Learn How to Speak Like a Pro - Episode 32 with Debbie Little

November 4, 2019

Not everyone knows about this diamond in the rough-- a program teaching you how to speak with real persuasion-- whether it's for your profession or just for you own enjoyment.  The Toastmasters program is one of the best and costs so much less than some programs out there.

I.  Why Toastmasters?

    A.  It's affordable

    B.  Once you join, you can go to as many meetings as you choose

    C.  It's a safe space, easy to participate, and not intimidating

            1.  Your first speech is about you

            2.  You are evaluated with the goal of how you can improve

            3.  You use those comments to give an improved version of your speech

    D.  Skills learned

             1.  How to build up someone

             2.  How to give helpful constructive criticism that is not intimidating

             3.  How to read an audience and adapt

             4.  How to think on your feet

             5.  How to listen well

             6.  How to process quickly

             7.  How to think on your feet

    E.  These skills can be used in many life activities

             1.  Ex.  One participant was preparing to interview for another job:  Use Toastmasters participants to interview and evaluate you

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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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