Calling All Organizers or Those That Want to be Organizers: Join Lisa at the 2011 MARCPO Conference on October 15th for a Great Day of Professional Development!

I will be presenting a not-to-be-missed session on Saturday, October 15th called “Don’t be Afraid of the Big Bad Law: Using the Law as a Protective Shield for Your Organizing Business”.

2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Professional Organizers
Saturday, October 15, 2011 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Bethesda Doubletree Hotel
(301) 652-2000
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

The National Association of Professional Organizers – Washington DC Chapter (NAPO-WDC) invites you to join us for the premiere event for professional organizers in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Whether you are an aspiring, new or established organizer, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Professional Organizers is sure to enhance your professionalism and your impact with clients. It’s an opportunity to re-energize your business through dynamic educational sessions, networking with your peers and building relationships with the vendors that supply products and services to the industry.

The registration fee is $295. Click here to register.

Are you unable to find things when you need them?
Are you always moving stacks of paper?
Do you want to live in a pleasing space?

Just in time for Spring Cleaning, author and professional organizer, Lisa Montanaro, is presenting a FREE program on simplifying, organizing and enhancing your life on Monday, 1:00 PM at the Orangeburg Library, 20 S. Greenbush Rd., Orangeburg.

She’ll have information on pre-ordering a copy of the book and getting on the “Red Carpet List” or joining The Ultimate Life Org book club. Call (845) 359-2244 to register.

Please call the library at 845-359-2244, Ext. 10 to register. See more details.

The YWCA and Jewish Family Services with the support of the Women’s Leadership Fund are proud to present Heels in Motion– a series of professional workshops for young women. Heels in Motion aims to help women get the edge they need to get ahead!

The first workshop will be March 10, 2011 6pm at Thrall Library:
LM Organizing Solutions’ Lisa Montanaro presents “DECIDE to be Organized”

To RSVP contact Danielle Marse-Kapr, (845) 561-8050 x17,

In a difficult job market, the difference between you and a competitor may be your ability to make quick decisions, stay organized, and be a highly effective worker.
What You’ll Learn:

  • What is clutter?
  • Decluttering Tips & Tools
  • Benefits of being organized
  • Creating systems that work for you
  • Time & task management
  • Lisa’s unique decide method!

All young professional women are encouraged to attend!

Howard University Alumni Club of Westchester and Rockland Counties presents:

The “Extra” in Extraordinary: Powerful Professional Development

Be Extraordinary in 2011!

Prepare yourself for the year ahead by taking part in this information-packed professional development panel discussion designed to engage, enlighten and empower you to enhance your professional life and image. Learn how leaders in your field conduct themselves to get the very best results, build confidence and solidify their success! Whether just starting out in your career or business or a seasoned professional or entrepreneur, this panel of experts will give you tools to put the “extra” in your professional life!


Effective Public Speaking

Getting Organized and Managing Time

Dining and Cocktail Party Etiquette

Image Development


Pamela Minyard, Director, Mercy College and Co-Author, Executive Etiquette Power (Moderator)

Michele Brown, Certified Executive Coach, IntuAction Coaching

Rosa McLeish, Owner and Founder of Teach Me to Succeed Foundation and The New York School of Etiquette

Lisa Montanaro, Owner of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC and Certified Professional Organizer

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011 • 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: The Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson House 35 South Broadway, 2nd Floor • Tarrytown, NY

Cost: $10• Limited Seating • RSVP by January 20 to

If any of you are in the NYC area and want to learn how to be more organized at work, come join me for Get Organized! Learn the Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts to Becoming Organized at Work on Tuesday, December 7, 9:00 am-4:00 pm for the Pace University Professional Development Program. The workshop will deliver great content designed to assist you in being more productive in your work life. The workshop is open to all that are interested. Click here for details and to register.

Learn hands-on, practical solutions that will not only improve your work performance but also assist you in getting and staying organized.  Develop smart, efficient systems that are easy to follow for both packrats and neat-nicks!  A comprehensive self assessment will be performed to develop your own organizing style.

Topics Include: Learn the basic principles of organizing, efficient paper management, filing systems, and email management, and how to get through your inbox and piles of paper.

Meet the Instructor
This course will be presented by Lisa Montanaro, an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and its Golden Circle, reserved for organizers that have been in business for 5 years or more.  Lisa’s presentations are informative and entertaining!

If any of you are in the NYC area and want to become a better public speaker, come join me forPublic Speaking Mastery on November 9th from 9 am – 4 pm for the Pace University Professional Development Program. The workshop will deliver great content about public speaking, and will allow you the opportunity to practice your speaking skills in a supportive environment and get instant and useful feedback. The workshop is open to all that are interested. Click here for details and to register.

Being able to speak effectively with colleagues, supervisors, employees, customers, and clients is critical in the business world.  Learn how to improve your communication style, inspire and motivate participants and exude confidence and enthusiasm.

Participants will practice public speaking techniques and make impromptu presentations for constructive feedback.

Topics Include: Tips and tricks to conquer the fear of public speaking in both small groups and large audiences, improve oral and nonverbal communication, using visual aids effectively.

Meet the Instructor

Lisa Montanaro is a member of the National Speakers Association, the premiere association for professional speakers. Lisa’s background as a teacher, lawyer, and performer has provided her with years of experience and expertise in speaking, and she has served as a speaking coach to many. She is a sought-after speaker at national and regional conferences, as well as for national teleclasses and webinars, and was voted number 1 speaker of the 2008 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference. Lisa’s presentations are content-rich, as well as interactive and entertaining. So get ready to have fun while learning!

3 Steps to Next Level Business Success: Ready, Set, Go!

A Professional Development Seminar – Hosted by National Association of Professional Organizers, New England Chapter (NAPO-NE).

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

  • DATE: Saturday, September 11, 2010
  • TIME: 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • LOCATION: Doubletree Guest Suites Boston/Waltham
    550 Winter Street Waltham, MA 02451

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!

In this presentation, Lisa Montanaro, 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). Regardless of the level your business is ready to move to this workshop will help you get there.

By the end of this 3-hour workshop, you will:

  • Learn active business planning strategies
  • Be able to objectively assess the strengths and weaknesses in your own business
  • Receive examples of best practices for business owners
  • Learn the benefits of blueprinting your business operations so that you can create balance in your work life & a clear exit strategy

Click here for more information and to register.

Are you afraid of public speaking but want to move past that fear? You know that good public speaking skills could propel you forward professionally, but you lack polish and practice?

Then join me for “Public Speaking Mastery” at Pace University’s Professional Development Program on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 from 9 am – 4 pm at Pace University Midtown, 551 Fifth Avenue at 45th Street, New York, NY.

Learn how to conduct engaging, informative, and interactive presentations to audiences large and small.  Discover how to improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles, inspire and motivate participants, and exude confidence and enthusiasm, while establishing credibility. 

Participants will have the opportunity to practice public speaking techniques and will make impromptu presentations for constructive feedback.

Topics Include: Overview of the vital tips and tricks to conquer the fear of public speaking; improve oral and nonverbal communication and the use of visual aids when presenting; receive valuable constructive feedback on your personal presentation style.

If you are ready to become an accomplished public speaker, click here for more details and to register.

Hope to see you there!

I just had the pleasure of attending the 2010 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in Columbus, Ohio from April 21-25. What an experience! This was my 7th consecutive NAPO Conference, and it was the best one so far!

Many people don’t like conferences. I can understand that. They are tiring. You are often on your feet for much of the day, or sitting in a chair paying attention to a presentation and taking notes. The food is usually sub-par. The air is “fake” as you are indoors all day. so you lack fresh air. The hotel beds are not the most comfortable.

But let’s look at all of the great advantages of attending a professional development conference. Networking, collaboration, knowledge, brainstorming, energy, motivation, inspiration, etc. The list goes on! This year, I noticed that conference attendees seemed to connect on a deeper level — not just business as usual. People were showing their authentic selves, personally and professionally, which elevated the entire conference experience to a higher level.

I am lucky to be a member of such a dynamic, forward-thinking, collaborative and successful industry. I attended keynote and workshop sessions on making connections, using social media, creating a power office, being resilient, using technology via online and smart phone “apps” to stay organized, and using coaching techniques with organizing clients. Wow – what amazing stuff! 

I had the distinct privilege of being one of the panelists on the Ask the Organizer Panel. Attendees ask questions of panelists and the entire session is expertly moderated by a colleague, Monica Ricci, who has been serving as the moderator for years. The questions were insightful and intelligent. I was so impressed!

I also had the honor of presenting “Don’t Go It Alone: It Takes a Village to Run a Successful Organizing Business” during which I shared ideas and information about outsourcing, delegating, setting up a Board of Advisors, using Master Mind groups, creating an Operations Manual, etc.  The attendees shared great information, which made the session interactive. I love when attendees learn from each other and not just from me as the presenter.

I am now home, catching up, connecting with peers on social media that I met at the conference, adding those that subscribed to my ezine lists, and generally basking in the conference after glow! I have renewed energy for my business, and can’t wait to implement all of the fantastic ideas that I gathered. My business year runs from April to April, as that is when the NAPO Conference takes place. I work my action plan between conferences. Next year’s conference is in San Diego, which means we have the added bonus of great weather! You can be sure that I will take breaks at that conference to get outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air. Therefore, my conference after glow may be mixed with an actual tan. Not bad, huh? 🙂

Want to meet close to 100 exhibitors in one fell swoop? Come to the Warwick Valley Expo on Saturday, April 10th from 10 am – 4 pm at the Warwick Valley Middle School (West Street extension) in Warwick, NY.

This will be the third annual Warwick Expo, which is hosted by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce. Expo is a community showcase of businesses, non-profits, and more. The first year I was the keynote speaker. This year, there are two great keynote speakers that I know personally and have heard speak (you will not be disappointed!). I am excited to be an exhibitor. Come stop by my booth and see my new line of CDs, and other great products and programs. I will be offering some Expo-only specials, so if you are in the area, don’t miss out!

Hope to see you there!