Looking for a Place that Inspires You

June 29, 2020
Executive Coaching

I’ve occasionally mentioned the necessity of finding a space where you can pull away just to think. Think thoughts of inspiration, vision and outside-the-box ideas.

For some people this means finding a quiet place where all they can hear are their own thoughts. For others, it might be a cocktail lounge or coffee shop, where there’s a lot going on.

I am finding that some of my clients are just discovering the skill of pulling away to do some deep thinking. They feel guilty if they are not doing task at their desk.

But the habit of pulling away for a certain amount of time on a day that works best for you can be the perfect recipe for coming up with something truly inspirational.

It may be a new program that you’ve always wanted to do and have never thought it all the way through so that it could be tried.

Or maybe it’s a revenue idea that just flew in your head that you need time to hatch so that it can be successful.

Now let’s go back to where YOU should do your thinking. There is no correct answer. It’s what ever inspires you. If you go for the quiet place, there are few rules to guide you. Just start thinking.

If you choose a business or noisier place, position yourself where you will not be easily distracted.

Also, if you use ear buds to listen to music during this process, make sure that you choose music with no words, so that you can “hear” your own thoughts running through your head. After all...that’s where the brilliance and inspiration is.

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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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