"Shake Up Your Usual"

May 16, 2022
Executive Coaching

That’s what the poster says in the coffee shop I’m in. They have a new drink they are featuring and they say that after you taste it, it will quickly become your drink of choice.


Maybe that’s what we should do with other areas of our life. Why not try something new and see if it is something we’d enjoy all the time.


In order to explain what I’m saying, I thought I’d list somethings you might do to try this “Shake it Up” concept.


First, rate yourself in your comfort level of “shaking it up”. 5 is “most comfortable” and a 1 is “not comfortable.” What’s your rating?  ______


If it is 3 or below, consider something similar to these ideas.


1.   Try some sprinting on your morning run, instead of running at the same pace.

2.   See how long you can hold your breath as you swim under water just to get rid of the stale air.

3.   Take a walk in a new neighborhood just to see what the homes and landscaping looks like there.

4.   Pick up a fiction book instead of a non-fiction and see if you can get into it (or vice versa).

5.   Try a coffee with a totally different flavor and see if you like it.

6.   Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in years and see how they are doing.

7.   Listen to a new genre of music and see if you can get into it.

8.   Choose a new podcast you’ve never listened to and learn something from it.

9.   Try playing an instrument you have never played before— maybe a ukulele.

10. Take ten minutes to do nothing and just concentrate on your breathing.

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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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