I want to share something with you. Starting my own business was scary — REALLY scary (but also exciting)!! When I decided to leave my legal career behind and start my first business 13 years ago, all I had was an idea (or several all at once but was unsure where to start), and a load of self-determination to actually try being a business owner.

difficultThe hard truth is… your first 3-5 years in business are typically the most challenging and the time when many amazing people simply give up. Many new business owners experience some, or ALL, of the following entrepreneurial fears:

  • “I have an idea but don’t know where to start”, or
  • “How do I even set up a proper/legal business structure?” or
  • “I’ve started my business but I’m spinning my wheels, feel frustrated and I’m losing money… I need to get a ‘real’ job…” or
  • “You know what… this is just too much for me, I’m not cut out to be my own boss.”

Well, I’m happy to tell you: First, you’re not alone, and second, you can absolutely get through the first 3-5 years and thrive with the right business guidance, information, planning, support and mindset. With expert support and training, you can create the success you envision and so much more.

be_the_star_of_your_lifeTo that end, I’m thrilled to announce the first LMGU “Self-Study” course that you can take at your own pace! The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is now an on-demand training program for newer business owners or anyone that is serious about starting a new business. This course offers all the required skills, knowledge and guidance for the newer entrepreneur/business owner (or an experienced business owner that wants to go back to basics or plug some missing holes in your business!).

So many people contacted me to say that they really need this entrepreneurial training program, but can’t take it at the exact time I offer it live. Therefore, by popular demand, SSES has been converted to a self-paced, on-demand, home study course.

And the entire program is affordable — only $499 — enabling you to get the training you need for your business without breaking the bank! (If you’re a member of NAPO or an LMGU Alumni, contact me for a special discount).

The SSES Self Study Program consists of 10 modules of audio recordings and handouts that are yours as soon as you purchase. You learn on your own time from the comfort of your home or office.

Topics covered will include:

  • Businesss Ownership
  • Business Identity and Branding
  • Legal Structure and Issues
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Networking and Public Relations
  • Sales, Pricing and Money Issues
  • Blueprinting Your Business Operations

Campus doors are open! Stop spinning your wheels to figure everything out yourself. Get the help you need to set up or grow your business so that you can be Successfully Self Employed.

To Your Success!

Several courageous participants have accepted my offer to work on transforming their life by joining the La Dolce Vita Group Life Coaching Program. It could be writing a book, focusing on your health, improving your relationships, getting off the see-saw of life-work balance, reigniting some of your long-lost passions, or changing your career.

In each case, we have a destination that is unknown to us now. The adventure is in the journey, but also in knowing that you will come out “different” on the other side. Hopefully, a new and improved version of you. 🙂

take_controlEach member of the La Dolce Vita Program has set his or her goals. To get there requires vision, determination, consistency, and some fun too! By March 27th, all La Dolce Vita participants will have all earned their right to live The Sweet Life.

What will it be for you? In what way do you want things to be different?

You might think that it’s selfish to invest in yourself… (we will nip that in the bud with the No Negative Self Talk Rule!)

But your happiness depends on YOU…and you deserve it.

Join me for the La Dolce Vita 6-Week Group Life Coaching Program, starting Thursday, February 19, 2015 that will help you:

  • Evaluate what’s working and not working in your life, and identify areas for transformation.
  • Develop realistic and fun techniques to help you grow.
  • Use productivity in a proactive and positive way to set boundaries and better master your use of time and resources.
  • Overcome Cinderella’s Ugly Step Sisters: The 3 Blocks to Success (The Perfection Trap, The Comparison Trap and the Impostor Syndrome)
  • Get real about things you’ve said you really wanted to do and have in your life but never give yourself permission to implement.
  • Adopt a positive mindset and learn about cutting edge research on the power of happiness.
  • Learn effective tools for dealing with difficult, toxic or negative people (including you!).
  • Stop giving away your power to the Negative Nellies and Neds.
  • Recognize and exploit your own greatest assets.
  • Get comfortable with who you are vs. keeping up with the Joneses.
  • Balance preparing for the future with living well today in terms of financial wellness.
  • Get your house in order – literally and figuratively!
  • Learn the power of commitment and consistency.
  •  Tap into your passions, figure out what they are, and how to enjoy and manage them.

Here’s What You Will Get as Part of the La Dolce Vita Group Life Coaching Program:

  • 6 weeks of group coaching calls with me and your fellow La Dolce Vita group members covering powerful content to help you learn to live the La Dolce Vita lifestyle. These calls will be open line allowing for interaction and discussion.
  • Mp3 recordings of all calls – Can’t make the live calls? No problem! All teleclasses will be recorded.
  • Course materials – We will use tools like Journaling, creating a Vision Board, my Wheel of Life exercise, along with tons of thought provoking questions, self assessment exercises, and content that will help you learn to practice La Dolce Vita techniques and incorporate them into  your life.
  • Private Facebook group – Where you can connect with other members, gather feedback, ask questions, AND have access to me during the entire program.
  • Special Bonuses – 2 of my fabulous audio programs, “How to Overcome the 3 Most Common Blocks to Living a Productive Life” and “Decision Making as a Means to Living a Satisfying Life & Enjoying a Successful Business.”
  • Opportunity for Private One-on-One Coaching at Discounted Rate – See section on Private Coaching Upgrade, which you can select at check out. All this for only $359!

BUT WAIT… if you register by February 12th, then you only pay the Early Bird Rate of $299.

That’s an amazingly affordable price to spend 6 weeks improving your life!

What are you waiting for? Come join La Dolce Vita now.



PS – Portions of this program may qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEU) depending on your certification. For example, if you are a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), some of the classes may be CEU eligible if you assist your clients with time and productivity management and life-work balance.

Do you…

… long to live a life of purpose and passion, that reflects your values AND desires?

… need permission to make your well-being, happiness, and self-care a priority?

… have fear that is still holding you back from going after what you want?

… feel tired of living your best life “in your head” and want to make it a reality in 2015?

Then you are in luck! Come learn how to live “The Sweet Life!”

Introducing the La Dolce Vita 6-Week Group Life Coaching Program from LMG University, starting on February 19, 2015.

Lisa-Sean-ItalyThis isn’t just any group life coaching program. It’s based on content taken from my concept of La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), a nd will help you bring the passion and zest back to your life.

The content is based on my research (and background!) of Italian culture, positive psychology and happiness, years of coaching clients holistically to integrate life-work balance, and my own personal lifestyle. My life is a work in progress, and sharing my own personal experience, and that of the hundreds of clients I have been privileged to work with, is part of the La Dolce Vita process.

Stop settling for good enough because you are worried if you go for great that people will think you are too big for your britches. It is time to step into your power and claim the life you know you are truly meant to live!

How much longer are you willing to wait? How much time are you willing to sacrifice? When will you decide that you deserve to be really happy and live The Sweet Life?

If you are committed to making regular “deposits” in areas of your life that have been neglected and feed them what they need to grow and prosper, then join me for La Dolce Vita.

Topics we’ll address in the 6 weeks:

checkbox Crazy Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor: Positive and Proactive Productivity
checkbox Prioritizing Self Care: Let Go, Say No, and Make You a Priority
checkbox Become a Passionista! How to Tap Into Your Passions & Manage Them
checkbox Don’t Be a See-Saw Anymore: Go Beyond Balance and Engage in Life-Work Integration
checkbox Mind, Body & Soul: Health & Fitness, Personal Spirituality
checkbox C’Mon Get Happy: The Power of Positivity
checkbox Connection & Relationships: Romance, Friends & Family, Say No to Toxic Relationships and Negative Nellies & Neds
checkbox Financial Wellness: Preparing for the Future, While Still Living Well Today
checkbox And more!

italy-vineyardMany people have been asking me to share this type of content and create a program like this for years. And I am thrilled to finally be able to share it with you. But I don’t want fiances to keep you from living a La Dolce Vita life! So I have kept this program affordable.

Early Bird Rate is $299 until 2/12; $359 thereafter (there’s even a 2 pay option available if you need to spread payments out).

Go to lisamontanaro.com/ladolcevita/a for details and to register.

Hope to help you live a La Dolce Vita kind of life this year!

PS – Portions of this program may qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEU) depending on your certification. For example, if you are a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), some of the classes may be CEU eligible if you assist your clients with time and productivity management and life-work balance.

tuscany-viewWhat’s YOUR version of The Sweet Life? The La Dolce Vita lifestyle is about following your dream, deciding not to play small anymore, living your life to the fullest, and allowing the real you to shine through!

Join me for the La Dolce Vita 6-Week Group Life Coaching Program, starting Thursday, February 20, 2014. We will enjoy 6 weeks of open-line calls (recorded for your convenience), powerful content and exercises, a private Facebook group, and much more! All designed to help you make significant changes in your life so that you can adopt a La Dolce Vita kind of lifestyle no matter where you live.

Maybe for you “The Sweet Life” means:
Saying no to a toxic relationship that doesn’t serve you.

  • Cultivating a hobby or passion that you have always wanted to try.
  • Adding a little romance (or a lot!) into your life.
  • Taking better care of your body or spirit.
  • Going to bed at night feeling peaceful and waking up looking forward to the day.
  • Changing careers.
  • Enjoying quality time with your family and friends.
  • Writing a book (its been on your bucket list for years).
  • Running a marathon or some other type of active pursuit.
  • Traveling – finally giving in to that wanderlust!
  • Saying ‘No’ more often.
  • Saying ‘Yes’ more fully.

Whatever that larger vision for your life is… that’s what La Dolce Vita is all about.

Many of you have expressed interest in coaching with me, but can’t afford the one-on-one price. This is an ideal way to get the coaching you crave at a rate that meets you where you are. This program is powerful, yet affordable. Early bird rate is only $299 if you register by February 13th. $359 thereafter. There’s even a handy 2-pay option if you need to spread payments out.

NOTE: For those of you that need or want continuing education units (CEUs), you may be able to use some of the topics for CEUs depending on the guidelines of your certification and whether you will use the content for yourself, your business, and/or your clients. If you are a coach or organizer, for example, many of the topics may qualify for CEUs. So keep that in mind!

If you want results and are ready to live The Sweet Life, then join us!


As more and more small business owners are leaning towards “on demand” everything (music, movies, books) to download/stream instantly, I’m noticing some changes in the way that small business owners like to learn.

The ground is shifting very quickly when it comes to education and the delivery of training materials and information.

I’m teaming up with Karyn Greenstreet to find out exactly which ways you like to absorb new content, learn new skills, acquire new knowledge for your business and professional life.

member_surveyWe’re asking small business owners to take this quick, 2-minute survey with six easy questions.

But even 2 minutes is a lot when you’re busy, so we’re making it irresistible by offering you 22 practical, helpful free educational bonuses, just for completing the survey.

Can I ask you the favor of taking just 2 minutes from your schedule today to take our survey? Here’s where you can take it online. http://bit.ly/11PBenk

Thank you for your help!

After my preview call for the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program last week, many of you have sent in questions, which I appreciate. It made me realize that many of you may have the same questions… so here’s a look at a few common questions and the answers so that you can make an informed decision about joining the DECIDE program.

And while I am a person that likes to stick to deadlines, all of the questions coming in made me realize that some of you may need a bit more time to “decide”, so I am extending the early bird rate of $397 ($100 savings!) until Friday, February 17th. The program starts next week on February 21st. When you are ready (but before the rate goes up!), register here: http://bit.ly/decidetobeorganized

Is the DECIDE program delivered online or on the telephone? Please explain the format.
The program is delivered via teleclass, which means all you need is a telephone to participate. You’ll receive a special dial-in number and access code. Of course, if you want to be in front of your computer while we are on the live teleclass, you can do so. You receive the 58-page workbook when you register, and can choose to follow along on your computer, but you don’t have to.

What if I can’t make the live calls? Will that affect what I get out of the program?
Absolutely not! I’ve created this course to fit a variety of busy lifestyles. After each week’s class I’ll post the audios – so you can listen on the web, or download an .MP3 file – that way you can listen at the gym, during your commute, while runni ng errands or working around the house. If you still have questions about the material on the call you missed, just email me with any questions or comments. You can listen to the audios over and over if you wish. And you can come back to the program months or years later to refresh or deepen your learning.

What if I don’t know which organizing projects I want to work on?
Part of the process of the DECIDE group coaching program is learning to discover what your organizing goals are, which projects you want to work on, and what will bring you the most satisfaction if accomplished.

Does the DECIDE program deliver great value for the cost of the investment?
Yes! Do some research. You’ll find this is one of the most affordable programs (and the most comprehensive) of its kind. I have kept the cost down so that many people can access my services in an affordable manner and get the assistance they need. The cost of the program is a fraction of what it would cost to work with me one-on-one. Yet, you still get personalized access to me due to the small size of the group, and the chance to learn from other participants too!

I’ve tried to get organized in the past, but did not have much success — how is your approach different?
Hopefully the preview call I did on February 7th gave you a little window into my approach. Trust me, if you enjoyed that call, you’re going to LOVE the actual program as we dig a lot deeper!

But here’s the bottom line:

I can’t make you listen to the calls, or work on your organizing projects in between the calls. But I can tell you that the content I’ll be covering and materials provided are powerful! They allow you to dig deep and change your mind-set, tap into your unique organizing style, and allow change to happen. Plus, there is a healthy dose of practical tools and tips, so it is not all pi e-in-the-sky and you can implement immediately and get results.

I’ve also experienced first-hand the strides past participants of the program have made – some going from piles of clutter to organized systems; some letting go of old habits that have stood in the way of their living a more productive life; some getting better organized which leads to more time to focus on what truly matters; and some even changing their lives in drastic ways during or after the program, like changing careers!

Trust me, I understand that you’re a smart, busy person who wants deep, lasting changes. That’s why I’ve designed the program to provide the following support:

  1. Weekly Teleclasses – so you keep your momentum – great for auditory learners!
  2. Email access to me and the group – so you are not alone and can share your experience with others.
  3. A comprehensive 58-page workbook with interactive exercises to reinforce your learning – so the program is experiential – great for visual + experiential learners!
  4. Downloadable audios – so you can listen at your leisure, or review again and again to deepen your learning.
  5. Feedback to your questions – so you don’t get stuck, and can get personalized feedback.
  6. An MP3 recording of my most popular audio program “Record Retention 101: Organize Your Paperwork” – so you know what papers to keep and for how long — just in time for tax season! (This is the first time I am including this bonus because so many past DECIDE participants needed special help with paper.)
  7. Assignments and accountability – so you keep your momentum, and get the most possible from the program.
  8. Post-program laser coaching call – so you can check in with me after the program to ask any lingering questions and, hopefully, share your continued progress.

When are the classes being held?
The DECIDE program runs for 6 weeks, with 90 minute calls every Tuesday evening, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern), from February 21st to March 27th.

I have a busy life – I’m not sure if I can devote enough time to the program.
I completely understand! But here’s the beauty of the program: there’s absolutely no “right” way to do it.

If you can’t listen to all of the calls, or do all of the exercises, don’t fret! You have the audios and workbook to go back to for years to come.

Even if you only walk away with one amazing new insight (which is almost impossible, because I’ll be sharing a TON!) — that one insight can affect your overall behavior and results in a serious boost in productivity which can help you achieve results at home, in business, and in life. I promise.

I ‘m thinking of taking this program at a later date – when will you be teaching this again?
I usually offer this program in February and October. But this program isn’t on my calendar again for 2012. There are other programs that I need to make room for that are launching later this year (great stuff coming — keep on the lookout!). So there’s no guarantee that I’ll be repeating the DECIDE program in the near future. In fact, it may be the last time I offer it live…

What I do know is this: for what you’ll receive, and how this information can affect the rest of your future — it’s a total steal.

I want you to think about something that we cover in depth in the program: delayed decisions are what most likely caused you to get disorganized in the first place! Don’t let the decision of whether to join this program that has the potential to change your behavior, space, time, relationships and life be just one more “delayed decision”! That would be a s ad irony.

Now, if you know that this program is not for you, then, by all means do not feel compelled to join us.


If this program is calling you, then I have to gently nudge you and ask:

“Isn’t INDECISIVENESS what got you into this mess in the first place?”

Take action! It is time to decide to DECIDE. Register here: http://bit.ly/decidetobeorganized

I am a Professional Organizer looking for continuing education. Does this program qualify?
Yes! If you are a professional organizer and are looking for continuing education, the DECIDE group coaching is perfect for you too! You can take the program to learn a great new organizing process that you can use with your clients. I will issue a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program that you can use to support 9 hours of continuing education credits. In the p ast, organizers have taken the program along with non-organizers as a way to further their organizing skills and add a new process to their repertoire. You can too!

What if I want to refer my clients, friends and colleagues to the DECIDE program and earn a referral fee?
I bet you have colleagues, clients, and friends that would like to find out how they can lead a more organized, productive, and peaceful life. I have an affiliate (referral) program where if someone purchases one of my products or programs that you referred them to, you automatically get 20% of the sale! It’s that easy… tell your friends, colleagues and clients and if they buy, you earn a commission. All you have to do is sign up to be an LMOS affiliate and you’re given a special link to pass on to your colleagues, clients and friends.

I hope this special Q&A session has helped you ” decide” to join me for the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program. (I don’t want you to have this program sitting around on your “to do” list all week!)

Have more questions? Ask away! Just reply to this email . . .

I can’t wait for the opportunity to start working with you.

PS: Remember, the early bird rate of $397 now ends at midnight on February 17th and then the price goes up to $497 – don’t miss out on that $100 savings! Register here: http://bit.ly/decidetobeorganized

Do you have what it takes to be a professional organizer?

Want to add organizing services to your existing service-based business? You can!

Join us for a Half-Day Live Workshop in Denver, Colorado

Professional Organizer Intensive: Become a Professional Organizer or Add Organizing Services to Your Business

Presented by Lisa Montanaro
Certified Professional Organizer®, Business & Life Coach,
Motivational Speaker, Author

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton, Littleton, Colorado (right outside Denver)
Investment: $159 (0r $299 for full day program, which includes Next Level Business Success: Ready, Set, Go from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Details and Registration

Your investment includes:

  • A half day of education, interaction, and networking
  • Workshop handouts, including a customizable Action Plan that will help you implement what you learn
  • The DECIDE™to be Organized e-book
  • Subscription to the DECIDE®to be Organized and Next Level Business Success ezines
  • A follow-up group coaching call within 60 days of workshop completion
  • 30 minute laser coaching session with Lisa to be used within 6 months of workshop
  • Unlimited email access to Lisa after the workshop ends
  • Certificate of Attendance for continuing education credit

Bonus: Networking lunch served from 12:00-1:00 prior to workshop (exclusively for those that register for full day program, which includes Next Level Business Success from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Topics Covered: This interactive, entertaining, and intensive workshop will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Getting started as a professional organizer
  • The professional organizing industry
  • Working with clients
  • Choosing your target market and service offerings
  • Marketing your organizing services
  • Organizing methodology
  • Basic principles of organizing
  • Tried-and-true organizing systems
  • Concrete solutions to room-by-room organizing challenges
  • Tips and tools of the trade
  • Valuable lessons learned based on years of experience in the field

Who Should Attend: Organizing is a growing industry! To combat the recession, many people are becoming self-employed. Come find out if you have what it takes to succeed as a professional organizer.

Whether you’re totally new to the field of professional organizing, are a budding organizer in the beginning stages of your career, or have an existing service-based business and want to add organizing services to the mix, this workshop will equip you with the content and insights you need to succeed.

Some business owners are adding new offerings that are natural extensions of their existing services. Increasing your service offerings is an effective way to add multiple streams of income. For example, organizing is a natural complement to interior design or redesign/staging services. Help clients clear the clutter before you work your magic. Teach clients how to maintain organizing systems so that their homes stay beautiful long after you leave.

You will come away with an action plan for becoming a professional organizer, or adding organizing services to your existing menu of services. You will leave the workshop motivated and prepared to act. If you’ve never seen Lisa in action, come join us for a workshop that promises to deliver great results!

See the details and register.

Unsure if you are getting the most out of your business?

Unclear as to whether your business is going in the right direction?

Feeling like you could use a business plan revamp?

Then get ready to take your business to the Next Level!

Join us for a Half-Day Live Workshop in Denver, Colorado

Next Level Business Success: Ready, Set, Go!

Presented by Lisa Montanaro
Certified Professional Organizer®, Business & Life Coach,
Motivational Speaker, Author

Your investment includes:

  • A half day of education, interaction, and networking
  • Workshop handouts, including a customizable Action Plan that will help you implement what you learn
  • A resource guide filled with business/legal/entrepreneur articles written by Lisa
  • Subscription to the Next Level Business Success ezine
  • A follow-up group coaching call within 60 days of workshop completion
  • 30 minute laser coaching session with Lisa to be used within 6 months of workshop
  • Unlimited email access to Lisa after the workshop ends
  • Certificate of Attendance for continuing education credit

Bonus: Networking lunch served from 12:00-1:00 pm after workshop (exclusively for those that register for full day program, which includes Branch Out workshop from 1:00-4:30 p.m.)

Topics Covered: The workshop will help you create a plan designed to implement business growth by focusing on three phases: Ready (assess), Set (strategize and plan), Go (take action). We will examine where your business is now, where you want to take it, and how you will get it there. This interactive, entertaining, and intensive workshop will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your business
  • Active business planning strategies
  • Best practices for business owners
  • Marketing/Unique Selling Proposition
  • Ideal Client/Target Market
  • Business models
  • Business Systems/Operations Manual
  • Create a strategic plan for growing operations
  • Start preparing for your exit strategy
  • Delegating and outsourcing
  • Hiring employees or subcontractors
  • Creating multiple streams of income/leverage your content
  • Establishing a Board of Advisors
  • Accountability checks/tools
  • Focusing on your unique areas of brilliance within your business
  • Learn how to work on your business, not just in it
  • Hear valuable lessons learned based on the presenter’s years of experience as a successful business owner

Who Should Attend: Are you a solopreneur and often find it lonely? Maybe you are you a small business owner with employees or subcontractors, but find yourself wanting to brainstorm with like-minded business owners, while learning from a business coach, lawyer and trainer of entrepreneurs? Perhaps you are at a pivotal point in your business, and need to make some tough decisions.

Regardless of the level your business is ready to move to, this workshop will help you get there. If you are in the beginning stages of business, this workshop will help you start off on the right foot. If you are in business for years, this workshop will help you figure out what’s next and give you a customizable Action Plan to get there.

You will leave the workshop motivated and prepared to act. If you’ve never seen Lisa in action, come join us for a workshop that promises to deliver great results!

Rave Reviews from Past Attendees of Lisa’s Workshops:

“You are very well-spoken and a wonderful presenter. You did a great job providing so much relevant content and without giving us that feeling of info-overload.”

“I went to your workshop at the NAPO Conference and just wanted to tell you how impressed I was. You are such a knowledgeable and good speaker. I have already implemented so many of your suggestions. Yours was the only CD I purchased from conference. I am sure your session will benefit me for years to come.”

“The level of energy and enthusiasm you bring into the training environment is truly admirable and your organizational skills certainly show proof of the amount of effort and thought you place in preparing for your workshops.”

“Your workshop at the NAPO National Conference was alone worth my entire investment (registration, hotel, transportation, food, etc.). Thank you so much!”

About the Presenter:
Lisa Montanaro is an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer, Business & Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Author. Lisa founded LM Organizing Solutions, LLC in 2002, and has helped thousands of people and organizations live better lives and operate better businesses. A sought-after business expert due to her background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs, Lisa offers business coaching to professional organizers, and other entrepreneurs and small business owners. Part consultant, part coach — Lisa gives expert advice, while also guiding clients to the answers they seek. Lisa presents at national conferences, has been interviewed by television and radio hosts, is a frequent guest expert for national teleclasses and webinars, and has been widely published on the web and in print.