Hello and Happy Summer!

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.


Are You Ready to

 …kick your business into high gear?

…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!

businessbootcampIn 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:

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“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:
  • make_a_planCreate a strategic plan for growing operations
  • Determine the right business model for you
  • Determine your Unique Selling Proposition
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  • 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)
  • PowerPoint slides for the whole presentation
  • Handout/Interactive Note-Taking Guide (Word document)

Are you ready to kick butt and finally create the business you were meant to? Then sign up below!

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About Lisa

Lisa MontanaroLisa 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!

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Copyright 2012. Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses. Lisa publishes the bi-weekly e-zine, Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion for success-minded individuals. Subscribe today at www.LisaMontanaro.com and receive your free Tool Kit, Achieve Powerhouse Success with Passion, Purpose and Productivity. Lisa is the author of “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” published by Peter Pauper Press. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help you be purposeful, passionate and productive, contact Lisa at (530) 302-5306 or by e-mail at Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com

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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!

6Pillars-circleonlyMy Signature System:
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.

Media and Press

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
~ Mae West 

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Lisa Montanaro in the Media

A few months ago, I was contacted by a reporter/freelance writer who was looking for experts to interview for an article he was writing on remaining focused and avoiding multitasking for a business magazine in the Capital Region. He interviewed me and we had a great exchange of ideas and conversation.

The piece is titled “Get Focused: The Science Behind Why Multitasking is Ruining Your Ability to Get Things Done” and is written by Jeff Wilser. He did a great job with the piece! And thankfully, he used a lot of my quotes and content, and attributed them to me. It is in the September 2017 issue of Comstock’s Magazine in Sacramento.

Hope it helps you stay focused and stop multitasking!

“How Do You Define Business Success” by Lisa Montanaro, San Diego Statement, December 2011

Lisa is thrilled to be a columnist for HV Insider. Her column will be featured every Monday in the Lifestyles section. Check it out at http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/category/lifestyle/.

Warwick Businesswoman, Lisa Montanaro, Publishes Her First Book – The Ultimate Life Organizer by Roger Gavan, The Advertiser-News, April 28, 2011

“10 Ways to Protect Your Small Business” by Lisa Montanaro, San Diego Statement, December 2010

“What’s New in the Business Scene”, The Poughkeepsie Journal, December 1, 2010

“Time is on Your Side: 10 Ways to Reinvest In Your Business During a Slow Economy” by Lisa Montanaro, San Diego Statement, December 2010

“Experts Offer Tips to Lessen Holiday Stress” by Patti Racine, Times Herald Record, November 14, 2010

The Poughkeepsie Journal Lisa was thrilled to be selected as a columnist for the Poughkeepsie Journal’s Work-Life Balance column of the Young Professionals section. She periodically posts columns dealing with work-life balance, and is happy to share links to those articles here so that you can click on over and read them at your leisure. Enjoy!

“Organizing and Marriage: ‘Til Death (or Disorganization) Do You Part” by Lisa Montanaro, Warwick Valley Living, May 4, 2010

“Don’t Go It Alone: It Takes a Village to Run a Successful Business”
by Lisa Montanaro, NAPO San Diego News, Volume 3, Issue 11, March 2010

“Protect and Promote Your Business with Copyrights and Trademarks”
by Lisa Montanaro, NAPO News, Volume 25, Number 1, January/February 2010

“Claudia’s Corner – Drowning in a Sea of Papers” by Claudia Jacobs, The Times Herald-Record, January 24, 2010

Get Organized in 2010, The Warwick Advertiser, January 7, 2010

“How to Survive the Daily E-Mail Attack”by Lisa Montanaro, Encounter Living & Leisure Magazine, December 2009

“Overwhelmed? Getting Organized Can Help Make Your Workspace Work for You” by Anna Vitale, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, August 31, 2009

“Decide to Be Organized” by Roger Gavan, Warwick Advertiser, August 20, 2009

“10 Ways to Protect Your Small Business” by Lisa Montanaro, Hudson Valley Business Journal, May 11, 2009

“How and Why to Get Organized” by Putnam Northwestern BOCES Reporter, April 2009

“Guide Your Business Past Grief and Loss” by Pattie Simone, Women Entrepreneur, March 26, 2009

“Protect Yourself and Your Business: The Law as a Shield” by Lisa Montanaro, NAPO News, Volume 23, Number 4, September 2008

“Fresh Green Organizing with Lisa Montanaro: Ask Yourself, Do I Really Need That?” in Warwick Valley Chamber Connection, 2nd Quarter 2008

“Chamber Honors Member Businesses” in Business Viewpoint insert of Times-Herald Record, December 2007

“Communication Overload” by Nicole Quattrociocchi, Parent-to-Parent Newsletter, Winter 2007

“Get Organized Month Community Service Project: Warwick Valley Humane Society” by Roger Gavan, The Warwick Advertiser, February 2006

“How to Work from Home: Creating a Home Base” by Patricia Simone, Times Herald-Record, September 2005

“This Professional Will Help Organize Your Life” by Kathy Kahn, Hudson Valley Business Journal, May 2004

“Two College Roommates Learn to Share a Space” by Lisa Montanaro, Balance Magazine, Fall 2003

“Need Help in Removing Business Clutter? Here’s a Possible Solution: The Organization Woman” by Roger Gavan, The Warwick Advertiser, September 2003

Style Counsel

Photo by Missy Raye

Lisa was chosen as a model for Style Counsel’s ad campaign, “Real Clothes, Real People.” Style Counsel is a store in Warwick, NY that offers a large variety of career, casual, and special event clothing. Their large customer base extends from the small Village of Warwick to the surrounding areas of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Style Counsel has built up quite a following with customers due to being on the cutting edge of fashion. Lisa owns many fabulous articles of clothing from Style Counsel that she wears when giving presentations or hanging out casually. But her favorites are the fantastic gowns and special event dresses like the one she is pictured wearing in the ad!

Renaissance Woman, Escapee925.com, February 26, 2012

Sliding Scale Solutions to Becoming Organized by Lisa Montanaro, Happy Hudson Valley, September 12, 2011

Organize, Organize, Organize by Elana Frankel, Home Goes Strong, March 29, 2011

Lawyer Turns Organization Into a Lucrative Business by Caroline Higgins-Dowd, Blog: This Is Not The Career I Ordered, February 27, 2011

Organizing 2011: The Entryway, The Good Stuff Guide, January 11, 2011

LM Organizing Solutions Finds Success by Drawing on Past Experiences, Network Solutions, August 2, 2010

NAPO Podcast

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) for it’s podcast series. My topic was Let Go to Grow: Focusing on Your Strengths. Below is a description of the podcast interview, as well as a play button for you to listen in. Hope it helps you in your business! 

NAPO Podcast – Let Go To Grow: Focusing on Your Strengths 

If the legal aspect of starting or growing your business has you intimidated, lost or overwhelmed, we have got the expert for you. From legal documents to the ins and outs of everyday business, today’s expert has us covered. With a background as an attorney, mediator and trainer of entrepreneurs, Lisa Montanaro is a sought after business expert. She is the owner of Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, the umbrella organization under which she offers productivity consulting, success coaching, business strategizing and speaking to individuals and organizations. Lisa is an inaugural certified professional organizer and a member of the Golden Circle of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. 

What you’ll learn about in this episode: 
– Transitioning from another career into professional organizing
– Pros and cons of subcontracting under established organizers when you are just starting out
– Great PR starts with believing in what you do, then letting media and other influencers know about it.
– How to grow a speaking and productivity coaching business
– Tips on getting your name out there when you move to a new area
– How raising your profile begets more opportunities to raise your profile
– Understanding different kinds of legal business entities and which one is right for you
– How to protect both yourself and your client in a business relationship “Let go to grow”
– Why delegating and outsourcing tasks is a path to exponential growth in your business.


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Career Coach Caroline
show hosted by Caroline Dowd-Higgins aired on CBS Radio.

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“Creativity and Technology Solutions for Business and Life”
Radio Interview with Joe Dans, September 21, 2011, WTBQ

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“Lisa Montanaro on the Organized Job Search”
Radio Interview with David Dirks, November 19, 2009, BlogTalkRadio

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“Takin’ Care of Business”
Radio Interview with Mike Sweeton, November 16, 2009, WTBQ, 99.1 FM, Warwick, NY

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“Certified Professional Organizer Lisa Montanaro Promotes National Get Organized Month”
Radio Interview with Hosts Rob McLain and Frank Truatt,
January 21, 2009, WTBQ, 99.1 FM

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“Professional Organizer Lisa Montanaro Discusses Get Organized Week”
Radio Interview with Host John Moultrie, February 12, 2004, WTBQ, 99.1 FM, Warwick, NY

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“Professional Organizer Lisa Montanaro Gives Organizing Tips”

Radio Interview with Host John Moultrie, December 3, 2003, WTBQ, 99.1 FM, Warwick, NY

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“Meet Professional Organizer Lisa Montanaro”

Radio Interview with Host John Moultrie, October 9, 2003, WTBQ, 99.1 FM, Warwick, NY

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Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

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Lisa served as a member of the NY State Bar Association’s Lawyers in Transition Panel, The Next Wave: A Panel of Lawyers Who Have Tapped Into Their Passion to Find Success in Other Careers, which was held live in NYC and as a webcast online. Lisa shared her story of leaving the practice of law to become an entrepreneur.

Lisa and her fellow panelists — an executive career coach, a reporter/writer, and an attorney-turned-standup comedian — had lots of good stories and advice for anybody contemplating a career change.

Lisa’s Ezine/Blog Videos

Ezine/Blog Videos

Interviews of Lisa

Interviews of Lisa

Lisa Montanaro is interviewed by co-hosts, Marisa Miles and Tameeka Williams, of the new public access television show, The Path: Positive People, Places & Things in the Hudson Valley. Lisa discusses her business and offers organizing tips for back to school time.

Lisa Montanaro shares Professional Organizing Tips on organizing shelving at the Rubbermaid Booth at the 2010 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Tradeshow & Convention (courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/user/RubbermaidOnline)

Lisa Montanaro is intervied as part of the Success Panel at Get Out There Live Workshop

Lisa’s Book

The Ultimate Life Organizer

“Something Special”


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IMG_1525If you require a guest expert, interviewee, or source for print, radio or television, Lisa Montanaro is experienced in speaking with members of the media, stays on point, excels at meeting deadlines, and can provide quality content. Lisa is personable, articulate, knowledgeable, and at ease on air and on camera.

In addition, Lisa is a published author with excellent writing skills and can provide columns, tips, and articles for electronic or hard copy publications, as well as speak about content from her book, The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. With her background as a performer, teacher, mediator, and lawyer, Lisa is a “media darling” who will appeal to your readers, listeners or viewers, and help make your job as a member of the media a breeze.

Lisa is available to assist the media on many topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Organizing and Productivity, including Time Management, Clutter, Paper Management, the Organizing Industry, and her trademarked methodology DECIDE, which examines the connection between disorganization and indecisiveness
  • Career Transition & Job Search
  • Leaving Corporate America/Jumping ship from a law career/Becoming an entrepreneur
  • Living a Multi-Passionate Life/Modern Day Renaissance Men & Women
  • Life-Work Balance
  • Thriving as an Entrepreneur

Contact Lisa for media-related inquiries.

The following article is an excerpt from the Time Management chapter of my new book, The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, which will be published by Peter Pauper Press in February 2011. Stay tuned for details on how to pre-order a copy of the book and join The Ultimate Life Organizer Book Club!

“It is the curse of the modern world. Too much to do and too little time to do it.” ~ Jeremy Laurance

In the 21st century, we are experiencing opportunity overload. We have never been busier, and yet most people say they crave a simpler, less harried existence. The problem is that most people spend a lot of time “thinking” about how much or how little time they have, but not planning or managing their time. Yet, preparing and planning for the future is the most critical step to time management. If your schedule is stuffed with too many tasks and activities, you will experience opportunity overload. At that point, you need to unclog your calendar.

Unclog Your Calendar

Start by realizing that each person has a certain capacity for getting things done based on time, energy, and the reality of life. Identify tasks on your calendar, agenda, or to-do list that you don’t really need to do and let them go. You can revisit them again on another day, or delete them altogether. If you cram every moment of your life with activity, you will wind up late for something. You will also feel stressed out, and not have time for transitions and spontaneous moments. Leave some wiggle room in that schedule! How? Here are some tips for unclogging your calendar.
Keep Just One Calendar

Keep just one calendar or planner to have a place to write all appointments. It doesn’t matter what kind it is. Just be sure it is only one. Why? Because as soon as you add more than one calendar to the mix, you create an opportunity for conflicting appointments.

Paper, Electronic or Both?

Visual people tend to do better with paper calendars, which allow them to see time and lists in a layout rather than as individual items. Tactile people like pen to paper and enjoy writing, color coordinating by category, and being creative. If this matches your style, by all means, stay with a paper system, but make it work for you, and realize its limitations.

The disadvantages to a paper calendar/planner in this day and age are many. A paper calendar or planner can be lost and there is no back-up. Paper calendars also can be bulky to carry around and have a limited and finite amount of space. Electronic calendar/planner devices are small, easy to carry, allow you to set alarms and issue reminders, store an amazing amount of information in a small space, and are backed up in case of theft or loss.

If your company or family uses an electronic calendar system, it makes sense to synch with that same system. If you like the visual layout of a paper calendar, you can always print out a week or month at a time, but remember that you then have to update the electronic version every time you add in an appointment on the paper printout.

Create a Master Calendar

Regardless of what type of time management tool you are using, consider creating a master family calendar. Any appointment of your spouse’s that will impact you or the children goes on it, and vice versa. A master calendar is helpful for facilitating communication in a family or office environment. Or, synchronize electronic calendars so that family members or staff can check each other’s schedules and invite each other to appointments and meetings without having to take the time to call. Give access to all family members at home and to all individuals in the workplace that you frequently need to meet with regularly.

Love (and Learn) the One You’re With

If you use an electronic calendar system of any kind, learn how to use it! Many people have all of the gadgets with tons of bells and whistles, but don’t know how to use them and maximize their power. Read the manuals, watch the tutorials, play the instructional DVDs they come with, and harness their productivity power!

This article is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a More Organized, Simpler, and Less Stressful Life, which will be published by Peter Pauper Press in November 2010.

As you start the organizing journey, you may suffer from what I like to call, Temporary Organizing Paralysis. This is when you start organizing, freeze up, stare at all of the stuff and think, “Where do I begin?” “What am I going to do with all of this stuff?”

Realize that it will get worse before it gets better if you are in the middle of an organizing project. The stuff will be out of the drawers, files, closets, etc. Come up with a staging area to sort the stuff, so it is not in the way! That will help keep your stress level down. Also, identify early on who and where to donate items: friends and family, thrift shops, places of worship, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, etc. There are many willing homes for used stuff. Adopting a charity or a needy family makes getting rid of your clutter a whole lot easier.

Often, there is a domino effect of being disorganized. You may need to start somewhere else in order to clear space first before you can work on a particular organizing project. For example, let’s say you have paper all over your dining room table (a common clutter catcher spot!). You would think of starting on the dining room table. But the real problem is your home office. You haven’t cleared out the paper bins and filing drawers in so long that you can’t bring any new paper into that room. Thus, you started piling it on the table. Therefore, you need to start in the home office, clear clutter, make room, and then move to the dining room table. So, give some thought to the order of your organizing projects and how one may affect another. Of course, if you desperately need or want your dining room table back before your home office is organized, you can temporarily box up the papers on the table and move them to a staging area and work there while getting organized. If you have the space to create “organizing central,” then go ahead and do it. Get some boxes, bins, a folding table, and go to town!

In order to stay motivated while organizing, post your list of goals in a conspicuous place, especially if you are a visual person. Before and after photos also help many people get and stay motivated. Consider playing some upbeat music to keep you alert, or relaxing music if you are easily distracted. If you dread organizing alone, work with your spouse or a friend, involve your kids, or go pro and hire a professional organizer. And, don’t forget to reward yourself along the way as you would with any other behavior modification program.

Getting organized is about making progress, not achieving perfection. Don’t be daunted by the prospect of getting organized. Just take it one step at a time. You’ll have more chance of success if you break the overall project into manageable tasks, tackling a little bit at a time. The key is to get started and stay focused. You can do it!

I am thrilled to announce that in January 2010, I secured a book deal with Peter Pauper Press to write an organizing book to be launched in fall 2010. The book (which has not yet been named!) will be an interactive guide that will cover getting organized at home and work, and will include interactive exercises, checklists, and journal pages to write about your organizing journey.

I am relieved that the actual writing is complete, which feels like a huge accomplishment! I sent in the last chapter to my editor on May 15th. However, there is still much work to be done. If you have ever published a book, you know what I mean. The editing and design process now begins! I will be busy reviewing edits, layout, “mechanicals,” source checking, and design features. I am excited to see the project through and can’t wait to hold the actual book in my hands. I will, of course, be offering it for sale on my website (and in person at speaking engagements and book signings), so be sure to keep on the look-out for a formal launch in the fall!

Meanwhile, if you just can’t wait until the fall to learn how to get organized, you can purchase my e-book, DECIDE to be Organized: An Empowering Process for Change on my website.