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Let's Take This Online has undergone a transformation of its own. Starting off as a podcast purely focused on media and digital marketing, it became something different. It is now an unscripted, unedited (except for curses) podcast that is about authentic, genuine and raw conversations with individuals of very diverse backgrounds. Some guests are entrepreneurs, , some are adventurers and music producers and many other professions. Every guest has been through a journey of their own and this ...
 
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I love Dr. Seuss books. I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books. I remember going to the neighbourhood library and reading for hours all the different books he wrote. When I learned that in march 2021, 6 of his books were being pulled and banned I was very keen to learn more about it. Why were they banned? Was Dr. Seuss racist? All these questions I answ…
 
Not everything in life goes according to plan and sometimes you fail at something. What counts is what you do with that failure and learn from it. I dropped the ball in many aspects of my life in 2020, now it is time to reflect back and learn from my failures; and overcome and succeed! Onwards! As always, I'm Hussam El Hage and you can find me: You…
 
I will never forget the first time I opened a Pokemon pack of trading cards. As a little kid, watching Pokemon on TV and playing Pokemon Yellow on my Gameboy color, this was the most exhilarating feeling ever. When I decided to get the new Pokemon booster box recently and I opened that 1st pack, all those feelings as a kid came back. Especially tha…
 
I always loved reading as a kid. There were infinite worlds for me to escape in and live a life of someone brave, courageous, and cool...something I wasn't at the time. Two books for me were crucial in my early development and growth of my imagination; The Wringer and Maniac Magee, both written by Jerry Spinelli. It was only last year I emailed Mr.…
 
I love reading. Ever since I was a kid, my nose was buried in a book. But, I never knew how the world of book publishing works. Enter, Kira Jean. Kira is leading Dreamwork Collective as a Dubai started publishing house for print and digital books. It was great to learn about Kira's journey into publishing and the initiatives the Dreamwork Collectiv…
 
Podcasts have taken the world by storm, from the massive following of the Joe Rogan podcast to your new podcast popping up every day. I sit down and talk to Chirag Desai who is leading the Amaeya network that hosts many many podcasts to learn of his journey in this world. You can find Amaeya here Onwards! As always, I'm Digital Hoos and you can fin…
 
Have you ever been bullied? Ever been put down? Do you carry that chip on your shoulder or do you let it go? Throughout my life I have kept those grudges and utilized them to grow and advance in my life as well as in my career. It was only after I let them go did I learn that the journey itself is the motivation I need to keep going. If you think a…
 
What makes each of us happy? What moments in life define us and define our happiness? What dictates our professional happiness at work? These questions are a few that Carine & I discuss in this episode. Carine is an actor and a Workplace Happiness Strategist. You can find Carine here Onwards! As always, I'm Digital Hoos and you can find me: YouTube…
 
Ever been the underdog? Ever been under estimated? I have. I know how it feels. This episode I explore how it is to be an underdog and discuss Malcom Gladwell's book "David vs Goliath". The book addresses history's most famous under dogs and how they used that under estimation in their favor to overcome all odds. I also journey into role models and…
 
He is back! Stand-Up comedian Abz Ali is back on the podcast to lighten the mood during these dark and strange times. We spend an hour talking about comedy, living in the UK, and just general laughter and silliness. Find Abz here Onwards! As always, I'm Digital Hoos and you can find me: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Newsletter…
 
Book, Goals, Leaders. 3 Topics that have been racking my brain all week. I used to talk about achieving goals, but never actually followed through. So I have dedicated my time to writing down my goals and planning them in detail which has helped me to actually follow through. Building a smoker, learning a new language, trying pottery; these are all…
 
Hard work, long hours... You want to get good at anything, you can't skip those 2. Menon started rapping when he was 15 and kept at it, nonstop every day. He would work a full-time job, then spend the rest of his time at the studio; to the point that he started falling asleep at the wheel. So what did he do? He slept at the studio! That kind of ded…
 
We have all had at least one job we did not enjoy in our lives. Have you ever asked yourself, why did I hate it so much? was it me? was it the company? I found that knowing how you work and communicating that to your management will help keep a positive work environment. We are all unique and we all work in our own unique ways. I also share some fu…
 
I absolutely love it when a podcast goes in a completely different way than I initially expected. Sometimes you talk to individuals and you suddenly go down a tangential path into complex topics. Dana is a talented poet that has had quite an interesting life journey to get to where she is today even surviving a terrorist attack! The podcast itself …
 
Sometimes the fact that I don't script my podcasts really works in my favor because I get to discover my guests' experiences and lessons on the spot, at the same time my listeners do. This podcast with Leila explored gratitude, accountability, and her journey to hosting an Arabic TV show. You can find Leila here Onwards! As always, I'm Digital Hoos…
 
You meet some tough people in life. Ones that have been through things you never would think about. Some of those people turn negative and some become even more positive and decide that they will be the ones that will break that negative cycle. Shereen is one of those people. It was awesome talking to her about her life experiences, how she dealt w…
 
We all love motivational memes and quotes. We love consuming endless hours of content from our favorite motivational gurus and speakers. But do we question the advice we are getting? Is every life coach passing on the right knowledge? This episode is my thoughts and formulation of ideas on this Billion $ industry. Onwards! As always, I'm Digital Ho…
 
I find friendships interesting, especially comparing the kind of friend I used to be to the one I currently am. Friendships are complex dynamics that change drastically based on your own journey. Some friends drift away while others become closer over time. Farrah is one person, even when I wasn't the greatest friend, that has been there throughout…
 
We are still in lockdown and I can't think of a better way to spend the time than having Rayan Bailouni back on the podcast! Rayan is a music producer, who has been working with some amazing local artists such as Menon; the artist behind the intro song called Second Nature. You can find Menon here We talked about Rayan's current and past projects, …
 
Just because we are in lockdown doesn't mean we can't podcast with guests right? Finally had Zeina on the podcast where we talked everything podcast-related. Zeina is a podcast fan and has been closely monitoring the Middle East podcast realm and always has some great advice. Talking to her, I learned a lot about the business of podcasts and what's…
 
We are in a lockdown! Dubai has instilled a curfew and 3-day complete lockdown while it sterilizing the city. So what better way to spend the time than record podcasts? In this episode, I ask you to share your concerns and outline some of the information I gathered about this outbreak from credible sources. Let's be honest, genuine and authentic. W…
 
We are living in strange times. A mysterious disease has spread itself across the world, people are panicking, lives are being lost, jobs are being lost, and we are social isolating. Instead of one day, looking back and recording content about this time, I thought it would be best to do it while we are living it. I wanted to share my feelings and t…
 
"A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted" - Charlie Chaplin Comedy is awesome, isn't it? There is a special skill to make a room full of people laugh. I have been getting more and more into the comedy world over the years, learning of comics like Theo Von, Chris D'elia, Bryan Callen, Bobby Lee and a ton more from around the world. Only recently have…
 
I had stage fright when I was younger, as it was a reflection of my confidence issues. One decision I am proud of myself to have taken is forcing myself to be on a stage, through the enrollment in a drama class. That really set the stage for me in the growth of my confidence in the future. Today, I really enjoy public speaking; even though I still …
 
Jason Leavy is the MD at Vice Media, but his journey to today is one worth listening to. His approach, attitude and gratitude to the obstacles he overcame is something I truly enjoyed discussing with him. Alongside the team at Vice Arabia, they have been working diligently to create Arabic content that puts the spotlight on regional stories and ind…
 
Do you know those guys who travel around the world and film documentaries? We all have had that dream, of quitting our jobs and doing just that. However, we don't see the years of work and effort these adventurers put and the obstacles they have to overcome. Ryan Pyle is one of those guys. I have been wanting to release this episode for so long now…
 
I love the digital and media world. I love learning about new digital trends, metrics, and ways to improve KPI's. And, it is always great to meet someone who shares that passion. Hazem is one of those individuals who loves what he does; to the point that he left the corporate world to pursue it. Currently, he is a consultant and trainer in the real…
 
This was probably one of my favorite podcasts of all time! Dr. Ingalls has an incredible story how he learned Arabic, traveled through Yemen and became an Associate of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. I will leave it at that as this is one episode you HAVE to listen to. Do SUBSCRIBE and drop some feedback to keep improving this podcast. As alway…
 
The best thing about this podcast is talking to individuals who know something I don't. SEO is a realm that I never dove into, as I always stayed on the paid search part of the game. Talking to Neal was awesome as he is so knowledgeable about the subject and explains it quite well. This conversation was organic in itself where we explored different…
 
Fariba is the founder of Hubpreneur, which is an online ecosystem for entrepreneurs. I personally use her app and have met several individuals who were great contacts to have. She also organizes events and publishes those through the app. She organized the most recent podcast forum which was a great discourse between podcast creators. She also is a…
 
Basil is the founder and CEO at HireHunt. HireHunt is a talent platform where applicants can show their skills, expertise & personalities through interactive job applications. Basil has had an interesting journey into the HR and recruitment world and it was great having this discourse with him. I have been delving into this realm, which has been re…
 
This podcast episode was originally recorded for my other podcast "Hanging with Hoos", but I thought it was better to merge the 2 podcasts under Let's Take This Online. Dr. Lockhart is broadly trained in world affairs, global and transnational history, and comparative analysis, with interdisciplinary area expertise in the United States, Latin Ameri…
 
Vimal is currently the VP of Performance at Merkle EMEA with a strong background in media. I have always been quite outspoken about my viewpoints on the media industry when it comes to the client fee structure, the culture, and the hiring process; and it was really refreshing to hear someone in a senior position agree and voice similar thoughts. Vi…
 
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