Do you…

new_life-old_life… 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 2014?

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 20, 2014.

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), and w ill 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:

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

Many 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 finances to keep you from living a La Dolce Vita life! So I have kept this program affordable.

Early Bird Rate is $299 until 2/13; $359 thereafter (there’s even a 2 pay option available if you need to spread payments out).

Go to lisamontanaro.com/lmg-university/LaDolceVita for details and to register.

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

Ciao!

La Dolce Vita

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

Do you need permission to make your
well being, happiness, and self care a priority?

Is fear still holding you back from going after what you want?

Are you tired of living your best life “in your head”
and want to finally make it a reality?

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

Introducing the La Dolce Vita

6-Week Life Coaching Program
from LMG University

This isn’t just any life coaching program. It’s based on content taken from my concept of La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), and will help you bring the passion and zest back to your life.IMG_0210-300x300

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.

michaelsmithLisa lives up to and surpasses expectations by being a very good listener, organized, detailed and creative. Her law background is unusually unique and one of the reasons why Lisa works well in providing solutions when you it need it most.

Michael A. Smith, President, New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc., New Paltz, NY


What’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!

IMG_0206Maybe for you this 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 (it’s 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.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”

~ Erma Bombeck

Why Take a Life Coaching Program With Me as the Facilitator?

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 become an entrepreneur, and that allows me to live a La Dolce Vita kind of life!

I grew up on stage as a “triple threat” — singer, actress and dancer

theaterlisaAs a young adult, I had to make the difficult decision whether I wanted to devote my career to performing (read: starving actress waiting tables in NYC…) or to make performing a hobby and pursue a different career. This was a significant choice and is the core of some of my coaching/teaching about being a “shadow artist,” choosing a path for a career, and incorporating your passions into your life. I never gave up performing but, rather, turned it into a wonderful hobby that continues to this day

I am a lawyer, who “defected” from the practice of law after becoming disillusioned with the negative side of how it is practiced and the constant fighting involved in the profession.

Upon 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.

The more I practiced law, the more I realized that the nature of the practice did not suit my personality or my career goals. 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.

While I highly value my legal education and experience, the practice of law was simply not for me.

I made a conscious decision to use my experience as a trusted advisor and a counselor to help people in a productive and collaborative way. That’s how I found coaching, consulting, speaking, and writing, and it is exactly what I love to do and what I was meant to do. I use my legal analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving, and counseling skills in a positive manner now to help people on a daily basis.

SheilaDelsonLisa, working with you these past months has s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d me beyond what I knew into a realm of possibility because the journey allowed me to break out of my own self-imposed shackles. It was hard work; I did a lot of kicking and screaming! Yet you were always there to support my every challenge with the comfort of your knowledge and expertise. You helped me to do what I needed to so that ‘my work’ could continue and grow. There is a lot more to do, but I now have a road map so I know how to get there. Fabulous! Thank you!

Sheila Delson, CPO-CD, FREEDomain Concepts, LLC



I was an instructor and interpreter at the NY School for the Deaf and am proficient in American Sign Language.

My cousin and his wife are deaf and I grew up obsessed with Helen Keller and the Miracle Worker. In order to fulfill my dream of teaching the deaf, I worked as an instructor and interpreter at the NY School for the Deaf for 3 years while attending law school in the evening. It was one of the best experiences of my life and helped solidify that the teacher archetype is strong within me. To this day, I feel that no matter what I am doing, it involves, at its core, some aspect of teaching. Sign language and deaf culture remain a great passion of mine, and I am constantly figuring out ways to incorporate them into my business and life.

I studied abroad in The Netherlands focusing on government, culture and art, with an emphasis on international law.

This was a significant experience and started my life-long love affair with Europe. It is one of my dreams and intentions to live in Europe at some point in the future with my husband, specifically in Italy! For now, I enjoy traveling to Europe on vacation and am hoping to book a speaking engagement there soon, and hold my first Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Retreat in Tuscany in the next few years. To prepare, I am taking Italian language classes. Fantastico!

I have been coupled with my husband, Sean, since I was a freshman in college!IMG_5546

We met when I was a swim team coach and instructor, and he was a lifeguard, at the town pool where Sean grew up. I still consider him my soul mate, best friend, and partner in life and love.

I am child free by choice.

I love children, am a former special education teacher, and have many nieces, nephews and God children, but chose to focus my maternal instincts on animals (I have two awesome dogs and am married to a veterinarian), other people’s children, my clients, my business, and the Earth. I think being a parent is a calling and have a profound respect for those that choose to have children. But I also truly feel it is a choice that not all of us make. (And yes, I had/have a wonderful relationship with my own parents!)

I am an avid active enthusiast.

I love to mix it up and move my body with dancing, kickboxing, running, walking, hiking, bike riding, rock climbing, and many other active pursuits.

I have completed a marathon, a half triathlon, hiked the Grand Canyon, and biked through Provence. Exercise and outdoor activities are so important to me that I make an appointment with myself on my calendar to get my exercise and outdoor activity on my schedule, and then treat those appointments with as much respect as the ones I make with others, meaning… I keep them!

SusanChitwood2Lisa is top notch! She is inspiring, encouraging and cuts to the heart of the issue to offer right on solutions. And she’s entertaining (and organized) to boot!

Susan Chitwood, Maypop Design



I lost my beloved Mom in 2010 to pancreatic cancer when she was only 63 years old.

Losing my Mom was the hardest thing I have ever had to bear. We were best friends in addition to being mother-daughter. This tragic loss has made me even more determined to live life to the fullest.

The view out of my office at my last law job was of the Twin Towers, and I lived in Manhattan at the time.

The terrorist attacks of 9-11 affected me personally and served as a catalyst for jumping ship from my law career and becoming an entrepreneur. They also serve as a reminder that we only get one dance so it is important to seize the day and live your best life on a daily basis!

MaryStephaniePasqualettoI have Lisa now as a mentor and coach for a women entrepreneur mastermind program that I am doing…And it is truly the best experience I have ever had.

Mary Stephanie Pasqualetto


I incorporate my passions into my business.

A defining moment in my journey as an entrepreneur came in 2008 when I was voted Number 1 Speaker of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in Reno, NV, and won the talent show for doing the number “All That Jazz” from the Broadway show, Chicago.IMG_0208

Here I was in fishnet stockings singing and dancing on a Wednesday night at the casino, and then wearing business attire and presenting business and legal issues to entrepreneurs on Friday morning. Talk about your worlds colliding!

It made me realize that in order to love my business and life, I needed to stop compartmentalizing everything and just be my authentic self.

What a difference it has made in my business and life!

My clients respect and admire that I am able to live a life of passion and creativity, while running a thriving professional and successful business. They tease me that I am like an explosion of right brain and left brain… and I take that as a compliment. So I call 2008 the year I fully embraced my Renaissance spirit and allowed it to infiltrate my business in surprising and refreshing ways!

Now my business is a wonderful combination of assisting clients with being more productive, successful, profitable and improving personal and professional development and effectiveness.

Lisa is the most inspirational, influential, and motivating coach to experience. I have had her coach me as a mastermind mentor for the WED/PEP Program, and now for her own La Dolce Vita Program from LMG University. She is the only one that I trust as a mentor, and have found that as an entrepreneur my ideas for all of my passionate pursuits became both clear and organized after attending her lectures. Lisa uses real hands on approach to work within so that you will empower yourself, and also will be able to dig deep within in order to pursue your true passion and turn it into a future filled with profitable benefits. Being that I am also now presently a law student trying to get through my law degree, and also being affiliated within entertainment and coaching women artist in this industry, I feel 100% confident with her coaching since she herself also has knowledge within these three areas. In conclusion, I would highly recommend Lisa, and give this testimonial as a true fact that upon completion in one of her sessions, you will then become aware that anything that you may have previously found to be out of your reach or you may have thought to be “impossible” will now and always become “possible.”

~M.S. Butler

I relocated 3,000 miles across country in 2012 and started a whole new life on the West Coast.

I am always one to live life to the fullest, so when given the opportunity to move clear across the country from New York to California in July 2012 for my husband to advance his career as a veterinarian by doing a 3 year residency in veterinary internal medicine, I said, “Let’s go for it!”

The move allowed me to expand personally and professionally on so many levels: geographically, yes, but much deeper than that. We sold our house, left behind family and friends (whom we, of course, miss!) downsized, and embraced a new life out here on the West Coast. It prompted me to rebrand and expand my business, make new friends, cultivate new hobbies (and reconnect with old ones too!), and prioritize and simplify in many ways while I support my husband through his demanding 3 year residency.

“He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of everyday…
needs to reorganize his life.”

~ George Matthew Adams

I Live a La Dolce Vita Lifestyle

IMG_1047I am Italian-American and grew up in NY in a large Italian-American area. My family is made up of opera singers, poets, chefs, tailors, artists, and more. I guess you can say that I come from a long line of passionate Italians!

In 2005, my husband and I visited Italy. Ah, Bella Italia! There is nothing like it in the world. The people, food, culture, art, architecture, language, and attitude of Italy is special. I felt like I had literally come home. We realized a life long dream of visiting Italy this past summer 2015 for an entire month and loved every minute of it! And I have been taking Italian language classes to finally learn how to speak the language of my ancestors.

But in the meantime, what I do on a daily basis is bring the best of Italy to me by living a La Dolce Vita kind of life. I make time to enjoy my passions and hobbies, cultivate my relationships, maintain a positive attitude, break through my fears, and practice self care in all of its forms. I try to bring the passion and spirit of Italy to me!

And that’s what I want to share with you… how to live a La Dolce Vita kind of life no matter where you live geographically. La Dolce Vita is more of a mindset, attitude and lifestyle than a place.

Christine-SinclairWhat a fantastic class last night! I always get so much from your classes, but this last class blew my socks off. Everyone was changed last night. We all stayed after you left and talked about what happened for quite a while afterwards. I’m so sorry to see the classes coming to a close. Thanks so much for everything.

Christine Sinclair,
participant in 6-month Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) Mastermind Group


Isn’t it time you fell in love with your life again???

CIMG0173You 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 this amazing 6 session program 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.
    • Learn to live within your means while still maintaining an abundant mindset.
    • 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.

Lisa is an amazing Renaissance Woman of many talents. She is passionate about her work. She makes her work FUN. Lisa is the ultimate problem solver. I love listening to Lisa during our group coaching sessions where she skillfully listens and then offers her suggestions, ALWAYS with respect, kindness and CLARITY.

The first time I spoke with her on a one-to-one basis, I already started to feel more organized. Being a part of her online group has helped me in so many ways to make even the smallest changes to make my life more efficient.

In Lisa’s online group coaching program, she acknowledges each person’s concerns. She points out the positive things that they do and helps problem solve how they can do something different. There is no criticism. Lisa is warm, caring and passionate about helping others do and be the best that they can. It is helpful to hear others tell their stories of paperwork pile ups, stresses with family and business/work, etc. as it makes you feel that you are not alone. Also, to receive encouragement from others is helpful — we are all in this together.

I am so pleased to have been a part of her group coaching program and look forward to joining one of her programs again in the future.

Mena Messina Genetti, Warwick, NY

Schedule & Description of Sessions

Session 1

Crazy Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor: Positive and Proactive Productivity

  • Productivity Tips and Strategies
  • Prioritizing Self Care: Let Go, Say No, and Make You a Priority

IMG_6055Session 2

Become a Passionista!

  • How to Tap Into Your Passions & Manage Them
  • Hobbies & Interests
  • Volunteerism/Philanthropic Endeavors/Legacy
  • Don’t Be a See-Saw Anymore: Go Beyond Balance and Engage in Life-Work Integration

Session 3

Mind, Body & Soul

  • Health & Fitness
  • Personal Spirituality
  • C’Mon Get Happy: The Power of Positivity

Session 4

Get Your “House” in Order – Literally & Figuratively

  • Home Projects
  • Financial Wellness
    Preparing for the Future, While Still Living Well Today
    Living Within Your Means but With an Abundant Mindset
  • Rethink Your Definition of Retirement
  • Your Exit Strategy: It’s Not Morbid to Prepare for — It’s Smart!

Session 5

Connection & Relationships

  • Family & Friends
  • Passion & Romance
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Say No to Toxic Relationships and Negative Nellies & Neds

Session 6

Putting it all Together: Living Your La Dolce Vita Life!

  • Tools for Ongoing Support
  • Consistency & Commitment
  • “Believing Eyes”


“There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that, to enjoy it.”

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

 

kathythrasherI first met Lisa at the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS) annual conference in Denver, CO where she presented a seminar on how to add Organizing to your Redesign Business offerings. I was truly impressed with Lisa’s knowledge, professionalism and energy. I then participated in Lisa’s six-week DECIDE to be Organized on-line group coaching program.

My goal was two-fold in that I was looking for tips for my own personal organizing challenges as well as looking to gain more expertise to pass on to my clients. I found the six-week program to be very beneficial on both fronts. Sharing stories and challenges with others on the call helped to inspire me to tackle the things I had been putting off. In turn, being able to offer encouragement and understanding to others on the call was rewarding as well.

As I go through my old boxes of ‘stuff’ or work with others going through the same process, I continually ask myself Lisa’s three key questions – “Do I Love it? Do I Use it? Do I need it?” If not – then out it goes! Thank you Lisa for your inspiration and for offering this on-line coaching program. It has been an eye-opening and rewarding journey!

Kathy Thrasher, Alameda, CA R3Redesign.com


MelanieSerraI just want you to know how happy I am to be working with you on business and life coaching. I feel like I have a new lease on life! I wish I had worked with you years ago. You are awesome, and the perfect fit for me. We accomplish so much in our coaching sessions. Thanks again.

Melanie Serra, www.interior-revivals.com


This program will force you to take a cold hard look at your life, dissect it, and put it back together in La Dolce Vita style so that you can fall back in love with your life (or maybe fall in love with it for the first time ever!)!

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

Lisa is wonderful! Her tutelage, calming influence, and goal-directed persona have allowed me to achieve optimal performance. I highly recommend her to anyone, especially those interested in taking their organizational work and home space, as well as pursuits of goals, to the next level. Great person, easy-going personality, and inspirational support.

S.L., Major, United States Military Academy,
West Point, NY



MichelleOSullivanTaking the “DECIDE to be Organized” 6-week coaching program with Lisa Montanaro was a business and personal decision that has been so motivating and empowering! It has changed me in so many positive ways.

I am also a Professional Organizer and help others all the time with their organizing dilemmas. I took the DECIDE program to help myself, and learn from Lisa both personally and professionally.

Over the six weeks, I had a sense of direction and was able to focus more on the areas that needed help, as I felt accountable. The weekly calls were a time to share and get feedback from the other participants, and for Lisa to share her knowledge and expertise. Lisa was so understanding and encouraging, and had a way of inspiring each of us to be better.

I learned so much from this program and would recommend it to anyone who knows they want to make changes, and just needs some help to get there!

Michelle O’Sullivan, Saving Spaces, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


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BrittNewmanHere’s the difference between you and others:

You give CONTENT. I could end the call and be sooooo much better off than when I started and have true ideas and pieces that I can use.
Many others are teases – it’s all about marketing for the next venture, and nothing to walk away with.

I have always known that there is more to you than just finding the next client. Thank you for really sharing things that can be implemented.
I really believe your passion is about helping people and businesses to become their best, not just about promoting your own business and finding new clients.
Thank you for truly sharing from your wealth of knowledge.

You are a whirlwind of energy, innovation, and authenticity. Thank you for sharing and thank you for caring.

Cheers!

Britt Newman, Britt Newman Design Concepts

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Successfully Self-Employed Semester
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A 10-Module On-Demand Program for Newer/Emerging Entrepreneurs or Those That Want to Get Back to Basics!

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Want to start a business but are overwhelmed
with all that it entails?

Have a new business but don’t know how to fully get it off
the ground and running like a well oiled machine?

Been in business a few years but realize that you need help
with foundational basics like operations, branding,
marketing, and pricing?

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​​You are in luck! Welcome to the Successfully Self Employed Semester Self-Study Course!

The Successfully Self Employed Semester is a self-paced 10-module training program to help newer/emerging entrepreneurs with foundational business skills to build your confidence, structure, operations and effectiveness as a business owner. It’s perfect for newer business owners, anyone that is serious about starting a new business, or someone that’s been in business for years but needs to go back to basics.

Topics include: business identity and branding, legal structure and issues, marketing, networking and public relations, sales, pricing and money issues, and operations. It’s a powerful program offered at a fraction of the cost of doing private business coaching.

​​Why should you choose “Successfully Self-Employed” as your go-to business training program?

  • The training is offered as an on-demand self-study course, so no matter where you live or when you are available, this program is flexible and accessible to you!
  • Unlike live business training opportunities, there will be no additional costs for travel or hotels.
  • Your education extends over 10 modules allowing you time to learn, engage the materials, implement, test out your knowledge, and make your learning last far beyond the end of the semester.

IMG_0192​This program will provide you with the knowledge, confidence, and preparation necessary to be able to succeed as an entrepreneur. SSES is a 10-module virtual training program designed to focus on your business growth and success.




The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is perfect for you if:

  • You’ve got a new (or soon to be launched) business.
  • You need help identifying and choosing what business model is best for you, and what your business identity or brand is.
  • You’re interested in shortening the learning curve on complex legal and financial issues, and price your business offerings in a way that makes your business profitable.
  • You want to create a marketing plan that you can launch and be excited about.
  • You want to know how to better market your business online and offline.
  • You’re serious about creating a successful business and are ready to do the work to make that a reality!


What’s Included in the Successfully Self Employed Semester

    • 10 Modules – In these content-packed modules (MP3 audio recordings of the live version of this program), you will learn the skills, tools and knowledge base required to succeed as an entrepreneur.
    • Course materials – Including worksheets, templates, articles, outlines, exercises, checklists, and other supportive materials to help facilitate the learning process and drive home what you are learning.

Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction
  • ​Overview of course
  • ​Background of “Professor” as an entrepreneur
  • ​Review housekeeping items
Module 2: Business Ownership
  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Self Employment
  • Common Causes of Business Failure
  • The Entrepreneurial Curse
  • The Three Hats of a Small Business Owner
Module 3: Business Identity & Branding
  • The Brand Called You
  • Identifying your target market and ideal client
  • Identifying your USP (unique selling proposition)
  • Choosing business name, slogan, tag line, etc.
  • Personal vs. Corporate Brand
Module 4: All Things Legal
  • Learn about the different legal entities for a business
  • Considerations of the structure of a business as it relates to liability, employees, size, industry standards, insurance, taxes, etc.
  • Agreements to protect your business
Module 5: Show Me the Money
  • Pricing/Fee Structure
  • How to set your fees to ensure profitability
  • Hourly based vs project/flat rate fees
  • How to create packages
  • Share fees with public, or hold back until prospect calls?
  • How to cross-sell and upsell clients to other business offerings
Module 6: Integrative Marketing and Communications
  • Learn how to create an internet presence for your business, and how to use the internet to market your business to the world
  • Traditional and online marketing strategies designed to market and grow your business
  • Create a marketing plan
  • Using social media, blogs and article marketing to establish credibility and expertise
Module 7: Networking & Public Relations
  • Learn how to partner with other businesses to grow your referral network and become power partners to serve target markets
  • Crafting a clever and creative elevator pitch
  • Learn how to create a press kit, and write an effective press release
  • Using reporter list serves
Module 8: The Sales Process
  • Dealing with Prospects/Overcoming Objections/Closing the Deal
  • Effective telephone and in-person consultations (how to avoid giving away the kitchen sink)
  • Dealing with and following-up with prospects
  • Overcoming typical sales objections
  • How to close the sales cycle
Module 9: Blueprinting Your Business: Business Operations
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Creating an Operations Manual
  • Outsourcing and delegating
  • Team members: Independent contractors vs. Employees
Module 10: Course Wrap Up
  • ​Putting all of the pieces together
  • Taking action
  • Staying accountable
  • Parting thoughts




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If you have any questions, email lisa@lisamontanaro.com

upgradeWant More One-on-One Access? Check out the Optional Upgrade: “Triple-Play” Individual Sessions with your Professor. If you need more targeted help, or want me to review your business ideas and materials, you have the option of upgrading and adding on a 3-session bundle at the special rate of only $499 (a $100 savings as a single Individual Session with me is regularly $200-3 sessions would regularly cost $600). LMGU is only offering this special upgrade offer in conjunction with this program – you will not be able to book this in any other way. This option is only available to you for up to 3 months after you purchase the SSES Home Study program.



A personal note from Lisa

​My goal is that you walk away from the Successfully Self Employed Semester Self-Study Course having gained knowledge AND application/implementation. I think you’ll agree that’s a terrific and important investment of your time and business capital. I stand behind the value that you will receive in this course. I know without a doubt that this is a small financial investment that you will recoup in future business sales and success – and the time it will save you from learning this on your own or through trial and error. Offering this program in a self-paced on-demand format is what allows me to keep the price at this level.

You might be wondering what makes me qualified to teach you this program.

If you know anything about my approach to business strategy, it is most definitely NOT a fill-in-the-blank, blueprint approach. It IS about building a business that is custom designed for you and your ideal clients.

I’ve built my business online and offline for 12 years (following a 9+ year successful, but eventually unsatisfying, career in law). I happen to think the combination of online and offline is very important in a business training program like this. Why? Because if you learn from someone that has only ever had an online business, he or she may not be in the best “been-there-done-that” position to advise you on offline business success. Many of my clients have what you would call a traditional business (i.e., not just virtual or online!). And many online businesses started by servicing in-person clients, whether they are a service based business or sell a tangible product.

I deliberately built my business with a hybrid consulting and coaching model, virtual and traditional, because I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities that technology provides entrepreneurs today to live anywhere in the world that I choose, but also wanted to be with people face-to-face and connect in the flesh when we could. I’ve designed my business to be flexible – I can choose what consulting projects and speaking engagements I take on (which typically involve travel, or at least, leaving my home office), and I can schedule the rest.

​The point is – my business model may not be your best business model. So instead of telling you there is only one model, or giving you a blueprint to follow, my approach is to show you the many options available, and facilitate the process that allows you to make the decision that is the best fit for your life and business goals. This is how I work with my private clients, and this is what you’ll experience when you do the “Successfully Self-Employed Semester Self-Study Course.”

What clients say they value most about working with me is my depth of knowledge, applied in a straight forward manner that delivers thoughtful and practical advice, and breaks down complex or confusing business topics into an easy to understand format.

Lisa is multi-talented but what I really like about her is her approachability. Lisa knows how to answer the tough questions while making sure you truly understand the answers.” ~ Angela Ploetz of A Red Bench

This is why I call myself a Success Coach and Business Strategist. I am not your typical Business Coach or Business Consultant. It is my mission to make sure that anyone that wants to be a business owner knows what that really means, whether it is the right path for them, and how to do it successfully.

I once heard an expert say “No ship sinks on my watch” and that’s exactly how I feel about you and your business success!

Warmly ~

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IMG_0141“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly.” ~ Patrick Overton

Let LMGU help teach you how to fly!



Testimonials

“Wow! Where do I begin when it comes to sharing about the bottom line impact that the Successfully Self Employed Semester offered by LMG University has had on my business, goals and perspective?! Some of the value I received in participating in this 12 week program was knowing that I’m going to save a ton of time and money implementing what I learned, versus stumbling around on my own trying to figure it out. During SSES, we thoroughly discussed the crucial topics needed to be a successful business owner. Due to Lisa’s exceptional expertise, as well as the camaraderie and team spirit of the participants, I accomplished several goals and tasks promptly and efficiently while learning how to increase my sales, legally protect, and automate my business. Belonging to a group of entrepreneurs who come with their unique backgrounds and experiences complimented by Lisa’s invaluable knowledge and business savvy, we were able to walk through personal and professional fears, and gain broader perspectives around what may be going on behind the scenes. We addressed some of the deeper issues holding us and our businesses back. What a gift to receive on-the-spot input, ideas and constructive feedback regarding my elevator speech, marketing materials, legal business status, and so much more. If you’re looking for a program that will show you how to maximize results and profits over the long haul, I highly recommend Lisa Montanaro’s Successfully Self Employed Semester.” ~ Natasha Rickert, www.EnergytoOrganize.com

“Lisa, I so enjoy the women’s entrepreneur mastermind group sessions that you facilitate. You share with us very practical and useful information that we can apply to our businesses and our personal lives. You provide the right balance between sharing and allowing us to reflect, ask questions, and comment. Also, thank you for being transparent, and sharing your successes and challenges that you have encountered in your business. This is both refreshing and gives us encouragement. Lastly, the handouts are great! Thank you for sharing some of the tools you use in your business. Not everyone would do this! I’m eagerly looking forward to the next sessions!” ~ Migdalia, Educational Consultant and Coach, Westchester County, NY

Christine-Sinclair“What a fantastic ​Women’s Enterprise Development Center Mastermind Class last night! I always get so much from your classes, but this last class blew my socks off. Everyone was changed last night. We all stayed after you left and talked about what happened for quite a while afterwards. I’m so sorry to see the classes coming to a close. Thanks so much for everything.” ~ Christine Sinclair

MaryStephaniePasqualetto“I have Lisa now as a mentor and coach for a women entrepreneur mastermind program that I am doing . . . And it is truly the best experience I have ever had.” ~ Mary Stephanie Pasqualetto

MichelleOSullivan“Taking the “DECIDE to be Organized” 6-week group coaching program with Lisa Montanaro was a business and personal decision that has been so motivating and empowering! It has changed me in so many positive ways. I am also a Professional Organizer and help others all the time with their organizing dilemmas. I took the DECIDE program to help myself, and learn from Lisa both personally and professionally. Over the six weeks, I had a sense of direction and was able to focus more on the areas that needed help, as I felt accountable. The weekly calls were a time to share and get feedback from the other participants, and for Lisa to share her knowledge and expertise. Lisa was so understanding and encouraging, and had a way of inspiring each of us to be better. I learned so much from this program and would recommend it to anyone who knows they want to make changes, and just needs some help to get there!” ~ Michelle O’Sullivan, Saving Spaces, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

“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

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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!

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I tailor my coaching and consulting to each client’s unique situation, but have discovered themes among my clients, which led me to create my Signature System – The 6 Pillars of Powerhouse Success. The System encapsulates the most common stages that a client goes through in order to achieve success. Not all clients need to go through the entire system. Some clients work on one Pillar, some work on a few… some go in order, some need to move around. The system is a powerful, easy-to-follow guide to support you as you reach for success.

The System is one that has evolved from my own experience. I have very much created my purpose and I live my passion! How did I do it? I put myself through this system! Now, I have the privilege of helping others through this system and watching them transform their life and work.

Pillar 1: Purpose

The first step is to dig deep and discover your unique purpose for your life and business/career. We start by reviewing your vision, mission, and goals. Who are you really? What have you been longing for personally and professionally? This is where we tear down the walls and allow you to think big!

Pillar 2: Promote

It’s time to get yourself out there and step into your power! We create your personal and professional brand, which may include determining your target market and ideal client, and crafting your very own elevator pitch. We will review your online presence and all promotional materials to make sure they capture the Brand called You!

Pillar 3: Process

Learn how to systematize and automate your personal and professional life so that things run like a well oiled machine. We create the templates, checklists, forms, manuals and spreadsheets needed to track it all. This may include a business agreement and operations manual, bio, resume and cover letter, expenses spreadsheets, etc. But don’t worry. We sprinkle in some fun and inspirational stuff too like vision board and journaling exercises so it doesn’t feel too left-brain focused!

Pillar 4: Productivity

All of the great Powerhouse work you are doing won’t amount to anything if you don’t create the systems and balance to get it all done. This is when we tap into my years of experience as a productivity expert and cover time and task management, and my DECIDE to be Organized® methodology so that you can be the most productive “you” possible!

Pillar 5: Prosper

Now that you’re well on your way to becoming a Powerhouse Success, the next natural step is to take bigger actions, and make a bigger difference. This is the growth stage, where we add in leverage so that you prosper in a strategic way. We will examine the numbers, look at pricing and fees, create packages and programs, and make sure you know the value you bring to your business, organization, or life. Get ready to make major impact!

Pillar 6: Passion

In Pillar 6, we bring in the passion baby! Learn how to be a multi-passionate person, partner with others in meaningful ways, and incorporate your interests, hobbies, and passions into your business or work. We look at how you can take everything to the next level and integrate your personal and professional life in ways that improve and nurture both.

Recommended Books

Lisa Montanaro Books

The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful, and More Organized Life

Here is your very own portable personal organizer and life coach, offering easy-to-follow steps on the way to an organized, empowered life! Written by Lisa Montanaro

Get on the VIP list to be the first to know when the book is launched & to join the Ultimate Life Organizer Book Club!!

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Thrive in Your Career

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur that wants to Thrive in Your Career? Then this amazing little pint-size powerful tips booklet is for you! Featuring 14 expert authors, including Lisa Montanaro, the tips cover all aspects of thriving in your business. The booklet includes tips on organizing, networking, marketing, social media, web presence, writing, and more! So grab your copy and get ready to easily digest information from a collection of experts that can serve as your virtual Board of Advisors and help you succeed in your business and career!

DECIDE® to be Organized E-Book

An Empowering Process for Change

I am thrilled to officially launch my first E-Book, DECIDE® to be Organized: An Empowering Process for Change. Yes, there are many fantastic books and resources that will help you get better organized and stay that way. But, DECIDE® differs in its approach in that it is less about the “stuff” and more about the thinking behind the “stuff.” The DECIDE® process allows you to go deep and examine the connection between decision-making and disorganization. It looks at the way you think and act with regard to organization, and offers an opportunity for an empowering change to occur.

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Many of these products and services are part of official affiliate programs which pay a referral commission to LMOS based on any purchases you make through these links. However, that is not the reason I recommend them. I only recommend products and services that I believe are of high quality, value, and will benefit you in a tangible way as you improve your home, office, and life.

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Organizing Books

Organizing from the Inside Out — The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life
by Julie Morgenstern
A comprehensive organizing book offering tips and tools for organizing your home, office, and life, Organized from the Inside Out has helped hundreds of thousands of people clean up the clutter in their life. Considered by many to be THE organizing book on the market.

10 Minute Tidy: 108 Ways to Organize Your Home by Shannon McGinnis
My colleague and friend, Shannon McGinnis, a professional organizer based in California, wrote this great little organizing book. At 200 pages and cleverly broken up into categories for ease of use, the 10-Minute Tidy is a manageable resource for those of you looking for some guidance (other than a live professional organizer, of course!) as you try to get better organized at home.

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized
by Marilyn Paul
This book delves into the underlying causes of chronic disorganization. Though it offers some concrete advice, it mainly targets the sources of disorganization, while offering meaningful paths to tackling everything from dirty dishes and filing problems to time management and inner spirituality.

Organizing Plain & Simple – A Ready Reference Guide with Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges by Donna Smallin
Donna Smallin offers organizing advice with room-by-room, tried and true organizational techniques to ease the burden of managing your money, family, house, time – and life’s big changes.

Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui
by Karen Kingston
Drawing on the success of her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston has expanded on the indispensable activity of clearing clutter. Kingston reminds us that clutter is stuck energy that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Kingston covers the reasons we keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away. More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbology and that collect stagnant energy. In an age of accumulation, it’s good to see a book that frees up life again.


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Life Coaching Books

Take Time for Your Life
by Cheryl Richardson
Life coach Cheryl Richardson helps people create the lives they want. In Take Time for Your Life, Richardson shows you how to switch from being stressed, unfulfilled, and overworked, to “living a life you love” by using a seven-step process. Through seven progressive strategies, Richardson shows you how to live an authentic, high-quality life, embracing your spiritual, emotional, and financial well-being. Richardson recommends enlisting a friend to work through the book with you: a fine idea to help you benefit from all the guidance that this book offers. I read this book years ago and go back to it time and again.

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Career Counseling Books

Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinetar
No More Monday Morning Blues…

If you are dissatisfied with your career and want to break free, you’re about to be liberated! This book offers a-step-by-step guide to finding the “work” that expresses and fulfills your needs, talents, and passions. Using dozens of real-life examples, Marsha Sinetar shows you how to overcome your fears, take the little risks that make big risks possible, and become a person whose work means self-expression, growth, and love! I devoured this book as I was leaving my law career and starting down my path to professional organizing.

Finding Your North StarFinding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck
Martha Beck’s book is the ultimate guide for helping you figure out the answer to the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” Beck is a life coach with a fun, witty, and intelligent style of writing that jumped ship to do what she loves and her book is a wonderful platform for her to help others do the same. When I was struggling with leaving the practice of law and becoming an entrepreneur, I found this book to be pivotal in my decision. There are handy exercises that dig deep and help you really think about your skills, talents, and the type of life and employment that you want. I still have my book to this day with all of my notes in it and use it as a constant reminder that I made the right choice!

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Financial Planning Books

2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe and Sound by Suze Orman
The credit crunch, the stock market freefall, the staggering toll of home foreclosures and job losses: The economic crisis that struck in 2008 has left no one untouched and everybody reeling. Seemingly overnight, the financial landscape has undergone seismic changes that suddenly have you asking all kinds of questions: Are your savings safe? Should you continue to invest in your retirement account? Should you keep your home if it’s worth less than what you owe or should you sell it? How do you pay your bills if you’ve just been laid off? The nation’s go-to expert on financial matters, Suze Orman, believes that 2009 is a critical year for your money. There are safeguards to put in place, actions to take, costly mistakes to avoid, and even opportunities to be had, so that you are protected during the bad times and prepared to prosper when things take a turn for the better. No matter what situation you’re in, you will find a plan of action and the answers to your questions about credit, retirement, savings and spending, real estate, paying for college, and protecting your family.SUZE ORMAN’S 2009 ACTION PLAN delivers honest, straightforward guidance—what to do, when to do it, and how to do it—as only Suze Orman can.

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Business Books

Thrive in Your Career
Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur that wants to Thrive in Your Career? Then this amazing little pint-size powerful tips booklet is for you! Featuring 14 expert authors, including Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, the tips cover all aspects of thriving in your business. The booklet includes tips on organizing, networking, marketing, social media, web presence, writing, and more! So grab your copy and get ready to easily digest information from a collection of experts that can serve as your virtual Board of Advisors and help you succeed in your business and career! Investment: $5.00

Million Dollar Consulting: The Professional's Guide to Growing a Practice (by Alan Weiss) Million Dollar Consulting:
The Professional’s Guide to Growing a Practice by Alan Weiss
The acclaimed Million Dollar Consulting gives consultants the tools and advice they need to grow a firm that rakes in at least $1 million per year. Alan Weiss, “the consultant’s consultant,” shows step-by-step how to raise capital, reel in new clients, set fees, accelerate growth, and more. This updated and expanded edition will appeal to both Weiss’s many current fans and a whole new generation of readers looking for the best advice available for anyone who wants to build a million-dollar consulting/speaking career.

  The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber
In this first new and totally revised edition of the over two million copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. Next, he walks you through the steps in the life of a business — from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed — and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether it is a franchise or not. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

Ever notice that when you are stressed out or overwhelmed, it is often difficult to wrap your brain around what really needs to be accomplished or what is really bothering you? Often, we over analyze and complicate things to the point that we can’t recognize what our original “why” was in the first place. How do we guide ourselves back to being able to figure out what matters?

Ask simple questions to get to the heart of the matter. Reframing our questions can produce quicker and more meaningful results. Asking simple questions of yourself avoids getting into the over-processing or over-analyzing that many of us tend to get caught up in. It is exhausting to over-think everything, and usually doesn’t accomplish much either.

Because the questions we ask have such a strong influence on the decisions we make, it’s an area that deserves some special attention. A business coaching client of mine recently commented that a simple question that I ask at the end of my accountability form that I send out before all of our coaching calls has had a profound effect on her ability to get to the heart of the matter. It has helped her focus on what she wants to share with me with regard to her progress in a way that would not be achieved if I had asked her a series of more in depth or complex questions.

The first thing you need to decide when looking for answers is what is your true objective. What do you actually want to know? If we don’t know exactly what we’re trying to accomplish, things can get confusing really fast. So spend some time getting a clear idea of what your objective is before you go any further.

Start with stopping and asking yourself a few simple questions:

  • What do I want right now?
  • What is really bothering me or stressing me out at this moment?
  • What one thing can I do or say that will help guide me to the answers that I seek right now?

Once you have asked these questions, listen for the answers. Being quiet and “still” enough to hear the answers is oh-so important, but we often skip that part! Ways to help you get to the answers could be by writing in a journal, having a conversation with a trusted friend, coach or advisor, or getting out of your environment for a short while, and going for a walk.

This may sound overly simplistic, but it works, trust me. I have seen it prove positive in my work with clients many, many times. Even in my days as a lawyer, I noticed that when I stopped and asked myself a simple question about a complicated case, it helped me get to the heart of the matter much quicker. When I got in my own way by muddying up the waters and overly complicating the questions themselves, it made getting to the answer a frustrating experience. Heck, as lawyers, we are trained to ask simple questions in court, and often, the opposing counsel “objects” when our questions are too long, complicated, compound, or Heaven forbid, leading.

So, ask yourself some simple questions next time you are struggling with something, and see what kind of magic it works to help guide you to the heart of the matter of what you are working on, dealing with, or seeking.

Life/Success Coaching

“The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming,
is where the dance of life really takes place.”
~ Barbara De Angelis

Are you ready to live an inspired and passionate life, one that you truly love? Unveil your talents and strengths, tap into your passions and interests, and clarify priorities in your life.  Explore exciting and empowering possibilities, overcome limiting beliefs and mindsets, and achieve your goals.

Through years of studying success, I’ve discovered that success leaves clues or footprints. You can look at the lives of successful people to learn how to become successful yourself.

If you are at a crossroads, need guidance and someone to help you focus and achieve results, then consider working with me as your Success Coach!  We can do a one-time session to work on a specific issue, or ongoing coaching to implement many changes and provide you with an accountability partner on your team.

Each person’s life/success coaching needs are unique.

Clients use Success/Life Coaching to assist with major life transitions, to juggle the myriad responsibilities and challenges faced daily, to up their game and fully embrace life, and to reach higher levels of success.  Success/Life Coaching is a great combination of examining habits and behaviors to help you shift your thinking and mind set, mixed with concrete action steps to help you implement and move forward.

Success Coaching can be used for:

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Project Management
  • Executive Coaching
  • Speaker/Presentation Coaching (see Speaking page for more details on Coaching for Speakers)
  • Financial Goals
  • Health & Fitness Goals
The key is to help you focus on what you need in order to live a successful and passionate life!

How Does Success/Life Coaching Really Work?

Here’s the Real Deal — We are going to take off the outer layer and peek inside at the real you and what you really want… that is the only way to get amazing results. I am ready to dig deep to find the raw you and come with a non-judgmental, supportive attitude to support you in whatever it is that you want to work on.  That is the ONLY way for coaching to really work… otherwise, you hold back, or are trying to impress me (or yourself), or are “on.”  Many people hide from their true power under the guise of protecting yourself, but that takes more work, and is inauthentic and often, just plain fake!  I am very good at helping people feel that coaching is a safe place to be yourself and remind my clients that they have nothing to prove to me, and everything — including more happiness, authenticity, and success — to gain.  A coaching session involves questioning, talking, and listening — real active listening — a deep conversation.  Use me for answers, guidance, support, collaboration … the works.  Don’t hold back.  What happens in our session stays in our session!


Lisa is the most inspirational, influential, and motivating coach to experience. I have had her coach me as a mastermind mentor for the WED/PEP Program, and now for her own La Dolce Vita Program from LMG University. She is the only one that I trust as a mentor, and have found that as an entrepreneur my ideas for all of my passionate pursuits became both clear and organized after attending her lectures.

Lisa uses real hands on approach to work within so that you will empower yourself, and also will be able to dig deep within in order to pursue your true passion and turn it into a future filled with profitable benefits. Being that I am also now presently a law student trying to get through my law degree, and also being affiliated within entertainment and coaching women artist in this industry, I feel 100% confident with her coaching since she herself also has knowledge within these three areas.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend Lisa, and give this testimonial as a true fact that upon completion in one of her sessions, you will then become aware that anything that you may have previously found to be out of your reach or you may have thought to be “impossible” will now and always become “possible.”
~ M.S. Butler

Take Action

Success/Life Coaching is generally done in the form of one-on-one coaching via phone or Skype (or in person if we are close enough geographically).

If you know you want a targeted session and are ready to get started, then go ahead and book a Strategy Session online.

Coaching slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you want to explore longer term options, such as VIP Intensives or my Platinum Level Coaching Programs, then let’s set up a Discovery Call to see what is the best match for you at this time.

Group Coaching Programs

I offer group coaching for high performing individuals through group coaching programs, mastermind programs, and live retreats. Stay tuned for the 6-month Powerhouse Success Mastermind Program, the Women’s Entrepreneur Retreats (to be held in Napa/Sonoma Valley, California in spring or fall 2013, and in Tuscany, Italy in summer 2014), and soon-to-be-launched Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion Retreats too. Check the Calendar for dates of upcoming programs.

“I have Lisa now as a mentor and coach for a women entrepreneur mastermind program that I am doing…And it is truly the best experience I have ever had.” ~ Mary Stephanie Pasqualetto, Rhiannon’s Muse [Image on my site for you to copy]

“What a fantastic mastermind class last night! I always get so much from your mastermind classes, but this last class blew my socks off. Everyone was changed last night. We all stayed after you left and talked about what happened for quite a while afterwards. I’m so sorry to see the classes coming to a close. Thanks so much for everything.” ~ Christine Sinclair

“Thank you for sharing your business expertise as the facilitator for the 8-month WEDC women’s entrepreneur mastermind program, and for being so transparent. I appreciated that! Lisa, you have a great wealth of knowledge and a unique way of presenting it. You have a special gift of connecting with people. Your information was practical and useful. It has given me food for thought. I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors. I hope our paths will meet in the future. Once again, gracias!” ~ Migdalia, Yorktown, NY

DECIDE to be Organized® 6 week Group Coaching Program

This is my Signature System for organizing and productivity. This popular program has helped many people achieve organized results at home, at work, and in life. DECIDE is an empowering process for change, and requires you to examine the connection between disorganization and indecisiveness.

If you want to tap into my expertise as an organizing and productivity expert, this is the program for you! In fact, many professional organizers take the course as a form of continuing education and to learn a great new organizing methodology. I still offer it live periodically, so check the Calendar for when the next course starts.

“Lisa is an amazing Renaissance Woman of many talents. She is passionate about her work. She makes her work FUN. Lisa is the ultimate problem solver. I love listening to Lisa during our group coaching sessions where she skillfully listens and then offers her suggestions, ALWAYS with respect, kindness and CLARITY.

The first time I spoke with her on a one-to-one basis, I already started to feel more organized. Being a part of her online group has helped me in so many ways to make even the smallest changes to make my life more efficient.

In Lisa’s online group coaching program, she acknowledges each person’s concerns. She points out the positive things that they do and helps problem solve how they can do something different. There is no criticism. Lisa is warm, caring and passionate about helping others do and be the best that they can. It is helpful to hear others tell their stories of paperwork pile ups, stresses with family and business/work, etc. as it makes you feel that you are not alone. Also, to receive encouragement from others is helpful — we are all in this together.

I am so pleased to have been a part of her group coaching program and look forward to joining one of her programs again in the future.”~ Mena Messina Genetti, Warwick, NY

DECIDE® to be Organized Home Study Program

In the meantime, you can access the entire DECIDE methodology and the Group Coaching Program in a Home Study version that gives you instant access to all 6 MP3 recordings, the 58-page DECIDE to be Organized® ebook, and some great bonuses that are not even included in the live program. And as an added bonus, when I offer the program again live, if you decide to join us, you will get a special DECIDE to be Organized® “alumni” rate to thank you for buying the Home Study Program. Click here for details on the DECIDE to be Organized® Home Study Program.

“Taking the “DECIDE to be Organized” 6-week group coaching program with Lisa Montanaro was a business and personal decision that has been so motivating and empowering! It has changed me in so many positive ways.

I am also a Professional Organizer and help others all the time with their organizing dilemmas. I took the DECIDE program to help myself, and learn from Lisa both personally and professionally.

Over the six weeks, I had a sense of direction and was able to focus more on the areas that needed help, as I felt accountable. The weekly calls were a time to share and get feedback from the other participants, and for Lisa to share her knowledge and expertise. Lisa was so understanding and encouraging, and had a way of inspiring each of us to be better.

I learned so much from this program and would recommend it to anyone who knows they want to make changes, and just needs some help to get there!”~ Michelle O’Sullivan, Saving Spaces, Burlington, Ontario, Canada