NAPO Conference 2017

Tomorrow I head off to my 10th NAPO conference. This year it is held in Pittsburgh.

As I think about our conferences, I always look forward to learning about the latest trends, resources, and products in the organizing industry. I get excited thinking about sitting in on workshops and presentations given by some of the great experts in our field.

During the conference I always receive information and inspiration that improve my services to my clients. I enjoy meeting face to face organizers I have only chatted with via Facebook, reconnecting with organizers that I only see at conference, and meeting organizers from all over the globe.

I also look forward to a social evening with other organizers from our Georgia Chapter as we go out to dinner one evening and catch up with each other.

When I return from conference, I always develop an action plan to fully benefit from my conference experience.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

ICD 2014 Conference Reflections – Find a Voice

I always go to conferences with some clear goals. This year at the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) conference I had planned to:

  1. Increase learning
  2. Receive insights on how to better serve my clients
  3. Network with peers from around the country and even the world

I certainly make progress in all three areas. We were presented with techniques to help clients. We were given updates on  ADHD and PTSD. We heard a very moving panel discussion made up of children of hoarders. We were given samples of the most recent research in the areas of Chronic Disorganization. We laughed while we received insights from Judith Kolberg on clients’ difficulty with decision making (I got to role play one of her challenged clients). I had time to visit with other organizers between sessions and on Saturday night a group from Atlanta along with friends went out on the town to a Blues Bar for dinner.

My challenge now is to schedule time to review all of this fantastic material and make a plan to integrate it into the tools I already have.

I am looking forward to the next ICD conference in 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Book Launch

My Book Launch for From Vision to Victory A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home, at Eagle Eye Book Shop was quite a success. I really appreciate all of you who came out in the cold, icy weather to attend. I enjoyed giving the presentation and answering the questions. I loved that so many of you bought books and had them signed. It was a really special day for me that culminated a lot of time and effort. It was great that so many of the people who contributed to the book were there. My Goals Group was there, some of my BNI (Business Networking International) group, as well as my graphic designer-Brenda Sanders, my media organizer-GiGi Miller, my proof reader-Sue Clements, and my business coach-Wendy Watkins. Judith Kolberg, my writing coach, could not attend as she was in New Orleans, but she sent a card. My son, Darin, attended as did many of my friends. It was a real celebration for me. I am now enjoying selling my book on my website. At some point running to the post office to mail off ordered books may become tiring-but not yet!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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Networking overload!
I realized when I looked over my calendar that I had been to 6 networking events this week. I guess I have had on my marketing hat to the exclusion of about everything else. I have managed to work with a few clients and take some time to go to a movie (The Secret Life of Bees – a must) and help out a couple of girl friends with projects but other office jobs have simply fallen by the wayside. I want to get known by others so that they will feel comfortable putting me on their vendor lists and recommending me- but enough is enough. I would be interested on how much time other sole entrepreneurs out there spend on networking. How much time should one budget on this task?