Great Value in Mentoring Young Professionals - Episode 29 with Gary Duncan

August 5, 2019

Young professionals learn so much from being mentored-- especially in a group setting where they can exchange ideas and discuss both challenges and successes.  Gary Duncan has led his mentor group for several years.  Those who are part of the program (as well as those who have moved on to other cities to accomplish great things) talk about what value he brings to this project and to them.


Mentoring Young Professionals

I.  Why group mentoring?

    A.  Helps learn how to manage group dynamics

    B.  Later on, managing group dynamics will not be a stumbling block in their careers

    C.  Participants (and the leader) learn things that others want to learn, not just what you want to learn

II.  Keys to building a successful group

    A.  Trust:  what is said there stays there

           1.  Tell the new person before they join

           2.  Remind the group periodically

    B.  Don't have two people from the same field

           1.  No worries about competitive info being shared

    C.  The leader vets the potential new member first

           1.  The group vets the new person before allowing them to join

III.  Engagement

    A.  Learn how to engage others

    B.  One of the top five traits that leads to success on the job is engagement

    C.  Mentors task is to pull everyone in and get them engagedD.  The best way to encourage engagement is through demonstration, not lecture

          1.  Sometimes you lead from behind

    E.  How to bring a person back into the group without embarrassing them:  by example

          1.  Ex.  How are you doing today on the job?

    F.  Don't deal with relationships outside of work

          1.  If a person has an issue with a family member, etc.  Ex.  How are you doing today on the job?

IV.  Story Telling

    A.  Give actual real life experiences

          1.  This helps understanding and remembering

    B.  Use a visual

          1.  Ex.  Draw a circle, put the issue inside

                     Draw smaller surrounding circles and put solutions in those

    C.  Is the mentor lifting key points out of the discussion

          1.  What are the key issues and learnings here, not just the story line

    D.  It's tempting to discuss politics and popular topics

          1.  That can blow up a group

          2.  Instead, encourage them to go get the whole picture, to know all the facts, and them have a factual discussion

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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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