Business Wingmen Podcast

Business Wingmen Podcast

Tired of boring business discussions fit for your out of touch boss? The Business Wingmen Show, brought to you by father and son duo Steve and Travis Smith, trade tales of corporate absurdity and career brilliance with an electric candor, one which isn’t scared to not be politically correct. Our show dives deep into the thinking, behaviors and actions professional people at the top of their game embody. From leadership and management challenges to climbing the corporate ladder or being a successful entrepreneur, Steve and Travis’ insights help their listeners put to practice REAL ideas and tactics that actually work in the business world. Gain some new, thought-provoking perspective on how to lead your team and run a profitable, growing business- all in about 20 minutes.


September 12, 2023 38 mins
For many businesses, the current market conditions are playing havoc with future stability. When factors beyond your control and throwing your business in directions you've never experienced, what do you do?

Join your Business Wingmen podcast show hosts, Steve Smith & Travis Smith who will help you get comfortable with unknown territory and guide you through a process for navigating a successful outcome.
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The start of your work career will be greatly enhanced by doing one thing... showing up in a professional manner! This is a huge problem for today's younger workers but there has always been a learning curve for people entering the professional workforce.

In today's episode of the Business Wingmen Show, your co-hosts, Steve Smith & Travis Smith take you through a series of behaviors and mindsets that you should adopt quickly. ...
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In part 3 of our series on Starting a Business, your Business Wingmen show co-hosts, Steve Smith & Travis Smith dive into som eof more complex areas of business building to include the necessary structure that will support growth.
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In this 3-part series on Starting a Business, your business Wingmen hosts, Steve Smith & Travis Smith discuss early stage essentials. These are needed structural and strategy decisions that will help your brand new business gain stability and sustainability.

Join us and learn what early stage essentials are and how they affect your ability to keep your business running until profitability starts to show up.
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Starting a business is very risky. Fully 50+% of new businesses fail within 2 years. You will make plenty of mistakes but there's no reason to make other entrepreneurs mistakes!

On this episode of the Business Wingmen, your co-hosts Steve Smith and Travis Smith re-live their start-up experiences and share the lessons they learned and the mistakes they made on their way to becoming successful business owners.

Tune in and learn what to...
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When uncertainty presents itself, what do you do? Do you think about what to do before doing something or do you retreat because you're afraid to do anything? When you need council or feedback, who do you confide in?

Having the right people in your inner circle not only provides perspective and guidance but can boost your confidence to succeed at your chosen pursuits. Why inners circles are important and how to cultivate your own is...
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California presents many unique challenges to businesses, not the least of which is a declining population. How does this effect businesses and individuals who want to make a career in the golden state? In this episode of the Business Wingmen, your co-hosts Steve Smith and Travis Smith weigh the impact of outmigration with the never ending list of laws and regulations that get in the way of running a successful business.

Listen in ...
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Working effectively on a team requires not just technical skills but behavior abilities as well. Unlike working solo, getting along with other team members is essential for team success. But, not everyone selected to be part of a team does well working in this environment on a daily basis.

If you are on a team or being considered for a team, and you are unfamiliar with team behavior dynamics, listen to this episode of 'Behavior Be...
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Rogue employees are not always easy to spot. At first, they appear to be energy driven team supporters. But eventually, under the right conditions, these employees will deviate from your guidance and start calling the shots themselves! Once they have control, getting it back is not easy, even for the owner who allowed this behavior to go on too long.

Today's episode of the Business Wingmen with co-hosts Steve Smith & Travis Sm...
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Having a lack of confidence can have a huge impact on job performance, especially if you are starting a new job or have just been promoted. Learn what it takes to develop confidence and decide which tips will work for you.

On today's Business Wingmen Podcast, your co-hosts, Steve Smith & Travis Smith trade best practices for boosting your confidence and showing up to be your best. Listen in, you'll thank us later!
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Sometimes, your business doesn't need a full-time person to do a particular task. And, some professionals who provide the service you want, don't want full time employment. This is what's known as independent contractor services. So, how do you find the right fit for your business and how do you work with them once you hire them?

In today's episode of the Business Wingmen, your co-hosts, Steve Smith and Travis Smith weigh in on the ...
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Want to be viewed as more than an employee who does a good job? Start networking and establish your credibility and occupational knowledge with people outside your company. Networking is about creating and building relationships; the same relationships that could lead to future clients, quality referral partners or your next great job opportunity!

In this episode of, 'Boost Your Professional Value by Networking', your Business Win...
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Making a great first impression shortly after you've been hired make your new job so much more rewarding. So, whose responsible for doing this? You are! Companies do their part by orienting, training and introducing you to everyone around you. It's your job to demonstrate that you were the best choice. Not sure how to do this? Listen in as your Business Wingmen co-hosts, Steve Smith & Travis Smith share best practices for...
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What do you say when someone asks you what makes your business different? Are you clear about your unique position or point of distinction or do you just say waht everyone else says about your selection, customer service and number of years you have been in business.

Verbalizing a genuine point of difference is not easy but you can find what makes you unique by listening to today's episode of the Business Wingmen- Are You REALLY Di...
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What makes your business special? Products? Services? It's neither of these. It's your customer service! That experience that lets people know you care and appreciate their patronage. The experience of dealing with you and your team is what makes people come back and tell their family and friends. On a professional level, the experience of working with you leaves colleagues with the same feeling.

In today's episode of the Business W...
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Are you a rule breaker? Sometimes, it feels good to do what you think and feel is right and thumb your nose at legacy policy and procedure. But, is rule breaking smart, especially when your job might be on the line?

In today's episode of the Business Wingmen Show, your podcast co-hosts, Steve Smith and Travis Smith talk about their own experiences in rule breaking. Depending on the situation and the type of company you work for, bre...
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Every job has expectations. Some are written down, many are not. So, what do you do if your role is top level and your assignment is vague? Waiting to your annual performance review to discuss it is a bad idea.

On today's Business Wingmen episode, your co-hosts, Steve Smith and Travis Smith walk you through the many scenarios for establishing clear expectations with your boss or your team. If you can't answer the question, "what's y...
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May 3, 2023 37 mins
You are at the top of your game! You own the company. You have significant responsibility for everything and more to accomplish than you have time for. Why aren't you delegating?

In this week's episode of the Business Wingmen, your co-hosts Steve Smith & Travis Smith wade into the complexities of delegating and share tips for doing it successfully. Delegation is a critical skill for leaders and managers alike, yet many do not de...
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April 25, 2023 36 mins
Layoffs are no fun! Sometimes, they are necessary for the business to survive but many times, they simply create problems for all involved. So, what do you do if you are laid off? What are you facing if you survive the ax? In this episode of The Business Wingmen, your co-hosts, Steve Smith and Travis Smith reveal the tips and heartaches of enduring a company layoff. What you learn could keep you from sitting on the bench longe...
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What do you do if you start to see reviews about your business taking a negative turn. Most times, the business ignores them or tries to cover them up with better ones. There may be some valuable learning that could point you in the direction of uncovering problems in your business that affect the customer's experience. Whatever you do, don't ignore these.

In today's episode of the Business Wingmen Show, your hosts, Steve Smith &...
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