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Just Around The Corner – Dennis Mansfield

Just Around The Corner – Dennis Mansfield

By Dennis Mansfield
Encouragement means giving support, confidence, or hope to someone. Author and Business Coach Dennis Mansfield is a lifelong encourager. In this podcast, Dennis offers listeners encouragement through thought-provoking stories, captivating interviews, and historical facts you won’t find in textbooks. This podcast is a variety show with segments including culture, travel (with the Brown Sign Brothers!), entertainment, and fun history/odd facts.
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Episode 16: Does Sadness Sell?
In a world desperately and daily seeking joy and fulfillment, why is it that sorrow and sadness in songs and stories sell? In this episode, Dennis and Meg discuss the role of sadness in the marketplace, specifically focusing on movies, music, and books. Do some industries lend themselves well to monetizing sadness while others do not? Looking internally, how does our own sadness affect the things we buy, listen to, and read? Meg and Dennis discuss this through the lens of painful events in their own lives. Check out Tuomas Eerola’s articles about the science behind sad music: The scientific reason why some of us enjoy sad songs more than others (The Independant) Why sad songs say so much (to some people, but not others) (The Conversation) Listen to the full version of Discovery of the Camp from Band of Brothers here. Thanks for listening to Just Around the Corner. Find out more about Dennis, his coaching, and his books at
June 15, 2021
Episode 15: Culture with Meg pt 2: Engaging in local politics, prioritizing travel, and binge-worthy political TV shows
Dennis and Meg return to their discussion of politics, travel, and entertainment in this episode. As the youngest lobbyist in Idaho's history, Meg shares her experiences while working in the Idaho State Capitol Building between 5th grade and 7th grade. Voting and participating in local elections are essential aspects of our Republic - register to vote for yourself here. Next, Meg discusses how travel has shaped her life as a mother and how prioritizing travel opportunities is a choice that everyone can make. During the entertainment portion of the show, Meg and Dennis continue their binge-worthy television conversation by discussing political dramas Madame Secretary and the West Wing. Finally, they end by talking about some favorite audiobooks including Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe (Audible link). If you're a fan of audiobooks, check out To Trust In What We Cannot See by Dennis Mansfield, now available on Audible! Click here to download. For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
March 26, 2021
Episode 14: Culture with Meg - Family, Travel, and Binge-Worthy TV Shows
In this episode (part 1 of 2), Dennis Mansfield and Meg Roe discuss culture through the lens of family history, childhood, traveling, and TV shows. Dennis and Meg look at their own family's culture from moving to Idaho in the early 90s, working in politics, to making travel a priority throughout their lives. In the 'Brown Signs' section Dennis discusses his own personal culture-shock of moving from Germany to Michigan as a child, while Meg brings her perspective to the table from worldwide travels to Israel, the Dominican Republic, Australia, and Thailand. In the final segment of the show, Dennis and Meg share their favorite 'binge-worthy' TV shows while touching on the importance of strong women lead characters. For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
February 12, 2021
Episode 13: The Generational Impact of Making Traveling a Priority
In this episode, Dennis and Colin Mansfield discuss how traveling has impacted their lives, and how the generational impact of making traveling a priority opens new doors for relationship building. Throughout the conversation, Dennis and Colin discuss individual trips they’ve taken, as well as family trips that impacted their relationship as father and son. Colin talks about the differences between the southern United States and the Pacific Northwest, relating experiences he and his wife have had with those he grew up with in the Mansfield family. Finally, Dennis and Colin talk about Campus By The Sea, a Christian camp on Catalina Island that has positively shaped their family and relationships for over 30 years. You can find out more about CBS at What are ways your family can make traveling a priority in 2021? For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
January 14, 2021
Episode 12: Post-Election Encouragement, discovering Abe Lincoln in California, and finding Sugar Man
With election day over and an uncertain political landscape all around, Dennis begins this episode with words of encouragement based on his personal experience running for office: our country is bigger than this election. Next, Dennis and Ken discuss their Brown Sign Brothers trip to Redlands, California and the fascinating Abraham Lincoln memorial that sits in the city center. During the 'Movies with Meg' segment, Meg and Dennis give their thoughts on "Searching for Sugar Man," a documentary that tells the story of how a 70s musician named Rodriguez became famous in South Africa. The catch? He had no idea he was a legend. Dennis wraps up this episode with a personal fun fact, relaying his experiences acting alongside Billy Crystal as an extra in the film "Rabbit Test." For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
November 16, 2020
Episode 11: Anne Lamott’s 12 truths, Happy Days’ original theme, memories of Weedpatch, and more on The Godfather
In this episode, Dennis overviews Anne Lamott’s TED talk titled “12 truths I learned from life and writing.” (Watch here) Next, the Brown Sign Brothers hit the road again, destined for some of California’s most puzzling stops. First, they discuss memories of visiting Grandpa and Grandma’s bar in Weedpatch, CA (yep, it’s a place). Next, a tombstone that’s hard to miss, but easy to forget: George Hicks Fancher’s 68ft tall gravesite is a 1000 ton obelisk. During Movies with Meg, Dennis and Meg continue their discussion on The Godfather, discussing the rest of the trilogy as well as some trivia as tasty as a cannoli. To wrap things up, Dennis takes a look at the original Happy Days theme song: a B-side song that was recorded in 40 minutes but went on to sell millions of records. For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
June 12, 2020
Episode 10: The Spanish Flu, Donner Pass, The Godfather, and John Wesley Hardin
The coronavirus pandemic we're facing is an unprecedented event in world history, but it's not the first viral outbreak humanity has endured. What can we learn from The Spanish Flu of 1918? In this episode, Dennis begins by tackling this question, providing historical insights from 100 years ago. Next, Dennis and Ken discuss their sobering visit to Donner Pass during the "Brown Sign Brothers from Boise" segment, reflecting on the unthinkable struggle these men and women faced. During "Movies with Meg" Dennis and Meg take a look at one of the all-time classics of cinema, The Godfather. Dennis ends the episode with a look back on fascinating historical events including the original date the U.S. Congress abolished slavery, and the life of infamous gunslinger-turned-lawyer John Wesley Hardin. For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
May 3, 2020
Episode 9: Cafe Central’s Nefarious Regulars, New Zealand’s South Island, and What About Bob?
In January 1913, five infamous historical villains frequented the same coffee shop in Vienna, Austria. Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Josip Tito were all regulars at Cafe Central. This true historical phenomenon is the starting point for Dennis’ latest novel, To Trust In What We Cannot See. In this episode of the podcast, Dennis discusses the origins of his newest book, including the trip to Vienna that started it all. Next, Colin and Dennis continue their discussion about their recent family trip to New Zealand, covering their experiences in the South Island (check out Episode 8 for their discussion about the North Island). During the ‘Movies with Meg’ portion, Meg and Dennis discuss “What About Bob?” and why it will never be remade in today’s culture. Dennis ends the show with some historical odd facts, including why Abraham Lincoln pardoned his sister-in-law and the inglorious death of cowboy movie star Tom Mix. For more information about Dennis’ books and coaching, visit
March 25, 2020
Episode 8: Famous “Experts,” New Zealand’s North Island, more on Citizen Kane, and the Drunkometer
Should we take celebrity’s opinions more seriously simply because they’re famous? In this episode, Dennis looks at the history of fame influencing culture, then applies it to today (Academy Awards anyone?) Next, Dennis and Colin Mansfield talk international brown signs following their trip to New Zealand. Specifically, this week they look at New Zealand’s north island and discuss their adventures. This week on the ‘Movies with Meg’ segment, Dennis and Meg talk more about Citizen Kane (check out Episode 7 for part 1), this time diving into some of the scenes that make this movie the iconic legend it is. Finally, Dennis ends the episode with some facts about the origins of drunk driving, as well as the so-called ‘drunkometer’ that would later be superseded by the breathalyzer. For more information about Dennis’ books and coaching, visit
February 2, 2020
Episode 7: Jean Baptiste, Citizen Kane, and Why The First NFL Championship Game Was Played On a Hockey Rink
We should be able to laugh at ourselves, and so should our political leaders. Listen as Dennis discusses why self-deprecating humor and laughter are vital in politics today. Next, Dennis interviews Joe - a foreign exchange student from China who’s beginning his freshman year of college. During the Brown Sign Brothers from Boise segment, Dennis and Ken talk about the history surrounding Sacagawea’s child - Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Next, during the new “Movies with Meg” segment, Dennis and Meg look at Citizen Kane through a modern lens, discussing why this masterclass in cinema is as relevant today as it ever has been. Finally, Dennis looks at the odd case of the first NFL Championship. Why was it played on a 60-yard long hockey rink? For more information about Dennis’ books and coaching, visit
December 21, 2019
Episode 6: Taking Politics Too Seriously, Herbert Hoover, and the Oddest Musicians To Play Together
Is it possible that we take politics too seriously? How should we as individuals respond to partisan politics and national-level political feuds? This week, Dennis examines these questions, leaning on four decades of experience in local, state, and national politics. Next, Dennis and Ken (the Brown Sign Brothers From Boise) discuss their visit to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa - one of the oldest presidential libraries in the country. Next, in the Entertainment portion of the show, Dennis looks at some of the oddest musicians who have played together on stage (Justin Timberlake getting booed off stage while playing with the Rolling Stones?!) During the Fun History / Odd Facts finale, Dennis touches on the origins of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as presidential love of baseball. Now on sale: To Trust In What We Cannot See, a new novel by Dennis Mansfield. Before they were tyrants, five men lived in Vienna in 1913. Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, and Tito - living in the same city, at the same time. What if one man had the opportunity to change history forever? This historical sci-fi story explores time travel, faith, and history. Buy it on Amazon today! For more information about Dennis’ books and coaching, visit
November 27, 2019
Episode 5: Wild Bill Hickok, Ronald Reagan, and Glory’s 30th Anniversary
Sometimes our view of history doesn’t quite match what actually happened. This week, Dennis discusses the first real gun battle of the American west, focusing on Wild Bill Hickok’s involvement. Next, during the Brown Sign Brothers from Boise segment, Dennis and Ken reflect on their visit to President Ronald Reagan’s birthplace. To cap things off, Dennis takes a look at the 1989 film, ‘Glory’ and finishes with odd historical (and bloody!) stories from the 1800s. To see Dennis and Ken’s Brown Sign Brothers from Boise videos, text “Brown Sign Bros” to 72000. For more information about Dennis’ books and coaching, visit 
October 28, 2019
Episode 4: Ulysses S. Grant, John Wayne, and Liberty Valance
In 100 years, when humanity looks back on where we are today, what will they think? In this episode Dennis looks at this question, using Ulysses S. Grant’s view on slavery during the Civil War as a reference point. Next, the Brown Sign Brothers discuss visiting the home of Marion Michael Morrison, who’s stage name you may recognize. Dennis wraps up the episode with fun history/odd facts, discussing Thomas Edison and Major League Baseball. To see Dennis and Ken’s Brown Sign Brothers from Boise videos, text “Brown Sign Bros” to 72000. For more information about Dennis’ books and coaching, visit
October 8, 2019
Episode 3: Grant’s mysterious home, our greatest fears, and the ’83 Corvette
What can we learn from the careers of George Peppard and Dick York? Dennis discusses, taking listeners on a journey through their lives. Next, the “Brown Sign Brothers” talk about their visit to Ulysses S. Grant’s mysterious home in Illinois, providing historical context for Grant’s life along the way. During the culture segment, Dennis dives back into the DISC assessment, looking specifically at our greatest fears. Finally, in fun history/odd facts, Dennis explains the history behind the missing 1983 Corvette, and what we can learn from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. To see Dennis and Ken's Brown Sign Brothers from Boise videos, text "Brown Sign Bros" to 72000. For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
August 21, 2019
Episode 2: Plains Georgia, Staycations, and Vice President Hamlin
In this episode, author and speaker Dennis Mansfield continues his lesson on the DISC assessment, provides tips on how to make the most of your hometown history through "staycations," and talks a Brown Signs visit to Plains, Georgia (featuring a peanut with teeth!). In the final segment, Dennis talks about Vice President Hannibal Hamlin - a man who nearly became President without even knowing it. To see Dennis and Ken's Brown Sign Brothers from Boise videos, text "Brown Sign Bros" to 72000. For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
July 30, 2019
Episode 1: Just Around the Corner
The very first podcast episode of the soon-to-be classic "Just Around The Corner" series from business coach, author and speaker, Dennis Mansfield. In this episode, Dennis gives an introductory lesson on the DISC assessment, provides travel and vacation tips, talks Brown Signs with brother Ken Mansfield, and music history. To see Dennis and Ken's Brown Sign Brothers from Boise videos, text "Brown Sign Bros" to 72000. For more information about Dennis' books and coaching, visit
July 12, 2019