Sometimes Digital Always Human

Episode 6: The Salesfluencer featuring Belinda Aramide

An episode of Sometimes Digital Always Human

By Craig Thomason
Digital has given every voice a platform – will yours be heard? If there is one skill that everyone needs today it’s not just the ability to communicate, it’s the ability to connect.

My mission is to give you the communication skills you’ll need to inform and inspire - sometimes using digital tools but always with human outcomes.
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Episode 17: Helping Students in the Digital Age featuring Natalie Mangrum
Natalie is the founder and CEO of Maryland Teacher Tutors, a private tutoring company that hires certified teachers to go into families homes and provide academic support to students. In 2015, she founded Maryland Teacher Tutors with 1 teacher, and has since grown to 35+ certified teachers working under her leadership. Beyond work, Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children, kickboxing, and learning all she can from people with more wisdom and life experience. 
May 20, 2019
Episode 16: Vibrant Living from the Heart featuring Holly Tucci
Holly Tucci is an inspiring writer and speaker. She shares about her courage and lessons learned from her life experiences growing up as a Heart Warrior, near death experience, and letting go over 150 pounds of excess body weight.  Holly's focus is all about being her best each day and aiming to infuse that approach in other's lives by leading by example. She believes that communication helps us to connect with one another, and through connection we feel a stronger sense of love and belonging. 
May 12, 2019
Episode 15: In the Middle featuring Amy Blaschka
Amy Blaschka helps people communicate and connect better. As a ghostwriter, she makes it easy for leaders to focus on and share their unique talents and insights on a consistent basis, magnifying both their reach and impact. As a speaker, Amy stresses the importance of practicing positive, genuine communications and cultivating soft skills in the workplace. She is the co-founder of Park City Think Tank, a Forbes contributor, and co-author with Bruce Kasanoff of "I Am: Escape Distractions, Unlock Your Imagination & Unleash Your Potential."
April 21, 2019
Episode 14: Know Yourself, Know Your Worth featuring Stephanie Campos
In just 2 years Stephanie Campos built a personal digital brand of over 50K followers, primarily on Instagram and launched a digital marketing agency in 2014 as a result - partnering with some of the biggest brands in the world like Coca-Cola and United Way. Today she connects companies with their community, and also teach those just starting out how they too can build a brand of impact whether it be via events, digital marketing, storytelling, PR or strategic partnerships.
April 14, 2019
Spring Break and Thoughts on Imagination
We're taking a break!  But don't worry, I took a moment to share my thoughts on imagination and creativity.  In this talk I describe how taking a bottom-up approach to creativity enables organizations to be more innovative and successful. We'll be back next week with Brand Strategist & Storyteller Stephanie Campos. Believe me, you don't want to miss this episode!
April 7, 2019
Episode 13: The Master Storyteller featuring Miri Rodriguez
Miri Rodriguez is a globally recognized Storyteller for Microsoft Core Services Engineering. She is a creative journalist and content advocate designing stories across key technology trends, evangelizing brand narrative and showcasing how Microsoft is digitally transforming, using its own technologies.  Miri has earned several awards in digital marketing and customer experience and is ranked as top in-demand speaker at leading industry conferences around the world. Miri brings 15+ years of expertise, valuable industry insights and a lighthearted approach.   Her social advocacy and philanthropic work include volunteering to train social enterprise leaders in Swaziland and Morocco through #MySkills4Afrika, coaching students at Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, board of directors membership at Trade+Impact and PR News, and driving diversity and inclusion in Shared Services Engineering.   Special Spotlight and New Friendly by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
March 31, 2019
Episode 12: Be You featuring Jennifer McGinley
Jennifer McGinley is the owner of  JLM Strategic Communications - a public relations firm. As a public relations professional for 25 years, Jennifer has built a reputation based on integrity, professionalism, attention to details and consistency.  Jennifer is passionate about non-profits, small business, start-ups, education, health care, mental health, fitness, nutrition, the arts, STEM and those who are changing their community for the better.  She helps clients increase connections, visibility and credibility.   Listening is her super power. 
March 24, 2019
Episode 11: Designing the Future featuring Natalie Painchaud
Natalie Painchaud is an experienced strategy and innovation consultant and executive coach. She is currently Director of Learning at Innosight, a growth strategy consulting firm for leaders who aim to design and create the future. Natalie creates a supportive environment that motivates both her clients and colleagues to challenge their assumptions and think and act differently. 
March 17, 2019
Episode 10: Taking Flight featuring Jenn Barkenhagen
Jenn Barkenhagen is just finishing her first rotation in the Strategy & Integration Leadership Development Program at Wyndham Destinations. She has her MBA from the University of Florida, and spent 6 years as an Active Duty Intelligence Officer for the US Air Force. She is also still serving in the Air Force Reserves supporting the 920th Rescue Wing.
March 10, 2019
Episode 9: Say Things Better featuring Lila Smith
Lila Smith WAS a New York City actress and e-commerce Director. 50% one, and 50% the other. Now, in Dallas and traveling around the world, she’s finally at 100%, using both her acting AND business backgrounds to advise people and companies on how to Say Things Better.
March 2, 2019
Episode 8: Storytelling from the Heart featuring Rachel Simon-Lee
Rachel Simon-Lee is a master storyteller and has been storytelling thru video production for 15 years. In 2011, she joined the Media Services team at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. That year, the Nashville native became the only dedicated surgical video producer in the organization.   Simon-Lee was instrumental in finding technology-based solutions for performance improvement and clinical research studies for The St. Louis Children's and Washington University Heart Center. Her technical skill, knowledge of medical procedures, and portfolio of over 200 surgical case edits became the catalyst for her start-up, Heartwork Videos.   Her awards include: Startup Connection Showcase (2017), St. Louis American Foundation- Salute to Excellence in Healthcare (2017), BALSA Foundation grant winner (2017) and FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leader (2016).    Music from "Dream Catcher" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licence: CC BY (
February 24, 2019
Episode 7: A Digital Marketer & Community Builder featuring Samukele Ncube
Samukele Ncube is a digital marketing professional who is passionate about using storytelling and targeted messaging to help businesses form connections with their customers. Her love for stories transcends her day to day work. She is  the cofounder of the community group, Find Your Tribe, where she uses her platform to help women of colour share their truth. No matter which hat she's wearing, her goal is simple. To use the power of storytelling to form connections. After all, stories are the common thread that connects us all.
February 17, 2019
Episode 6: The Salesfluencer featuring Belinda Aramide
Belinda Aramide, through her online presence and company, Salesfluence, is on a mission to change the way we sell to one another. With more than 10 years of B2B sales experience and 3+ years studying and implementing digital and Influencer marketing, Belinda now brings digital and Influencer marketing strategies into B2B sales, so sales professionals can start influencing prospects in the way they want to buy. 
February 11, 2019
Episode 5: The Serial Social Entrepreneur featuring Darrel D. Frater
Darrel D. Frater has made a lifelong commitment to playing a major role in the effort to close the racial wealth gap here in America. He believes that entrepreneurship is the key to fix all problems that exist in the world and he wants to be on the front line of preparing the next generation of leaders to fix them.  His passions for problem solving, mentoring, and entrepreneurship led him to officially begin his entrepreneurial journey with the departure from his job in June of 2018. Darrel challenges all entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to consider how they can include a positive social impact within their business. He is confident that a shift toward social entrepreneurship will make this world a better place for every member of humanity.
February 3, 2019
Episode 4: From Storyteller to Coach featuring Alex M. White
 Alex M. White is a coach and storyteller who uses empathy and human-centered design to cultivate courage in difficult times. He has a background ranging from cinematography and film production, education and community organizing , user experience design, research, and strategy, all centered around evoking transformation with people at the center of his work. Alex transitioned from a career in tech to become a full-time Climate Change Coach, helping his fellow humans make strategic and smart decisions in their lives as society adapts to climate change and global warming. To learn more about Alex and his work visit:
January 27, 2019
Episode 3: The Benefits of Social Branding featuring Kotryna Kurt
Each week we have the opportunity to speak with individuals who have mastered the art of effective communication whether it be in the digital space or in person, and this week is no exception. Today we’re connecting with Kotryna Kurt. Kotryna is passionate about all things Marketing and Mar-tech. She is a content creator and a charismatic public speaker. As a #1 LinkedIn fan and one of the top LinkedIn Video influencers, Kotryna provides great tips on enhancing your online presence. Afterwards we discuss the importance of video and review the book ‘Vlog Like a Boss’ by Amy Schmittauer - a great reference book for first time vloggers. It’s all about branding in this episode and how you can benefit.
January 20, 2019
Episode 2: Recollect featuring Amy Jones
Amy Jones is a life coach, strategist, and founder of Love Saves Lives, Inc. Her work is dedicated to helping humans feel better about being human. She's launching an app called Recollect that feeds people based on what they’re feeling, so they feel better. Amy has also created a podcast, Building Something Better, to share the adventure of becoming a first-time founder and the life lessons that come along with it.
January 13, 2019
Episode 1: The World of Digital Marketing featuring Kimberly Afonso
Digital has disrupted traditional marketing and has forever changed the way businesses and influencers communicate to and with the world. Kimberly Afonso, CEO and marketing thought leader, joins me in a discussion on leveraging effective digital communication tools such as LinkedIn and Instagram. She offers best practices as well as her predictions on what we can anticipate in the world of digital in the years to come. 
January 6, 2019
An Introduction
You’re talented, you get results and like never before you have an array of applications to communicate them. There’s just one thing – will anyone notice? More important – will anyone even care? Most important – will anyone remember? If there is one skill that everyone needs today it’s not just the ability to communicate, it’s the ability to connect.
December 29, 2018
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