"How to Bring Happy Hour to Work"

June 13, 2022
Executive Coaching

That was the name of my latest training session I did with several corporations. Part of it involved the things we see at a Happy Hour that we should keep in mind for where we work.


The start of this thought process about Happy Hour was what I saw and remember from any Happy Hours I attended or observed. They are usually full of fun, food and frivolity. There are great conversations that you don’t always have when you are at work sitting at a desk.


This is also a good time to think about this concept, since we are coming out of the pandemic and many people have been (or still are) working at their home offices. I believe they need to do some things that get them out and about.


When I did the Happy Hour module at my corporations, here’s what they liked about Happy Hour that we could bring to work:

1.   You make friends much faster than at work.

2.   You improve relations.

3.   You get to know each other better.

4.   There’s plenty of laughing.

5.   People talk about much more than they can at work.

6.   Cell phones are put down for a while so you can focus on each other.

7.   There is lively interaction.

8.   There’s human connection.

9.   There’s talk about things you want to achieve in life (or just for the week).

10.  You make some new friends you never knew before.


Does your work have a feeling of Happy Hour?

If not, think about ways you might be able to achieve 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 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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