For years, I have been contacted by professional organizers looking to purchase solid Done-For-You Business Foundations Templates. Well, here they are! And at special Introductory Rates that I am offering at the NAPO 2013 Conference in New Orleans and online on my website until May 31st.

These business templates are what every organizer in business needs. They provide the foundation of a well-protected business legally and financially. They make it easier to operate your business, and to sell it someday as the business is “blueprinted” through the use of these templates over time. Designed by a professional organizer, attorney, and business coach/consultant/strategist, they are field tested and will save you from having to reinvent the wheel, copy something from the internet that is not applicable and will, therefore, not hold up in court, or spend tons of money on an expensive attorney that doesn’t understand the organizing industry.

business_contractThe full package includes a Client Agreement Template, Independent Contractor Agreement Template, and Operations Manual Template, along with detailed instructions, bonus articles on key issues, two audio programs for you to go deeper into learning and customizing, and a Business Expenses Excel Spreadsheet! All templates are delivered to you digitally in PDF to preserve the formatting, and Word so you can make them your own and customize.

In addition, I am offering a special upgrade at the time of purchase only: Add on a Strategy Session with me to customize any of the templates or ask questions for only an extra $150 (that’s $50 off the regular rate of $200!).

For those going to Conference:

  • Please stop by my Marketplace Table in the Expo Hall to say hello and purchase the Business Foundations Template Package. It will be delivered to you digitally by email, so you don’t need to worry about carrying anything home with you!
  • If you think this product is a valuable contribution to our industry, please consider reflecting that by voting for it in the Organizer’s Choice Awards (ballots are due by the end of the day Thursday, April 18th!).
  • special_offerThe Package is being offered at special Introductory Rates at Conference, but for those that can’t join me live in New Orleans, you can get the same deal on my website until May 31st while the Introductory Rates are in effect. Visit to order online any time.
  • I will be raffling off a free 75-minute Strategy Session at Conference so be sure to drop your business card (or name and email address) in our collection pouch at my Marketplace Table to win a Kick-Butt Business Coaching Session with me (a $200 value).
  • I will be launching the Bold Business Moves 6-Month Mastermind Program for experienced entrepreneurs ready to take their business to the next level, and the 12-week Powerhouse Success Entrepreneur Group Coaching Program for newer entrepreneurs who want training and coaching at an affordable rate. More details will be available at my Marketplace Table and in the weeks following Conference, so be sure to stop by and check your inbox in the weeks after Conference for all of the details and registration, so you don’t miss out!

Looking forward to seeing many of you in person in New Orleans!

This Giveaway Event has ended

Have you heard the buzz yet? The Skyrocket Your Biz Giveaway Event has opened its doors!

One of the 100+ high quality gifts totaling over $14,000 in value is mine, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Join us in the celebration of dreams, abundance, and entrepreneurial success here.

My colleague Martina Zorc of, the host of this incredible event running through February 28, has designed this virtual party to help you quickly and effectively jumpstart your business and leave behind any limiting beliefs or actions that might be holding you back.

In short, there’s a lot to get excited about, but you’ll have to sign up to see what I mean.

And, just in case you’re worried about getting overwhelmed by all these goodies – we’ve got you covered!

To make is super easy and exciting for you to get exactly the support you need and desire FAST, the gifts have been grouped into these 9 categories:

  • Boost Your Mindset And Confidence
  • Build Your Brand
  • Master Your Marketing
  • Get Publicity
  • Grow Through Collaboration
  • Attract, Enroll, and Keep More Clients
  • Increase Your Profits
  • Become More Efficient
  • Accelerate Your Results

And you can get my “gift”, Productive & Profitable Business Kit, which includes these amazing resources:

  • Stop Stepping Over the Elephant in the Room: 10 Tips to Boost Your Productivity (60 minute audio)
  • Lessons Learned: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known When Building my Business (60 minute audio)
  • Smart Business Growth and Planning: Take Your Business to the Next Level (75 minute audio)
  • Bold Business Moves: Next Level Business Success ebook

I hope you agree with me that 2013 is the perfect year to fall in love with your business and life all over again, and – with renewed energy and drive – boost your results beyond your wildest imagination. So, why not let the Skyrocket Your Biz Giveaway Event experts help you get started?

Register now, it’s FREE.

P.S. This event is NOT one of those events where you spend hours browsing through low quality gifts, or get overwhelmed right from the get go because there are so many pages of gifts to flick through. Learn why, and join the fun here.

Coming to a Town Near You

I’ll be traveling quite a bit the next few months and may be coming to your area. If you are interested in private coaching/consulting with me, or booking a speaking engagement while I am in your area, contact me immediately to set something up!

Los Angeles/Orange County, CA – October 19-23 (driving down probably, so also available any place in between Davis, CA and Long Beach, CA…). If you are in the area and want to grab some time, I am booking slots on Tuesday, October 23rd from 9-5. Email me to inquire about grabbing a spot.

Sonoma, CA – November 2-4

Philadelphia, PA – November 11-14

NY metropolitan area – November 15-25

Los Angeles/Orange County, CA – January 25-27

Lisa Montanaro has been asked for the third year in a row to be the Moderator of the popular “Ask the Organizer” Golden Circle Panel for the 2013 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference to be held in New Orleans from April 17-20.

Golden Circle is the crème de la crème of the organizing industry, made up of NAPO members that have been in business for 5 years or more. The Golden Circle panel is made up only of Golden Circle members, and questions will only be permitted by other Golden Circle members, making it truly a panel of, and for, experienced professional organizers. But all NAPO members are invited to attend the live event to hear the panelists’ insight. The event usually draws approximately 600 attendees. This year it will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:00 am.

Ms. Montanaro, who was honored to be an Ask the Organizer panelist at the 2010 NAPO Conference, is delighted to be back again as the moderator for the third year in a row. “Moderating the panel at both the 2011 and 2012 NAPO Conferences was an amazing experience,” says Ms. Montanaro. “I am thrilled and honored to be selected again for what I consider to be one of the most important roles of the organizing industry.”

Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses. Lisa publishes a monthly e-zine for success-minded individuals. Subscribe today at www.LisaMontanaro.comLisa is the author of “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” published by Peter Pauper Press. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help you be purposeful, passionate and productive, contact Lisa at (530) 302-5306 or by e-mail at  

If you are a business owner, you probably have experienced the dreaded question that people ask at networking events, cocktail parties and the like, many many times: “So, what do you do?”.  And if you found yourself stumbling over your words to deliver the answer, you are not alone! Talking about your business is one of those areas that a lot of entrepreneurs struggle with. Many business owners suffer from performance anxiety each time someone asks them what they do for a living.

Recently, I presented my Kick Butt Business Bootcamp for a group of entrepreneurs in Baltimore (if you are interested in having me present it in your area or to your group, let’s chat!). I started them off with an “elevator pitch” ice breaker exercise. They had to choose someone in the room that they did not know well, introduce themselves to each other, and then share their 30-second elevator pitch. The catch? They were not allowed to use their formal job title in their pitch!

Why? Because your title doesn’t tell people what you do, the benefits you provide, or the results clients get from working with you. Also, the title may also conjure up images in the person’s mind that are far from what you actually do. Let’s face it, not every “web designer,” “lawyer,” “professional organizer,” and “business coach” is the same. You have to paint the picture of what you provide, and what the experience of working with you is like.

A few years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a workshop presented by Brian Walter at the annual National Speakers Association (NSA) Convention in NYC. Brian demonstrated a technique for creating a clever and catchy elevator pitch that I absolutely love. He calls it the “How, Now, Wow” Technique. (Side note: Ideas can’t be copyrighted, only words in fixed form, so sharing Brian’s ideas with proper credit is not only okay, but the highest form of flattery!).

The “How” elevator pitch is your ‘core’ or ‘home’ elevator pitch that you use in formal situations, or when you are unsure if the person you are speaking with can handle anything more clever or creative. It is the basic formula of what you do without mentioning your title. For example, a productivity consultant may say for his or her How message: “I help busy professionals and business owners be more productive so that they can focus on the things they enjoy more in life.” The focus is on what you do, who you do it for, and the benefits provided or results received.

Next, you move onto the “Now” stage. Use this when the person seems genuinely interested ( in other words, their eyes are not glazed over!) and/or asks for more information. This is your opportunity to provide him or her with examples of your work, the benefits you have provided, and the results that you have brought to clients. You should have about 4 examples at your disposal at any one time, so that you are prepared. “Now, for example, I just finished a time management project with a client that has not been able to attend his son’s soccer game in the last 2 seasons. Due to our intense work together to revamp his thinking and habits around time management, he has been able to attend 75% of his son’s soccer games this season.” You should try to tailor your Now examples to the person you are speaking with or the situation, so that they are relevant. If you are speaking to a busy CEO who is time-starved, this would be a perfect example. But maybe not the best example for someone that is a business owner and wants to become more productive in order to impact her bottom line and make more money.

The last stage is the “Wow” one. This is the one you pull out only for people you think can handle it, for those you really want to impress with your creativity and cleverness. Don’t waste it on someone that seems bored, is interrupting in order to tell you what he or she does, or you can tell is giving you their attention in a perfunctory manner. (For that person, let them talk, listen, ask a few questions to engage him or her, and then if all else fails, politely excuse yourself and walk away!) The Wow line is that extra factor that sets you apart. It makes people interested because it makes you look cool, is memorable, and maybe a little punchy. Brevity is key in the Wow line. If it is too lengthy, you will lose the person’s attention.

Some ways to deliver a Wow elevator pitch:

  • Think of similes when people ask what you do. For example, “I’m like a personal trainer for the disorganized brain.”
  • Describe what you do like a movie trailer with the client as the star. Tell a short interesting snippet of the work, and then end with the results.
  • Compare yourself to someone recognizable in popular culture, or even a cross between two people. For example, one I’ve used is: “I am like a cross between Rachael Ray and Sandra Day O’Connor.” Rachael Ray is warm, funny and sassy, and Sandra Day O’Connor is an extremely intelligent woman, having served as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Yes, I am trying to convey that as a coach, consultant and speaker, I have spunk and smarts!

Coaching Challenge: Craft an elevator pitch using the How, Now, Wow technique. Pick an elevator pitch buddy and practice together. Record yourself using audio or video. Then, start practicing at real events and see what type of response you get. Remember, no using your job title! Be creative and clever and you will get people’s attention.

Are you Ready to…

…kick your business into high gear?

…create the business model you’ve been striving for?

…stop working so hard and, instead, work smarter?

…charge what you’re worth, and reach the levels of income you’ve dreamed of?

If you answered YES, then you cannot miss this!

Join me on June 13th at the Kick-Butt Business Bootcamp hosted by the NAPO-Baltimore Chapter in Baltimore, MD. This event will be open to all NAPO Members.

I will also be offering 2-hour laser VIP Intensives the afternoon and evening of June 13th, and all day Thursday, June 14th, for those that want more personalized attention and a targeted business butt-kicking!

What do you get when you combine an attorney, mediator, trainer of entrepreneurs, business coach to organizers and other entrepreneurs, and an owner of a successful organizing business? You get a Kick-Butt Presenter that you can’t miss!!

During this bootcamp, you will:

  • Go through an in-depth business building assessment to get really clear on what’s going on in your business and where YOU need to be putting your attention.
  • Make some powerful mindset shifts that will have you think and act like a 6-figure business owner.
  • Leave knowing exactly what to do, with a clear plan to take YOUR business to the next level.

Topics include:Define Success/Your Role in Your Business, Passion/Unique Areas of Brilliance, Marketing/Unique Selling Proposition, Ideal Client/Target Market, Multiple Streams of Income/Leverage, Outsourcing/Delegating, Accountability Checks/Tools, Business Systems/Operations Manual.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for years, join us for some invaluable expertise for your business!

Bootcamp Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
  • Time: 9 am – 12:45 pm
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
    “Columbia Room – East & West”
    8241 Snowden River Parkway
    Columbia, MD 21045
  • Bootcamp Registration Cost:
    Early bird rate:  $139
    After May 21st:  $159
    Registration closes on Friday, June 8th.
    Limited to 45 participants. First come, first served!

SPECIAL OFFER! Add on Private Coaching with Lisa:

Additionally, I will be offering one-on-one, targeted 2-hour private coaching sessions after the bootcamp ends to assist you in applying everything you learned in a focused way to YOUR business. My process with clients is like a laser beam to help you blast through issues holding you back, come up with a solid plan, and give you the tools to implement, so you know that in 2 hours, you can experience a huge shift.

One-on-One Coaching Details:

  • Coaching Location (across the street):
    Redhead Companies
    6011 U-boatniversity Boulevard
    Ellicott City, MD  21043
    Suite 210, Redhead’s Meeting Room
  • Discounted Coaching Cost for Attendees: $300 for a 2-hour, private session (regular rate = $400)

See all details and registration information here:

Have you ever wished you could just call somebody to get the answer you need right there on the spot?

Have you ever wanted to be able to talk to an expert just for a few minutes so you could get the ‘one’ tip you need to get over the sticking point for your growth?

Have you ever dreamed you could ask for help without worrying about how much it would cost?

Well, this is exactly what you are about to experience….keep reading, this might be just what you’ve been waiting for…

Get Your Burning Question Answered Once And For All!

Imagine…if you could…

  1. Go from goals to results, the gold mine to transform clarity into focus into $$$ with Nadine Nicholson
  2. Say No to scarcity and learn how to charge what you are worth with Miki Strong
  3. Crack the secret codes of Facebook and transform it into an irresistible magnet with Toni Coleman Brown
  4. Boost your productivity by improving your time, space, paper and workflow systems with ME!
  5. Kick your Visibility to the roof, master the “Visibility Boom” strategy with Gina Bell
  6. Make Money your best friend and attract more of it starting now with Agatha Kulesza
  7. Double your referrals and your clientele and discover the power of up-selling with Lisa H. Riggi
  8. Website Best Seller revealed, transform your site into a money machine with Mary-Ellen McAllister
  9. Tame your Gremlins and tap into an abundance of time and money with Shelley Streit 
  10. Leverage the power of others to Quantum Leap your Income with Christine Marmoy

This is exactly what my business friend, Christine Marmoy, will be sharing with 9 other experts, yours truly included, in a FREE Virtual Event LIKE NO OTHER!

This is not a traditional Telesummit, this is not a passive event… this event is for you…you get to go behind the wheel and discuss with us, privately. Yes, you read it right! Each day, 2 experts will be at your disposal for one hour, you’ll be able to ask your most burning questions on a one-to-one basis absolutely FREE!

My Coaching Hour is set for Tuesday, April 24th at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. You can call in and ask me anything — privately! For a few minutes, it will be just you and I on the line via Skype. It will be a jam-packed hour of laser coaching as I spend a few minutes with each person that calls in. So if you want to ask me a productivity, business, life or career quest ion, call in and ask away! BUT you must sign up first here.

Can’t make it for a call or what if…the expert you want to talk to is busy?

Not a problem, you’ll be able to write down your question and the expert will answer after her call, however, you’ll have to submit your question during her call time to get the answer. You can talk to one expert or to all of them, it’s entirely up to you.

This ‘Coaching Marathon’ Special Virtual Event will start on April 23rd!

Are you up for it? If so, join me here and LET’S TALK PRIVATELY ABOUT RESULTS…

Platinum Level Coaching is an

  • Intensive
  • Private
  • Long-term program

…designed to deliver a high level of accountability, coaching, consulting, mentoring and support so you can get the answers you need to make powerful decisions and take action towards your goals and vision of success for your business.

As an entrepreneur, you may often find yourself feeling alone or isolated – unsure of who to turn to for advice on your confidential business questions and plans, feeling out-of-sync with friends and family members who have a J-O-B, and nervous about sharing too much with a colleague or competitor. You crave someone that can guide and support you, actually give you answers when you’re well has run dry, and co-create a business that is truly customized to you and your needs!

Platinum Level Coaching is what you need to support, inspire, and challenge you to create the business you dream about.

Clients that go Platinum choose that level because they find that the value that coaching brings to their business on a prolonged basis is well worth the investment, and they want a full access pass to me including email support, materials review, consistent coaching calls, accountability, joint ventures, tickets to live events, entry to my group coaching and mastermind programs, etc. (see below for specific details of each level). This is the closest you can get to having me as your business partner!

What can we work on during Platinum Level Coaching?

We can work on almost anything that you need assistance with in your business!

As a ten-year successful entrepreneur who has coached hundreds of business owners, I have the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to assist you in many areas.

And with my Platinum Level Coaching clients, I pull back the curtain and let them peek inside by sharing my journey, lessons learned, tricks/tips/tools, and being open and honest about what has worked (and not worked!) for my own business and the many clients I have been privileged to work with.

How does Platinum Level Coaching work?

See the details here.

“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody — a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns — bent down and helped pick us up by our boots.” ~ Thurgood Marshall

In the quote above, Justice Marshall was onto something really important when he made that statement. He has always been one of my personal and professional heroes and I took that statement very seriously when I practiced law. I left the full-time practice of law years ago, and have had the pleasure of being a successful entrepreneur for a decade. And, yet, Justice Marshall’s words still ring true.

If you speak to successful business owners and ask them to share some of their success secrets, almost all of them will mention that they had help along the way. It could have been from a colleague, mentor, coach, or mastermind group — the type of help and who it is from is not nearly as important as the fact that the business owner sought and received guidance in some form. The successful business owners who found their way completely on their own with no outside support or guidance whatsoever are either not telling the truth, or really took the long and hard path to get where they are.

Accountability is key to success in business! Regardless of the form the accountability and support takes, it will help move us forward and make us a better business owner. Being accountable to a colleague, a mastermind group, or a business coach is a great way to stay on track. Studies show that business owners (and individuals in general) achieve success more frequently when they set up accountability checks.

At different times in our business, we may crave guidance for different reasons. We may want someone to cheer us on, tell us the truth when no one else will, kick our butt, allow us to vent, or lend a shoulder t o cry on.

But do you let just anyone mentor or guide you? Heck no! Think carefully who you will let into the inner sanctum of your business. First, they need to be trustworthy as you will be revealing a lot of personal and professional information to them. Second, they must be non-judgmental so that you are not made to feel insecure or “less than”. Third, they must be truly non-competitive, so that you are not worried that your best stuff winds up on their website. And, fourth, they must have your best interests at heart.

Another factor to consider: Are they at the same level of business you are — or higher? Cultivating business relationships is like playing tennis. If you “play” with people who are better than you, your game will improve. If you associate with people at your level or below, your game will plateau and there’s no forward motion. The people you’re brainstorming and collaborating with should truly add something to your business and vice versa.

So, look for business colleagues or coaches that are like-minded business owners that can support and challenge you, while also serving as a vital accountability check. The company you keep for your business really does matter. As Justice Marshall pointed out, in business, as in life, it helps to have someone bend down and pick us up by our boots.

Is your business the dream you hoped for when you started? Do you often feel guilty about working instead of spending time with your family or the other way around?

Do you feel that you are working WAY too hard for the results you are getting?

If yes, I have good news for you… STOP right here and listen…

Having an online business requires effort, energy, work and discipline. However it also requires RESULTS, otherwise you don’t have a business.

What if …?

  1. work_lessYou could attract all the clients you want without spending hours in the process.
  2. You knew how to build your list faster so you can increase your income quicker while reducing your working hours.
  3. Somebody were to give you The Magic Formula to do more in less time, so you still have plenty of time to spend with your family.
  4. You knew exactly how to create Visibility Boom, be seen everywhere, so you become a client magnet in no time.
  5. You could plan your marketing so it fits with your lifestyle and generates high returns.
  6. You discover the one thing you need to gain clarity so you know exactly where you want to take your business without wasting time on doubts, trials and errors.
  7. You could discover the quickest path to create irresistible offers, without spending months in the production.
  8. You found out the Mystery Map to launch your offers in 30 days, so they will sell like hot cakes.
  9. You knew how to set up a Customer Care service that is efficient without losing your mind.
  10. You knew how to design a Dream Team to support Your Life and Your Business.
  11. Know the impact indecisiveness plays in your business and life and how becoming a quick and efficient decision maker can make you more productive and successful (this is MY topic, so be sure to tune in for that call!).

This is exactly what my business friend, Christine Marmoy, will be sharing with 9 other experts, yours truly included, in a FREE Telesummit ‘You can have it ALL’.

Special Telesummit will start on March 19th!

Christine runs 2 successful online businesses while raising 4 children and enjoying life to the fullest… AND so can YOU!

There is no magic; if you want to succeed with your business, you need to apply MUST-KNOW-MUST-DO, simple strategies, and make sure you use your time wisely so you have a LIFE.

Are you up for it? If so, join me here and LET’S TALK ABOUT RESULTS…