Here’s the second part of my video interview with John Hunt of Smead’s Keeping You Organized online show. The topic is “Cinderella Actually Had Three Ugly Step Sisters: The 3 Blocks to Success.” You can listen to it as a podcast or watch it as a video. It is only 15 minutes long but packed with high-quality content.
This is Part 2, which covers an overview of the 3 blocks and delves deeper into blocks 2 and 3, The Comparison Trap and The Imposter Syndrome. Part 1 covered the first block, Perfectionism. If you missed it, be sure to go back and watch/listen to that one first.
Hopefully, this topic will help you identify the blocks to success, and how to avoid or overcome them.
Here’s my video interview with John Hunt of Smead’s Keeping You Organized online show. The topic is “Cinderella Actually Had Three Ugly Step Sisters: The 3 Blocks to Success.” You can listen to it as a podcast or watch it as a video. It is only 15 minutes long but packed with high-quality content.
This is Part 1, which covers an overview of the 3 blocks and delves deeper into block 1. There will be a Part 2 coming soon that delves deeper into blocks 2 and 3, so stay tuned. Hopefully, this topic will help you identify the blocks to success, and how to avoid or overcome them.
As many of you may know, I have a serious creative side! I grew up as a performer on stage doing singing, acting and dancing in local community and regional theaters. I wrote poetry, short stories, and kept a journal since I was 8 years old. So creativity in general, and writing specifically, has been a big part of my life for many years.
And don’t even get me started on reading! I am a voracious reader across many genres. Last year, I read over 80 books and this year, I am already up to 32. I not only love to read, I love to review books. So that has become a fun hobby of mine.
In 2010, I wrote a non-fiction book called “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life,” which was published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. It 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 any of you have read it and loved it, please consider posting a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon. Great reviews help an author with their future books. And as I’m busy writing more works in progress that I want to publish in the future, my reviews will be important for an agent and a publisher to look at. So thank you, thank you, thank you!)
Now, I am trying something completely exciting and different… writing fiction! I am learning so much by taking online and in-person classes and workshops on craft, dialogue, description, character development, plotting, story telling and more. To that end, I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference in February, which was an amazing 3-day experience. I have also joined the Women Fiction Writers Association and will be attending their retreat in New Mexico this fall. And I am loving every minute of this creative journey!!
Through my business, I have had the pleasure of speaking to audiences across the U.S. (and around the world!), as well as coaching with private clients, about the concept of life-work balance. And what I hear from most people is that they want to pursue their passion projects, enjoy their hobbies and interests, and be able to live full lives while enjoying their work.
So I am sharing this passion project with you so you can see life-work balance in action. The new LisaMontanaroWrites.com website is an example of life-work balance. This is a side project for me, a hobby I have to make time for when not working on my business, with private clients, or traveling to and from speaking engagements. I love my business and the work I get to do, but I also love my writing. And creating this website is a chance for me to give my writing (and reading and book reviewing!) the place that it deserves.
So without further adieu… I invite you to visit LisaMontanaroWrites.com. I want the website and blog to be a place to spark creativity, including writing, reading, and story telling. It is my creative playground! And I hope you will join me there.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea (or even better, a glass of vino!) and poke around.
Read some blog posts (and while you’re there, subscribe to the blog so you can get updates). Enjoy some book reviews. Share your favorite books while I share mine.
Pass the site onto others. Interact, comment, and stay awhile.
I hope you like it. But more importantly, I hope it inspires and motivates you on your own creative journey, whatever that entails. Make time for your own passion projects! And when you do, share them with me as I want to see YOUR life-work balance in action.
So, you are searching for a new job? Perhaps you are making a voluntary career transition. Maybe you have been laid off, or worse, fired. Regardless of the reason for your job search, one fact remains true: if you are conducting a job search, it is vital that you take an organized approach. Managing your job search is just like managing any other major project. You must create an infrastructure that allows you to operate in an efficient and productive manner. A successful job search requires forethought and action. Here are some tips for conducting an organized job search.
1.Declutter and Pre-Purge – If you are embarking on a job search, it will be difficult to do so if your physical space is covered in clutter with piles of papers everywhere. Take some time to declutter. Purge any unnecessary items, file papers that you need to keep, recycle junk mail, and get some order back into that space! It will be easier for you to concentrate on your job search without all of that chaos and clutter around you. Just be careful that you don’t spend too much time decluttering that you start using it as an excuse to procrastinate with regard to your job search. A few days should suffice.
2.Create a Job Search Schedule– Let’s face it – searching for a job is hard work! If you are still employed while you are conducting your new job search, be prepared to have an extremely busy schedule. If you are currently unemployed, realize that you do, indeed, have a job – conducting a job search! Create a job search schedule that gives you ample time for all of the activities you need to focus on in order to succeed: resume and cover letter preparation, surfing the web for jobs, networking, interviewing, follow-up, etc. Block out time in your calendar for job search activities and treat that time as you would any traditional work commitment. Be consistent in the amount of time you spend each day and week on job search activities so that you keep your momentum going, and don’t lose focus and miss valuable opportunities.
3.Get Your Gear in Order– Update your resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample (if applicable). Ask for letters of recommendation and testimonials from previous or current supervisors, co-workers, and professional colleagues. Get some nice new stationery, and stock up on print cartridges for your printer. If you want to use an outside source for printing, some local printing shops will copy resumes for free during an economic downturn, so ask around! Be sure to have a computer with high-speed Internet access. An all-in-one machine for printing, copying, faxing and scanning will also come in handy during a job search.
4.Create Job Search Central– Set aside space at home (or wherever you will be conducting your job search activities) and make it job search central. Keep all of your job-search related supplies in that location, which will make it easy for you to find them when you need them. This will also help you to get into job search mode when you are in that space.
5.Create a Job Search Paper Management System– You may be acquiring a lot of paper in your job search: resources, articles, sample resumes and cover letters, business cards of networking contacts, contact-us-later or rejection letters, etc. To the extent that you can maintain these items in a paperless fashion, go for it. But if you have to maintain hard copy paper, be sure to create a job search paper management or filing system, to be stored in your job search center. Keep it simple and use whatever system makes the most sense to you for ease of use (binder, portable filing bin, traditional filing cabinet, etc).
6.Plan Job Search Activities– Plan out job search activities on a daily basis, such as phone calls to make, resumes to send, online applications to fill out, informational interviews to conduct, etc. Write down your job search activities as calendar items, to-do’s, or tasks so that you take them seriously and treat them as measurable goals. Be realistic with regard to what you can reasonably accomplish in one day, but also challenge yourself!
7.Track Job Search Activities – Organizing your job search involves keeping track of all information and communications. Keep a record of where you sent your resume and when, whom you have spoken to, when interviews took place, etc. This information will prove vital when deciding when to follow-up with leads. You can track all of this information using a calendar such as Outlook or Google, or an online tool such as JobFiler.com. Whatever tools you use, it is important that you be able to track the status of your job search.
8.Manage Job Search Email – In today’s world, much of your job search will likely be conducted by email. Therefore, before you even start your search, whittle down the amount of email in your inbox so that you can hyper-focus on your job search emails, which will add up quickly. Create folders within your email system using categories that make sense to you, such as Companies Applied To, Contacts Submitted Resumes To, etc.
9.Polish Your Online Profiles – If you are conducting a job search in today’s market, you would be remiss not to develop an online presence on social media sites, especially LinkedIn, which is the most “professional” of the social media sites and can essentially serve as your online resume. But also consider other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The opportunities are endless for employers and contacts to find you online. You may even have your own website, e-zine, or blog. Maybe you post articles on various article-marketing sites, or serve as a guest blogger on other blogs. If you maintain profiles on any of social media sites, or have any type of online presence, be sure to polish your profiles so that they promote the image you want potential employers and contacts to see.
10.Change Your Greetings – Change the message that greets callers for any phone number that you plan to use for your job search so that it sounds professional, and conveys the information you want callers to hear. Be prepared, not embarrassed!
11.Stay Positive – The longer a job search takes, the more chance you have of becoming negative about it. Try to maintain a positive attitude to the extent you can by monitoring your progress and staying active in your search. When the going gets rough during a job search, many people take a back seat and give up, which is counter-productive. Try to stay focused and make valuable contacts that are likely to lead to a job. However, don’t be all consumed by your search for a job! Maintaining some balance in your life at this time will serve you well. Get adequate sleep, eat well, see family and friends for pleasure, and make time for exercise.
Organization is one of the single most important things you can do to keep your job search manageable. Just like being organized helps you improve any other area of your life, home, or work, it will also help move along your job search in quick and efficient fashion and with less stress. It may even wind up being the key to finding that dream job you always wanted.
Do you want to become a great public speaker or hone your existing speaking skills?
Have you been asked to give a presentation and are scared to death and aren’t sure how to pull it off?
Do you want to really wow your audience/client and get spin off speaking gigs?
Look no further!
Speak Up is back! This is a coaching and training program for aspiring speakers, as well as speakers with experience that want to “up their game” and knock it out of the park! Drawing upon my background as a performer, lawyer, professional speaker, and speaker coach, I will pull the speaker out of you so that you can ace your speaking engagements with confidence.
I have successfully presented this speaking program live in many locations across the U.S., including New York, Seattle and New Orleans. For the second year, I am offering it as a virtual program so that you can take advantage of it no matter where you live from the comfort of your own home or office. No travel expenses involved! It is ultra-convenient. All you need is a phone and/or computer.
And it gets even better! Once again a wonderful colleague will co-facilitate it along with me. And she’s not just anyone. My partner in crime is Monica Ricci, who is an accomplished speaker extraordinaire. In fact, Monica and I have shared the stage together a few ti mes now with amazing results. We have been called The Dynamic Duo! (Click here to check out my blog post about how Monica and I came together to present this program live a few years ago in New Orleans!)
Please join us for this amazing 8 week teleclass-based group program that will help you:
Conduct engaging, informative and interactive presentations for audiences large and small.
Learn how to prepare and deliver presentations of different types, lengths, and targeted to different audiences.
Improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles.
Inspire and motivate participants, exude confidence and enthusiasm, and establish credibility.
Overcome your fear of public speaking and use that fear to your advantage.
Increase speaking confidence.
Discover how to connect with the audience, use humor, and let your unique personality and style shine.
Learn how to effectively handle speaking snafus, such as interruptions, hecklers, and technical difficulties.
Get coaching and feedback from two professional speakers who make a significant portion of their income through speaking.
Learn how to use speaking as an income stream and a marketing funnel to build your business.
Whether conducting trainings, workshops, keynotes, or any other type of presentation, this program will help you become a more dynamic speaker!
Back-to-School Time is the Perfect Opportunity to Participate in a Program Like This.
We’ll start Thursday, September 8th and go for 8 weeks and end on October 27th. This program can be done from the comfort of your own home or office. You can be lounging by your pool, swinging in the hammock, or sitting on your deck with a glass of lemonade. That is the beauty of a virtual program. All you need is your telephone, and perhaps a computer/tablet/smart phone if you want to take it a step further.
An audio interview of Lisa Montanaro titled “Breakthrough to Big: Speaking as a Breakthrough Moment for an Entrepreneur” from a telesummit she participated in as a guest expert hosted by Cathy Goodwin.
An ebook by Monica Ricci titled “Your Life Organized: It’s Not About The Stuff.”
Psst… I’m even offering an early bird registration rate so you don’t have to dip into your summer fun stash! Check it out.
…create the business model you’ve been striving for?
…stop working so hard and, instead, work smarter?
…charge what you’re worth, and reach the levels of income you’ve dreamed of?
If you answered YES, then the Kick Butt Business Bootcamp is for you!
In order to have a thriving and successful business, you need to be strategic. You don’t have to do everything. You have to do the right things for your business!
Stop chasing silver bullets. There’s no shortcut to creating revenue and building your business. Before you start trying “everything” and chasing bright shiny objects, slow down and think through your strategy. A tactic that’s perfect for one business owner might be the wrong move for you. Do what will work for you, based on your value proposition and your target market. Leverage your strengths and don’t waste time with ideas that simply don’t fit your business model.
Comments from a Live Bootcamp Attendee:
“I’ve attended many business building seminars, teleclasses and workshops, and Kick Butt Business Boot camp was definitely one of the best! Lisa helped me to define some of the critical areas of my business that needed to be addressed and I left the boot camp with the tools I needed to succeed. Lisa’s business boot camps should be a requirement for all small business owners, whether they are new in business or a veteran! Thanks, Lisa!”
~ Jacquie Ross, CLC, CYPFC , Certified Life & Family Coach and Professional Organizer, Maryland SBA Award Winner
The Kick-Butt Business Bootcamp Home Study Program will help you create a plan designed to implement strategic business growth by focusing on three key elements: where your business is now, where you want to take it, and how you will get it there. Get ready to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your business, and identify the opportunities and how to act on them.
This program will provide the know-how, while also forcing you to take a cold hard look at your business, dissect it, and put it back together strategically so that it is better and stronger! If you want results and are ready to dig in and kick your business’ butt, then this is for you!
If you’re serious about creating a thriving, profitable business, the information you’ll learn in this one program will alter the course of your business forever.
You’re going to get off the merry-go-round of trying to figure things out, and get into action.
In this Kick Butt Business Bootcamp program, you will learn how to:
Create a strategic plan for growing operations
Determine the right business model for you
Determine your Unique Selling Proposition
Identify your Target Market and Ideal Client, and how to market to reach them
Be perceived as an expert in your area
Delegate and outsource to employees or subcontractors (including assistants, virtual assistants, etc.)
Create your Profit Pyramid
Create multiple streams of income, leverage and repurpose your content, expand your delivery methods, offer options at multiple price points, create packages and value-based pricing, and give clients a menu or suite of services
Develop Strategic Partnerships and engage in Joint Ventures
Establish a Board of Advisors
Draft an Operations Manual
Focus on your unique areas of brilliance within your business
Learn how to work on your business, not just in it
This program will include:
3 ½ hour audio recording of the program (previously recorded from a live presentation)
Are you ready to kick butt and finally create the business you were meant to? Then sign up below!
$129 ($99 promotional rate)
Add on Private Coaching with Lisa to really ramp up and apply what you’ve learned in the Bootcamp…. $300 for a 2-hour private session (regular rate = $400)
Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses.
Lisa is the author of “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” published by Peter Pauper Press. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth.
Often referred to as a pint-sized power house, Lisa Montanaro is living proof that good things really do come in small packages! 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.
A sought-after business expert due to her background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs, Lisa offers business coaching/consulting to professional organizers. Part consultant, part coach — Lisa asks probing questions helping you to dig deep, but also gives expert advice, guiding you to the answers you seek. The key is to help you focus on what you need in order to build your business, protect yourself, and enjoy your work!
When you put in so much time and effort to get organized, the last thing you want is to backslide and wind up back where you started. The good news is that you can stay organized once you reach an organized state of bliss (or even a semi-organized, “it’s better than it was and I can live with it state”!). All that is required is active maintenance. Oh no, you think – more work! Yes, but remember, it is a lot easier to stay organized than it is to get organized.
Maintenance Should Become Second Nature
Organizing is a way of life that requires maintenance and ongoing effort until it becomes second nature. Think about something you do everyday, like brushing your teeth, for example. You just do it, right? It is a habit, something that comes naturally to you. You don’t need reminders, checklists, alarms and prompts. But imagine you just started brushing your teeth today. It is an entirely new grooming activity that you are now required to do. You may need a prompt to remind you to do this new activity. But after a reasonable amount of time, you would naturally incorporate this new activity into your routine and would no longer need reminders. You would just do the activity automatically. In order to stay organized, you need to slowly incorporate maintenance of organizing systems into your daily routines. After awhile, you don’t even think about it anymore, you just naturally maintain your systems.
Develop Simple Maintenance Routines
Integrate a daily and periodic maintenance program into your routine, but keep it simple. You’ve heard the old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Well, it goes a long way if your goal is to maintain organizing systems. Put things away at the end of each day at home, and at the office. If you start something, complete it if possible. If not, put the project items off to the side so that they do not become clutter in your way. If you use up the last of an item in the house, replenish it (at work, give notice to whoever stocks the supply cabinet). If you open something, close it. If you take something out to use it, put it away when you are done. Make this “finish it” policy a rule that all users of the organizing systems follow.
15 Minutes a Day Keeps Clutter at Bay
Want to maintain an organizing system? 15 minutes a day keeps clutter at bay! Once you’ve created an organizing system that works, take 15 minutes a day to keep it that way. If it needs much longer than that, chances are it is too complex of a system, or you are still in backlog mode with too much clutter. If so, then you need to focus on continuing to declutter and setting up simple, user-friendly organizing systems.
It is entirely possible that some areas of your life will be in maintenance mode while others will still be in the process of getting organized. That is expected. While you are getting organized, you will naturally finish some areas before others. For the areas that are already organized, use your maintenance routines. For the rest, keep plugging away! You will get to maintenance mode if you hang in there, I promise.
Don’t get caught up in the actual amount of time. 15 minutes at work, and 15 minutes at home, is an average. Some people need much more time to maintain their organizing systems, some need much less. It depends how many organizing systems need to be maintained, how complex they are, how many users are involved, whether someone is sabotaging the system by not cooperating in maintenance efforts, etc. Use 15 minutes as a benchmark to measure your maintenance efforts against.
Some people do their maintenance in the morning (washing dishes from last night’s dinner, choosing outfits for day, planning their schedule on their calendar, putting away files no longer working with, etc.), while others do it at the end of the day before they leave work and before they retire for the evening at home. The right time to maintain organizing systems is when it is easiest for you and you will actually do it. If you decide to maintain systems at the end of the day, be sure to finish activities at home and at work 15 minutes before you close shop, in order to leave enough time for maintenance.
Exercise: Schedule 15 Minutes a Day
Schedule in a recurring appointment on your calendar that prompts you to do 15 minutes per day of maintenance of organizing systems at home and at work. Remember, maintaining an organizing system should become second nature, like brushing your teeth everyday. But it may take time for it to become a habit, so be patient. Meanwhile, 15 minutes a day will help keep clutter at bay, and maintain your orderly new life!
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Copyright 2010. Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and operate productive and profitable businesses. Lisa publishes the monthly “DECIDE® to be Organized” e-zine for success-minded individuals, and “Next Level Business Success” e-zine for entrepreneurs. Subscribe today at www.LMOrganizingSolutions.com. Lisa is the author of The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press. Lisa also publishes the DECIDE® to be Organized blog at www.DecideToBeOrganized.com. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help take your business to the next level, contact Lisa at (845) 988-0183 or by e-mail at .
Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat
for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders
I had the absolute pleasure of hosting my first Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders in California Wine Country in November 2014. A dozen women came from all over the country to focus on improving their personal and professional development while nourishing their soul, enjoying beautiful scenery, and savoring delicious food and wine.
I hope to make this an annual event, and am even considering holding it in other locations, including the Northeast and possibly Italy in the future.
If you’re interested in getting on the Priority Notification List, please sign up below to be notified of future retreats.
Are you ready to. . .
Blaze a new trail?
Reinvent your business and life?
Live your purpose and passion?
Leverage your brilliance?
Make great money so that you prosper while helping others?
If so, I have a special invitation for you. It’s a rare opportunity to create the business, career and life that you want and deserve, and achieve success on your terms.
Introducing the inaugural “Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders.” This life-changing event is happening in one of the most beautiful spots in the United States — California Wine Country — and offers a rare and special opportunity to connect, create, and collaborate in a stunning setting that is inspiring, nourishing and rejuvenating.
“Lisa, 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
Join me at this 3-day live retreat that will be filled with ideas, energy, reflection, and collaboration, including:
Evolution of your personal and professional life
Enriching interaction with like-minded women
Electrifying experiences and excursions that touch the soul
Platforms for collaboration and connection
When you hold the space for introspection, connection and growth, big shifts occur. Transformation happens.
There is significant power in gathering together with a group of women like you who are ambitious, positive and focused on serving others and growing their businesses and careers, and developing their leadership skills.
When you spend time with other wonderful women away from your regular life, and you incorporate relaxation, rejuvenation, movement, being in nature, new ideas, and time to simply sit and reflect, amazing things can occur. Shifts in your thinking can take place and how you do what you do can be upgraded forever.
This powerful gathering is limited to a small group of women to keep it intimate, allow for deep level discovery and sharing, and to guarantee you are not just a number, but are seen, heard, honored, pampered and tended to.
“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
Come experience amazing breakthroughs, meaningful connecting with other women, stepping into your power, and of course, delicious wine (if you imbibe!)! 🙂
Join me for a once-in-a-lifetime gathering that puts attention on you and your success from the inside out…all in the beautiful setting of the California Wine Country.
You will meet fabulous women, enjoy personal and professional development in a supportive environment, and create incredible possibilities for yourself.
Leave your responsibilities and to-dos behind and embrace the place where you will . . .
Expand your personal and professional network as you meet, mingle and get to know other quality women who are also ready to experience a quantum leap toward living their ideal personal and professional life.
Participate in interactive, possibility-focused exercises and experiences in a supportive environment that will allow you to see yourself, and all that you can do and be, in a new light.
Break through outdated, limiting beliefs and embrace new opportunities in a safe and supportive, but also bold and inspiring, environment.
And, that’s only the beginning. In addition, you will . . .
Connect more fully with your purpose, passion, and power.
Listen to your inner voice that often gets drowned out by the noise of a “busy” life and business/work.
Learn how to discover and promote your personal and professional brand for maximum impact.
Overcome blocks to success and build your confidence.
Design a business and life that truly reflects who you are (not who you think you should be, or what everyone else is doing!).
Transform and up-level your money mindset.
Leverage your time, content, and brain power to reach bolder goals.
Gain greater visibility and credibility as a leader.
Take a stand for your business and life in a bigger way.
Gain insight into my contagious energy and insider strategies that have made it easy to attract clients and take quantum leaps in my business and life (that you can too IF you want to and it fits into YOUR purpose and passion).
Plus, you will get a bonus discussion with my fabulous Online Business Manager, Deborah Davis of A Virtual Click Away who will share the best practices of delegating and outsourcing, developing your online presence, and using a virtual assistant or online business manager. I am so excited that she will be joining us live for the retreat and adding her valuable insight!
“You are able to be Business Coach, Attorney, Mentor, Cheerleader…and more. You wear all your hats so well! Thank You.” ~ Jane Carroo, www.cluttercoach.com
Why Attend The Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders?
No matter what life and business/career may currently
be for you – whether you’re experiencing success, apathy or adversity – the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat is a chance to embrace your journey with courage and let your light shine!
Regain enthusiasm and passion for what you do.
Revitalize and refocus your business journey/career path.
Fire up a creative spark to pursue a new business or personal endeavor.
Gain strength and focus in your personal and professional pursuits.
Embark on a personal journey of discovery – a truly life-changing experience bursting with inspiration, bright ideas and creative energy.
This fabulous live retreat is the ultimate experience for women with vision — a time for the enrichment and transformation of your personal and professional life.
I know this is an investment of time, expense, and leaving your loved ones for a few days (although for some of you the time away may be the best part!). But I can assure you it will be well worth it. Business and life changing to be exact!
“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 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
Here’s my promise to you:
You will not just feel like another “butt in a seat” or like you are lost in a sea of people. You will receive personalized attention and support.
We will not just “scratch the surface” with a bunch of boring templates that you have already have seen a hundred times. We will delve into the heart and soul of who you are, what needs to change, and how you will change it.
I will not just gloss over what really needs to be said. We will tend to the deeper longings and transformation necessary to make the lasting changes and radical results you are ready for.
You will not have to sit for hours on end listening to a talking head. You will engage, interact and experience so what we do becomes a part of who you are, making it easy to bring back into your life and business/work.
I will not just focus on the personal development side so that you worry how to apply this to your professional business endeavors. You will receive guidance so you can ground it all into a viable professional model.
I will not just focus on the business so that you are left feeling void of meaning and that your personal life, interests, passions, and soul are not accounted for. I well help you feel at ease to authentically and effectively bring forth your personal side.
I will not just be putting on a show that leaves you questioning what you came for. I will ensure you feel seen, honored, and appreciated so that you can unearth who you are and become aligned with who you want to become so that you shine brighter than ever before.
It is your time! Time for you to focus on your personal and professional purpose. Time to move forward as the brave, beautiful, bold woman entrepreneur or leader that you know you can be, and as a collaborative group of powerful energy.
Why California Wine Country? The Inspiration for the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat
I love Tuscany and Provence, the wine country regions of Italy and France. When I relocated to California and discovered the California Wine Country, I fell in love with it, and realized that I had this beautiful gem in my backyard. I now want to share it with you.
California Wine Country has a world-wide reputation. And it’s no wonder! It’s a major wine-producing region, foodie lovers paradise, with a mild climate and stunning scenery. I’ve deliberately chosen this place for you! People gather from all over the world to experience this soul-nourishing place. California Wine Country is a perfect backdrop for personal and professional development and enrichment. It enhances creative thinking and problem solving. The rolling hills, verdant landscapes, and fruit growing vines bathe visitors with a sense of hope and renewal, regardless of the season. The spectacular trails and overlooks provide numerous opportunities for hiking, exploration, communing with nature, and escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and work.
In some ways, I am still a newcomer to California Wine Country, as I only just relocated to Northern California in July 2012. But don’t fret! I have personally scouted out the perfect locations for our retreat experiences, and still have the enthusiasm, excitement and eagerness of a newbie that has fallen in love with a place, a mood, an environment and a lifestyle. From the first time I visited California Wine Country, I felt at home in a way. It evoked the fond memories I have of Tuscany and Provence, and made me grateful to have this gem of a region so close by.
It has been my dream for many years to gather women like you in a phenomenal setting like this so that I can help you unwind, reconnect, step into your power and transform your life and business in meaningful ways. Now that dream is coming true… for me, and if you join me in November, for you too!
There’s nothing like immersing yourself in a completely different environment, especially one deliberately designed for your ease to catapult you to the next level.
“I enjoyed your Kick Butt Business Bootcamp hosted by the NAPO-Greater Philadelphia Chapter. The content was fabulous. But even more so, I want to thank you for patiently and comprehensively answering all of my questions! In 13 years of being a business owner, I can’t remember having an opportunity to ask one person such a variety of questions about running and marketing a business. What an amazing opportunity! Many other attendees thanked me afterward for asking so many relevant questions that all of us really wanted to know the answers to. Thank you again!” ~ Adriane Weinberg, www.organizedapproach.com
I’m prepared to give you the best of the best in service so you can create your purpose and live your passion in business and life, on your terms, and have fun while doing it!
NOTE – If You Are Not a Wine Drinker: Not everyone drinks wine (or any type of alcoholic beverage for that matter). Please be aware that non-alcoholic drinks will be available at every meal, you will not be pressured to taste wine if you choose not to, and you will not be made to feel uncomfortable in any way. The Wine Country is more than wine! It is a culture, mood, and experience. It is about living a life of passion, enjoying nature, slowing down, and savoring every moment. The area will entice you with its romance even if you never drink a drop of wine! 🙂
“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 programs. Lisa uses a real hands on approach to work within so that you will empower yourself, and also will be able to dig deep in order to pursue your true passion and turn it into a future filled with profitable benefits. I would highly recommend Lisa! Upon completion of one of her programs or events, you will be 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
“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. In Lisa’s 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 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
The Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat Is For You If . . .
You are gutsy, adventurous, mission-driven, smart, fun and willing to do whatever it takes to create your ideal life and business. Most importantly, you are READY for this – in fact, just thinking about it gives you goosebumps and an extra skip in your step.
This transformational experience – of connecting, adventure, freedom and having the opportunity to explore more sides to yourself – is exactly what you are craving.
You want to uncover, own and profit from your purpose and passion.
You want to get back into your own skin. Life can be really “crazy busy” and you’ve found that you lose yourself way too easily and say yes to things you don’t always want to.
You long to rediscover the beauty of life and learn how to move through the world in a more easeful, powerful and fun way.
You crave some space to map out the next step for your business and life vision.
You want to redefine what “having it all” means to you so that you can wear all your different hats with grace, style and humor.
You would like to stop living in the past and worrying about the future.
You want to get away from your everyday life and experience the true meaning of retreating and relaxing.
You want to pow-wow with some really amazing women who dream big and will be your “believing eyes.”
You would love to feel better in your body, mind and spirit so that you can harness every opportunity and weather any challenge that comes your way.
You are ready to give yourself permission to dream big and develop an action plan to make your vision real.
“Lisa is wonderful! Her tutelage, calming influence, and goal-directed persona have allowed me to achieve optimal performance. I highly recommend her to anyone! Great person, easy-going personality, and inspirational support.” ~ S.L., Major, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
When we want big things to happen in our lives and businesses/careers, we must be willing to take bold steps to do what it takes to create and live our dream. It doesn’t just happen by hoping and wishing (well, sometimes it does, but usually you have to take inspired action!). You have to be willing to make some space for transformation.
That’s where the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat comes in. In this idyllic environment, to-do lists, deadlines and responsibilities fade away … so you can get quiet, sit still and hear the innermost desires of your soul, body and mind. You’ll be surrounded by life-altering ideas, inspiring women, relaxing retreat space, nourishing meals, beautiful landscapes, big dreams, successful soul sisters, and gleeful fun. It’s pure magic, fit for a visionary like you.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn to start now – to live out loud!
This retreat is designed to inspire you to embrace your own Renaissance Spirit by tapping into your creativity, innovation, originality, and authenticity.
You will find the courage to dig deep to examine beliefs that are keeping you from moving forward in your personal and professional lives. You will be inspired to create the life and work that you are meant to experience!
Is this calling you? Answer the call!
I’ll see you at the Wine Tasting Happy Hour on Thursday, November 6th. Looking forward to it!
“Here’s the difference between you and others: You give CONTENT. You offer true ideas and pieces that I can use. Many other coaches/speakers 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. 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
Here’s What’s Included in the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat
3 days of focused retreat time with a small group of like-minded women.
Folders, handouts, and other materials that we will use to support our focused retreat time.
All meals from Thursday night to Sunday morning, including daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus some bonus snacks.
Complimentary coffee and tea available in your room and in the lobby.
Complimentary onsite parking.
Local Wine Country excursions such as wine tasting, walking/hiking, and visits to nearby towns and wineries.
A private Facebook group to connect and engage with Lisa and other retreat attendees in advance, and to stay connected long after the retreat.
Some extra goodies and surprises waiting for you!
The retreat is all inclusive except for lodging, transportation to the Inn, alcoholic beverages at meals (note: the meet and greet wine reception and winery tasting are included!) and optional activities such as spa treatments, and the “Dessert Crawl.”
“She’s bright and shiny on a dreary day, she sings, she dances, she’s a Professional Organizer, oh and did I mention she’s an attorney too? She’s Lisa Montanaro, and she was one of our favorite teleclass guest experts last year. As I mentioned Lisa is multi-talented but what I really like about her is her approachability. Speaking to an expert can be a little intimidating but Lisa knows how to answer the tough questions while making sure you truly understand the answers.” ~ Angela Ploetz, A Red Bench
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A 60-minute audio interview on “Solopreneur Survival”
A 60-minute audio interview on “DECIDE: Decision Making as the Means to Having a Successful Business and Life”
If you have any questions, please email my
Online Business Manager, .
Deb will be assisting me with the planning of the retreat,
and will be joining us on site as well.
“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
Your Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat Host: Lisa Montanaro
Often referred to as a pint-sized power house, 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. She is also a multi-passionate modern-day Renaissance woman, entrepreneur and adventurer.
Realizing that she could make a bigger impact, Lisa “defected” from her decade-long, high-pressure, six-figure law career upon the heels of the 9-11 tragedy and founded her business, Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises in 2002 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. Her online learning platform, LMG University.com, provides courses globally to improve people’s lives, businesses and careers.
Lisa is an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), 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 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 from New York to Northern California. Lisa loves that she can run her business from anywhere in the world. She’s living proof, having successfully transitioned to a business that allows her to live a lifestyle in alignment with her values and desires while running a thriving 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!
Lisa is passionate about teaching her tribe how to be smart, sassy, soulful entrepreneurs and leaders with rock-solid systems to make great money while working less. Lisa’s core message — Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion — helps clients, online program participants, and live audience members tap into their Renaissance spirit, and consider dreams never realized and possibilities never investigated due to limiting beliefs that cause us to hold back, give up, and play small.
Through her own experience of following her dreams, and incorporating her passions into her career and business, Lisa shows the incredible strength and courage inside of us all just waiting to be ignited. Lisa says “Living your passion takes risk, but that risk is a small price to pay for being able to avoid a watered down version of your life and work!”
“A pint-sized powerhouse…. that is how to describe Lisa Montanaro after seeing her in action at the amazing Kick-Butt Business Boot Camp held in Baltimore, MD for a select group of professional organizers that were ready to up-level their businesses. Lisa delivered on her promise to provide high-level content backed up by real-life examples garnered from her years of experience as a business coach and successful entrepreneur running her own business. She not only gives you solid tips and tools, but answers tons of questions and does mini-coaching moments on the spot so that attendees can tailor the content to their own businesses and learn from hearing her answers to other attendees. She is approachable, funny, and whip-smart too! What a winning combination! Attendees said they got their money’s worth and more, and were excited to implement the best practices into their businesses. Want to ensure that your business building event is a success? Make sure it includes Lisa Montanaro!” ~ Amy Rehkemper, NAPO Baltimore Chapter
Every effort has been made to accurately represent the retreat and its potential. I promise to deliver a top-notch event with quality content and experiences to build, grow and up-level your personal and professional development.
The testimonials and examples used are specific personal results, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that any individual attendee will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, dedication, desire, commitment and motivation. As with any business, career or personal endeavor, there is an inherent risk of loss of capital and there is no guarantee that you will earn any money. Although I have repeatedly seen clients make a significant return on their investment, that is no guarantee that all clients will be able to do so, or even desire to do so.
There are no refunds available for the retreat. The reason is simple. I will be putting in an amazing amount of time, effort and expense before and during the retreat to make it a huge success for everyone involved. Please respect my commitment level.
However, I also realize that sometimes in life, sadly, unexpected things happen that may cause plans to change. In the event you are not able to attend the retreat after you have registered, you must notify me in writing by sending an email to Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com at least 21 days before the retreat begins. Provided you notify me before the 21-day period, your payment will be transferable, with the option to:
Attend the next Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat;
Apply your payment towards another program offered by Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises or LMG University; or
Substitute another woman not already registered for the Retreat to take your spot in November 2014
“I am honored to have been part of Lisa Montanaro’s first Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat in California. After doing business coaching with Lisa for several months, I knew the retreat would be nothing short of spectacular. I am thrilled to say that it exceeded my expectations! Not only did I have many revelations from the retreat content, each participant taught me something on a personal level. I loved spending time getting to know the other attendees and it was fun exploring new places (restaurants, wineries, shops) with them.
I am anxious to put my ideas into action for both my business and personal life and I look forward to connecting with the rest of the brilliant women (whom I now consider my friends) again in the future. Thank you, Lisa, for a fabulous weekend!”
~ Lisa Luken, www.SimpleJoyLiving.com
“It was a pleasure spending such quality time with amazing ladies at the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat! I loved the camaraderie, the sharing and the inspiration with everyone. Looking forward to staying in touch to celebrate successes and share challenges on this journey.
One of the most valuable things for me was how Lisa pulled back the curtain and let us see how her business actually works. Also sharing the systems she has in place was terrific – like the spreadsheets. And of course her endless enthusiasm! 🙂
Lisa Montanaro, thank you for pulling it together and being our fearless leader – you rock girlfriend! You are an amazing and inspiring multi-talented lady!”
“At the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat I learned to: ‘Dream big, stake your claim and create the future you desire!’ It was magical! What an outstanding group! Thank you, Lisa Montanaro.”
~ Suzanne Hobbs
“The circles under my eyes are not from exhaustion. They are from profound and deep relaxation. That’s the residual effect of the Purpose, Passion & Productivity Retreat hosted by Lisa Montanaro in Wine Country in the Fall of 2014.
The way our food was selected and openly and gleefully shared was very symbolic of our entire Purpose Passion Productivity Retreat: * all different tastes, styles & preferences “bellied up to the table” * lots of questioning the expert, trusting her guidance * much positive enthusiasm & encouragement to taste new unfamiliar things * sincere sharing of everything in the circle in front of us * adventurous nibbles * gratitude & generosity for being well served * contented satisfaction, a feeling of being “fueled” with unique & quality tidbits — HOW WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS!
“I suggest you PRE-PRE-REGISTER for Lisa Montanaro’s next retreat. It will fill up fast, as all of us with her in the Wine Country this weekend want to be at the next one… no matter which CONTINENT it is on. (Read between THOSE lines!!!)
~ Mary E. Rossow, www.RossowResources.com
“I’m sending my ‘thank you love note’. I’m so glad to have been able to participate in the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for soooo many reason. Thank you for all the work you and Deb (your online business manager) did to make it an amazing experience. I was a pleasure to meet all of the ladies and get to know more about them, their lives and businesses. I look forward to staying connected with all of them! And I look forward to working on my action items.
On a completely different note, I wanted to compliment you on how put together you always look, even when going to the spa! :-)”
~ Anne Navach, www.myefficientsolution.net
“I can’t believe how helpful Lisa’s Purpose, Passion & Productivity retreat was for me. Three days of dedicated time to focus on business and life issues, in a beautiful area like California Wine Country, is a necessary gift every business owner should give him or herself. As a solopreneur for 15 years, I’ve attended many seminars and conferences and learned things along the way, but there’s something about Lisa’s delivery, her knowledge, and her incredible passion that makes it clear that she is exceptional at what she does. She has a way of getting you to delve deep inside yourself, to really examine your goals and aspirations, and to push through the obstacles standing in your way. Lisa has a gift for working with people. She is very warm and approachable, yet very professional. She is extremely knowledgeable about business and is also a inspirational model of balanced living. I highly recommend Lisa, and definitely look forward to her next retreat.”
~ Anna Jacoby, Certified Interior Designer, www.AnnaJacobyInteriors.com
Are You Ready For Success
To Take Center Stage in
YOUR Business, Career & Life?
Success IS achievable when you take action to realize your potential.
Remember when you were a kid, and you dreamed of who and what you could become?
The possibilities seemed endless. Success seemed like something you could reach and achieve. Then… life happened. You got busy. Very busy.
You lost your sense of purpose, your drive, and your passion. You got bogged down in the minutiae of daily life with all of its tasks and responsibilities. The dreams started to fade away and sometimes disappeared altogether. Success seemed to be out of reach.
Well, something has to change!
The most successful people who ever lived were kids with dreams once too. And they had the same 24 hours in each day, just like you. But, they acted with purpose. They were focused with their time. They tapped into their passions. And though they often failed, they never, ever gave up. They persisted.
Success isn’t just for world leaders, CEOs, MVPs, and celebrities. Success is also for parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, directors of non-profits, lawyers, administrative assistants … YOU!
Ask yourself, are you willing to achieve success?
If so, welcome to LisaMontanaro.com — Where Success Takes Center Stage!
I offer coaching, consulting, speaking and training designed to help people and organizations achieve success. By assisting clients with focusing on the actions that are truly important and will make the biggest impact, clients find themselves taking steps which turn into habits that lead to success. The greatest people and organizations have done it. So, why not you?
If you are committed to achieving success, I will help get you there.
My name is Lisa Montanaro. I am a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author. My mission is to help my clients live passionate and successful lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses and careers.
I coach and consult with individuals in one-on-one and group formats, as well as with corporations and organizations, to help each individual and each organization find balance, success and joy at home, in business, and in life. I’ve done it for others, and I can do it for you.
I invite you to explore the resources on this site if you’re serious about change. If you’re a “take action” kind of person, get in touch with me right now by phone or email. If you need to learn a little more about my approach first, please explore the site in more detail and subscribe to my online community so that you can download your complimentary Toolkit, Achieve Powerhouse Success with Purpose, Passion, and Productivity, and start receiving my inspiring bi-weekly ezine, Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion in your inbox.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
My website offers multiple ways to help you become more purposeful, passionate and productive. Here’s a handy roadmap to help guide you if you don’t know where to start.