Make Your Down Time Count!

January 30, 2023
Executive Coaching

Suddenly I found myself at my dentist’s office (which isn’t close to where I live) with two appointments in one day. The first one in the morning was to remove an old crown. The second one later in the afternoon was to put the new crown in.


The issue was that there was a lot of time between those two appointments, so I couldn’t go back home. Instead, I thought I’d make the time count and get some projects done.  You see, it’s hard for me to waste time. I wrote the book PerfectTIMING—and it’s all about being a peak performer (which means being as efficient and effective as possible).


I thought I would pass along the things I did between the two dental appointments so that you could consider one or more of these ideas helpful to giving you a jump start on the week, month, or year.


—Look at your schedule and see if there is anything you would like to rearrange so that you don’t double up on travel or work that could all be done if grouped be executed within the same time chunk.


—Pick your theme for the following year. What will be the mantra that will carry you to success? It will be what you think about and say every day.


—Write a quick e-mail to each of the folks that you have been meaning to connect with for quite some time. It doesn’t have to be long, but they will likely thank you for reaching out.


—Write your first draft of an article for LinkedIn so that you continually work on using this networking mechanism and keep improving your personal brand.

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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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