussed the challenges facing multicultural marketing. 

Nov 25

55 min 34 sec

Michael Proctor, Founding President of Leading Edge Financial Planning, LLC., is a long time Kansas resident and graduate from Goddard High School. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business and Finance and achieved his Certified Financial Planner designation in 2013. He is also a Certified Value Growth Advisor with Leading Edge Growth, his consulting company. He is passionate about helping people to make wise financial decisions and living the best life possible.

Nov 22

53 min 42 sec

Ryan A Bush is the founder of Designing the Mind LLC and author of Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture. Ryan’s background is in the design of systems – he works with tech startups to design and develop everything from patented physical products, to software, to buildings, to business models. But his most relevant credential is a lifelong appetite for introspective investigation, ravenous reading, and obsessive self-optimization. For more than a decade, he has been studying the insights of ancient teachers, practical philosophers, and cognitive scientists. He built DTM because he saw the need for an advanced handbook for psychological growth and self-mastery.

Nov 18

1 hr 4 min

Before earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychotherapy from New York University and adopting a daily meditation/green juice/exercise lifestyle, Terri Cole worked as a talent agent for actors and supermodels. She was your typical Type A overachiever with zero balance and no internal peace. Her ambition and fearless attitude fanned the “must get to the top” flames as she zipped across the country from Los Angeles to New York City fueled by caffeine, nicotine, and adrenalin.  When it became evident that the things (money, power, sexy job) that she thought would make her happy didn’t, she could no longer ignore the voice in her heart asking, “Isn’t there something more meaningful you could be doing with your life than making supermodels richer?” Happily, there was. Terri met and married her husband, Vic, around the same time that she started her therapy practice over two decades ago. What she learned in the trenches with her clients informed and continues to inspire the work she does today. Her mission and dharma is teaching women how to attract and sustain healthy, vibrant, Real Love into their lives and how to establish and maintain effective boundaries with ease and grace.

Nov 15

1 hr 2 min

What if there was a way of eating that may help us live healthier for longer and protect the future of our planet, too? The good news is that evidence now shows a plant-based diet may offer us exactly that – and straight-talking nutritionist Simon Hill has done the hard work translating the science into actionable advice for everyday life.

Nov 11

58 min 32 sec

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist who has appeared on NPR, PBS World, PRI, CNN, BBC and other international networks.  She was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.    For many years, Celeste has been a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, training young reporters and editors in broadcasting.

Nov 8

1 hr 11 min

Wayne served as a pastor for twenty years and was also a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. As the director of Lifestream Ministries, he now travels the world helping people learn to live deeply in the life of Jesus and share it freely with others. He has written and worked with others on many books about spiritual intimacy and relational community, including He Loves Me, So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore, A Man Like No Other, and The Shack. You can find his writings at and hear his podcast at He lives in Newbury Park, California with his wife of forty years and enjoys his children and grandchildren.

Nov 4

59 min 25 sec

For 20 years Heather Hansen has helped juries make the choices that led to my wins. Now she helps you make the choices that lead to your wins. You can choose better. Heather can help. Heather has a psychology degree, has spent twenty years as an award-winning trial attorney and is a trained mediator. She has  appeared on NBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CBS and Sirius Radio, and as an anchor at the Law and Crime Network.

Nov 1

51 min 1 sec

Mark Wolynn is an expert in helping others go through the process of self-discovery and healing, helping others identify the emotionally-charged language of their worries and fears that link to unresolved traumas in their childhood or family history.

Oct 28

54 min 36 sec

In The Energy Paradox, Dr. Gundry expands upon his previous discussions of gut, microbiome, and mitochondrial health, linking immune malfunction to the mental and physical symptoms of fatigue—including exhaustion, brain fog, depression, anxiety, and low metabolism. As Dr. Gundry explains, feeling tired, moody, and zapped of energy is not normal, no matter your workload or age. Fatigue is an SOS flare from the body, one that is intended to alert us that something is wrong. In his clinical work, Dr. Gundry has found that his patients who complain of feeling sick and tired all the time almost always have something in common: the inflammation markers of a leaky gut.

Oct 25

47 min 26 sec

Jason Harris is the co-founder & CEO of the award-winning creative advertising agency Mekanism, co-founder of the Creative Alliance and author of the national bestseller, The Soulful Art of Persuasion. Harris works closely with brands through a blend of creativity and performance. Iconic brands he's worked with include Peloton, Ben & Jerry’s, Jose Cuervo, Alaska Airlines, Charles Schwab and OkCupid, among others. 

Oct 21

1 hr

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc Logopaedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input. 

Oct 18

1 hr 5 min

Bob Burg shares how a subtle shift in focus is not only a more uplifting and fulfilling way of conducting business but the most financially profitable way, as well. For 30 years he’s helped companies, sales leaders, and their teams to more effectively communicate their value, sell at higher prices with less resistance, and grow their businesses based on Endless Referrals. Bob has regularly addressed audiences ranging in size from 50 to 16,000 — sharing the platform with notables including today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President. Although for years he was best known for his book Endless Referrals, it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that captured the imagination of his readers. The Go-Giver, a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek Bestseller, has sold over a million copies. Since its release it has consistently stayed in the Top 25 on Porchlight’s (formerly 800-CEO-READ) Business Book Bestsellers List. The book has been translated into 30 languages. It was rated #10 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the Most Motivational Books Ever Written, and was on HubSpot’s 20 Most Highly Rated Sales Books of All Time. Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales approaching two million copies. The American Management Association named Bob one of the 30 Most Influential Leaders and he was named one of the Top 200 Most Influential Authors in the World by Richtopia. Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.

Oct 4

38 min 24 sec

In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression and self-loathing, Byron Katie woke up one morning in a state of joy. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of self-inquiry, which she calls The Work, consists of four questions and the turnaround, which is a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years. Her public events, weekend workshops, intensives, and nine-day School for The Work have brought freedom to people all over the world. Her books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. For more information, visit

Sep 27

1 hr

Peggy Ward started her professional career in public accounting.  Her experience in the corporate world includes financial manager and controller positions with regional companies and two Fortune 500 companies. Eventually Peggy started teaching at Wichita State University. At the age of 43 Peggy took on the challenge of becoming an "Ultra Runner" where she eventually became a champion and set the course record for women in the "Heartland 50-Mile Ultra Marathon".  She has completed multiple 100-mile marathons, completing as high as second place and holding the distinction as one of the first females to complete an EPIC Ultra Grand Slam (Four 100-mile marathons completed in 8-months or less). She is the first female from Kansas to compete and complete the Badwater 135, and is currently working towards the 2021 Badwater Ultra Cup Series.

Sep 6

52 min 2 sec

Miguel Johns is passionate about human performance, mindset, and health and is the founder of KingFit. He is a professional public speaker, former nutrition coach, strength coach, and former D-1 athlete, with a background in exercise science. Additionally, Miguel loves to solve complex problems that take patience and consistent effort.

Jul 30

59 min 1 sec

With contagious energy that radiates throughout every room she steps into, Cassandra Worthy is the world’s truly DISRUPTIVE thought-leader on CHANGE that companies need to build organizational resilience and adaptability. During times of major shift such as merger, acquisition, organizational restructure, new systems integration, and market disruption RARELY do businesses ever face the tumultuous emotional landscape of the organization head-on. Only 10% of successful change adoption is about know-how…the other 90% is squarely centered on an organization’s motivation and willingness to embrace the change. Without addressing the emotions standing in the way of motivation, any transformation journey is stopped in its tracks. This is where Cassandra steps in. She has created and cultivated the unique strategy of Change Enthusiasm® which is arming individuals around the world with the means to harness the power of emotion, a resource in infinite supply, to embrace and accelerate change and transformation journeys. Cassandra’s message nurtures highly resilient and adaptable organizations beginning at the heart of the individual.

Jul 30

53 min 53 sec

Dan Oblinger is an actively serving hostage negotiator commander for a large American city.  He is the author of two books, “Life or Death Listening: A Hostage Negotiator’s How-to Guide to Mastering the Essential Communication Skill” and “The 28 Laws of Listening: Best Practices for the Master Listener”.  Dan coaches and consults with companies on internal negotiation programs, especially when active listening can enhance their deal-making. Allan has trained thousands of business owners and professionals to negotiate more effectively. His real-world expertise and track record of success can be adapted to virtually any industry or profession, with specializations in the Engineering, Technology, Manufacturing, Biomedical, and Aerospace sectors. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Africa, and educated in the United States, Allan’s early career took him to Boston, New York, and Atlanta before finally settling in Virginia as a business coach. His global experiences have shaped his perspectives and enhanced his ability to bridge cultural gaps, facilitate better communication, and build lasting agreements between opposing parties.

Jul 30

1 hr 4 min

Dee Ann Turner understands the importance of stewarding talent.  A 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc, she was selected as the company’s first female officer in 2001 and served as the Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. Additionally, she led Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Culture and Engagement, and Talent Management. More recently, Dee Ann launched and led Chick-fil-A’s sustainability function focusing on a strategy to implement sustainable practices at the then $10.5 billion company.

Jul 30

50 min 37 sec

Amy Morin is editor-in-chief at Verywell Mind, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and psychology lecturer at Northeastern University. She’s also an international bestselling author. Her books, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, and 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do have been translated into 40 languages. The Guardian dubbed her “the self-help guru of the moment” and Forbes calls her a “thought leadership star.” Her TEDx talk, The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, is one of the most popular talks of all time with more than 15 million views. She’s a regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider, and Psychology Today where her articles on mental strength reach more than 2 million readers each month. Her advice for building mental strength has been featured by major media outlets, including Fox News, CNN,, Today, Good Morning America, Success, Business Insider, Time, and the Hallmark Channel.

Jul 30

49 min 26 sec

David Emerald is co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center (Bainbridge Island, WA). As director of the center's Organizational Leadership and Self Leadership practice areas, David’s passion is in supporting individuals, teams, and organizations in leading and working from an outcome-focused and passion-powered orientation. His principals and frameworks are based on his 30 years of study, observation and application of his lessons of collaboration with a wide range of individuals and organizations. Writing under the pen name of David Emerald, he is the author of the best-selling The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), a teaching story about Self Leadership. His latest book, entitled 3 Vital Questions: Transforming Workplace Drama, is an organizationally-focused teaching story, drawing on his his experience in leadership development, change leadership and employee engagement. David’s books are sold worldwide.

Jul 30

56 min 28 sec

Next Level Method and the Dose of Leadership Podcast have partnered up to deliver proven strategies and tactics so you can achieve massive results in your Relationships, Fuel, Energy and Purpose. Included you will find exclusive never-before released audio content that will give you insights on how to get the most out of life. Each week we host insightful interviews with global experts who share their knowledge on what it takes to be successful today.

Jul 29

6 min 41 sec