My colleagues over at Red Bench, who always offer great programs, are offering a teleclass to help you learn how to best work with a virtual assistant. So many of my clients ask me about working with a VA that I thought I’d share this with you.

Working With Virtual Assistants
Date: Jan 31, 2011
Time: 10:00am EST (9:00am CST, 8:00am MST, and 7:00am PST)
Click here to sign up

I do a lot of driving, and so listening to audio books, podcasts, and teleclass recordings is one of my favorite past times. I like to mix it up, with business topics, novels, personal development, and even language lessons making the cut.

I just finished listening to the audio version of the book Women, Work & The Art of Savior Faire by Mireille Guiliano. What a treat! I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend it to any woman interested in business sense and sensibility, with some French style (I am a total Francophile, so adding French style to anything makes it better in my book!).

Many of you may recognize Mireille Guiliano as the author of the acclaimed best seller, French Women Don’t Get Fat (an awesome book all about everything in moderation). In this book, Ms. Guiliano tells her story of becoming the CEO of the world famous champagne house, Veuve Clicquot, and the many lessons she learned along the way. She gets really personal, sharing insights and experiences on balancing career and personal life, the pros and cons of risk taking, what it takes to be a leader, how important it is to have a good mentor (and be a good mentor), the art of communicating, having passion, using proper etiquette, developing your own style, tips on business hosting and eating, and even some food recipes! Her advice is always professional, while also being personal and authentic. The audio version is read by the author herself, who has a lovely French accent (bien sur).

If you are looking for a unique business book for women (with some French flair thrown in for good measure), I recommend checking it out!

Many people say they want to get better organized, it’s actually one of the top 3 New Year’s Resolutions. However, in order to act upon that goal, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process.

DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. How do you do that?

If you are ready to change and need help with any of your organizing or time management projects, then join me for the DECIDE to be Organized Online Group Coaching Program, a 6-week teleclass series that allows participants to be guided through the entire DECIDE process in a group coaching environment.

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings, February 22,  to March 29, 2011
  • Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST
  • Investment: Early Bird Special – $229 if register by January 22nd ($279 thereafter)
  • Bonuses: Includes MP3 recordings of all classes, the DECIDE to be Organized 58-page e-book, e-mail access to me and the group members, laser coaching session, and more!
  • Click here for details and to register

During these teleclasses, I will offer guidance, support, and expertise as you embark on this empowering process for change. Through DECIDE, you will learn the tools needed to get better organized, take control, and make positive changes.

Listen to my message about this exciting program AND a free 10 minute audio about the DECIDE process.

What the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program Includes:

  • Time, motivation and inspiration to work on your organizing projects.
  • A fun, supportive environment made up of individuals that also want to get better organized. You don’t have to go it alone!
  • Lasting tools to help you learn your organizing style, change your mindset, and maintain your organizing systems long after the program is over.
  • Decluttered physical space and clarity of mind so that you can focus on the things you really want, love, and need in your home, work, and life!

If you are interested in having your very own organizing coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with an organizing expert, this affordable program is the answer!

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Last chance to join the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program. It starts this Tuesday, October 5th so don’t delay!

Many people say they want to get better organized, but in order to act upon that wish, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process. DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. How do you do that?

The DECIDE to Be Organized Online Group Coaching Program

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings, October 5 to November 9, 2010
  • Time: 7:30-9:00 pm EST
  • Investment: $249
  • Bonuses: Includes MP3 recordings, the DECIDE to be Organized 58 page e-book, email access to me, and more!
  • Click here for Details and to Register

If you are ready to change and need help with any of your organizing or time management projects, then join me for the DECIDE to Be Organized Online Group Coaching Program, a 6-week teleclass program that allows participants to be guided through the entire DECIDE process in a group coaching environment.

During these teleclasses, I will offer guidance, support, and expertise as you embark on this empowering process for change. Through DECIDE, you will learn the tools needed to get better organized, take control, and make positive changes.

Listen to my message about this exciting program AND a free 10 minute audio about the DECIDE process.

If you are interested in having your very own organizing coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with an organizing expert, this affordable program is the answer!

Take a look at the program details and “decide” for yourself!

Organizers Take Note: If you are a professional organizer looking for organizing education, the DECIDE group coaching program is perfect for you too! You can take the program to learn a great new organizing process that you can use with your clients. I will issue a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program that you can use to support 9 hours of continuing educationcredits. In the past, organizers have have taken the program along with non-organizers as a way to further their organizing skills and add a new process to their repertoire. You can too!

Referral Program: If you are a NAPO member and bring in a participant, you will either receive 15% off of your own registration if you take the program, or a 15% referral fee if you are not enrolled yourself! Just let me know the registrant’s name(s), or have them tell me they were referred by you.

I’m excited to host Meggin McIntosh as she presents:

Strategies for When You Are Seriously and Scarily Behind

We all get a little behind sometimes – at home, at work, in our classes, in our chores, and in our many projects. It happens and we can laugh about it and try to clear some time to get “caught up.” BUT, other times, we are

  • Significantly behind in our projects;
  • Clearly in arrears on our promises;
  • Unquestionably freaked-out about how far behind we are.

Here are some of the words that people use when this happens (and these might sound familiar to you):

  • Abject and paralyzing terror
  • Shame
  • Angry – with myself and others
  • Confused
  • Depressed
  • Drained
  • Embarrassed
  • Like I’m drowning
  • Negative about myself, my abilities, and my life
  • Fearful about my blood pressure and other health issues
  • Terrified
  • Sick to my stomach

If any of these – and the myriad other emotions you could express – are part of what you’re experiencing, then you will want to participate in this special teleseminar with my guest expert, Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D.

Teleseminar Details:

  • Date: Thursday, October 14th
  • Time: 12:00-1:30pm EST/9:00 – 10:30am PST
  • Cost: Free!

It will be recorded and all registrants will receive the MP3 right after the class, as well as a handout before class — so make sure to register right away so you will receive all the materials.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When conducting an organizing presentation or teleclass, I often mention the idea of creating a Memory Box for each family member.  Many participants share that the Memory Box tip is their favorite, and one they cannot wait to act on. (See, for example, this blog post by June Bisel of BusinessCardContacts.com).

A Memory Box is a container in which each family member can store his or her most treasured possessions. The size should be big enough to fit the prized possessions, but small enough to grab and carry out of the house, in case of an emergency. The actual container can be a no-nonsense functional type, like a plastic bin, or it can be a lovely decorated stylish box, bin, or basket. My personal Memory Box is an old trunk that has handles on the side to carry it in the event of an emergency evacuation.

The location for storing the Memory Box is also a personal decision. Often, because of the confidential or personal nature of the items in the box, it makes the most sense to store each person’s Memory Box in his or her room, at the top or bottom of a closet, under the bed, etc. But some choose to store all of the Memory Boxes for the family in a basement or attic, so that they do not take up precious space in the living areas of the home, and can be grabbed easily in one fell swoop if need be.

I would not recommend storing vital documents such as your will, birth certificate, etc. in the Memory Box. Those items should either be stored in a safe deposit box at the bank, or at home in a fire resistant box (remember, there is no such thing as a fireproof box for the home!). Some people store their vital documents in a regular file folder in their filing cabinet, and keep copies (or the originals) in a separate location. In the event that an emergency causes a very quick evacuation, the people and pets go out first, followed by the vital documents, and then the Memory Boxes.

What goes in a Memory Box? Well, that is up to you, of course. But here are some ideas.

  • Start a Memory Box for your children’s prized artwork, sentimental childhood possessions, schoolwork, etc.  They can decide, with you, what goes in it.  You can have a master Memory Box, and one for the current school year.  At the end of the school year, your child, with your help, can revisit the year, purging any items that are not vital enough to go in the master Memory Box. 
  • If you have a few sentimental favorite articles of clothing that you just can’t part with, but don’t wear, store them in your Memory Box.
  • Want to revisit your love life? Store old love letters, poems, your corsage or boutineer from your high school prom, a playbill from the first date with your spouse, etc.
  • If you plan to store documents or photographs in your Memory Box, consider getting an archival quality document or photo box to insert the paper and photos in, and then store the document or photo box inside the larger Memory Box. This will ensure paper and photos do not get destroyed over time.
  • If an item is much too large to fit into the Memory Box, and you can bear to part with it, take a photo of the item, and store the photo with a description of the item in the box. This works well for items that you are merely keeping out of obligation. For example, that hideous painting your aunt made for you that you will never hang up! Take a photo, write a note saying, “Aunt Gertrude meant well” and donate the painting to someone who will appreciate its unrecognized beauty.

People are often surprised to hear that I have a Memory Box. “You, a professional organizer?” Yes! Organizing is about decluttering your life of the stuff that does not serve your goals, and letting the cream rise to the top. It is about giving your favorite possessions a place of value in your home and life. My personal Memory Box includes select sentimental items, including my handwritten journals, my baton (yes, I was a baton twirler – don’t laugh!), my middle school graduation dress (loved it!), love letters from my husband from before we were married, letters and cards from friends and family members that are precious to me, and poems that I wrote growing up.

Ms. Bisel shares that her new Memory Box will contain her kid’s baby books, drawings from elementary school, some treasured photos, and other memories from her kids’ childhood. She says that her kids love looking through the stuff, and it would be great to have it all in one place. Before she attended my workshop, the items were scattered around the house, and now they will be stored conveniently together, in a place of distinction.

So, what’s in your Memory Box?

backtoschool1It is that time of year again when summer is coming to an end, and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. Start the year off the organized way! Register for Back to School the Organized Way: 10 Tips to Keep Your Child Organized This School Year, a teleclass designed to help you take control this year!

In this teleclass, I will draw upon my years of experience as a Certified Professional Organizer (and former special education instructor) to share the steps involved in getting your K-12 child organized for the school year:

• Learn organizing tips for setting up a launching and landing pad, family scheduling and calendars, evening & morning routines, organizing-friendly school supplies, family communication center, study centers, etc.
• Develop a system for tackling all of the papers that come home from school!
• Discover what your child’s unique organizing style is, and how to customize a system that works for him or her.
• Empower your children by establishing organizing and time management systems that they can maintain.
• Discover how to avoid clutter, set goals, and stay on an organized path to success.

Organized students are better prepared to learn at school, complete homework assignments in less time, and experience less stress (and so do their families). Children who develop and maintain good organizational skills will not only be prepared for today’s academic challenges but to excel in tomorrow’s world.

Come learn tips that will help your child, and you, get and stay organized the whole year through!

Thursday, August 27th
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Investment: $25

Can’t make the live call? No need to worry. All teleclasses are recorded and the audio is usually posted within 48 hours. You can either listen to the call on the special web page sent to you after the call (by clicking the link provided), or you can download the MP3 file to listen to on your computer, iPod, or other MP3 player at your leisure.

Join me on August 27th by registering here.

Hope to “see” you there!

Do you often feel like you’re trying to juggle all the demands of your life while running in a hamster wheel that is three sizes too small? You are not alone!

The Young Professionals Group of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is offering a free workshop, Juggling 101: Keeping All the Balls in the Air When Time & Space Are at a Premium, on Thursday, August 20th at 8:00 a.m. in the Larkin Room at the Chamber Business Center, 30 Scott’s Corner Drive, Montgomery, NY.

I will be co-presenting with Donna Johnson of DJ Consulting Services. We will teach the secrets of managing time and space when both are limited and in high demand. While we cannot promise you the powers of telekinesis or time-travel, we can promise a host of useful information to tame the beast in your planner and in your junk drawer.

So, if you are going to be in the Orange County, NY area this Thursday, come learn how to juggle!

Click here for more details or to register.

Hope to see you there!