Part II: Changing My Cha-Cha Behavior

October 25, 2021

This week I’d like to talk about Johari’s Window, which is how we learn new things. It’s a time-tested theory that not only shows how we learn, but how others learn. By understanding this theory, we are more understanding of those we are teaching.


Here are the four parts of the “window”, which proved to be exactly true when I was learning the continental way of doing the cha-cha.


Draw a window with four panes of glass. The first one is the upper left. The second is the upper right. The third one is the lower right and the fourth one is the lower left. By starting with the first one and going clockwise all around the window you will realize the learning process.


The First Pane: You don’t know that you don’t know.

I came into my dance lessons thinking I knew the cha-cha. After all, it couldn’t be that much different than how I’d been doing it for years.


The Second Pane: You know you don’t know.

After she showed me how to do the continental method of the dance, I knew that I didn’t know it and would have to learn it.


The Third Pane: You know that you know.

By Week 3 I had it pretty well mastered it. I felt confident and started on the correct foot on the correct beat almost every time.


The Fourth Pane: You don’t know you know.

As we moved through the classes, I just launched into the dance with the new count and correct foot each time. It just came naturally to me.


The above example is how we learn. Be patient with yourself and with anyone else you teach. They will thank you for working with them to learn the new skill you taught them.

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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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