increase_successEntrepreneurs of all kinds,

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 25th at the Kick-Butt Business Bootcamp

business_bootcampHosted and Sponsored by NAPO-Greater Philadelphia Chapter in Philadelphia, PA. 

I will also be offering 2 -hour laser VIP Intensives the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, June 25th, and all day Wednesday, June 26th, for those who 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: Tuesday, June 25, 2012
  • Time: 9 am – 1 pm
    Lunch and Networking Hour from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Host and Sponsor: NAPO-Greater Philadelphia Chapter
  • Location: Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport
    9000 Bartram Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19153
    215-365-4500
  • Bootcamp Registration Cost:
    General Admission = $129
    NAPO Members = $89
    NAPO-GPC Members = $49
  • Registration closes on Friday, June 21st.
    Space is limited to 60 attendees.
    First come, first served!

See all of the details and register here.

SPECIAL OFFER! Add on Private Coaching with Me:

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.

Discounted Coaching Cost for Attendees

$300 for a 2-hour, private session (regular rate = $400)

Coaching Times

Tuesday, June 25th

  • 3:00-5:00pm – Coaching Session 1
  • 5:30-7:30pm – Coaching Session 2

Wednesday, June 26th

  • 9:00-11:00am – Coaching Session 3
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Coaching Session 4
  • 2:30-4:30pm – Coaching Session 5

Please register for the Coaching separately. You will be sent an email with a link to my Time Trade calendar to choose your live session! There are only 5 live session spots — so first come, first served.

Can’t make any of the live slots? Don’t fret! If you are a Bootcamp participant, you can do your coaching virtually by phone or Skype with me after the event, and still get the special rate. Just register now, and then you and I will choose a mutually convenient date and time to do your session.

See all of the details, and register for the Bootcamp and Coaching here.

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 https://www.lisamontanaro.com/store/products/businessfoundations/ 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!

Many of you know that I recently relocated to a university town in Northern California. It is a great place to live! I am presenting 3 times in the next few months on campus, which is awesome. So I have college on my brain.

So for my upcoming complimentary Open Q&A Call, I am sticking with the collegiate theme.

I’m calling it Open Office Hours Call.

On Tuesday, March 12th, at 4pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern, I’m opening the lines for 75 minutes as a way to give you a chance to get some live coaching and your burning questions answered.

Here’s how it will work.

I’ll be doing warp speed, “laser coaching” where I’ll take question after question and hopefully you get some insight that will help you shift your results.

Some of you will send questions in advance.

Others will want to apply for a live “hot seat” coaching spot.

But ALL of you will want to listen and learn!

This is something totally unique, so make sure you sign up now for The Open Office Hours Call on Tuesday, March 12th at 4pm Pacific.

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Also, go ahead, share and invite anyone you want!

It’s totally free and the sole focus of this call is in helping you get ahead in 2013.

Things you can ask about or get coached around? Tons! From business to career to life-work integration to productivity to living your best life! You bring the questions and I will share my insight.

Here is where you sign up, and when you do, there will be a box where you can ask your question(s).

Remember, the goal is for you to make some shifts and be more successful.

Care to join me? The call will be recorded and a link to the audio will be sent to all that register. But of course to ask a question live, you have to call in during “office hours.”

I’ll be in my “Office” waiting for you to show up!

“Silence was the cure, if only temporarily, silence and geography. But of what was I being cured? I do not know, have never known. I only know the cure. Silence, and no connections except to landscape.” ~ Mary Cantwell

bike-break

Enjoying bike riding in my new town.

In looking at my life the last few years while still living in NY before I relocated to California last summer, I realize how full it had become. In some ways, that was very very good. But in other ways, I now realize that it was a little too full… one may even say, over brimming! I have always been a full throttle, live-out-loud kind of person. I have an huge appetite for life, have many passions, interests, and hobbies, and consider myself a life-long learner. I was running a successful business that I love, serving on quite a few boards of directors for organizations, enjoying my marriage, seeing friends and family, and partaking in hobbies. And I loved each piece of that life-work puzzle.

But sometimes no matter how great everything is in isolation, when you put it together, it is … well, too much! I don’t think I realized how hard I was driving myself until I had the chance to take a prolonged break this past summer. During my break, I looked back and realized that it had been years since I had truly taken a “break.” Yes, I had taken many vacations over the past 4+ years, but something about this extended break was different.

In 2008, my business took a huge leap and many wonderful things started happening for me — more speaking engagements, coaching, consulting, and exciting opportunities to mix business and pleasure. But then, in December 2008, my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and spent the next 16 months battling that horrid disease. She passed away in February 2010 (I can’t believe it is three years since I lost her). I took some time off to mourn, but also was writing my book at that time, which was a positive “escape” from grief. My book was then published in 2011. That year, my husband and I visited 13 locations across the United States to decide where to relocate to for his residency in veterinary internal medicine. We then relocated 3,000 miles from NY to CA in summer 2012.

Stopping to smell the roses... literally!

Stopping to smell the roses… literally!

I took off almost 2 months last summer for an extended break — 2 weeks for us to road trip across country and have an amazing time doing so, and then the rest of the time to set up our new rental home, get to know our new area, and enjoy some rest, relaxation, and reflection. I had the chance to experience real quiet, to go inward, read some great books, write in my journal, and spend time in nature. And what I realized is that… boy did I need it!

Now that I am here in California, I’m choosing to focus more on fun and recreation, and being there to support my husband through his very busy veterinary residency. I am enjoying hiking, biking, swimming, learning Italian, taking dance classes, and walking my dogs in my new neighborhood. Yes, I am working a lot too (I love my business and the work I get to do, so it never feels like “work” for me thankfully), but am also enjoying more non-work activities than I have in awhile. I was operating at a high level for years, and can take my foot off the gas for awhile and still have plenty of forward momentum. That’s what I’m consciously choosing to do.

The beautiful Pacific Coast during a recent hike.

The beautiful Pacific Coast during a recent hike.

I often recommend this to my own coaching clients and audiences when I speak. Now the coach is taking her own prescription and trusting that this is exactly what I need to do right now. There’s a lot of trust involved in letting go to this extent, but I’m crystal clear that it’s what I need to do.

Do you need to take a much-needed break? Is your life overflowing with so much abundance that it is spilling over the brim? Remember, too much of a good thing is still, well, too much!

Well, as the saying goes… out with the old and in with the new! And I am celebrating that in a big way with the launch of the all-new LisaMontanaro.com website. I am beyond thrilled to launch this site and hope you will welcome me in celebrating.

To be honest, this new site has been a long time coming, and a labor of love for my team and me. I could not have accomplished this major re-brand, complete with a new look, business and site name, design, logo, service offerings, expanded products and more without the assistance of my amazing webmaster Lisa Tarrant, virtual assistant Deborah Davis, and marketing coach Christine Gallagher. They have been instrumental in this rebrand process and I am very grateful to be blessed with such devoted and kick- butt team members.

new_websiteThe LM Organizing Solutions site has been taken down… yes, I know that may seem sad, but truly, it is not. It was time to “catch up” to the expanded brand that my business has become. For years, I’ve taken a holistic approach to assisting my clients, both individuals and organizations, improve personal and professional development and effectiveness on all levels. I do this through coaching, consulting, speaking and writing. It is about time my website, blog, products, services and online profiles reflect the depth and breadth of my client work and offerings.

If you are looking for a coach/consultant to help you be more successful in business, career or life this year, let’s chat.

My coaching is offered 3 ways:

  • Strategy Sessions (75 minute targeted sessions by phone, Skype or in person)
  • VIP Intensives (half day, full day or 2 day options by phone, Skype or in person)
  • Platinum Level Coaching (long-term, full-access pass, in 3, 6 and 12 month packages)

Check out the different types of coaching/consulting I offer on the new site’s Coaching page.

reminderIf you are looking for a speaker for your corporation, non-profit, organization, or association, you will love my new Speaking page. It is a one-stop shop for meeting planners and has some new “surprises” and unique programs and offerings that not many other speakers can offer, or even attempt (yes, I know that may sound boastful, but how many speakers can present in sign language? or incorporate singing and dancing into a presentation in a way that actually connects to the content?). I’ve decided that this is the year that I allow all of my background, skills, and experience to collide in powerful ways to bring speaking engagements to my clients that are unique and extraordinary, while still delivering valuable conte nt.

If you are still looking for hands-on organizing assistance, don’t fret! I will be happy to arrange for one of my hand-picked organizing associates on the East or West Coast to come on out and help you.

So grab a cup of coffee or tea (or even better, a glass of wine!), and check out the new site. Poke around. Read some cool articles and Blog posts (and while you are there, subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed for updates). Watch some videos. Check out the expanded Online Store. Claim your valuable FREE toolkit.

Share the site with others. Interact, comment and stay awhile. Feedback is welcome (really!). And by all means, if you s ee a link that is not working, or heaven-forbid, a typo, please email me and bring it to my attention so we can fix it.

Thanks for your continued loyalty as a member of my business community. I look forward to our continued relationship.

Lisa Montanaro will move and manage Warwick firm from West Coast, thanks to technology

WARWICK — When Warwick resident Lisa Montanaro, a productivity consultant, success coach, business strategist, speaker and author, moves to California, she will not only continue to manage the business she established here, she will expand it.

In 2002, Montanaro founded LM Organizing Solutions, LLC, which offered a variety of services including organizing, business and life coaching and motivational speaking. The company prospered as it drew on her skills as a lawyer, educator, mediator and performer. Today that Warwick company is the organizing division of Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises.

Montanaro is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Speakers Association (NSA). She has presented professionally to audiences throughout the United States and has been interviewed by many television and radio hosts. And her written content has been widely published online and in print. She is the author of “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life,” published by Peter Pauper Press.

For the past decade Montanaro has lived in Warwick with her husband, Sean, a veterinarian.

This July, the couple and their two dogs, Dublin and Jerry, will move to Northern California. The relocation was prompted when her husband secured a prestigious three-year residency in veterinary internal medicine at the University of California at Davis.

But with modern communications technology, Montanaro, who was already traveling and serving clients throughout the nation and beyond, can simply expand her client base while continuing to conduct business as usual for those back East.

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In the past few years, Montanaro has achieved success with expanding her business model and services, publishing a book and doing national speaking engagements. This path has allowed her to realize that she can live anywhere while her husband pursues his specialization in the field of veterinary internal medicine.

 

“I have been moving in the direction of a more global/virtual business model for years with coaching, consulting, speaking and online programs, and this has surely forced me to really change over,” she said. “But I am keeping the business open here and making my business bi-coastal. I plan to come back to this area every few months to do speaking engagements and book time servicing my clients in the New York area.”

Montanaro has a residential organizing associate, Camille O’Connor, and other team members that assist her as needed so even if she is not physically here, people who want to get organized can still do so under her business umbrella. And for those who want to work with Montanaro one-on-one, they can get on a wait list for the next time she returns or they can work with her virtually by phone, Skype and e-mail. For coaching, consulting and speaking, distance and geography are no longer a factor.

“Many of my clients and I have never met in person,” she explained, “and yet we have successfully co-created their business ventures, career transitions and life changes together. And I already travel for national speaking engagements, so the only thing that will change is the airport I use.”

As much as she is excited about this new venture, Montanaro admits she will miss Warwick.

“It will always hold a special place in my heart,” she said. “I have lived here for 10 years, and it has been an awesome decade that I will cherish. I chose to live here for the beauty and open space, but now realize that it’s true beauty is the people.”

Essential information
Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises can be contacted by calling 845-988-0183 in New York or 530-302-5306 in California. Visit www.LisaMontanaro.com.

By Roger Gavan

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: http://www.napobaltimore.org/kick-butt-business-bootcamp/

This is just a quick and friendly reminder that I will be “standing by” via Skype tomorrow ready to answer any productivity, life, business or career question you may have as part of Christine Marmoy’s Coaching Marathon. It will be just you and I for a few minutes addressing whatever challenge or issue you decide to ask about.

So if you want an ultra-laser coaching call, ring me up between 2-3 pm Eastern Time and we will “chat” for free!

But first, you must register!

Oh, and as a thank you for participating in the Coaching Marathon, I am gifting to you my 60-minute audio program, DECIDE to be Organized: An Empowering Process for Change. Just click through to my offer page and you can download the MP3 and start listening any time you want.

Hope to get a chance to “chat” with you tomorrow!

Warmly,

Lisa