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.

Want to learn how to give a killer presentation from two professional speakers with years of experience and expertise? Well, here’s your chance!

I am thrilled to be presenting a pre-conference session with my colleague, Monica Ricci, who was the moderator of the Ask the Organizer Panel for 10 years running! She is a dynamic, funny, intelligent speaker and I am so excited that she will join me for “Speak Up! Secrets of Crafting and Delivering Killer Presentations” on Wednesday, April 17th in New Orleans at the 2013 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Annual Conference.

We plan to put the “dynamic” into dynamic duo for sure! Check out our little diddy of a video that we put together from different sides of the country to promote the event.

So join us for what is sure to be a high-content, informative, jam-packed, interactive, and entertaining session that can set you up to present “killer” presentations as part of your business. Hope to see you there! See the conference details here.

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.

Headed in this direction
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.

Start your summer off by attending my upcoming course, DECIDE to be Organized: Achieve Results at Home, at Work and in Life through Pace University’s Professional Development Program.  You’ll learn the skills and tips so that you can actually have some time to relax this summer!

This event is open to the public, so come join me. Click here for details and to register.

Too often seen as completely separate efforts, organizing and decision-making skills amplify the power of each other when properly combined. In this entertaining and engaging talk, I will share valuable tips on how to effectively organize your time, space, paper and possessions by practicing good decision-making techniques, creating a system that works, and integrating the system into your life.

Topics include:

  • Sobering statistics about how disorganized we are as a society
  • What is clutter?
  • Decluttering tips and tools
  • Benefits of being organized
  • Changing behavior
  • The DECIDE method

Plus, as an added bonus, there will be an interactive Organizing Vision Drilldown session, during which I will provide tips, ideas, and strategies that will solve challenges while motivating and inspiring you into action. If you’ve never seen me in action, this is your chance to come away with great new ideas that will help you achieve results at home, at work, and in life!

The Details:

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Pace University Midtown Center
551 Fifth Avenue at 45th
New York, NY
Tuition: $195 (includes all materials)

Click here for details and to register.

There’s still “Time” to sign up for my upcoming course, Make Time for This! Effective Time Management through Pace University’s Professional Development Program. This event is open to the public, so come join me. Click here for details and to register.

Time is one of our most precious resources. Yet we battle daily to make the best use of it. This workshop addresses how to get more done in less time with less stress by maximizing your productivity and setting priorities. Learn to pinpoint where you need to take control. Improve your comprehension and focus and more effectively perform when juggling people, paper, and priorities.

Topics Include:

  • Self-assessment
  • Tools of time management (calendars/PDAs/daily planners)
  • How to say no
  • Project lists and to-do lists
  • Conquering procrastination
  • The myth of multi-tasking
  • Dealing with interruptions.

The Details:

Date: Friday, May 11, 2012
Time:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Pace University Midtown Center
551 Fifth Avenue at 45th
New York, NY
Tuition: $195 (includes all materials)

Click here for details and to register.

Recently, I attended the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), held in Baltimore, MD. I had the absolute pleasure of seeing and hearing the closing keynote speaker, Dan Thurmon. I first encountered Dan at the National Speakers Association (NSA) annual conference in Anaheim in July 2011, during which he was inducted into the NSA Hall of Fame. Dan is a performance artist and professional speaker who juggles, throws knives, and rides a unicycle on stage, all of which is very entertaining and exciting. Yet, his message is equally powerful. In fact, I was even more impressed with his ability to weave high-level content into his performance elements, which is not an easy accomplishment to pull off.

Dan’s keynote content was drawn from his latest book, Off Balance on Purpose. Two important meanings are intend ed. First, that we are most effective, productive and happy when embracing the “off balance” reality of life. And secondly, that we should intentionally choose to take action and initiate meaningful changes. While I have not read his book yet, I did love his message and the way he presented it to a group of productivity experts.

To be “productive” literally means to produce. Therefore, many of us tend to translate being productive to mean that we need to keep doing and going and producing, and all at the same time. However, this can cause a ton of stress in our lives and make the quality of what we are producing decrease. I am just as guilty of that as others. So it takes a brave person to realize that you can have it all, but just not at the same time!

As Dan was juggling, he explained to us that you must release one item in order to catch the ot her item. He is never actually holding more than one item that he is juggling at once! This was so powerful. It sometimes takes a visual exercise like this to snap us into realization.

In our own lives, we tend to want to do it all and right now. Yet, we then sacrifice the quality of our work, relationships, and life overall if we take on too much. We wind up doing a bunch of things at less than 100%, and then berate ourselves for not being able to keep up.

It takes a brave person to stop and say, “I can have it all… just not at the same time!” There is a time and a season for everything. Maybe this year is the year you work on your career transition. Maybe this month is the one to focus on cultivating a new hobby. Maybe this summer is the one when you (finally!) get organized. But if you try to get organized, embark on a career transition, and cultivate a new hobby all at the same time, while still juggling all of the other responsibilities in your life, you may fail miserably at all of them, or not enjoy any of them.

I admit that I am a go-getter! I like to stay busy, thrive on change, and am a life-long learner with an adventurous spirit. But I have had to make choices. I realize I cannot do everything, and certainly not at once. My Mom used to tease me that I should have been a cat, as it will take nine lives to do everything I want to do in this one life time. And that may be true. But I have much more awareness now that I can’t have it all at the same time, and I will drop a lot of balls I am juggling if I try to.

So I like Dan Thurmon’s message and plan to adopt it as my own. Juggle one thing at a time, continuing to release and catch, as you go. It is okay to be “off balance on purpose” in order to live a more fulfilling and, ironically, balanced life in the long run. Care to join me?

 

 

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Copyright 2012. Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and operate productive and profitable businesses.  Lisa publishes the monthly “DECIDE® to be Organized” e-zine for success-minded individuals, and “Next Level Business Success” e-zine for entrepreneurs. Subscribe today at www.LMOrganizingSolutions.com. Lisa 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 h elp take your business to the next level, contact Lisa at (845) 988-0183 or by e-mail at Lisa@LMOrganizingSolutions.com.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to
decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

~ Jane Goodall

Many people believe that they have one true vocational calling. That may be true. But for some of us, we have multiple areas of expertise and talents and a thirst to share them all with the world. It is this sense of adventure and drive for reinvention that ultimately led me to create
LM Organizing Solutions, LLC (LMOS).

My first calling was as a performer. I spent my childhood singing, acting and dancing, and wanted to go professional. But as I matured, I started to fall in love with the law, and switched gears as a young adult, pursuing a pre-law course of study. I never gave up performing but, rather, turned it into a wonderful hobby that continues to this day.

Another great passion of mine was to work with the deaf. My cousins are deaf–a lovely married couple that was a generation older than me. When I visited and saw them signing with each other, and with their two hearing children, I was enthralled and vowed to learn this beautiful, expressive language. Thus, when I graduated from college and was admitted to law school, I deferred admission for one year to teach at the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains, NY.

I was hooked! I loved teaching deaf students, and developed proficiency for American Sign Language. A year later, I decided to continue teaching and attend law school in the evening.

Upon my graduation from law school, I practiced employment, labor, education and disability law for 9 ½ years. Although I had a profound respect for the law, I did not appreciate the way it was practiced in our society. It became too negative in the hands of those that wanted to use it to fight. I started to become restless and knew that there were other ways I could share my talents and expertise with people and organizations to improve the world. I did a lot of soul searching and arrived at the conclusion that I needed to leave the traditional practice of law and become an entrepreneur in order to truly make a difference.

During that time of career transition, I realized that I had been organizing people’s lives on an “amateur” level my whole life, and that my organizing and coaching skills transcended my work as a lawyer, teacher, mediator, writer, speaker, and performer.

In 2002, I launched LMOS, which serves as the umbrella for my areas of expertise, and provides a platform to offer a variety of services to clients.  Through LMOS, I am able to offer organizing, business and life coaching, and motivational speaking to individuals and organizations.  These three main focus areas allow me to combine my lifelong passion for creating order with my skills gained as a lawyer, educator, and performer.  LMOS gives me the ability to enact positive, proactive change.  My clients rely on me for leadership, guidance, support, encouragement, and coaching.

I now consider myself a multi-passionate entrepreneur. I took a leap of faith and created a business that allows me to meld together many different, but related, “callings” at the same time, while helping people live better lives and run better companies and organizations. The result has been both successful and rewarding.

Warm regards,

 

Copyright 2009 © Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC.

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Is the Threat of a Lawsuit a Real Fear?

As a small business owner, you may be one of the 48% concerned about frivolous or unfair lawsuits.  According to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, actual lawsuits and the fear of lawsuits cost U.S. small businesses $98 million in 2005.  That figure may seem large because it includes money spent on damage awards, settlements, legal costs, liability insurance premiums, and costs incurred by insurance companies on behalf of policyholders.  Is the fear of lawsuits a real fear?  Unfortunately, yes.  Anybody can sue anybody over anything at any time.  In reality, 46% of small business owners have been threatened with a lawsuit, 34% have been sued in the past 10 years, and 62% have made business decisions to avoid lawsuits.  Indeed, small businesses bear 69% of the total cost of the tort system to all U.S. businesses.

What is the Best Course of Action?

What’s a small business owner to do?  For starters, realize that the best defense is a great offense.  While most small business owners fear the law, it is much wiser to use the law as a protective shield.  There are many business and legal components that contribute to creating the strongest shield possible – business entities (the type of structure that governs your business), insurance, and intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secrets) to name a few.

As a former full-time practicing attorney and now a small business owner, I have been on both sides of the fence when it comes to the legal issues a business owner may face.  It is imperative that organizers understand the basics of the legal side of running an organizing business, and how to use the law as a shield to protect yourself and your business.

Creating a Shield Through Business Structure

The first item an organizing business owner should consider is the structure of the business.  There are 4 basic types of business entities: sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and limited liability company.  A common misconception of small business owners is that the business entity itself always creates a legal shield.  In some instances (a corporation, or limited liability company, for example), this is generally true.  However, if you are a sole proprietor (and, if so, you are not alone, as 78% of all small businesses in the U.S. are sole proprietorships), then you essentially have no shield.  As a sole proprietor, you are personally liable for all business debts and other obligations.  Fortunately, the law is not the only means to create a shield to protect your business.  If the business entity itself does not provide a shield, then you can create one by acquiring appropriate and adequate insurance coverage.  Thus, a sole proprietorship that is adequately protected by insurance may have an effective shield.

In the case of partnerships, another misconception is that the partnership is a distinct legal entity that provides a shield.  A partnership is essentially a sole proprietorship run by two or more individuals.  Thus, the structure itself provides no shield.  Again, insurance can be used to fill in the gap, and/or a different business entity can be chosen.  For example, did you know that you can create a corporation and the same two people that would have created a partnership will now be shareholders?  What about a limited liability company with more than one member?  There are many ways for two or more individuals to own a business together.  Carefully consider which makes the most sense, not only from an operations and decision-making standpoint, but to garner the most legal protection for the owners involved.

Even with corporations and limited liability companies, there are limits to the force of the shield.  Simply creating a business entity is not enough.  The business must be operated as a distinct legal entity, including refraining from co-mingling of personal and business funds, keeping personal guarantees on behalf of the company to a minimum, maintaining corporate/business records, and paying business-related taxes.  If the business entity is a sham or the owner does not follow the rules in terms of keeping the business shield up, the legal doctrine of “piercing the corporate veil” may be applied by a court if the business is sued.  Piercing the corporate veil allows a litigant to pierce the business structure and reach the owner personally.  Granted, piercing the corporate veil is only applied in very limited situations, but it should be used as a reminder to keep that shield up at all times when it comes to operating your organizing business as a distinct legal entity.

Creating a Shield Through a Written Client Agreement

As an organizer, when you agree to perform services for a client, and the client agrees to pay you for such services, you and your client have entered into a legal contract.  The terms of the contract, however, are difficult to recall and prove unless in writing.  A written contract is pivotal as it puts clients on notice of business policies and terms, sets a professional tone, promotes consistency of policies, and is legally enforceable in court (the decision whether to sue a client to enforce a contract is, of course, a business decision, as well as a legal one, and should be carefully considered).  The contract, thus, helps to prevent misunderstandings and clearly defines the expectations of the parties.

Some organizers choose not to use contracts for fear that a written agreement may be too formal or legal in nature and, thus, may scare a client away.  Again, this is a business decision that should be given consideration, and you should determine if this is a real or imagined fear by communicating with your clients to test the waters.  You can also use a “letter agreement,” which may be less intimidating for residential clients.  In the corporate organizing arena, a written contract is generally expected.  Another disadvantage of using a written contract is the cost of creating and advising if you use an attorney.  While there are standardized contract forms available online and in books, be careful not to accept such standardized forms carte blanche.  I often see small business owners fail to adapt contracts appropriately, which causes embarrassing typos, inappropriate clauses, and general confusion.  Not only does this look unprofessional, but in extreme cases it can also result in unenforceability of the contract in court.  Therefore, it is a good idea to have a business lawyer review the agreement to make sure it adequately protects you, contains the relevant terms, and fulfills the goals you want to accomplish.  It is an expense worth paying for to secure adequate protection in the long term.

A word of caution: stay away from “legalese.”  Use plain English so that the agreement is easy to understand and helps, rather than hinders, the understanding between you and your clients.  If you do use a client agreement, here is a list of sample clauses you should consider including:

  • Definition of the parties (define your status as an independent contractor if the contract is for corporate organizing);
  • Services to be performed;
  • Code of ethics;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Pricing and payment policies (pricing structure, retainer guidelines, travel time or expense, shopping charges, cancellation policy, when payment is due, fee for bounced check, credit card acceptance, payment of expenses, etc.);
  • Provision of materials, equipment, and office space;
  • Assurance of insurance coverage;
  • State law governance;
  • Permission to take and use photos;
  • Term of agreement/termination of relationship.

Now, go forth with shields raised!

The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues commonly encountered.  For a comprehensive overview of legal issues involved in running an organizing business, refer to the CD “Navigating the Legal Landmines of an Organizing Business”  from the 2008 NAPO Conference in Reno, NV. 

Contact Lisa Montanaro by visiting www.LMOrganizingSolutions.com, by email at Lisa@LMOrganizingSolutions.com, or by phone at
(845) 988-0183.

This article originally appeared in NAPO News, Volume 23, Number 4, September 2008
Copyright © 2008 Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC.

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