Want to learn how to be a great public speaker? Look no further! Learn how to conduct engaging, informative, and interactive presentations to audiences large and small. Discover tips to improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles, inspire and motivate participants, and exude confidence and enthusiasm, while establishing credibility. Whether conducting formal speaking engagements, trainings, meetings, or one-on-one discussions, this interactive workshop will teach you how to overcome your fear of public speaking and connect with your audience/listener.

Lisa’s background as a teacher, lawyer, and performer has provided her with years of experience and expertise in speaking before live audiences. Lisa is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the premiere organization for professional speakers, and was voted number 1 speaker by participants at the 2008 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference. Lisa’s presentations are informative, as well as interactive and entertaining. So get ready to have fun while learning how to be a dynamic speaker!

I care a great deal about the organizations and the people with whom I have the pleasure of working. I have a deep sense of mission about the importance of my message and the difference it can make in both organizations and people’s lives, so I would be thrilled to be able to help you keep the momentum alive after a speaking engagement. Please let me know any way I can be of service to your organization, and thank you again for the privilege of spending time with you and your very special people. The best part of my work is receiving the positive feedback from people that have heard me speak telling me how my message has impacted their lives and work. Thank you for this wonderful gift! It means the world to me.
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Make the most of your upcoming speaking engagement! Lisa offers additional options to drive home the message and help apply it in your organization.

Speaking Plus Reinforcement is a way to reinforce the content and customize it for your organization by offering any of the following additional opportunities:

Pre-Speaking Engagement Options

Teleclass or Webinar – A teleclass or webinar can be arranged before the speaking engagement to introduce the material and start the creative juices flowing, to allow participants to get to know Lisa a little better, and to gather feedback from attendees to get an idea of their biggest challenges in order for Lisa to further customize her presentation.

Feedback Gathering/Focus Groups or Train the Facilitator – Having Lisa conduct interviews with select members of your organization prior to a speaking engagement is a productive way for her to gather information and get feedback that directly pertains to the topic of her presentation. This allows for an even deeper customization of the material. Focus groups allow participants across all levels of the organization to express both their concerns and their ideas to make the organization an even better place to work. They are very positively focused, build morale, and amazing ideas have come from them. Lisa can also do a “Train the Facilitator” session to teach several of your employees to run these groups themselves on a regular basis.

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Teleclass or Webinar – A teleclass or webinar can be arranged after Lisa’s presentation providing attendees further opportunity to ask questions after they have had a chance to incorporate the ideas of her presentation, as well as to give upward feedback of any continuing challenges.

Consulting or Coaching – Many corporate and organizational clients benefit from a combination of speaking plus consulting or coaching. Usually, this involves a presentation followed by consulting or coaching with individual managers/employees/team members in person or by Skype or phone to apply the content at an individual, department or division level. Because attendees participated in the presentation, they are ready to work at a deeper level to tackle the challenges and apply the content learned. Some of Lisa’s clients have utilized her on a retainer basis where she spends  1-3 days per month in some part of their organization, encouraging, advising, and training.

Team Building Exercises – After the initial excitement of a speaking event, it is essential to find ways to encourage others not only to find commonalities but also to honor and value differences. Team building exercise are designed to create a new spirit of “We’re all in this together, so let’s enjoy one another and make it the best experience possible for everyone.”

Articles for Your Organization’s Newsletter or Website – Lisa has a ton of great written content in the areas of work-life balance, professional and personal development, leadership, time management, productivity, business and entrepreneurship. Visit the Article Library. You may use any of these articles in your newsletters or on your website by simply including Lisa’s Reprint Box and copyright, notifying us for permission, and sending us a hard copy or providing a link to our website. Lisa is also always willing to write a new article for your organization if you allow her to retain the copyright and you request it with enough lead time.

Reinforcement Package – Many clients choose to purchase Lisa’s written and multi-media materials for participants to reinforce what they learned during her presentation, apply it to their work and lives, and continue the experience of improving personal and professional development. These materials may include books, workbooks,  e-books, home study courses, MP3 audio programs, CDs, and videos. And don’t forget about the free e-zine, Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion. Many clients choose to give a subscription to attendees as an added bonus after one of Lisa’s speaking engagements. It’s a great way to keep the message reinforced long after the speech is over. Ask Lisa for assistance in putting together a Reinforcement Package that best meets the needs of your event and your group.

Contact Lisa today to make the most of your event.

Welcome! Here you will find information on planning your event with Lisa Montanaro.

If you are a meeting planner or decision maker for an upcoming event, call 530-302-5306 or email Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com to reserve your date, and request a complimentary copy of one of her e-books or audio programs matched to the theme of your program.

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Lisa is the right speaker for your upcoming meeting, conference or event if:

  • Your group consists of business owners or career professionals;
  • You want attendees to feel inspired and motivated;
  • You want to increase productivity and change their mindset;
  • You want attendees to feel passionate about their work and life;
  • You want attendees to feel more focused on a daily basis;
  • You want a powerful, uplifting presentation that will empower and move your audience to action.
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The stage presence of a performer, the brains of a lawyer, and the heart of a teacher of the deaf ~ all wrapped up into one to deliver a productive, purposeful and passionate presentation!

Looking for a Dynamic Speaker? Look no further!
Lisa Montanaro is The Real Deal!

Lisa is what happens when brains, charisma, and heart collide! Lisa will captivate your audience with rich content, solid strategies, powerful stories, and interactive exercises, blended with humor and warmth that ties it all together. Hailing originally from NY, Lisa offers “straight talk” in a down-to-earth style so that participants leave her presentations feeling like they had a powerful and directed conversation with a whip-smart and funny friend. Lisa instills in audience members that “I can do this” attitude so they walk away uplifted and ready to get started. Participants will have a clear road map that provides clarity and structure in all aspects of their lives.

It is a great thrill and honor to use the public speaking platform as a way to change people’s lives, impact their work, and to ultimately contribute to the transformation of society and this world. Exploring new places and engaging with new people is one of my favorite things to do.

I find people and places fascinating and am a lifelong learner that tries to see the world as an amazing school that can constantly fill me up with knowledge and insight. Traveling around the U.S. – and hopefully soon, the world, as one of my goals is to speak globally – to share what I’ve gleaned from my background as a performer, educator, mediator, lawyer, entrepreneur, coach, consultant and writer is an absolute joy and privilege.

I love to connect with audiences that are hungry for something new – something that just might positively shift their thinking, their business/career, and their lives.


Lisa is the right speaker for your upcoming meeting, conference or event if:

  • Your group consists of business owners or career professionals;
  • You want attendees to feel inspired and motivated;
  • You want to increase productivity and change their mindset;
  • You want attendees to feel passionate about their work and life;
  • You want attendees to feel more focused on a daily basis;
  • You want a powerful, uplifting presentation that will empower and move your audience to action.

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Deaf and Hard-of Hearing Audiences Welcome!

Lisa is proficient in American Sign Language. She has deaf cousins, worked for three years as an interpreter and instructor at the New York School for the Deaf, and taught sign language and Deaf culture at local community colleges and centers frequently over the last 15 years.

Sign language and the deaf community remain a great passion of Lisa’s and she welcomes deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences to book her as a speaker. She will come ready to communicate in sign language, as well as work with any interpreter that may be provided for the event. There are not many hearing speakers that would feel comfortable on stage in front of a deaf or hard-of-hearing audience, let alone be able to sign for him or herself! n>

Contact Lisa today to invite her to address your deaf or hard-of-hearing audience.




Recently, I was preparing the garbage and recycling to bring to the curb for pick up, and my husband was watching me and chuckled “It’s so funny. You really like doing the recycling, don’t you?” I stopped and thought about it, and then replied, “I don’t necessarily like the activity, but I love the results.” And then it hit me like a ton of bricks! This simple statement can be applied to so many things! Whether it is getting organized, doing chores around the house, working on a big business or work project… you name it! There are many tasks, activities, and responsibilities that we do day in and day out, or even once in awhile, that we may not necessarily like. So why do we do them? Because we love the results!

resultsAt home, I like the results I get from keeping a clean house and keeping up with the chores that entails. I may not love the actual tedious task of emptying the dishwasher, but I know I will be happy to have clean dishes in the cabinets when I go to grab for them. Likewise, doing the laundry isn’t the most fun activity in the world, but I love having clean, fresh smelling clothes and a wide variety of outfits to choose from at any one time. I delegate the larger task of cleaning the entire house to very competent house cleaners that come in every other week, but it is up to my husband and I to maintain it in between, and keep up with the daily tasks that the house cleaners don’t handle.

When it comes to my business, there are some tasks that are more boring, tedious, or time consuming than others. Some of them I am lucky enough to delegate to one of my team members, like my Virtual Assistant or Webmaster. But yet, there are still times when I must do some of these tasks myself. And I do. Why? Because I enjoy the results that they bring to my business, and realize that they are necessary for my business growth and development.

I had the pleasure of attending the National Speakers Association (NSA) Winter Conference this year held in San Francisco. It was a wonderful event, as almost all NSA events tend to be. The fabulous speaker and former NSA President, Mark LeBlanc, delivered the closing keynote. He made one statement that struck me to the core and made me realize it is the crux of almost all personal and professional development. He stated: “Consistency trumps commitment every time.” Wow! We can be as committed as we want, but unless we follow that with consistent action, nothing will change. This is really where the rubber meets the road. People ask me all of the time, “What do you think motivates people to do the things they do, even if they don’t want to do them?” I think it is that some people are able to look pa st the activity itself and focus on the results.

When you are able to view the actual task or activity as the means to an end, you will be a lot less focused on it. Using the popular “glass is half full” adage, you can look at it like this: Focusing on the task or activity is viewing the glass as half empty. Focusing on the results is viewing the glass as half full. Our commitment or resolve may be strong. We may want certain things. We may wish for them, think about them, vent about them, and spend a lot of time and effort committing to them in the sense that they are on our radar and we know we should focus on them and make them a priority. But unless we do something about them, and take real action, we will not get results. And it’s not just doing something once in awhile, when the stars are aligned in a certain way. It is taking action on a consistent basis that makes the real difference.

So next time you are faced with a task or activity that you don’t necessarily like, focus on the results instead. Will you love the result? If so, let that be the motivation to take action. And remember, consistency trumps commitment every time.

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Thanks for joining me for the free teleclass, C’Mon Get Happy: The Power of Positivity. I hope you enjoyed learning about happiness as much as I loved researching and sharing the content. It is such a rich and fascinating area, and it is encouraging to know that we can practice Happiness Habits to raise our Happiness Set Point as we go through life. Remember, practicing the Happiness Habits puts you on the leading edge of the Happiness Revolution and is a powerful way to contribute to the world!

I appreciate all of the wonderful and positive feedback. I am thrilled that you got so much out of the call, and appreciate you taking the time to share that with me.

As promised, here is a list of the books that I used in my research. Also, I read numerous articles in newspapers and magazines, and then of course, filtered everything through my own experiences, and that of the clients that I have the privilege of coaching.

Resources

  • The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama – spiritual focus, but told from interviews with the Dalai Lama done by a psychiatrist named Dr. Howard Cutler from the US who was trained in Western medicine
  • Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, and Learned Optimism by Dr. Martin Seligman (known as the father of Positive Psychology) – psychological
  • Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out by Marci Shimoff (author of Chicken Soul for Women’s Soul series, and part of the movie, The Secret) – mostly based in the Laws of Attraction
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (former lawyer turned blogger turned writer) – empirical/practical/personal
  • The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Martha Beck (the country’s most well known life coach with a column in Oprah Magazine) – how-to/practical/daily practice
  • The Passion Test by Janet and Chris Attwood – Not really about happiness per se, but about finding your passion, which I believe can play into happiness in a big way. People that have a purpose and passion are usually happier. www.PassionTestOnline.com

Special Offer: If you are looking for a coach to help you raise your Happiness Set Point, integrate the Happiness Habits into your everyday life, and develop new strategies for thinking, feeling, and acting that support your happiness, I’d love to work with you by doing a Strategy/Breakthrough Session together by phone or email.

And for a limited time (between now and December 31, 2012), I’m offering a 3-session bundle for the special rate of $499 for those that know they want to dig deeper into this privately on a one-on-one basis.

That’s a significant discount off the regular rate of $200 per session, which would regularly be $600 for a 3-session bundle. Just think of what you could work through and accomplish personally and professionally if you had a Success Coach on your Happiness Team for three private sessions. If interested, send me an email at Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com, and we will book your sessions before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, keep in touch, and let me know how your happiness practice is going!

To your success,

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C’Mon Get Happy:
The Power of Positivity

What does it mean to be happy? Is it something that you can just turn on or off? And what’s the difference between being happy and being positive?

I am fascinated by happiness and positive psychology… and apparently, so are a lot of other people. Happiness seems to be a hot topic these days, as evidenced by the many best selling books on the topic, such as The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.

If you are intrigued by this topic, join me for a complimentary teleclass that will explore what it means to be happy, how the power of positivity can improve your life, and how to increase your happiness.

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I will be sharing what I’ve researched and learned, as well as some personal habits that work well for me in this area. But I also am open to hearing your thoughts on the subject, so feel free to come ready with questions, comments and insights to share — either live on the call, by email, or on my Facebook business page, which we will use as an interactive resource before, during, and after the call.

So, if you are struggling to get happy, or have tapped into the power of positivity and want to shout it from the rooftops, or fall anywhere in between, join me for what I am hoping will be a thought-provoking, inspiring and uplifting call into this fascinating topic.

(And yes, the call will be recorded so if you can’t make it live, you can still “join” us. Everyone that registers will get a link to the MP3 recording to download and listen at your leisure.)

About the Teleseminar Presenter:

Lisa MontanaroLisa Montanaro is living proof that good things really do come in small packages! A dynamo in high heels, Lisa is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author. Drawing upon her experience as a performer, educator, mediator, and lawyer, Lisa founded LM Organizing Solutions, LLC® in 2002, and then expanded her brand to Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises in 2012 to fully capture the holistic approach her work takes in improving personal and professional development at all levels. She has helped thousands of people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses and careers.

Lisa is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Speakers Association (NSA). A sought-after speaker, Lisa has presented professionally to audiences throughout the United States, has been interviewed by television and radio hosts, and is a frequent presenter and guest expert for teleclasses and webinars. Her practical programs, enthusiasm, humor and energy inspire participants to take action and implement new techniques designed to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Lisa’s work has been featured in the media, 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.

Always one to live life to the fullest and embrace change, Lisa started a new chapter in July 2012 when she and her husband, Sean, a veterinarian, and their two very sweet but spoiled dogs, Dublin and Jerry, moved 3,000 miles clear across the country! Lisa relocated personally, and expanded professionally, from New York to Northern California, which allows her to operate a bicoastal business.

Lisa has successfully created her purpose and very much lives her passion!

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Often referred to as a pint-sized powerhouse, Lisa Montanaro is living proof that good things really do come in small packages!

A dynamo in high heels, Lisa is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author.

Drawing upon her experience as a performer, educator, mediator, and lawyer, Lisa founded LM Organizing Solutions, LLC® in 2002, and then expanded her brand to Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, LLC in 2012 to fully capture the holistic approach her work takes in improving personal and professional development at all levels.

She has helped thousands of people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses and careers by sharing her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success.

Lisa Montanaro Writes

To learn more about my creative side, including my writing, book reviews,
and personal blog, visit me at LisaMontanaroWrites.com.

Lisa is an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer®, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA).

A sought-after speaker, Lisa has presented professionally to audiences throughout the United States, has been interviewed by television and radio hosts, and is a frequent presenter and guest expert for teleclasses and webinars.

Her practical programs, enthusiasm, humor and energy inspire participants to take action and implement new techniques designed to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Lisa’s work has been featured in the media, 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.

The book sold out after a limited print run, so is now out of print, but can still be found as a used book through select bookseller sites. If you want to learn more about Lisa’s writing career, visit LisaMontanaroWrites.com.

Always one to live life to the fullest and embrace change, Lisa started a new adventure in July 2012 when she and her husband, Sean, a veterinarian, and their two very sweet but spoiled dogs, Dublin and Jerry, moved 3,000 miles clear across the country. Lisa relocated personally and expanded professionally from New York to Northern California, which allows her to operate a bicoastal business.

Lisa has successfully created her purpose and very much lives her passion, and now makes it her mission to help others do the same!

To download a copy of Lisa’s professional bio click here.

Meet Lisa

For Formal Bio, click here. For My Journey, keep reading… 🙂

My Journey

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

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.

I Grew Up on Stage…

My first “calling” was as a performer. I spent my childhood singing, acting and dancing on stage, 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.

Falling in Love with the Beauty of Sign Language

Another great passion of mine was to work with the deaf. My cousins are deaf — a lovely married couple that are a generation older than me. As a child, 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.

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. 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.

A Profound Respect for the Law… but Disillusioned with the Reality of Law Practice

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.

During that time of career transition, I realized 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.

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.

An Entrepreneur is Born

In 2002, I launched LM Organizing Solutions, LLC, which focused primarily on organizing and productivity. I loved helping people get organized and improve their lives. I started off with residential organizing and then added on business and corporate organizing, because the core principles are the same, and let’s face it… people run businesses and corporations. Plus, I came from corporate America, and now successfully run my own business, so corporate and business organizing were a natural addition for me.

Over the years, I developed a level of mastery in organization and became an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer® in 2007, an accomplishment I am proud of as there are only a few hundred of us in the world.

I started training and coaching professional organizers across the U.S., served as the moderator of the popular Ask the Organizer Panel at the annual National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference, presented regionally and nationally to my peers, and became known as a leader in my industry.

I developed and trademarked a unique organizing methodology called DECIDE to be Organized®, which examines and attempts to overcomes the connection between indecisiveness and disorganization. I also wrote a book, The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, which was published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. You could say I “made it” as a professional organizer.

Expanding my Brand

But here’s the thing… people started asking me for even more. They started referring to me as “not just an organizer” or “more than an organizer.” Helping people be more organized didn’t seem to speak to the specific results that my clients wanted to achieve.

What my clients wanted to achieve was success.

Organizing and productivity were a part of reaching that success, and often described the process that led to it, but was not the result itself. I decided to start giving my clients the result they wanted.

I suppose you could say that my clients added services to my business that they needed and craved in order to truly change behavior, and in turn, they expanded my business offerings, brand, and niche.

Over the years, I realized that it is never about “the stuff.”

In order to become organized, productive, happy, successful and fulfilled, you must be willing to change in multiple ways — your behavior, habits, goals, thinking and mindset.

I enjoyed and was exceptionally skilled at teaching and transferring productivity skills to my clients, and I liked empowering people to do the actual hands-on work themselves. So I slowly moved away from hands-on organizing and now have organizing associates that work with clients that need side-by-side hands-on organizing.

In the second half of my decade as an entrepreneur, I added on coaching, consulting, speaking, and writing, drawing upon my formal education and training, work experience, innate talents and skills, and life experience.

I became eligible for membership in the National Speakers Association (NSA) and had the privilege of presenting before audiences near and far on topics such as organizing and productivity, life-work balance, and business and entrepreneurship. My coaching and consulting practice grew to include individuals and entrepreneurs, as well as corporations and organizations.

I now have the opportunity to use my gift for organizing, productivity and systems in new and refreshing ways because I’m touching so many more peoples’ businesses and lives, as a result of so many more people wanting the real result I offer, which is success.

Defining Moment in Business: An Explosion of Left and Right Brain

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.

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!

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The 6 Pillars of Powerhouse Success

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

I take a holistic approach through my business, life and career coaching and serve as, what I call, a coach-consultant, as I believe my clients have some of the answers, but that they also sometimes look to me as the “expert” and want me to provide the answers to them so they don’t drown in frustration.

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 is powerful, easy-to-follow, and captures the most common stages that a client needs to go through in order to achieve success.

My Expanded Business:
A Holistic and Multi-Faceted Approach

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, I said, “Let’s go for it!”

The move allowed me to relocate personally, but also to expand professionally on so many levels: geographically, yes, but much deeper than that.

It prompted me to finally “catch up” to the expanded business that I had been successfully running, even though I had not rebranded it publicly. So I formally expanded the brand to Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, LLC (LMGE) in the summer of 2012, and launched a whole new website, blog, and ezine in fall 2012.

This allows me to fully capture the holistic approach my work takes in improving personal and professional development. To my clients, this formal expansion did not come as any big surprise as they already worked with me on so many levels, experiencing the depth and breadth of my areas of expertise and delivery methods.

But to someone that may have only known me as a “professional organizer,” the new brand may be a shock. Hopefully, a pleasant surprise and one that warrants further inspection and reflection.

I finally feel like my business mirrors my true personality and allows me to be a multi-talented and multi-passionate entrepreneur. My business is both a profession and a passion.

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 enjoy more a satisfying business or career. The result has been both successful and rewarding. I have successfully created my Purpose, and very much live my Passion, and now I am making it my mission to help others do the same.

The Inside Scoop:
Ten Little Known Facts About Me

 

You can read the Formal Bio. You can even read My Journey here. But if you want the inside scoop, read these ten little known facts to get to know me better …

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

As 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 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.

I use my legal analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving, and counseling skills in a positive manner now to help people on a daily basis.

I 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.

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. For now, I enjoy traveling to Europe on vacation and am hoping to book a speaking engagement there soon, and hold my first Entrepreneurs Retreat in Tuscany. To prepare, I am taking Italian language classes weekly. Fantastico!

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

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 love chocolate, especially high-quality dark chocolate.

On my honeymoon in France, despite dating my husband for years, he was still surprised to learn that I needed to have a small amount of chocolate every day!

I am an avid active enthusiast, who loves 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!

I lost my beloved Mom in 2010 at the young age of 63 to pancreatic cancer.

It 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.

A Pint Sized Powerhouse

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The stage presence of a performer, the brains of a lawyer, and the heart of a teacher of the deaf ~ all wrapped up into one to deliver a productive, purposeful and passionate presentation!

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Lisa Montanaro is The Real Deal!

Lisa is what happens when brains, charisma, and heart collide! Lisa will captivate your audience with rich content, solid strategies, powerful stories, and interactive exercises, blended with humor and warmth that ties it all together. Hailing originally from NY, Lisa offers “straight talk” in a down-to-earth style so that participants leave her presentations feeling like they had a powerful and directed conversation with a whip-smart and funny friend. Lisa instills in audience members that “I can do this” attitude so they walk away uplifted and ready to get started. Participants will have a clear road map that provides clarity and structure in all aspects of their lives.

It is a great thrill and honor to use the public speaking platform as a way to change people’s lives, impact their work, and to ultimately contribute to the transformation of society and this world. Exploring new places and engaging with new people is one of my favorite things to do.

I find people and places fascinating and am a lifelong learner that tries to see the world as an amazing school that can constantly fill me up with knowledge and insight. Traveling around the U.S. – and hopefully soon, the world, as one of my goals is to speak globally – to share what I’ve gleaned from my background as a performer, educator, mediator, lawyer, entrepreneur, coach, consultant and writer is an absolute joy and privilege.

I love to connect with audiences that are hungry for something new – something that just might positively shift their thinking, their business/career, and their lives.


Lisa is the right speaker for your upcoming meeting, conference or event if:

  • Your group consists of business owners or career professionals;
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  • You want to increase productivity and change their mindset;
  • You want attendees to feel passionate about their work and life;
  • You want attendees to feel more focused on a daily basis;
  • You want a powerful, uplifting presentation that will empower and move your audience to action.

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Deaf and Hard-of Hearing Audiences Welcome!

Lisa is proficient in American Sign Language. She has deaf cousins, worked for three years as an interpreter and instructor at the New York School for the Deaf, and taught sign language and Deaf culture at local community colleges and centers frequently over the last 15 years.

Sign language and the deaf community remain a great passion of Lisa’s and she welcomes deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences to book her as a speaker. She will come ready to communicate in sign language, as well as work with any interpreter that may be provided for the event. There are not many hearing speakers that would feel comfortable on stage in front of a deaf or hard-of-hearing audience, let alone be able to sign for him or herself! n>

Contact Lisa today to invite her to address your deaf or hard-of-hearing audience.