NONE OF MY CONCERN
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"IT’S REALLY NONE OF MY CONCERN!”

I read a book recently that my executive coach gave me.  (Yes, I believe if I am going to be a coach that I should also be coached.)  The book is called The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz.    One of the ideas in the book…
It’s Great when an Organization Turns Things Around
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It’s Great when an Organization Turns Things Around

Question:  The TSA folks seem much more pleasant lately.  What happened? The TSA has been in the news for quite some time, and not always in a good way.  I am not sure what caused this, but little by little their people seemed to be less…
YOU HAVE ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION
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YOU HAVE ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION

Remember the first day you walked through the doors of your present employer?  You probably wore all the right clothes, brought along all the right items you would need and likely tried to say all the right things. How about your first date…
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The Very First LEVEL UP Podcast!

This is the month LEVEL UP, my new podcast, airs its first show.  It is targeted to CEOs, executives or anyone who wants to discover his or her very highest level of performance.  No matter how good we are, we can do just a little bit more…
Gift Ideas for your Clients
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Think Outside the Client Holiday Box!

Question:  What can I get as a really unique gift for special clients this year? If you are purchasing something for a few special clients this holiday season, think a little more creatively this year.  Come up with something that is thoughtful,…
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Blocking Time for your TPP of the Day

Question:  “How do I find time during the day to do my TPP (Top Priority Project)?” Question:  “How do I find time during the day to do my TPP (Top Priority Project)?” The above is what a participant asked me at my last PerfectTIMING…
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I Treat My Politics Like My Executive Coaching

Question: This is the political season.  Do you ever discuss politics with clients? Now there’s an interesting question.  Personally, I have never found discussing politics in a business situation to be a good idea.  For one thing, if…
Preparation pays off
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PREPARATION PAYS OFF

How do you know when you are fully prepared to do a presentation? The Catholic church I belong to believes that preparation pays off.  I am a lector there, so once a month I read a scripture reading for mass (at the lectern you see in this…
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MAGICAL WORDS OR GESTURES CAN CREATE MAGICAL MOMENTS

Question: How can I elevate my level of customer service? Sometimes just changing how you say what you say or doing a little something extra makes the real difference for the customer, as well as you and your organization.
THE POWER OF A COCKTAIL NAPKIN
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THE POWER OF A COCKTAIL NAPKIN

Sometimes I do a ”Cocktail Napkin Exercise” at my training workshops. I discovered this exercise in a training lab (okay...it was a bar in Chicago one night). It was at the Drake Hotel, where they have some of the best cocktails in Chicago;…
THE GREAT VALUE OF A WALK & TALK
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THE GREAT VALUE OF A WALK & TALK

Question: “How do I add a little life and new thinking to a one-on-one meeting?” The Wall Street Journal had a great article about the Walk & Talk meeting concept. It’s something I’ve seen at a few larger corporations where I do…
Excitement Within a Seashell
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The Excitement Within a Seashell

Question: I’ve lost some excitement about my job lately. What do I do?
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Two Heads are Better than One

Question: Who do I talk to when I have something important to handle? I’m a really lucky guy in many ways. I have support from many people who I can go to and get an honest opinion. They are great brainstormers and aren’t afraid to tell…
MEETING TIME LIMITS

“We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This”

Question: What is the ideal length of time for a meeting? I was not prepared for this question, when a Kansas City TV station reporter asked me. We were on a live morning show and I had to think quickly on my feet. “What is the ideal length…
What happens when all hell breaks loose
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When All Hell Breaks Loose

Question: How do you use good emotional intelligence when things blow up? That’s what happened to me and thousands of other people, as we chose August 8, 2016 to travel with Delta. The entire computer system, originating from Atlanta was…
'OPEN' SIGN
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AFTER YOU PUT OUT THE ‘OPEN’ SIGN

Question: Are there creative ways to greet your customers when you open the doors? I’m going to give you one exercise I use in some of my customer service workshops for my course CUSTOMER SERVICE REINVENTED. I agree with the Disney approach…
THE MAGIC QUESTION
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THE MAGIC QUESTION THAT GETS RESULTS

Question: Is there a question I can ask to help me increase my business? No matter what work you do, there is a question you can ask that has such power that you frequently get increased business and a more candid response from the person you…
DO SOMETHING BIG DURING ‘OFF SEASON’
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Do Something Big During ‘Off Season’

Question: Why can’t I find time to reorganize, renovate and rejuvenate? My wife and I have moved to many locations all over the country for our careers, but we now live in Naples, Florida. They call it “paradise” and it truly is. This…
KICK UP YOUR FEET
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Kick Up your Feet & Relax

Question: How can I think more strategically when there’s never time to do it? Maybe there is time, but you’re not doing it at the right  time.  Most people are trying to think big picture while they are in the same office—the same…
RUNNING DAN
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In Kentucky, we called it ‘Journey Proud’

Question: Why do I get so excited about a trip or project that I can’t sleep? When I was in the newspaper business, I had the privilege of living in many states across the country. One of them was Kentucky. That’s where I learned the term…
USE THE FLIGHT CHECK QUESTION
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USE THE FLIGHT CHECK QUESTION

Question:  There is so much coming at me each day.  How do I know I'm focusing on what should be my Number 1 priority? I think I've only missed a flight once in an airport.  It was not a happy call to tell my wife I was enjoying a drink…
THE WISDOM OF A GRANDSON
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THE WISDOM OF A GRANDSON

Question: But why, GrandDan, why? When my grandson (who just had his fourth birthday) looks at me and asks me "why" about anything we are talking about, I feel I should do my best to give him an answer.  Sometimes it's an easy answer that…
Early Bird Gets the Worm

THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM

Question: Would my days be more productive if I got up earlier? This old saying can really turn off some folks who like to sleep in. I come from a long line of early risers.  My father got up at 4 am, but he was in the grocery business and…
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE MADE BEFORE YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE MADE BEFORE YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR

Question: How do I make sure I make a good first impression on people? One of the first questions I ask a new executive coaching client is “What are people’s first impressions of you?” Most of them think about what reaction they get when…
IGNORE FAIL READ SUCCEED

Ignore. Fail. Read. Succeed.

The friends we stayed with in England were watching me make my morning nutrition drink. I turned on the blender and said that this is how I prepare my breakfast each day. I had the right convertor plug and I had turned on the power switch at…
IMPLANTING A PERSISTENCE MINDSET
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Implanting a Persistence Mindset

Question: Sometimes I’m not sure how to overcome difficult obstacles before me. My tooth implant was not an easy one, but the doctor got the job done. The worst part for me was when he said, “Now don’t exercise for a week and no swimming…
MASTERING THE WEEK BEFORE AND AFTER VACATION
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Mastering the Week Before and After Vacation

Question: I always say I’m so busy, but how do I manage to go on vacations throughout the year? I’ve always seen myself as a productive person, but I see myself as even more productive the week before and after any vacation. Somehow I do…
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How to Bloom All Year Long

Question: Sometimes I get so tired. How do I peak perform with consistency? One of the many beautiful things about living in Florida is the vegetation. The flowers, in particular, are so beautiful. Most of the grocery stores here feature colorful…
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Grade Some of Your Projects with an ‘NY’

Question: I hate it when I fail on a project. How do I get over it? I recently heard a Ted Talk that addressed the present grading system used in schools. The speaker felt it would be wise to consider getting rid of the grades that represent…
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THINK ABOUT WRITING A BLOG FOR YOUR WEBSITE

How do you go about writing a blog? I have a few clients who have considered writing a weekly or daily blog, but many of them think they don't have time to do it. Perhaps you are one of them. If so, here are a few ideas to make it painless…
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Put April Fool’s Day on Your Yearly Calendar

Is playing a couple of April Fool’s jokes a waste of time? Absolutely not. I actually have it on my calendar so that I remember to play a few jokes on my wife—and maybe some other members of my work and home families. All of us should…
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BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE

Question:  I start the day out with a smile.  Why can’t I keep it all day long? Remember Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”? I wonder if you would hear that song playing intermittently during your workday it would bring…
Impact Training
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HOW TO TEST THE STRENGTH OF YOUR GOALS

How do I know if I really have a SOUND goal? In PerfectTIMING (my book on time management) I talk about my SOUND Goal System. It suggests that every goal needs to be SPECIFIC (so there is that it is easily understood), OBJECTIVE (tied to a…
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WALK YOURSELF HAPPY

How can taking time in my day to take a walk help me do better work? My wife leads a fitness class where we live and recently she provided her entire class hot pink shirts that say “Walk Yourself Happy”. After receiving their shirts, participants…
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Don’t I do better if I keep pushing myself, knowing I can do better than I just did?

PULL BACK AND REST ON A LAUREL OCCASIONALLY By Daniel P. Chiodo, President of iMPACT Training & Executive Coaching You’ve probably been told “Don’t rest on your laurels.” This is meant for those who might keep from accomplishing…
Success
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Is Monday usually smooth sailing for you (or is it more like a scene from the Titanic)?

KEEPING YOUR SHIP ON COURSE My last Caribbean cruise was great—well, most days.  There was one exception, though.  It was a rough night at sea.  The ship would sway back and forth and you could hear it hit some really strong waves, but…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching
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How do I know if I’m a Workaholic or a Peak Performer?

STRIVING TOWARD BEING A PEAK PERFORMER I was teaching a time management workshop the other day (using my book PerfectTIMING) when a participant told me that she was a Workaholic. She seemed very proud of that. None of other participants seemed…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching
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How much time do you lose with unproductive thinking each day?

SET UP YOUR DAY FOR SUCCESS BY STARTING WITH YOUR MIND Some people ask me to back up my claim in PerfectTIMING (the time management book I wrote) where I said that by using some of my strategies you can save two hours each day. But once I…
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How closely should I be keeping an eye on my competition?

Creating the Very Best Organization Possible Maybe you started your business after seeing someone else become successful in a particular field. Or maybe you started your business from scratch and were a trend-setter. Either way, at some point…
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HOW DID I MISS THAT?

Making Sure You Don't Ever Forget or Regret The athlete Jacki Joyner-Kersee said, "It's better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret." As an Executive Coach, I ask my clients this: What are you forgetting that you might…
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Why is it so hard to get into the groove after a vacation?

LEARNING FROM YOUR VALUABLE TIME AWAY Think about these four things: First, you probably needed that time off. An entire vacation week is the best, since you know it takes you at least three days to stop thinking about work. But even an…
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PerfectCOMPLIMENTS Make Your (and their) Day!

In my book PerfectTIMING, I talk about grouping similar activities together. I call this activity BATCHING. You "batch" work that is the same and do it all at one time. It saves you time and helps you to focus. Did you ever meet someone who…
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Part of De-Cluttering is 'UNSUBSCRIBING'!

I love the movement to de-clutter your life. You can do it in so many ways: 1. UNWANTED FURNITURE Get rid of any unwanted furniture in your home OR stuck in the garage. You'll think the square footage of the home grew when you open up…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching

Getting Older, but Getting So Much Better!

Sometimes I think we forget how great we are-- and how great we are becoming. Think about all the knowledge you've accumulated over the years and the connections you've made with people. Also, consider all of the experiences you've had-- some…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching

It's A Fine Line, but It's Worth Examining

There is this fine line you walk each day. It's the line between utilizing systems that have been effective for you AND experimenting with new systems that you may want to try. For instance, I like the systems I have in place for tracking…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching

The Power of Executive Coaching

I was recently interviewed by a journal about the field of executive coaching. The interviewer wanted to know what my ideal client looked like? It was hard to answer this question, since I work with people in many different fields.…
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Stop What You're Doing & Look at the People around You

As you begin your work each week, you jump into procedures and systems that have been put in place to do whatever line of work you do. You've probably added many new systems to the old systems so that there is enough for everyone on your staff…
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What kind of PLANNING do you have in place for next year?

Here are a few plans that might give you a running start to having a successful new year: 1. HEALTH PLAN Start the year out with a physical that checks you out from top to bottom. Know what you are dealing with so there are no sudden stops…
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Earning My Cup of Coffee

I collect coffee makers. I'm not sure why. My wife laughs at how many I own, yet she's the one who always buys me each one. It doesn't even have to be a special occasion. She hears me talk about one and then asks why I would need another…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching

Taking Care of Yourself

I love to read and sometimes write down quotes from people. It doesn't have to be one from a famous person. I sometimes jot down things people say that make sense, are funny or that I think might be useful in my work. I especially like to…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching

2011: Helping you Reach your Next Level

Isn't it great? It is time for a New Year. And every New Year gives you the chance to assess where you are in life and determine if you are satisfied or if you'd rather be a New You. That doesn't mean you should change all the good things…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching

REMOVING ALL THE CLUTTER CREATES EXCITEMENT AND PEACE

If you've ever moved before, you know that part of the move involves packing the essentials for what you need that first night in the new home. I've moved about 15 times in my life and every time I live out of a suitcase for a day or two, I…
Impact Training & Executive Coaching

Why Do We Procrastinate?

People procrastinate for various reasons, but one (believe it or not) is fear. There can be a fear that they will not do well at whatever task they are doing or that someone will criticize them. The good news is that there is a way to overcome…
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It’s easy to get so wrapped up in what you’re doing that forget what you’re doing – or why you began doing it to begin with.

Having Dan as my personal and team coach has helped provide perspective, context and scale to everything that I am (and we as a team are) doing.  I only regret that I didn’t begin with Dan much sooner in my professional life.

Dustin Storm
Dustin StormOwnerStorm Stanley

Dan’s recommendation completely changed the direction of my career…for the better.

Garen McMillian
Garen McMillianCEOSideCars Inc.
I have worked with Dan on a monthly basis for the past several years.
His professional and personal approach to business coaching is very consistent.
He has helped guide me through many phases in my business.
I would highly recommend Dan for his knowledge, communication skills and guidance.
Curt MedlinOwnerDataGraphics Printing

Dan was a great help to me and my company during an important transition and growth phase.  Dan is a great relater to people and his ability to pull information out of our staff was invaluable to our leadership training and strategic planning process.

John Hipple, Jr.
John Hipple, Jr.PresidentSign Designs
Become Great

PerfectTiming remains the most popular, most requested book from the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce’s business resource lending library!

Gary StubblefieldPresident, Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce
I have worked with Dan on a monthly basis for the past several years.
His professional and personal approach to business coaching is very consistent.
He has helped guide me through many phases in my business.
I would highly recommend Dan for his knowledge, communication skills and guidance.
Curt MedlinOwnerDataGraphics Printing

Dan was a great help to me and my company during an important transition and growth phase.  Dan is a great relater to people and his ability to pull information out of our staff was invaluable to our leadership training and strategic planning process.

John Hipple, Jr.
John Hipple, Jr.PresidentSign Designs

Dan brings innovative, relevant insight based on years of workplace business experience.  Dan’s approach for this interactive workplace engagement is specifically customized for the individual needs of the organization.

Karolyn Schrage, RN, BSNExecutive Director, LifeChoices Medical Clinic
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