Don’t Take People’s Kindness for Granted

January 23, 2023

Whether it is work or home, don’t forget to thank those people who are always there for you.


It seems like a simple thing to do, but sometimes we forget todo that. It just takes a phrase like…


“Thank you so much for all you do for me.”


“I really appreciate you.”


“You are always there for me. Thanks.”


Why do I bring this up? Because lately I have come across some folks who don’t say “thanks.”  It really seems to stick out.



I was at the golf range and had some golf balls left over from my practice round. I thought I’d give them to someone who looked like they were running out of balls. I put the balls back in the bag, took them to a golfer practicing near me and said, “I thought you’d like some extra balls to practice.”


His quiet and neutral response? All he said was a barely audible “Okay.” His words didn’t have much sparkle, in my mind.  He then turned away from me and went back to practicing.



I went up to the barista who made my drink and said, “You did a great job on this drink. It is perfect.” Her response? “Oh”, she said.  That hardly put a smile on either of our faces.  She went back to work.



I commented on a gentleman’s shirt who was standing by me in a retail store.  I said, “I really like that shirt. Great colors.”  His response was, “I don’t really like it that much.”  I guess he thought I had bad taste-- but he’s the one who bought it.


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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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