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People People Podcast

The People People Podcast explores the ways in which humans connect and gather to make their lives and the world a better place. A production of The Social Excellence Project (@socialXcellence), the podcast’s host, Matt Mattson (@phiredupmatt), guides listeners through guest interviews, practical lessons, and powerful insights related to a concept known as “Social Excellence.” If you believe that connecting with new people is one of the most important ways to experience the world, this podcast is for you. If you believe that when people gather together, they have far greater potential to impact the world, this podcast is for you. If you lead organizations, congregations, civic groups, non-profits, political parties, student clubs, or relationship-based businesses, this podcast is for you. The “people people” who listen to this podcast are a community of leaders, organizers, citizens, and entrepreneurs who want to use handshakes, conversations, networking, relationships, and organizations to make the world a better place.

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Bonus Episode: "People Who Need More Love" With Elliotte Mattson

So, no kidding, here’s the story of this episode. When I was still just imagining what this podcast could be, I ordered a bunch of equipment. Microphones, pop filters, etc. When my portable lapel mics came in the mail, I opened up the package, plugged them into my phone, and went looking for someone to test them on.And no kidding, my oldest daughter was in her room, sitting on the floor, reading Social Excellence: We Dare You.That’ll work!I sat down and started recording. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever use it. It was the first “interview” I had done. But after listening to it (and I might be a little biased), I thought it was podcast gold! Try to see the world through a kid’s eyes. Try to imagine their point of view. Remember the simplicity of friendship as a kid, and how it started to get complicated in late elementary school, middle school, and high school.I hope you find some simple and meaningful lessons in this episode. It also includes an audio excerpt from the TEDx talk I did a couple of years ago that features a story about my kid.Thanks for listening to this special bonus daddy-daughter episode of The People People Podcast!

31mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 7: "Good Beer, Bad Sound, Great Conversation" with Mark Gehrke

Here’s the story of this episode. Early on in the “dreaming phase” of this podcast, I saw on Instagram that my friend Mark was starting a beer blog (follow @thebeerdedlad). I like beer. And Mark and I knew each other a little through professional conferences, but we certainly weren’t close buddies or anything.So I DM’d him. I said, “I’ve got an idea. You and I go to some breweries that I know of together… we’ll drink beer, have conversations about beer (and conversations about how men drink beer together to seek connection), and we’ll record it. It’ll give you some content and me some content. We’ll see what happens.”Mark was in!So, we met at Living The Dream brewery in Highlands Ranch, Colorado (and later went over to Grist brewery). We ended up having a wonderful conversation (that you get to listen into) about life, the beer scene, the beers we were drinking, and human connection.It’s worth mentioning how awesome the people at Living The Dream were. I showed up before Mark and asked a bartender if there was any space that was quieter. While the recording doesn’t exactly reflect how much better the space that we found was, the LTD people let us into their private event room, gave us stickers out of kindness, and then comp’d our beer flights. Seriously, so kind. They were so Socially Excellent.Enjoy the episode!

44mins

19 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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"Own Your Weird" with Brittany Charboneau

What if I recorded a podcast episode about humans connecting through running... while on a run... with a world-class elite runner? I am so grateful to Brittany Charbonneau (@funnyrunner26.2) for agreeing to do this episode. Let me explain why.I have found a sense of belonging and authenticity as a runner. I’m not elite or even fast... heck, I walk sometimes. But I love it. Especially on the trails. And I love the sense of community at races, in convos with others who identify as runners, and on social media. I love the positivity and the way people uplift each other and cheer on each individual’s best efforts and heart. It’s like a spiritual community that worships best efforts and human potential. And people really connect through running. So getting to do a podcast episode with Brittany Charbonneau (one of the fastest female marathoners in the country, and an established comedian) was so cool. Learn all about Brittany at http://thefunnyrunner.com. We explored the way humans connect through running (and comedy). We talked about the rhythm of running and relationships. We talked about how weird runners are and why it’s important to #ownyourweird — it was awesome. Big thanks to Brittany and to all the runners out there who create an atmosphere of invitation, celebration, and community. Cheer on Brittany as she works to qualify for the 2020 Olympic team and crushes trails, roads, and comedy clubs with joy and weirdness and positivity along the way.

33mins

3 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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"Social Transformation" with co-host Justin Spurlock

There's a lot of shouting right now. Has been for a while. And I don't blame the shouters. They have a right to be angry, to shout, to fight, and to rage against the powers that be. I'm mad too. And it is a fine place to start.But what if you want to make this world a better place for the long-haul? What if you want to make impact beyond surface-level, and truly transform the world to be a better place for you, your neighbor, and everyone?We don't think anger and fighting can sustain.To actually change the world, and not just rearrange it, we have to come together and do work fueled by love.If you find yourself looking for proof everyone is against you. If you find yourself able to see the darkness in anyone. If you find yourself posting, shouting, tearing down, retweeting, commenting, dismantling, unseating, blaming, or shaming... you might not be wrong at all. And it might be temporarily helpful. But that fighting can not sustain. It can't sustain you, and it can't sustain the cause you're meaning to champion.We offer these 5 Considerations For Becoming Socially Transformative (Beyond Social Excellence).

50mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 8: "Southern Charm" with Alex Taylor

“Where are you from?” This question is boring, predictable, and painfully dull when employed in conversation. But somehow, it is still REALLY important. Why is that? Why is it that we seek to understand a person’s geographical roots as a shortcut to understanding who they are? What makes that a valuable human connection tactic?Alex Taylor (@alext_sigmanu on Insta and Twitter) is a southern boy, ya’ll. And this episode explores the southern culture’s unique human connection eccentricities along with the big idea of how PLACE shapes our sense of identity. Alex and the podcast’s host Matt Mattson work together, but this conversation isn’t about work… it’s about humans, and connection, and all the things you’ve become used to expecting from the deep dive conversations that take place on The People People Podcast.Enjoy the episode!

27 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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"Curiosity and Uncertainty" with Josh Orendi

Josh Orendi is a co-creator of The Social Excellence Project and a co-author of Social Excellence: We Dare You. He’s also one of the most curious people you’ll ever meet in your life. He’s a master question asker. And he doesn’t disappoint in this episode. Listen to the end when he challenges the host with a question that sticks him right in the heart (in a good way).This episode also features the audio from Matt Mattson’s (the host of the podcast) recent TEDx Talk titled, “Curiously Uncertain.” Enjoy it, share it, and consider its implications on your life. How can you ask more and better questions every day.Curiosity is such an innocent little idea. Sure, just ask questions. But asking excellent questions that actually push conversations forward and take your relationships “off script” as is discussed in this episode requires intention, thought, and perhaps most importantly… practice.Enjoy this episode of The People People Podcast! Thanks for listenting!

52mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 4: "Because You Make Me Feel Safe" with Krista Hashemi

by Matt MattsonThanks for listening to Episode 4 of The People People Podcast!Access the podcast on iTunes | Google Play | StitcherYou're one of us, aren't you? You're a people person. But you get that being a “people person” isn’t just about being chatty and smiley and super-duper nice, it’s about transforming the world through relationships.  You're one of those people who understands that HUMAN CONNECTION is the key to everything. You're one of those people who understands that humans are social animals, and we're all deeply longing for real, meaningful, deep-spirited connection in all aspects of our life. You're one of those people who understands that the secret to creating the world you want is found in your ability to connect. You're one of us. We are people people. And you found our show. How do great students build real connections with their students? What about with parents and other colleagues? Teachers have this intense, challenging, and thankless job, and our guest dives fully into how she makes an impact, and how she builds connection.Krista Hashemi is a ten-year veteran of elementary school teaching. She is teaching a class full of brilliant fourth graders this year at Ute Meadows Elementary School in Colorado. This episode explores the challenges and wonders of conversations and relationships with kids (and their parents). Krista uses the phrase “emotional vocabulary” in a fun way that is likely to stick with you for a while. What an honor it was for me to get to sit down with a teacher I respect and just dig into a rich and fascinating conversation. So grateful to have had the chance to do this.Can you reach out to a teacher this week? Perhaps one from your past? Or maybe, for those parents and grandparents out there, you can build a deeper connection with someone who teaches the kids in your life (they spend 8 hours a day with them!).Thanks to Krista and to Ute Meadows Elementary.Enjoy the episode!

42mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 9: "We Just Want To Belong" with Mike Dilbeck

by Matt MattsonThanks for listening to Episode 9 of The People People Podcast!Access the podcast on iTunes | Google Play | StitcherYou're one of us, aren't you? You're a people person. But you get that being a “people person” isn’t just about being chatty and smiley and super-duper nice, it’s about transforming the world through relationships.  You're one of those people who understands that HUMAN CONNECTION is the key to everything. You're one of those people who understands that humans are social animals, and we're all deeply longing for real, meaningful, deep-spirited connection in all aspects of our life. You're one of those people who understands that the secret to creating the world you want is found in your ability to connect. You're one of us. We are people people. And you found our show. Mike Dilbeck’s name has become synonymous with the idea of “bystander intervention” in some circles. He’s established himself as a guru who helps people and organizations make courageous choices in their lives.From Mike’s website: “Mike is leading a call for courage and a demand for dignity — empowering us to go beyond fear and shame by standing up, stepping in, and speaking out while also honoring the dignity of others…and ourselves.“He calls on us to take “response ability” and react to any everyday life issue by going beyond our shame and fear to show courage and honor dignity in momentary choices. Mike is on a mission to change the way individuals, organizations, companies, and communities react when someone is being adversely impacted by inappropriate, abusive, or unhealthy behavior.”In this episode, Mike and Matt vulnerably talk through those moments from our past that shape us… those moments that shake our very sense of human dignity… those moments like the one in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot… those moments like the one walking home from Pizza Hut… those moments like the one in Macy’s… (listen to the show, you’ll know what we’re talking about).We all just want to belong, and when moments happen in our life that threaten our feeling of belonging, they change us.Enjoy this episode, and thanks for listening to the show!

57mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 5: "For Some Reason People Like Me" with Vince Fabra

by Matt MattsonThanks for listening to Episode 5 of The People People Podcast!Access the podcast on iTunes | Google Play | StitcherYou're one of us, aren't you? You're a people person. But you get that being a “people person” isn’t just about being chatty and smiley and super-duper nice, it’s about transforming the world through relationships.  You're one of those people who understands that HUMAN CONNECTION is the key to everything. You're one of those people who understands that humans are social animals, and we're all deeply longing for real, meaningful, deep-spirited connection in all aspects of our life. You're one of those people who understands that the secret to creating the world you want is found in your ability to connect. You're one of us. We are people people. And you found our show. Vince Fabra is the guest on this episode of The People People Podcast. Vince is a professional speaker, stand-up comedian, and the host of a podcast called You Almost Had It (check that out!). He is a perpetual includer, a joy inducer, and he has the ability to draw out raw emotional connection with anyone. Seriously, he’s a unicorn of human connection. He oozes #SocialExcellence. This episode is full of real conversation about the stuff that brings people together (and the stuff that keeps us from truly connecting). This episode represents exactly what we want this podcast to become — pure, long-form, emotion-laden connection that is recorded and shared. You’ll hopefully find some inspiration and a little education along with some laughs built in. Vince has worked with us as a speaker teaching #SocialExcellence. He even wrote a key piece of curriculum (Fun Zone/Deep Zone) that made it into our book. He truly understands the message, and he exemplifies what it means to be a “people people.” Enjoy the episode!

1hr 4mins

25 Nov 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 3: "Divine Connection" with Justin Spurlock

by Matt MattsonThanks for listening to Episode 3 of The People People Podcast!Access the podcast on iTunes | Google Play | StitcherYou're one of us, aren't you? You're a people person. But you get that being a “people person” isn’t just about being chatty and smiley and super-duper nice, it’s about transforming the world through relationships.  You're one of those people who understands that HUMAN CONNECTION is the key to everything. You're one of those people who understands that humans are social animals, and we're all deeply longing for real, meaningful, deep-spirited connection in all aspects of our life. You're one of those people who understands that the secret to creating the world you want is found in your ability to connect. You're one of us. We are people people. And you found our show. Why are we so afraid to talk with each other about faith, religion, spirituality, or the things we find sacred… outside of the walls of a traditional religious building? Should we save conversations about the biggest questions of life and death for only formal weekend morning lectures and funerals? That seems absurd. This episode features Pastor Justin Spurlock, the senior pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Colorado. Justin and I dive deeply into the questions above. Justin and I have a history of meaningful connection. He’s one of those people who isn’t afraid to dive into big conversations in big ways. Maybe that’s partly because of his vocation, but he’s also a person who has obviously made a choice to put Social Excellence in the middle of his lifestyle. I hope this episode inspires people to dive into some big conversations about big topics this week. Talk about the big questions of life. Dive in. Learn from each other and find inspiration in the viewpoints of others. Perhaps you’ll find divinity in that connection. Maybe God, whatever that means for you, lives in the space between us.

29mins

8 Nov 2018

Rank #10