Find Someone You Trust to Give Your Ideas a ‘Wash’

November 16, 2020
Executive Coaching

Conversation between my wife and me:

Wife: Let me wash your gym bag. I’m doing a load of darks.

Me: It doesn’t need it. It’s not dirty.

Wife: You’ve had that for years. Have you ever washed it?

Me: No, because it doesn’t need it. It’s still as red as ever.

I stood firm on my convictions.

As I was speaking, she grabbed my gym bag, emptied it and put it in the washer.

After the gym bag dried, I was amazed.

It was a brighter red than I ever imagined.

It smelled so clean.  It was beautiful!

I washed everything that I put back in it so that each item was also clean.

Before I jumped into the pool to swim laps that next day, two people commented on my “new” gym bag. I let them know it was the same one I had before.

All that gym bag needed was a good washing, but I just hadn’t thought about it. I needed someone else to give me a different perspective.


  1. How often do you look at the things you do and make sure you don’t need a good “washing”? 
  2. Who is someone you trust you could help you analyze what you do?
  3. Would they suggest that you use some new words to express yourself? 
  4. Are there some behaviors they think you should change?
  5. Do they think you are a good listener and empathizer?
  6. Could they offer some new strategies that would work better for you?

There is  no better time to “level up” and no better way than to invite some input from someone you trust.

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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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