Thank You Organizers!

I was honored to be one of the presenters at the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) conference in Baltimore yesterday.  My topic:  Making Money Beyond The Billable Hour.  It was so gratifying to see so many of the organizers I had met in previous presentations (including national in Columbus in 2010 and MARCPO as well as chapter meetings for Maryland, Los Angeles, New England, Philly and Columbus)  And even though many attendees had heard me before (on a different topic) they came back for more.  I felt like a returning hero and so appreciated the feedback I received at the end.  I love inspiring small business owners to think bigger and can’t wait to hear some success stories as they take my ideas and make them their own.  Got a speaking gig for me?  Love to hear from you!

Organizers Rule!

Over the last month I’ve spoken to three different chapters of the National Association of Professional Organizers (Columbus, Boston and Los Angeles) and I am so impressed by what I am seeing out there.  There may be a stereotype of the organizer as a middle-aged woman with a label maker but so many of the people I’ve met are doing so much more than that!  The LA Chapter in particular showcased several members and their activities—one woman works with traditional Orthodox Jewish families to manage their complex lives and has a thriving business presenting workshops for this audience through non-profit and faith communities.  So smart.  I’ve met a few of them who are professional memory book and photo organizers.  Another very worthwhile service.  One organizer who has successfully grown her business to have several others working for her is now teaching workshops to help other coaches grow from solo to team practices.  I am so enjoying gathering all of these stories for my upcoming NAPO National conference in March 2012 (right here in Baltimore!)  Watch the video I’ve created to promote it!