1. 308 Change For The Better Sarah Elkins 38:38

308 Change For The Better


Change is inevitable. It’s a fundamental rule of the universe that everything must change, however it is entirely up to you for the perception of that change to either be a blessing or a curse. Perhaps that change was what you needed to become the person you are today and shed the identity you once held. It’s understandable to mourn the person you were but you must look to the future and the new changes that will come.

In this episode Sarah Elkins and Chase Dalton discuss the importance of change and holding true to your values despite change in life. Chase offers a compassionate and intelligent view on life by weaving his natural empathy into his storytelling, bringing a warmth and eagerness that is always appreciated to the discussion. 



  • What preconceived notions are you still believing about something you don’t know about?

  • It’s okay to not understand things about life, but you need to be sure you are not judging another for how they choose to believe or cope with these things.

  • What can you do in your sphere of influence to make a positive difference?



“Time heals a lot, and it’s been a few years now and so I’ve been able to separate a little bit and make it easier to talk about but you’re right. It’s really receptive of you to point it out, it is exciting and it is freeing but there’s also a Grief of a past life almost, of what I imagined my life would be like and the direction it was going to go in. Even beyond that, I thought I had it all figured out.”

“We’re making -I’m making- a difference in someone’s life and it can spread up from there. If I can do that in my sphere of influence, if we could all do that in our sphere of influence, and realize we do make an impact, it is really rewarding. To be in a position of power, which is a huge responsibility and being able to use that in a way that I feel is productive and positive.”

“Honesty isn’t just telling the truth to other people, honesty is something that’s inside. You have to be honest with yourself before you’re honest with anyone else. And part of that is accepting your stripes, your licks, when you mess up.”


Dear Listeners it is now your turn,

Think about a time where you made a complete 180, where you had to grieve the loss of certain relationships in order to move on as yourself? To find that separation between who you were based on your parents, your upbringing, your environment, and finding that maybe those influences aren’t all of who you are.

And, as always, thank you for listening. 


About Chase

I was an All-American track and field athlete in college. I made a couple of U.S. National Teams. My goal was to compete in the 2016 Olympics but didn’t make it. But I’ve poured that energy and drive and the lessons I’ve learned as an athlete into being the best in everything I try. Right now that’s being the best husband, father, partner, employer and business leader possible.

A pivotal moment in my life was surviving a small plane crash that I was in December 2020. My perspective on life, relationships, religion, business and time completely shifted.

My company Silicon Signs is in its 6th year and we’ve earned over $3M in revenue the past couple years and have a clear vision of where we are going and the problems we are solving. I’m passionate about culture and leadership. As an NCAA athlete I ended up getting “stuck” as a sociology major to stay eligible to compete. That ended up being a mercy in my life as I learned about different people, lifestyles, and motivations. It has guided me to create an environment in my company that allows my employees to thrive and enjoy their work.

Be sure to check out Chase’s website Silicon Signs and the flyer, as well as his LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram!

About Sarah

“Uncovering the right stories for the right audiences so executives, leaders, public speakers, and job seekers can clearly and actively demonstrate their character, values, and vision.”

In my work with Coaching clients, I guide people to improve their communication using storytelling as the foundation of our work together. What I’ve realized over years of Coaching and podcasting is that the majority of people don’t realize the impact of the stories they share – on their internal messages, and on the people they’re sharing them with.

My work with leaders and people who aspire to be leaders follows a similar path to the interviews on my podcast, uncovering pivotal moments in their lives and learning how to share them to connect more authentically with others, to make their presentations and speaking more engaging, to reveal patterns that have kept them stuck or moved them forward, and to improve their relationships at work and at home.

The audiobook, Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will is now available!

Included with your purchase are two bonus tracks, songs recorded by Sarah’s band, Spare Change, in her living room in Montana.

Be sure to check out the Storytelling For Professionals Course as well to make sure you nail that next interview!

Sarah Elkins Chief Storymaker

Sarah Elkins brings her music, storytelling and many years in public service to the stage to engage and inspire her audience to think about how the stories they tell influence their identities and the perceptions of the people around them, and to take a deeper look in the mirror to experience the leader they were born to become.

She's a storyteller, keynote speaker, professional musician, author, and Gallup certified StrengthsFinder workplace communication coach. Her highly engaging, experiential presentations, workshops, and coaching packages with in-person and remote teams and their leaders are known to address and reduce miscommunication – the most common cause of tension and stress in the workplace.