Presentations

I was blessed to give 2 presentations this week. They were both on the same topic but still very different presentations. Both presentations were on the steps to follow when doing an organizational project and were based on my book From Vision To Victory.
The first presentation was given at the Southeastern Flower Show. The audience was there because of the flowers but as I pointed out, the steps in the book can be used to organize anything- even your garden. The audience tended to come and go during the presentation but I enjoyed it and the book signing afterward.
The second presentation was to the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group. This group was great at participating and giving feedback. They came up with their own unique situations and I really just facilitated while the also came up with some of the answers.
I love to give presentations to groups of all types and sizes but I do think my favorites are the smaller sizes that will respond, take notes, and participate.
If you are interested in an organizational presentation, please contact me.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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It’s easier being the Organizer than the Client

Here is a picture of me making progress on my inbox. Laura Ray (lauraray@bellsouth.net) is great. She is so very patient. I learned a couple of neat tricks that really make me feel better about keeping up with emails that I am saving while getting them out of my inbox. I have doable homework. I have managed to drop about 150 emails out of my inbox. I was supposed to spend an hour on Monday working on my homework. It was 8:00 pm before I could even think about it due to a morning meeting and afternoon client. A half hour was all I could manage. But with some tips she gave me I did manage to drop over a 100 during that time. She also gave me good advice about my bookmarking. She followed up with me today and I had to call her back while in the car on the way to a client and report my minimal progress. Like many of my clients, I want it to be much better much faster. This has been a great experience for me in many ways. It puts me in the shoes of many of my clients and while I felt I was always sympathetic and understanding, now I really feel their pain. However, “Slow and steady wins the race”. I do want this done and I know that I can do it. It might take another session with Laura Ray though.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Toxic Inbox

One of the sessions I attended at the NAPO conference was on “Detox Your Inbox”. I know I have a real problem with my inbox. I found that I was one of those people who use the inbox as a “to do” list. I realized that letting my inbox get in this shape is as bad as letting mail stack up on my table. For some reason I am very good about taking care of my mail each day- but my inbox! – not so much. Just imagine 495 pieces of mail on my table. I learned that my email usually falls into different areas like projects, appointments, contact information, communication, tasks, and archives. Just as I have my clients use action files for their mail I need to set up folders for my email. Just as my clients can be overwhelmed by their backlog of paperwork- I am overwhelmed by my backlog on my computer. So- what to do? I have asked for help from a Professional Organizer. Laura Ray (lauraray@bellsouth.net– 404-630-7212) is scheduled to come work with me. I know I will be able to maintain it once she helps me set it up. She will soothe my fears that I will not lose the information I need to keep. She will help me decide what I can let go. I will feel so much lighter after our session.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Paper Pile-Up


Ever pass an auto pile up on a major highway? Usually it starts when one vehicle hits another and then it snowballs until the whole highway is locked down. The same thing happens to our desks. One or two papers are left out. Then a pile-up begins. Then the pile overflows. Finding things becomes impossible and your work at that station gets completely bogged down. How do we avoid pile-ups? Stop the auto pile-up with defensive driving techniques and alertness for obstacles on the road. Stop the desk pile ups with having a plan in place for the incoming paper and sticking to it. Set up those action files and make them work! Stop paper pile-up now!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Presentation Jitters

cartoon_icandeal-274x300.gifHow do you handle presentation jitters? My material was good. My handouts were good. I had practiced. But I still started to sweat. I didn’t project well. I started rushing during the middle of the presentation. Perhaps the woman who was seated in the middle directily in my line of sight and who seemed to either be falling asleep or watching her watch to see when lunch was goin to be served had something to do with it. What tricks to you use to stay calm?