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Grow Your Business Through Mindfulness

Monday, February 8th, 2016

sand-883068_1920Mindfulness – it’s a word you hear everywhere these days. Be in the moment… Be present… Meditate… Journal. Sounds nice. But you are busy. Your days are already packed with running your company. Why make time for one more thing in your day?

Because it can pay off big time in helping you grow and sustain your business, and even help you maintain your equilibrium during the tough times. The benefits are well worth the investment of a little time and attention. A variety of studies show that professionals who regularly practice mindfulness have:
• 32% decrease in medical symptoms
• 29% decrease in perceived stress symptoms
• 26.5% increase in acting with self-awareness
• 26% increase in observational skills
• 25% increase in non-reactivity
• 22% increase in non-judgment
• Improved cognitive function
• Increased productivity
• Enhanced colleague and client relationships

In fact, the benefits of mindfulness are so well documented, many major companies are incorporating the practices in their company. Proponents of mindfulness in the workplace include: Heinz, Ebay, Facebook, Google, Twitter, General Mills, Unilever and many others.

Mindfulness, defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the particular moment, and non judgmentally,” is also supported by recent neuroscience findings. The subconscious continually assesses the environment for threats, triggering the fight or flight response when any threat is detected.

Kathy Cox is Crew Chief at Harmony Crew, LLC.

June 2015 Chapter Meeting Summary

Friday, June 12th, 2015

NAPO WDC Chapter Meeting Summary

Monday, June 1, 2015

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The June NAPO WDC chapter meeting was held in Fairfax, VA.  There were 25 members and 3 guests in attendance.  

The meeting started with active networking. Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by Helen Long of Partners Estate Sales and Daniel Sanders, of Four Sales, Ltd.

Vanessa Seifert welcomed everyone.   

Lori Krause introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

Sharon Bliss

Bliss Books Online

Dale Keaton

B-Thrifty and B-Green

Daniel Sanders

Four Sales

Helen Long

Partners Estate Sales

Errol Unikel

Rain Maker Video

Lori Krause

Building Bridges Partners

Guests:  

 

Lori Krause again introduced Daniel Sanders, of Four Sales, Ltd, this month’s corporate partner spotlight presenter.

 

Corporate Partner Spotlight

Daniel Sanders, Four Sales, Ltd., described how professional organizers can get billable hours by working with Four Sales in a mutually beneficial partnership. The example given was when people have a storage unit to be emptied Four Sales can refer to a professional organizer who will then organize the items on location within the unit or taking photos of the items that can’t be displayed. Four Sales will then come in, value the items and move saleable items to auction, charity, recycling or trash. In other cases Four Sales will refer renters of storage units to professional organizers so the relationship is mutually advantageous.

 

Educational Program

Vanessa Seifert introduced Steve Gouterman, of Paradigm Experts, and Todd Peenstra, of Peenstra Appraisals, presenters of The Appraisal Roadshow.

Varied items brought in by NAPO WDC members were appraised by both men. In addition, both men provided information on the technicalities of valuing various antiques and estate pieces.

Chapter Business Meeting

Vanessa Seifert noted that there is still time to register for Lisa Montenaro’s Kick-Butt Bootcamp. Interested members should look at Constant Contact or email Vanessa for details.

Suzette Smith gave MARCPO 2015 update. MARCPO is scheduled for Saturday 10/24 in Bethesda, MD. Two half day workshops will be held in addition to morning and afternoon speakers this year. Speakers are still needed; a deadline of June 8 for speaker suggestions was announced. MARCPO registration will open on July 13. The cost of registration for NAPO WDC members from July 13 – August 1 will be $199. During early bird registration, August 2 – September 21, registration will cost $229. The MARCPO registration fee increases to $299 on September 22.

Suzette will not be MARCPO director next year. A call for new director was made, with the suggestion being that the new volunteer could shadow the 2015 MARCPO team this year as preparation for next year.

Errol Unikel asked if corporate sponsors are on the email distribution list for MARCPO. The consensus among the board was yes, but Cara will confirm that the list is correct.

 

Calendar  

June 5        Kick-Butt Bootcamp
June 16      Virginia Book Club Meeting

June 18 Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

June 22 Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting
July 21 Maryland Book Club Meeting

July 26 Golden Circle Meeting
Sept 9  NAPO WDC Chapter Meeting in Bethesda, MD
Sept. 24 Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

 

A drawing for a free 2016 membership was performed and won by Nicole Athas.

 

8:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Closing and Networking

 

The next meeting will be September 9 in Bethesda, MD.

May 2015 Chapter Meeting Summary

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The May NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held in Bethesda, MD. There were 29 members and 2 guests in attendance.

The meeting started with active networking.  Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet table hosted by Errol Unikel of RainMaker Video.

Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.  

Linda Pray introduced the guests.

Lori Krause introduced the Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

Lori Krause

Building Bridges Partners

Alonso Zamora

B-Thrifty

Daniel Sanders

Four Sales Estate Sales

Sharon Bliss

Book Bliss Online

Errol Unikel

Rain Maker Video

Juli Monroe

1 to 1 Discovery

Guests: Ben Knowlton, Olympia Moving

Educational Program

Janice Rasmussen introduced the educational program: “DisordR, The Play” – Hilary Kacser

Chapter members were entertained and enlightened by an original solo-stage play written and performed by Hilary Kacser, based on true stories from her life as a person living with hoarding disorder. Using humor and sensitivity,  DisordR, The Play, tells the story of a fictional character based on her own lived experience. Packrat Patty’s struggle and progress managing her hoarding inspires understanding, advocates against stigma, and helps viewers experiencing various mental health issues to move forward and to facilitate recovery. A discussion of the topic with the actor followed the performance. 

A long time actor regionally and internationally, on stage and screen, Hilary Kacser (Playwright and Performer) produced and performed in every Capital Fringe for seven years since the DC Festival’s 2006 inauguration, afterward restaging all those productions elsewhere. The Capital Fringe debut of “DisordR, the Play,” won critical praise. “First-rate,” declared Washington City Paper Fringe & Purge. DC Theatre Scene called Hilary “stellar, gifted, hilarious,” the show “a healing and cathartic experience…not only funny and entertaining, but can actually change our approach to our own ‘disorder,’ one bag at a time.”

Chapter Business Meeting

The following 2014-15 Chapter Awards were given out:

Volunteer of the Year – Terri Fischer

Professional Organizer of the Year – Suzette Smith

President’s Award – Janet Schiesl

Corporate Partner of the Year – Sharon Bliss, Book Bliss Online

Other members were acknowledged with General Volunteer Awards for their helpful roles in supporting NAPO-WDC over the past year.

“Micro-volunteer” wanted – A NAPO-WDC member is needed to pick up mail at our PO Box in Arlington. This can be done on a monthly basis and you will forward any pertinent mail to a member of the Board of Directors. Many thanks to Heather Cocozza for taking on this job for the past 6 years!

The 2015-16 Board of Directors were sworn in by Eileen LaGreca. The new board members officially take on their roles on May 15.

Back by popular demand – The Appraisal Roadshow will take place on June 1! If you have an item that you would like to be considered for a fun informative review, contact Janice Rasmussen at janice@executiverorderdc.com. Be sure to include a description of your item. Only 20 items will be taken for this event, so contact Janice before May 20. Please sign up in advance to bring your item!

Calendar

MAY 14           Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting 
                                   

MAY 18           Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting 
                                   

MAY 19           Maryland Book Club Meeting

MAY 21           Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

JUNE 1           NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Fairfax, VA              

JUNE 5          Kick-Butt Bootcamp
                          

JUNE 16        Virginia Book Club Meeting

The next meeting will be June 1, 2015 in Fairfax, VA.

April 2015 Meeting Summary

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The April 2015 NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held in Fairfax, VA.  There were 26 members and 4 guests in attendance. 

The meeting started with active networking.  Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by 1 to 1 Discovery – Juli Monroe and B-Thrifty – Alonso Zamora.

Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.  

Linda Pray introduced our guests. 

Lori Krause introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:

 

Representative

Company

Lori Krause

Building Bridges Partners

Errol and Betsy Unikel

Rainmaker Video

Dr. Dale Keeton/Alonso Zamora

B-Thrifty

Linden Coyne

Junk in the Trunk

Juli Monroe

1 to 1 Discovery

 

Educational Program

This session was videotaped and will be available on the NAPO-WDC member’s only website approximately 1 week after the meeting and remain available for 30 days.

Janice Rasmussen introduced the educational program:  

Google Your Small Business – Ray Sidney-Smith of W3 Consulting

1.   Why use Google for your business? Google allows your business platform to be on one server – computer, phone, apps, and backup. One or two (laptop/phone) devices that are connected to Google allow the business to run without being tethered to a location.  

Google Apps for work includes Mail, Calendar, Docs, Hangouts, Sites, and Vault using Google as the infrastructure. Allows multiple users for accounts for associates and Google Take Down allows removal of info when associate is no longer with the business.

Google Vault allows secure storage of information with access rights, time frames and limits.  Controlled access can be granted to other users as needed.

2.  How not to use Google – don’t use to become Google stupid (don’t Google everything). Use it for business support:

  • Marketing – majority of Americans are connected to the internet – Be found; Be heard; Be connected.
  • Google My Business – get your business on the web www.google.com/mybusiness 
    • Photos, videos, information posted for free.
  • You Tube allows you to put a face with your brand/business.
  • Google+ Hangouts – live product demos that then pass along to YouTube.
  • Host paid classes, workshops and tutorials with Hang Outs and Webinars on Air or other webinar formats.  
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Project, time, document & task management through Calendar, Tasks and Gannter
  • Google Docs
  • Google Slides
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Forms
  • Google Draw

Chapter Business Meeting

MARCPO update – Suzette Smith

MARCPO will take place on Saturday October  24, 2015

A call for speakers is being sent out – please submit any names you have and forward to those you know who might be interested in speaking.

Lisa Montanaro will be holding a Kick Business Boot Camp on June 5, 2015 with NAPO-WDC. A Constant Contact will be sent out in the next few days with more information.  

Calendar

April 15-18 – NAPO 2015 – Los Angeles, CA

April 9 – Virginia Book Club Meeting

April 27 – Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting

May 4 – NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Bethesda, MD

May 14 – Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

May 19 – Maryland Book Club Meeting

May 21 – Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

The next chapter meeting will be held on May 4, 2015 in Bethesda, MD.

March 2015 Meeting Summary

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The March 2, 2015 NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held in Bethesda, MD. There were 29 members and 6 guests in attendance. There are now 102 chapter members.

The meeting started with active networking…. Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by Book Bliss Online – Sharon Bliss

Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.  

Linda Pray introduced our guests.

Lori Krause introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

Lori Krause

Building Bridges Partners

Errol Unikel

Rainmaker Video

Dr. Dale Keeton

B-Thrifty

Sharon Bliss

Book Bliss Online

Juli Monroe

1 to 1 Discovery

Guests: Ben Knowlton, Olympia Moving

Educational Program

Janice Rasmussen introduced the educational program:

A “Team Approach” to Selling a Home: Getting Referral Business from Real Estate Agents and Stagers by ReadyStageMove – Jean Marie Herron (organizer), Maria Rini (realtor), Bernadette Flaim (staging/design).

  • How do you find a Realtor?
    • Know one already?
    • Walk in to a local office?
    • Go to the Internet?
    • Visit open houses?
    • Network, network, network?

IMPORTANT: offer to do a presentation at a local real estate office or local Board of Realtors. Stay in touch with your database by asking for their referral to a Realtor. Networking will help your business more than you think!

  • How do you find a Stager?
    • Already know one?
    • Know a designer (who may also be a stager or know a stager)?
    • Walk into a real estate office and ask if they know a stager?
    • Research association website
    • Look at real estate listings online and contact the real estate agent of a staged home
    • Use Google or other search engines
  • How do you take it to the next level?
    • Collaborate
    • Co-sponsor
    • Guest writer or blogger
    • Cross endorse for each other
    • Start a mastermind group
    • Pay it forward – do nice things for your resource and referral relationships
  • Key ingredients to develop strategic partnerships
    • Develop an effective strategy to work by referral (high quality leads with less effort)
    • Build, sort and qualify your database (sphere of influence, friends/family, social circles, etc. to build your level of expertise/viewed as the ‘home expert’, serve as an information hub)
    • You become ‘greater than the sum of your parts’
    • Decide to be “Relational” (trust, value, top-of-mind)
    •  Surround yourself with a team of productive people
  • It’s all about education
    • Never assume they know what organizers do
    • Provide proof of your work (before and after photos; stats)
    • Become a student yourself – learn about strategic partners/partnerships
    • Keep in touch with your partners; referrals and clients

 SYSTEM Saving You Space Time Energy and Money

TEAM Together Everyone Achieves More

Chapter Business Meeting

Website improvement – SEO updates for NAPO-WDC website has gone live. Twenty pages of content were updated.

MARCPO will take place on October 24, 2015 in Bethesda. Volunteers are needed – contact Suzette Smith

 

Calendar

MARCH 17 Maryland Book Club Meeting

MARCH 19 Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting – Meeting at More Space Place in Chantilly

MARCH 23 Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting

MARCH 11 Arlington/Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

APRIL 6 NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Fairfax, VA

APRIL 9 Virginia Book Club Meeting

APRIL 15-18 NAPO 2015 – Los Angeles, CA

 

Door Prize Drawing – Cara Bretl

Our door prize winner was Peggy Goetz (guest)

 

The next meeting will be April 6, 2015 in Fairfax, VA.

February 2015 Meeting Summary

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The February NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held in Fairfax, VA. There were 29 members and 3 guests in attendance.

The meeting started with active networking. Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by RainMaker Video – Errol Unikel and ShelfGenie – Joe Johnson

Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.  

Linda Pray introduced our guests. We now have 99 members!

Lori Krause introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

Lori Krause

Building Bridges Partners

Alonso Zamora

B-Thrifty

Errol Unikel

Rainmaker Video

Joe Johnson

Shelf Genie

Sharon Bliss

Book Bliss Online

Andy Reiman

Modern Image

Guest: Barbara Unikel, Rainmaker Video

Guest: Zibby Koppelman, Paradigm Experts

Lori Krause introduced our Corporate Partner speaker, Andy Reiman from Modern Image. He described his company’s services to its clients.

  • Meet onsite with client/review/send free estimate
  • Scan documents to PDF; photos to JPG
  • Multiple scanners for multiple purposes – picked up from the client and taken to the Tysons office
  • Time line varies by case
  • Client does not need to remove clips or staples
  • Each page/photo is hand checked for clarity
  • Delivery – uploaded (no taxes) with link provided to client; CD/DVD/Thumb drive (sales tax applicable)
  • Items returned to client or shredded onsite
  • $50 minimum order           

Educational Program

Janice Rasmussen introduced the educational program: Connie Whittingham – Bookkeeping: A Business Owner’s Secret Weapon to Success.  Connie is the CEO/Owner of YOPA (Your Own Personal Advisor). Connie described how bookkeeping can be an excellent business management tool by providing useful financial information, and enabling you to make important business decisions proactively.  A full description of her presentation will be available on an upcoming blog post on this site.  She offered a free CD for NAPO WDC members only – “11 Mistakes Business Owners Make” – go to www.y-opa.com to sign up for your copy.

Chapter Business Meeting

Penny Catterall, Director of Communications and Technology, announced that an updated version of the NAPO-WDC website will be going live within the next couple of weeks. It will be SEO optimized for better visibility, increase website traffic and members.

Suzette Smith announced that this year’s Mid Atlantic Regional Conference for Professional Organizers (MARCPO) is set for October 24, 2015 in Bethesda. Registration will open in July with early bird rates of $199.

Janet Schiesl, Immediate Past President, announced that nominations for Board of Directors is now open. Janet urged members to consider to volunteering for a board position. All 10 positions are up for vote. Nominations are still open for Programs and Marketing, as well as a new position of Director of Administration. Meet the candidates at March 2 meeting. 

Calendar

FEB. 12 – Virginia Book Club Meeting

FEB. 19  – Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

FEB. 23 – Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting

MARCH 2 – NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Bethesda, MD

MARCH 11 – Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

MARCH 17 – Maryland Book Club Meeting

APRIL 15-18 – NAPO 2015 – Los Angeles, CA

Door Prize Drawing – Cara Bretl

Our door prize winner from Shelf Genie was Jackie Kelly.

The next meeting will be on March 2, 2015 in Bethesda, MD.

January 2015 Meeting Summary

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The January NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held in Bethesda, MD. There were 34 members and 5 guests in attendance.

The meeting started with active networking. Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by More Space Place – Robert Myers and Junk in the Trunk – Linden Coyne and the Ask the Experts table.

Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.

Linda Pray introduced our guests.

Lori Krause introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

Lori Krause

Building Bridges Partners

Alonso Zamora

B-Thrifty/B-Green

Linden Coyne

Junk In The Trunk

Juli Monroe

1 to 1 Discovery

Robert Myers

More Space Place

Guests: Ben Knowlton, Olympia Movers

Lori spoke to the group about getting to know the Corporate Partners. She challenged everyone to have at least 2 one to one meetings with a Corporate Partner and get know how they can help each other. She has offered a $25 gift card to the member who has the most one to one sessions by the February meeting.

Educational Program

Janice Rasmussen introduced the educational program: Round Table Discussions.

Each member will be able to choose 3 discussions and will have 15 minutes to attend each session.

Table 1 – “How to Avoid the Pitfalls in Working with Chronically Disorganized Clients” –

Cris Sgrott Wheedleton

Table 2 – “Using Evernote to Create and Simplify Workflows for Small Businesses” –

Pierrette Ashcroft

Table 3 – “Seven Counter-intuitive Things About Selling”- Jane Campbell

Table 4 – “Green Organizing: Why it’s Too Good to Waste”-

Terri Fischer & Alonso Zamora

Table 5 – “Using Scanning Technology to Store and Organize Your Electronic

Files”- Penny Catterall

Table 6 – “Photo Organizing: Tips to Help Clients So it Doesn’t Have To Be Scary.”

Jody Al-Saigh

Chapter Business Meeting

GO Month/Community Partner – Stephen Bok and Max Levitt with Leveling the Playing Field

The new warehouse is ready to be organized this Saturday January 10. Max thanked everyone who has volunteered to help out.

Calendar

JAN. 10 – GO Month Volunteer Activity

JAN. 15 – Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

JAN. 20 – Maryland Book Club Meeting

JAN. 21 – Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

JAN. 25 – Golden Circle Meeting

JAN. 26 – Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting

FEB. 2 – NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Fairfax, VA

FEB. 12 – Virginia Book Club Meeting

Door Prize Drawing – Cara Bretl

Our door prize winner was Janice Rasmussen.  

The next meeting will take place on February 2, 2015 in Fairfax, VA.

December 2014 Meeting Summary

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held on Monday, December 1, 2014 in Fairfax, VA. There were 37 members and no guests in attendance.

Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.  

 Our Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

Lori Krause

Building Bridges Partners

Alonso Zamora

B-Thrifty

Dr. Dale Keeton

B-Thrifty

Erol Unikel

Home Video Contents

Sharon Bliss

Book Bliss Online

Andy Reiman

Modern Image

Guests: Mrs. Erol Unikel

Our December meeting celebrated the upcoming holiday season and the 20th Anniversary of NAPO-WDC! 20 years of learning, sharing and doing – well done all!

Educational Program

Teri Fischer introduced the educational program: “My Favorite Organizing Products” presented by NAPO-WDC organizers.

 

Product

Price

Where to Purchase

Square Credit Card Reader

Free

www.squareup.com

Keyboard List Pad

$9.99

Container Store

Find It Hanging Folders

$12-$21/box of 20

Staples; Office Depot; online

Desktop To-Do Board

$12.99

Container Store

Wunderlist App

Free

Apple or Android App

MemoryBanc

$40-$70

MemoryBanc.com

Evernote App

Free or $5/mo. upgrade

www.Evernote.com

Really Useful Boxes

$2-$27

Staples; Office Depot

Pouch for Square (protection for Square CC Reader)

$8

Amazon.com

Laser Measure (Bosch)

~$50

Staples; Office Depot

LastPass

Free or $12/yr. upgrade

www.lastpass.com

Wise Stamp (electronic signature)

Free or $48/yr. upgrade

www.wisestamp.com

30/30 Time app

Free

http://3030.binaryhammer.com

Chapter Business Meeting

GO Month – The NAPO-WDC GO Month project with Leveling the Playing Field will be held on January 10, 2015. More details and information will be on the website by the middle of December. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Stephen at marketing@dcorganizers.org

Upcoming Events (times and locations can be found on the NAPO-WDC website)

DEC. 4  Virginia Book Club Meeting

DEC 18 Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

DEC. 22 Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting

JAN. 5 NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Bethesda, MD

JAN. 20 Maryland Book Club Meeting

JAN. 21 Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

JAN. 25 Golden Circle Meeting

The next meeting will be January 5, 2015 in Bethesda, MD.

November 2014 Meeting Summary

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The November NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held on Monday, November 3, 2014 in Bethesda, MD.  There were 34 members and no guests in attendance.  

The meeting started with active networking….Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by Andy Reiman and Four Sales and the Ask the Experts table.

Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.   

Linda Pray introduced our new member.  

Juli Monroe introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

Alonso Zamora

B-Thrifty

Dan Sanders

Four Sales LTD.

Linden Coyne

Junk In The Trunk

Andy Reiman

Modern Image

Juli Monroe

1 to 1 Discovery

Rob Myers

More Space Place

Erol Unikel

Home Contents Video & Video Your Brand

Guests: N/A

 

Rob Myers spoke about More Space Place. Showroom in Chantilly; website is www.morespaceplace.com and www.Murphybedsandclosets.com In home consultation is available. Will work with organizer and their client to achieve the space desired. Along with storage components they also do room dividers and sliding doors.

Educational Program

Janice Rasmussen introduced the educational program: Chuck Douglas – Business Building & Revenue: Acceleration Techniques www.BusinessSuccessTraining.com

Three ways to increase Revenue

Acquire more qualified prospects

Add value to existing clientele

Increase closing rates

  1. Dramatically improve lead generation through social media monetization: mobilization including LinkedIn and Facebook strategies, as well as video testimonials.
  2. Hold your-self personally accountable and not make excuses which remove comfort zone behavior and facilitates drive and urgency for action taking.
  3. Maximize referrals in a conversational and elegant manner through Incentives, a professional and compelling preface, and elicitation of referrals with appropriate questions.
  4. Connect quickly to gain clients for life through rapport and connection enhancement as well as confidence building skill sets.
  5. Master your time with positive habits so that you “do what you know” right now to gain 2-extra hours each day.

Chapter Business Meeting

GO Month/Community Partner – Stephen Bok introduced Max Levitt from Leveling the Playing Field and he updated the group on his new warehouse location. New 4,000 square foot warehouse at 9370 Brookfield Rd. Silver Spring, MD that is in need of organizing assistance and all assistance is welcome! Alonzo will pick up at meetings; can also be pre-arranged for pick up by LPF.  www.levelingtheplayingfield.org

December Party and activities – Janice Rasmussen

NAPO WDC 20th Anniversary celebration! Dinner will be provided – volunteers will be needed to help with set up, contact Janice if you are interested in helping.  Terri Fischer will be coordinating My Favorite Things.

Calendar

NOV. 11 Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

NOV. 18 Maryland Book Club Meeting

NOV. 20 Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

NOV. 24 Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting

DEC.1    NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Fairfax, VA

DEC. 4 Virginia Book Club Meeting

Our door prize winner was Eileen LaGreca. 

The next meeting will be December 1, 2014 in Fairfax, VA.

October 2014 Meeting Summary

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The October NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held on Monday, October 6, 2014 in Fairfax, VA. There were 35 members and 4 guests in attendance.

The meeting started with active networking. Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by Juli Monroe from 1 to 1 and Sharon Bliss from Bliss Book and the Ask the Experts table.

 Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.  

 Linda Pray introduced our 4 guests.

 Lori Krause introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:

Representative

Company

*Errol Unikel

Home Contents Videos

*Joe Johnson

Shelf Genie

*Alonso Zamora

B-Thrifty/B-Green

*Dr. Dale Keeton

B-Thrifty/B-Green

*Sharon Bliss

Book Bliss Online

*Andy Reiman

Modern Image

*Juli Monroe

1 to 1 Discovery

Guests: Everitt Clark Photography; Barbara Quast of Quast Interiors

Errol Unikel of Home Contents Videos, LLC spoke about Video for Home and Business Content & Show and Tell Your Brand.

Educational Program

Janice Rasmussen introduced the educational program: “Purging Personal and Financial Documentation: What are the Boundaries for Professional Organizers?” by Linda Donegan, CPA.

Linda Donegan has created Family DocuMap to help create a list of all your vital documents so you and your family members know exactly where to find them.

Most people keep paperwork because they are afraid to throw it out and do not understand their options. They need the organizer to support and offer guidance to purge. DO NOT make the decision for them – set aside a pile for them to review if they are uncertain. Once the client has decided to purge, set all documents to be purged in a separate box/area.  For those documents that are to be kept, consider scanning them vs. keeping all of the physical paperwork.

For a complete Personal Record Retention Guide from Linda Donegan, click HERE.

Chapter Business Meeting

GO Month/Community Partner – Stephen Bok/Leveling the Playing Field

One in five households do not have the funds to get their children involved in athletics. Leveling the Playing Field has collected and donated 15,000 pieces of sporting equipment to children Wards 7 & * in Washington DC . They have a new warehouse in Silver Springs that will need organizing! B-Thrifty will pick up sporting equipment from chapter meetings and at MARCPO.

An organizer with warehouse background is needed to get the new warehouse set-up started. Contact Stephen if you would like to help in advance of GO month.

There are a few “Hire a Professional Organizer” license plate holders left! They will be available at MARCPO or you can contact Stephen to reserve yours!

MARCPO update – Suzette Smith                                    

MARCPO is set for October 25th in at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, MD.

Three things to think about before you go –

  • What do you want to learn about your clients?
  • Think about your business. Learn how to grow and improve your business!
  • Who do you want to meet? There will be lots of networking and teaming opportunities!

 Monthly Meeting News – Eileen LaGreca

The December 1st meeting in Fairfax will be a celebration of NAPO-WDC’s 20th Anniversary! To celebrate there will be a White Elephant Sale and My Favorite Things. Details coming soon. Dinner will be provided.

Oct. 16         Rt. 66 Neighborhood Group Meeting

Oct. 25         MARCPO                              

Oct. 27         Rockville Pike Neighborhood Group Meeting

Nov. 3           NAPO-WDC Chapter Meeting in Bethesda, MD

Nov. 11         Arlington /Alexandria Neighborhood Group Meeting

Nov. 18         Maryland Book Club Meeting

Dec. 4           Virginia Book Club Meeting

The next Chapter meeting will be November 3, 2014 in Bethesda, MD.