Have You Been ‘Present’ This Week?

October 26, 2020
Executive Coaching

It was my chiropractor’s first day back, after taking the week off for the birth of his son. I heard him talking to the patients before me. Then it was my turn.


Before he started to work on me, I congratulated him, asked his son’s name, and asked how his wife was doing. I also asked him what his other young son’s reaction was to having a brother.


He thanked me for being concerned and we then began my treatment.


After the treatment he always puts patients on a massaging table to limber up their back muscles. He is a very tall man and he always towers over you as he thanks you for coming in, wishes you a good week and then goes on his way to the next patient.


But today (after he started up the massage devise) he said, “ I want to thank you so much for the caring words and concern for the birth of my new son. No one else has asked me that today and I just thought you might want to know how special that was. It doesn’t always happen.”


I smiled and thanked him. Then, as I laid on the massage table, I thought about how natural that was for me to ask those questions. Why wouldn’t I be concerned about someone I know? Having a child is a big deal.


This experience made me think about whether I do that enough. I bet I could make other people’s days even better by doing more of that.


How about you? Have you made a call, stopped in to see someone or even taken some time with a clerk in the store just to let them know you are there for them?


Of course, if you do that for a prospect or client that will have a big impact, too. But remember—sometimes this “being present” shouldn’t mean you are trying to get business from them.  That’s not the point.  It is to truly be a sincere person and be “present”.

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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 Amazon.com, 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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