SPIN IT: Business & Crisis Management with Stephynie Malik
#45: Gratitude Over Everything with Robin Dreeke

#45: Gratitude Over Everything with Robin Dreeke

June 27, 2022

On this weeks episode of Spin It, Stephynie is speaking with Robin Dreeke.

Robin is a best-selling author, trainer, facilitator, retired FBI Special Agent and Chief of the Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program.

Hailed as the “Spy Catcher” and a world renowned behavioral expert, Robin will share his secrets to: establishing trust, creating impactful relationships and the keys to building “real” connections.

We’ll take an intimate look at how he’s taken his decades of experience and expertise to create the “People Formula” and how it can take both your personal and professional performance to the next level.


Social Media & Important Links: 



  • 00:00 - Spin It Intro 
  • 00:32 - Robin Dreeke Intro 
  • 01:11 - Introductory comments 
  • 01:48 - Who is Robin Dreeke?
  • 04:09 - Undiagnosed Learning Difference 
  • 05:13 - How Robin became a FBI Special Agent
  • 11:05 - How the Pandemic affect Robin’s Business
  • 12:59 - Make it about everyone else but yourself 
  • 16:55 - Be of service to others
  • 21:05 - Demonstrating Gratitude is so important
  • 24:40 - Robin and Stephynie relationship with their children
  • 29:10 - People aren’t looking for you to be perfect, they are looking for you to make an effort
  • 39:35 - What part Empathy plays with trust 
  • 43:03 - Assessing body language through the pandemic 
  • 47:44 - The biggest obstacle Robin turned into an opportunity 
  • 48:53 - Spin It Outro
#44: Building A Business Around Health with Kara Goldin

#44: Building A Business Around Health with Kara Goldin

June 20, 2022

This week on Spin It! Stephynie is speaking with Kara Goldin, founder of Hint Water. For those of you who have not tasted Hint Water, Hint is an unsweetened flavored beverage.

When Kara launched Hint she actually launched it from her garage with the support of her husband Theo. Kara’s story is brillant. Her tenacity, grit and ability to never take no for an answer will deeply inspire you!

Her book, “Undaunted” was one of my favorite books to light a fire under anyone who is stalling! Her message, “START NOW - get out there and TRY! It wont be easy, and it wont be straight but failing is not an option, now or ever.” 


Social Media & Important Links: 


Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin

Undaunted by Kara Goldin: https://www.amazon.com/Undaunted-Overcoming-Doubters-Kara-Goldin/dp/1400220289?nodl=1



  • 00:00 - Spin it!
  • 00:33 - Kara Goldin Intro
  • 01:05 - Kara’s Book “Undaunted”
  • 05:26 - Family Life
  • 07:30 - Lessons Learned at a Young Age
  • 08:59 - Complacency will Kill You
  • 10:54 - Having your products in a grocery store
  • 17:20 - Why Kara didn’t end up working for Fortune Magazine
  • 21:54 - Getting letters from people wanting to work for Hint
  • 33:02 - Being the youngest VP at AOL
  • 33:22 - Thriving in Chaos
  • 38:14 - Signal Early
  • 41:13 - Over Communicate
  • 45:05 - Biggest obstacle Kara has been able to turn into an opportunity
  • 48:24 - Spin It! Outro
#43: Overcoming Anxiety and Autoimmune Disease with Mark Metry

#43: Overcoming Anxiety and Autoimmune Disease with Mark Metry

June 13, 2022

This week on Spin It! Stephynie is speaking with THE MARK METRY- If you have not heard of Mark or are not familiar with his work, you are in for a treat. Mark's parents immigrated from Egypt, he is first generation here in the US.  Mark was so painfully shy due to various issues like mental health, social anxiety, and feeling like he just didn't quite fit in. 

However, Mark prevailed! Today he is a Forbes Featured TedX speaker, host of a global top 100 podcast and a best selling author- BUT, that is not what I am most excited about. What I am most excited about is who Mark is, and how he is constantly and consistently giving back. 

He has dedicated his life to being of service to others by making an impact in the industries of mental health, career enablement, mindset, health & wellness, storytelling, and more...

I'm not sure I have interviewed such an inspirational 25 year old. He has been featured on over 250+ podcasts and media like Forbes, Mindvalley, Influencive, Inc Magazine, Huff Post, Fearless Motivation, Spartan and many others. He has also interviewed top names such as Tim Ferriss, NPR, Lewis Howes & Gary Vaynerchuk. 

Social Media & Important Links:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markmetry/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-metry/

Website: https://www.markmetry.com/



  • 00:04 - Introductory Comments
  • 02:03 - Mark Metry's Childhood
  • 04:15 - Autoimmune Disorder
  • 07 53 - Spending Time Alone
  • 11:48 – Mark’s Relationship with His Parents
  • 14:59 – Grandparents’ Experience and Challenges
  • 19:12 - Mark's Depression
  • 30:00 - One Thing They Could Have Said or Asked
  • 38:17 - Exposure Therapy
  • 44:31 - Building of Mark's Success
  • 48:18 - Showing Up On All Different Platforms
  • 49:38 - Podcast Listeners
  • 54:38 - Favorite Guest on Podcast
  • 55:54 - Worst Guest
  • 57:05 - Mark's Standout On Podcast
  • 58:57 - Screw Being Shy
  • 1:02:36 - Who's This Book For?
  • 1:02:50- Haters Online
  • 1:05:07 - Dealing With Haters Online
  • 1:08:26 - Obstacles And Opportunities


#42: No Excuses with Martin G. Moore

#42: No Excuses with Martin G. Moore

June 6, 2022

This week on Spin It! Stephynie is speaking with Wall Street Journal Best selling author and “Your CEO Mentor” Founder Martin Moore. 

A former corporate CEO, Moore worked his way up from an entry-level position in software development to become a CIO, an SVP, and a Head of Strategy. This led to his defining role as CEO of CS Energy. During his 5-year tenure, Moore grew earnings from $17 million to a staggering $441 million.

Today, Martin runs the company “Your CEO Mentor."  The concept…very similar to the title of his book “No Leadership Bullshi$” and organization aimed at teaching today’s leaders what they won't learn in business school.

On today’s episode, they will discuss Martin dropping out of university and the other challenges and obstacles that he faced on his rise to the top… and what made him ultimately decide to trade in his corner office to start a leadership company with his daughter.


Social Media & Important Links: 

Website: https://www.martingmoore.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-moore-075b001/

Corporate Website: https://www.yourceomentor.com/



  • 00:00 - Martin Moore Intro
  • 00:14 - Spin It! Intro
  • 00:41 - Introductory Comments
  • 01:11 - Dropping Out From School
  • 03:00 - The Ability To Critically Think
  • 04:57 - The First Job
  • 07:43 - Key Mistakes In Career
  • 11:31 - Inheriting Problems on C-suite
  • 13:35 - Pulling Off Massive Turnarounds
  • 16:50 - Making changes takes Longer
  • 18:20 - Starting A Leadership Company
  • 23:16 - What His daughter Brings to the Business
  • 25:40 - The Power Of Digital Business
  • 26:36 - "No B.S", You can't learn in business school
  • 32:01 - How Do You Know You're A Great Leader
  • 34:22 - View Point On Poor Leadership
  • 35:26 - Rationalization of things we do
  • 37:40 - How Managers are chosen these days
  • 39:45 - Piece of Advice For Aspiring Leaders
  • 43:50 - Serve As You Being A Leader
  • 45:22 - Obstacles And Opportunities
  • 48:30 - Social Media & Important Links
#41: Living Life with Ambition with Jon Ferrara

#41: Living Life with Ambition with Jon Ferrara

May 30, 2022

This week on Spin It! Stephynie we will be speaking with Jon Ferrara Founder and CEO of Nimble. Jon is considered to be an early pioneer in the CRM space and was the Co-Founder of Goldmine Software Corporation. Ten years following the acquisition of GoldMine in 2000, Jon returned to the start-up world revolutionizing customer relationships AGAIN by founding the relationship-focused CRM Nimble.

While Jon’s been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Social CEOs in the World as well as Top 100 Marketing Influencers, his rise to the top wasn’t without its share of struggles, and personal challenges that resulted in nearly a decade long absence from the tech space.

In this episode, they discuss Jon betting on himself and leaving his job at 28, the incredible story of starting Goldmine in an apartment with a buddy from college with only 5,000 dollars to their name, and how his life would never be the same again after doctors found a tumor on his brain in 2000.

But through it all, Jon was able to turn all of these obstacles into opportunities and truly found a way to take control and “spin” life in his direction!




  • 00:00 - Jon Ferrara Intro
  • 00:08 - Spin It! Intro       
  • 00:35 - Introductory Comments
  • 00:58 - Jon's Entrepreneurship Journey
  • 04:40 - Starting Goldmine With $5000 Dollars
  • 06:51 - When To Quit
  • 09:08 - When Is the Good Time to Pivot
  • 11:31 - Rolling in the $100 Million Revenue Mark
  • 16:12 - How To Handle The Demand
  • 18:07 - #1 Mistake that Jon Made
  • 19:10 - What Was Next After Goldmine
  • 20:34 - Jon's Cancer Journey
  • 24:24 - Positive Thinking to Overcome Cancer 
  • 26:32 - Jon Ferrera's Youth
  • 26:30 - Coming Back From A 10 Years Hiatus
  • 37:00 - Who Needs Nimble?
  • 38:41 - Users Of Nimble
  • 40:35 - What Is A Workflow
  • 43:11 - How To Get Nimble
  • 44:15 - Biggest Obstacle Of Nimble
  • 47:00 - Anticipation Level
  • 48:00 - We're on This Planet To Grow Our Soul
  • 51:26 - A Reminder To Connect
  • 49:47 - It's All About The People Around You
  • 50:50 - Social Media & Important Links


Social Media & Important Links:

Website: www.Nimble.com

Nimble Promo Code: JON40 for 40% your first 3 months of Nimble

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonvferrara

Instagram: https://instagram.com/jonferrara?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=


#40: Building Confidence and Courage with Ahmad Imam

#40: Building Confidence and Courage with Ahmad Imam

May 23, 2022

This week on Spin It! Stephynie is speaking with Ahmad Imam, who is the definition of a jack of all trades, doing a lot of things really, really well. He’s an edutainer, content creator, speaker, social media consultant, and highly regarded social media personality.

Ahmad is a firm believer that kindness should be at the heart of all things, especially business. Ahmad was bullied throughout his childhood, and he used his experience as inspiration to build his brand on the foundation of kindness.

Today, Ahmad is sharing his expertise in personal development and entrepreneurship to his over million followers on LinkedIn using his LinkedIn Live TV shows: Level Up, Unleashed, and Rising LinkedIn Stars. 

We are so excited to talk with Ahmad about his journey, his challenges with childhood bullies and how he refused to let negativity get the best of him. Let’s dive in! 



00:00 - Spin It! Intro

00:19 - Chris Voss Intro

00:47 - Introductory Comments

00:53 - Ahmad Imam's Childhood Story

03:25 - Bullied for being different

04:59 - How bullying affected his confidence

07:17 - A Humble Social Media Influencer

10:31 - How he handles Negativity

13:33 - What Motivates Ahmad in Helping others

14:37 - Revenue Streams & Experience

16:30 - Transforms Client to an Influencer

19:05 - How to say NO

22:47 - International Man of Empowerment

23:45 - Burn-out Experience

26:30 - Inspiration for Creating Content

31:29 - Being Authentic

34:10 - Building Confidence & Courage

39:19 - Looking back as a Rapper

39:19 - How Appearance can boost Confidence

44:31 - Learning from a Client

46:12 - Staying true to yourself & Values

48:11 - Working & Learning with the Greats

51:26 - Learning from failure

57:44 - Growth through Disruption


#39: Mastering the Art of Negotiation with Chris Voss

#39: Mastering the Art of Negotiation with Chris Voss

May 16, 2022

This week on Spin It, Stephynie had the privilege of speaking with former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss.

Prior to becoming the FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, Chris served as the lead Crisis Negotiator for the New York City Division of the FBI and was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years. 

On this weeks episode, we’ll take an intimate look into the art of negotiation and its importance in the world of Entrepreneurship and Business. 

We’ll explore his world renowned negotiation tactics and strategies learning how even those who have never negotiated before can start applying them in their lives.

You’ll learn how Chris found a way to masterfully turn obstacles into opportunities for decades and how you too can do the same.



  • 00:00 - Spin It! Intro
  • 00:19 - Chris Voss Intro
  • 00:47 - Introductory Comments
  • 01:30 - How Chris became an FBI negotiator
  • 05:24 - Chris' Early Years
  • 06:11 - When Chris realized he loved Negotiating
  • 09:23 - How Privilege affects you
  • 13:43 - Negotiating is Learned
  • 17:35 - Becoming a better Negotiator
  • 19:37 - Negotiating in day-to-day life
  • 25:44 - When to say NO in Negotiating
  • 28:08 - Tone of Voice when Negotiating
  • 30:00 - Success Rate in Negotiating
  • 31:04 - Time is a Valuable Commodity
  • 36:00 - Tips in Critical Negotiation
  • 41:35 - Common Mistake in Negotiation
  • 49:28 - 3 Things to consider in Negotiation
  • 50:11 - About Blackswan & The Book
  • 53:10 - How Chris surpassed his Obstacles
  • 55:06 - Social Media & Important Links
  • 57:02 - Spin It!


Social Media - 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thefbinegotiator?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophervoss

Website: https://www.blackswanltd.com/home

#38: Finding Your True Calling with Adam Posner

#38: Finding Your True Calling with Adam Posner

May 9, 2022

On this weeks episode of Spin It, Stephynie enjoyed speaking with her dear friend and colleague Adam Posner. Adam is the Founder and President of NHP Talent Group: A Talent Access Consultancy, specializing in recruitment strategy, talent process and operations. 

Prior to pivoting into the world of recruiting, Adam spent 15 years working within the very tough and highly complicated advertising world in NYC. He  led account management and digital strategy at American Express, SIRIUS XM and digital ad agencies in NYC like VaynerMedia and EP+Co for Major Clients like Verizon, Pepsi and British Airways. 

He is also the host of the popular podcast, #ThePOZcast- showcasing experts that come from the World of Talent, HR and everyone in between that has something to share that his listeners can learn from. The Goal of the podcast is to help you harness your inner tenacity to drive your career forward. 



  • 00:00- Spin It! Intro 
  • 00:32- Adam Posner Intro
  • 02:03- Adam’s Early Years
  • 07:37- Adam’s Journey At The University of Buffalo 
  • 10:34- Getting Kicked Out Of Business School
  • 12:30- The Hustle 
  • 13:41- Working At Vayner Media 
  • 21:33- Beyond Vayner Media
  • 23:45- Becoming An Entrepreneur 
  • 26:04- Experience Or Education 
  • 27:17- Calculating Risk In Recruiting
  • 35:21- Creating #ThePozcast 
  • 43:17- Becoming An Author 
  • 47:30- Taking Ownership Of Your Life/Career 
  • 48:00- Social Media & Important Links 
  • 48:22- Spin It! Outro

Social Media & Important Links -

  • Website: NHPtalentgroup.com
  • Podcast: thepozcast.com

#37: The Pursuit of Empowerment with David Meltzer

#37: The Pursuit of Empowerment with David Meltzer

May 2, 2022

Today on Spin It!, we are talking with David Meltzer. From the minute David and Stephynie first chatted she knew he was different in every aspect of business and personal leadership.

David is a servant leader, mentor and business coach. He is also a 3x international bestselling author, the executive producer of Entrepreneur’s #1 digital business show Elevator Pitch, and host of the top entrepreneur podcast The Playbook. 


1:13 - David's Decision to Become A Millionaire & His Mother

10:00 - The Power of Support

13:22 - The Quantum Intention

19:45 - 66 Days to Develop A Habit; How to Start Right Now

25:35 - Living Life with One Currency

30:22 - David's Authenticity

33:00 - Finding Top Talent: The Four Key Items


Mentioned In The Episode:

Elevator Pitch — https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/series/elevatorpitch

The Playbook — https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-playbook-with-david-meltzer/id1271087930

#36 Taking Ownership of Your Life with Lance Essihos

#36 Taking Ownership of Your Life with Lance Essihos

April 25, 2022

On today's episode, Stephynie speaks with one of the highest rated podcast hosts, Lance Essihos. Lance's podcast, University of Adversity, has dominated the podcast arena and is ranked Top 50 on iTunes worldwide. True to the title of the show, Lance is no stranger to adversity. He has faced some of the most difficult challenges. He battled addiction for decades, lost his brother to suicide, and lost his father to cancer. In his quest to help others, Lance created the podcast for guests to share their stories of personal hardships and battles with adversity, ultimately inspiring change for those who are struggling. 

Today we're getting an intimate and raw look into Lance's journey and hearing how he himself was finally able to overcome  his battle with adversity and spin life in his direction, enabling him to carry out his mission to facilitate the message of positive change  through adversity and encouraging people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.


2:34 — Lance's Calling

8:00 — Mastering Adversity

17:15 — Protecting Your Time & Operating At A High Level

19:30 — Choosing to Have the Right Attitude

21:30 — Reteaching Old Lessons

28:30 — Lance's Lifestyle

34:00 — "Just Take One Step..."

39:40 — Podcasting Is Such A Powerful Tool

42:00 — The Most Angry He's Ever Been

44:40 — Happiest He's Ever Been

47:30 — Lance's Positivity Retreat

49:55 — 'Don't Create Shame Around Yourself"

50:25 — How to Not Feel the Negativity

55:30 — Overcoming Lance's Obstacles

57:25 — Your Habits Create Confidence


Mentioned In The Episode:

University of Adversity — https://lanceessihos.com/podcast/

Mastering Adversity Book — https://lanceessihos.com/book/

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