566 episodes

Two long-time small-business owners, Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast Shannon Jean & Dave Hamilton

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

Two long-time small-business owners, Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

    Get Comfortable Being Different – Business Brain 568

    Get Comfortable Being Different – Business Brain 568

    In this episode of Business Brain, we emphasize the value of embracing one’s differences and sharing personal narratives, even in embarrassing situations like getting locked out of a hotel room in just a hoodie. By owning our quirks and transforming challenges into relatable stories, we can connect authentically with others and shape our own narratives, celebrating individuality and sharing experiences with pride.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #568 for Casual Friday, July 19th, 2024



    July 19th: National Daiquiri Day





    00:02:05 Corky’s Gag

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    00:08:27 Get Comfortable being Different



    Control the Narrative





    00:21:49 BB 568 Outtro



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    Call/Text: (567) 274-6977

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    • 22 min
    Should You Mix Politics with Your Business?

    Should You Mix Politics with Your Business?

    In this episode of Business Brain, we explore the challenges faced in daily business operations, focusing on managing unexpected disruptions and the importance of task prioritization. We also discuss incorporating personal opinions, particularly on political matters, into business platforms, emphasizing the need for creating a neutral environment to respect diverse viewpoints and uphold a positive reputation.

    The conversation stresses the caution and responsibility of engaging in social commentary, highlighting the value of maintaining neutrality in business communications. 



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #567 for Wednesday, July 17th, 2024



    July 17th: National Hot Dog Day





    00:01:58 Time Vampires!

    00:04:30 Managing incoming phone calls

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    00:10:22 Politics mixed with your Business



    Business Brain 392 and Business Brain 98

    Nobody Cares What I think about politics (until I share what I think about politics)

    I am not a PR Expert

    The emacs vs. vi flame war





    BB 567 Outtro



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    • 22 min
    Stopping a Coup

    Stopping a Coup

    In this episode of Business Brain, we discuss leveraging AI algorithms like ChatGPT for targeted marketing, handling internal conflicts within companies, and managing teams effectively. The hosts share personal anecdotes and insights on balancing business needs with employee satisfaction. The episode offers practical advice and engaging storytelling for business owners and entrepreneurs.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #566 for Casual Friday, July 12th, 2024



    July 12th: National Simplicity Day





    00:01:08 Flying Yourself!



    Grumman Tiger





    00:03:23 Reviews and Customer Service



    Use ChatGPT to build an Ideal Customer Profile

    THEN…build a target list of fifty other companies that match that list

    THEN…develop a marketing plan to pitch to those fifty





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    00:10:46 When there’s a coup, fire the coup-leader, too.

    00:20:59 BB 566 Outtro



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    • 21 min
    Right Person, Right Position

    Right Person, Right Position

    In this episode of Business Brain, Dave and Shannon discuss the nuances of business and management. They explore the significance of recognizing employees’ strengths and preferences to ensure they thrive in their roles. The conversation highlights the importance of promoting self-awareness within a company culture and learning from unsuccessful promotions for growth. The hosts invite listeners to share their experiences on managing employee roles effectively in their businesses.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #565 for Wednesday, July 10th, 2024



    July 10th: National Pina Colada Day 🍹





    00:00:58 The Tuna Fish Litmus Test

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    00:08:08 Right Person, Right Position



    Observe FIRST.

    Don’t move people out of what they’re really good at.





    00:20:04 BB 565 Outtro



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    • 20 min
    Building Confidence

    Building Confidence

    Join us on Business Brain as Dave and Shannon cover topics from National Workaholics Day to confidence in business. Shannon shares how confidence helped his negotiations as a landscape company manager. They discuss the impact of language, appearance, and humility on building confidence and effective communication.

    The conversation highlights the role of small wins, deferring to experts, and adapting communication to different audiences in boosting confidence. They emphasize the importance of supporting others and receiving feedback in cultivating self-assurance. Ultimately, they stress that confidence is key to success beyond financial gains and urge listeners to tackle self-doubt and take proactive steps forward.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #564 for Casual Friday, July 5th, 2024



    July 5th: National Workaholics Day





    00:01:58 LinkedIn Has a Problem

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    00:08:58 Building Confidence



    Be willing to say “I don’t know” and “I dont’ know what that is”

    Focus on small wins!

    Everyone can’t know everything, and everyone knows that.





    00:20:10 Do the things you don’t want to do FIRST



    And… help people! Leverage the law of reciprocity.

    You’re the only one who lives in your head.





    00:23:42 BB 564 Outtro



    feedback@businessbrain.show

    Call/Text: (567) 274-6977

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    • 24 min
    The Power of Lifestyle Businesses

    The Power of Lifestyle Businesses

    In this episode of Business Brain, Dave and Shannon discuss the misconceptions surrounding lifestyle businesses, sharing stories of individuals finding success by enjoying the day-to-day work. They highlight the importance of enjoying the business grind rather than just the end result, reflecting on their own experiences with multiple lifestyle businesses. The hosts delve into the significance of having multiple revenue streams for financial stability and encourage listeners to explore unconventional entrepreneurship avenues for growth. They tease their next episode on building confidence through entrepreneurship and long-term success foundations.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #563 for Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024



    July 3rd: National Independent Beer Run Day (also National Fried Clam Day)





    00:02:21 How has technology evolved to help us get good headshots?



    Headshot Pro





    00:07:54 SPONSOR: Fastmail, the email provider who puts your privacy first. Visit Fastmail.com/BusinessBrain to try free for 30 days and then 10% off your first year.

    00:09:51 Lifestyle businesses are OK! Enjoy what you’re doing… don’t worry about your passion, just the nuts and bolts of it.



    Fall in love with problem solving. No problems, no business!

    Don’t fall in love with “scaling” or “exiting”

    Fall in love with stacking lifestyle businesses





    00:21:00 BB 563 Outtro



    feedback@businessbrain.show

    Call/Text: (567) 274-6977

    X/Twitter: @ShannonJean & @DaveHamilton, & @BizBrainShow

    LinkedIn: Shannon Jean, Dave Hamilton, & Business Brain

    Facebook: Dave Hamilton, Shannon Jean, & Business Brain

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

SMB Journey ,

Improve your business mind and your life

You will definitely benefit from tuning into Shannon and Dave’s show.

Both share wisdom from their business and life experience in an accessible and matter-of-fact way.

Great conversation and great content!

joe.benson ,

Excellent pod!

Quality right from the intro. Great hosts, easy to listen to, variety of topics covered.

Lots of fun, but also super insightful!

Danny magz 🙌 ,

Shannons a genius

I always learn something new from Shannon’s podcast. He does in fact have a big brain.

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