This presentation uses the visual-spatial native language of the Deaf to challenge outdated stereotypes and belief systems, and inspire people to develop a Can-Do Attitude. With some “deaf humor,” and entertaining anecdotes involving deaf family members and friends, as well as stories from her days as an instructor and interpreter for the Deaf, Lisa helps participants rid themselves of negative feelings that get in the way of their success. A real eye-opening experience, participants learn a fun new skill, and walk away feeling empowered.

Never hesitate or want to run and hide when asked the question, “So, what do you do?” again. Learn how to create your unique elevator pitch, which is an expression of who you are, what makes you stand out, and why others will want to work with you. Discover what your Unique Selling Proposition is, your brand touch points, and how to convey what you do in a way that grab’s people’s attention and makes them want to know more. Learn how to tailor your elevator pitch to different recipients and situations.

Want to learn how to be a great public speaker? Look no further! Learn how to conduct engaging, informative, and interactive presentations to audiences large and small. Discover tips to improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles, inspire and motivate participants, and exude confidence and enthusiasm, while establishing credibility. Whether conducting formal speaking engagements, trainings, meetings, or one-on-one discussions, this interactive workshop will teach you how to overcome your fear of public speaking and connect with your audience/listener.

Lisa’s background as a teacher, lawyer, and performer has provided her with years of experience and expertise in speaking before live audiences. Lisa is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the premiere organization for professional speakers, and was voted number 1 speaker by participants at the 2008 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference. Lisa’s presentations are informative, as well as interactive and entertaining. So get ready to have fun while learning how to be a dynamic speaker!

One of the greatest challenges for busy, successful and creative people juggling several projects, talents and ideas is to live a well-rounded life. If only we could “balance” the creative and the practical, the personal and the professional, the urgent and the important.

If only we could do all that is on our personal and professional ‘to do’ lists while simultaneously attending to our health, nurturing our important relationships, and taking good care of our responsibilities. What if the whole concept of life-work balance is a myth that compels us to view an ideal life as a perfectly level see saw? On one side is your personal life. On the other side is your work life.

With heroic efforts, you can keep both sides exactly level. If one starts to tip too far, you make some kind of nifty move that balances them again. In reality, that perfect balance almost never occurs, except for those rare, fleeting moments when each side passes each other on the way up or down — and we’re often too frazzled to appreciate that brief moment of self-actualization anyway. In this engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking presentation, Lisa challenges the status quo thinking of trying to achieve the ever-elusive quest of life-work “balance.”

Lisa asks participants to shed their old way of thinking and embrace an integrated approach to the life-work model. She inspires participants to stop trying to balance the mythical see-saw so that work and family demands and rewards are exactly even and, instead, take steps to integrate the two for greater happiness and control. What’s special about this presentation is that Lisa uses her performance background to engage the audience with clever and comical skits that deliver a powerful message with emotional impact.

Happiness and the field of positive psychology is a fascinating topic. It touches upon science, health, psychology, relationships, genetics, spirituality, and more. Authors, researchers and thought leaders on the topic of happiness all take a different slant on it, which makes it a rich and diverse area to explore. Some of the research and findings are surprisingly powerful, and have a direct impact on us personally and professionally. Learn how to incorporate these principles into your life, career, business, and relationships. Join in on the discussion of this thought-provoking, inspiring and uplifting topic that provides a rich tapestry of research that is appealing and applicable to our lives.

Confused by all of the emerging tools that you can use on your smart phone, lap top, tablet, and at home computer? Want to figure out a way to use old fashioned methods combined with newer ones? Finding it hard to keep up, let alone stay ahead and master the ones that are best for you? Then this workshop is for you! Learn tips, tricks and tools for boosting productivity, including electronic options, such as applications, software, and other technology related programs.

Designed to teach participants how to master technology, use it to their advantage and not let it take over their life! Many of us have powerful devices at our disposal, but don’t harness their power to boost our productivity. Learn the tools you have, expand your knowledge of what’s available, and ask questions to make sense of the ever growing array of products available. Be the master of technology, not its servant!

In successful organizations, employees work together in effective and collaborative ways. Research demonstrates that workplaces that prioritize compassion, diversity in work styles, and other positive behaviors can increase employee job satisfaction, personal and organizational productivity, loyalty, and collaboration among employees at all levels of the organization.

Compassion for each other‘s needs and styles and having a “glass half full” attitude can make any job more enjoyable and rewarding. In this entertaining, engaging, and educational presentation, keynote speaker Lisa Montanaro guides participants in exploring the important connections between compassion, productivity, and positivity, and how these qualities play out in the workplace and in our lives. Drawing on cutting edge research as well as inspiring success stories and models, Lisa will empower participants to use the power of positive psychology in various forms to create a more compassionate, productive, and creative workplace.

Using practical strategies, participants will learn how to practice Proactive Productivity, discover and engage their Moral Compass, and develop a success driven attitude. This presentation is designed to help participants deepen their connections to other people, and to be more proactive and productive in their personal and professional lives.

One of the surest ways to become overwhelmed is to try to do everything yourself in the workplace. In order to grow and be more efficient and successful, you must learn to delegate. Mastering the art of delegation is the idea of utilizing the knowledge, strengths, creativity and ingenuity of all the people in an organization toward creating continuous improvement in the workplace. This workshop helps attendees learn to identify what tasks and responsibilities to let go of, who to delegate to (hint: you can delegate to almost anyone, including yourself!), how to effectively delegate, and the tools to keep track of the path of delegation.

I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
~ Maya Angelou

Many of these products and services are part of official affiliate programs which pay a referral commission to me based on any purchases you make through these links. However, that is not the reason I recommend them. I only recommend products and services that I believe are of high quality, value, and will benefit you in a tangible way as you improve your home, office, and life.
The Help Kenya Project

This is a Westchester County, NY based charity that focuses on helping the children of Kenya. They collect donations of used computers, books, clothing, sports equipment, and other supplies and ship them to Kenyan schools and libraries. In return, they ask that the recipients plant trees to combat deforestation and provide children with a place to rest and play out of the sun.

It’s incredible how valuable the book or computer you might be throwing out is to a Kenyan child. By providing Kenya’s students with science, English, and computer skills, they give them a much better chance of finding good jobs later in life. It breaks the cycle of poverty by helping Kenyans to help themselves. This is a charity that truly leaves a lasting impact.



National Cristina Foundation

Linking Life to its Promise.

The National Cristina Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the support of training through donated technology. For more than two decades, it has encouraged companies and individuals to donate computers and other technology, which is then matched to charities, schools and public agencies in all 50 states, Canada, and in many countries around the world.


Vietnam Veterans of America
VVA accepts donations of household goods and clothing in 30 states in the continental United States. To make a donation, please refer to the state map. Identify your area and call the phone number referenced.


Tangible Karma is a donation tracking service that gives you a chance to see the difference your donated goods can make in the world.  At Tangible Karma their mission is to inspire and motivate you, to transform items that are hindering your life into valuable gifts that could make a meaningful difference in the life of another.


Overseas Coupon Program Did you know that expired coupons can be sent to troops stationed overseas and they can use them for 6 months after the expiration date?  If you find this idea redeeming, go to OCPNet.org and get the details. It’s 100% legal and each overseas base has a USA address so it is a local mailing. Save your coupons, even if they are expired to help out our troops!


DisposeMyMeds.org is an online resource to help you to find medication disposal programs at the local independent community pharmacy near you.

Your local community pharmacist has knowledge to ensure the safe and proper handling of your medications, from dispensing to disposal.


Recycle These Items That You Never Thought Of…

Vintage Doorknobs, Radiators, Windows and Mantels
Donate or sell classic architectural elements to salvage firms or restoration projects. SalvageWeb is an online ad space that links buyers and sellers all over the world; here you can buy an Art Deco church chandelier, or unload a clawfoot tub after renovating your bathroom. Baltimore-based Second Chance Inc. accepts salvage donations and trains low-income people in the art of “deconstructing” buildings.

Toothbrushes
The Radius Original Toothbrush has a handle made of cellulose, an organic fiber. (Radius also recycles the handles of its battery-operated model once the battery runs out.)

Foam Packaging
Lightweight “peanuts” made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) contain 25 to 100 percent recycled material.
The Plastic Loose Fill Council has a “Peanut Hotline” (800-828-2214) you can call to find local recycling centers, including chain-store shippers such as Pak Mail and The UPS Store. To recycle large, molded chunks of EPS used to cushion televisions, air conditioners and such, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers.

Sneakers/Tennis Shoes
Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program turns used athletic footwear (no cleats) into a material called Nike Grind, used to surface playgrounds, running tracks and outdoor courts. Or send your still-wearable athletic shoes to Shoe4Africa, which forwards them to athletes in developing countries.

Toys
Ask your local shelter for homeless families or battered women if they accept gently used toys. The Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America also take used toys. Adult-appropriate items such as board games can be sent to troops overseas through www.AnySoldier.com

Wine Corks
Yemm & Hart, which produces recycled building materials, turns used corks into floor and wall tiles.

Motor Oil
Recycled motor oil can find new life as a lubricant or fuel. The American Petroleum Institute estimates the electricity created with just 2 gallons of reused motor oil would power the average home for nearly a day. Preserve used oil in a clean container with a secure, leakproof lid. You can recycle the used oil filter, too. Earth 911 has a list of motor oil recycling centers that’s searchable by ZIP code.

Prom, Bridesmaid and Formal Dresses
Charities like the Glass Slipper Project accepts donated gowns, shoes and purses to provide free prom wear to low-income teens. Another great resource is Donate My Dress, which is the first national network to bring together local dress drive organizations across the U.S. Books such as “Always a Bridesmaid: 89 Ways to Recycle That Bridesmaid Dress” offer tongue-in-cheek recycling advice to every woman who has a hideous gown buried at the back of her closet.

Eyeglasses, Frames and Cases
The Lions Club and Give the Gift of Sight Foundation collect used eyeglasses for needy people around the world. Donate your glasses at one of 17 Lions Clubs recycling centers, or at chains such as Pearle Vision Center, LensCrafters and Sunglass Hut.

Computers, Cell-Phones and Other E-Waste
The EPA maintains a list of charities that accept used electronic equipment. Staples, Office Depot and Best Buy offer in-store e-waste recycling — Best Buy also recycles used appliances. Dell, Toshiba and Sony lead the way in recycling computer products. Donate cell phones to organizations like The Wireless Foundation. Ship old videotapes and DVDs to Ecodisk or Greendisk.

Radio Shack Electronics Trade-In Program

Have electronics to trade-in? Use Radio Shack’s Trade-In Program!

You go online to http://www.radioshack.com/tradeandsave and indicate what items you wish to trade. Items must be in working condition. The site will determine the trade-in value of your items and create a pre-paid shipping label for you. You print off the shipping label, affix it to a box, pack your items and mail it to Radio Shack free of charge. When they receive it, they will mail you a Radio Shack gift card.

Electronics
Electronics improve the way we live, work and play. But, there’s one place where electronics should have no impact — the environment. Through responsible use, reuse and recycling of electronics, the consumer electronics industry and consumers can protect and preserve the environment — together. Many organizations offer free recycling of used electronics, so it’s easy to be green. Check out the following sites, which offer ways to sell or recycle your used electronics.

http://www.Gazelle.com
http://www.MyBoneyard.com

Earlier this year, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking at The Big Event in Sacramento hosted by Brian Sharp. What a fabulous experience! 400 people attended, and each speaker gave a 25 minute TED-style talk telling our story of how we became an entrepreneur. Think business meets motivation!

My topic was “Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion.” In this video, I share my story… the behind-the-scenes (and from the beginning) of how I went from an aspiring Broadway performer to practicing lawyer to successful entrepreneur. People often tell me how cool or strange it is to them that I “effortlessly” just made this shift from performer to lawyer to owner of a coaching/consulting/speaking company. “Effortless” is not a word I would use to describe my journey. Rewarding, yes. Makes a lot of sense looking through the rear-view mirror? Absolutely. But not effortless. This video reveals how it happened… the good, the bad, the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up, and the ugly (can you say FEAR)?

It is my desire that this video will both deeply move you and inspire you to take action to propel your own dreams forward. Wherever you came from and whatever has happened in your life, you have the power to rewrite your story starting today — if you want to, of course. You may be exactly where you want to be. If so, enjoy it, my friend.

What’s YOUR story? How did you get to this point? Do you plan to change it? I would love to hear from you!