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Episode 333 Communal Growth


In life we all put aside something when life becomes to busy, maybe it was a hobby you used to enjoy, or a new project you swear you’re going to get to you just need to finish this other thing first, or maybe it’s a skill from your childhood like playing the flute that you decided to put away because of limitations or self intimidation. But that’s the great thing about life, we have all the time in the world to pick back up those things and enjoy them again.

In this episode Sarah Elkins and D’Vaughn Hayes discuss the importance of giving yourself grace when you are trying to pick up something new, the importance and value of encouraging another to do the same, and how through these experiences we grow into stronger and happier individuals. 



  • The universe brings us together in strange and amazing ways.

  • The importance of music in our lives and how it comes back during times in our life when we need it most.

  • It’s okay if it takes time for you to pick up something you want to do or if you aren’t good at it immediately. It takes time.

  • The self-fulfillment of helping another grow.



“The sales just makes sense because it’s “Hey you have this issue or this problem with your organization, I’ve got this really great solution and makes sense, let’s move forward. Everybody’s happy.” of course it benefits me and my bottom line and the income I bring into my family, so you get some warm and fuzzies there but the real impact for me is what I do to help other people get to where they want to be, to help them share their stories, or to watch them grow right in front of my eyes. To the person that they didn’t think they could be when we first met and just to watch that process is incredible.”

“That’s not a good thing, as a community for your youth to grow up thinking that and believing that (There are no options or opportunities in the place you grew up) and just having this sense that they need to leave. If your community is to grow and thrive it needs to retain young people, they need to believe that this is a place where things happen where they can envision a bright future for themselves.”


Dear Listeners it is now your turn,

I want to know what you’re going to pick up that you put aside years before? What is one of those ideas that you’ve had in your head that maybe you started in the past and gave up too soon. I want to know about this and D’Vaughn wants to hear about it so we can support you in reaching that goal or sharing that idea so you feel compelled to complete it.

And, as always, thank you for listening. 


About D’Vaughn 

D’Vaughn LaSean Hayes is a seasoned professional with a proven track record in sales, marketing, and leadership. Currently serving as the Field Marketing Manager for Billings at TDS Telecommunications, D’Vaughn has consistently driven impressive results. His innovative strategies led to an exceptional $2 Million ROI in his first year, exceeding company standards. In 2023, he achieved an NPV of $1.5 million and an IRR of 83%, earning a well-deserved promotion to the role of Commercial Sales Manager for all of Montana, set to commence on 12/04/2023.

Beyond his corporate success, D’Vaughn actively contributes to community service. As the Director and Lead Organizer of TEDxBillings, Incoming Chair of Billings NextGEN, and a Member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Yellowstone County, he thrives on driving positive change.

D’Vaughn is a social media influencer, running @406media with 11.5k followers, sharing content about the great state of Montana. He serves as the Marketing Director and Project Manager for Beartooth Mountain Saloon, a Bitcoin mining operation set to launch in early 2024. D’Vaughn has diverse experience in the crypto community, primarily on the Cardano blockchain.

Recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the 2021 NextGEN Exceptional Emerging Leader Business Excellence Award from The Billings Chamber of Commerce, 40 under Forty Honoree of the 2022 class by the Billings Gazette, and the 2014 Market Manager of the Year Award from Smart Circle International, as well as an Outstanding Achievement Award from Smart Circle International, Consumer Electronics Partner of the Year Award from DirecTV, and recognition as one of the Top 5 salespersons in the whole country by DirecTV and Smart Circle International, D’Vaughn is celebrated for his outstanding contributions.

Be sure to check out 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.

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