The December NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held on Monday, December 3, 2012, in Fairfax, VA. There were 42 members and 8 guests in attendance.
The meeting started with very active networking. Members visited the “Ask The Expert” table and the Corporate Partner tables: NoVAGold, LLC and Modern Image.
Janet Schiesl welcomed everyone. Kimberly Gleason introduced our 4 new members. C. Lee Cawley introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:
|Ron Goodes||Resale Solutions|
|Helen Long||Partners Estate Sales|
|Joe Johnson||Shelf Genie|
|Amanda Schenkl||Address Our Mess|
|Denny Stotlemyer||Closet Factory|
|Andy Reiman||Modern Image|
|Shellie Abel||NovaGold, LLC|
|Linden Coyne||Junk In The Trunk|
|Sharon Bliss||Book Bliss On-Line|
Guests: David Swan, My Truck Buddy and Jimmy Foster, Rent Our Boxes
Joe Johnson from Shelf Genie spoke about their service area and their custom made shelf glide-out options that can be installed into any existing cabinet. He also explained the process they use when working with clients.
Nealey Stapleton introduced the educational program: The 4 Step Formula to Organizing That Lasts! by Julie Gray, COC®, Profound Impact Holistic Coaching and Organizing
Julie started the presentation with the thought that our clients are NCRW: Naturally Creative Resourceful Whole. Professional Organizers can use four steps to help clients realize this and create lasting organizing solutions.
Step 1 – Tap into clients intuition by helping them recognize they are the expert organizer of their own life, and they have the answers to create organizing solutions. When Professional Organizers trust clients to co-create organizing systems, the client starts to trust themselves. Julie gave several ways to create trust in clients.
Step 2 – Leverage science based behavior change research with clients. Developing action triggers is very helpful when helping clients create new habits. If all the decisions around a task have already been made, clients can achieve goals in the moment.
Step 3 – Use a holistic approach so space systems are connected to client’s time and energy. Help clients discover:
What do they need to do?
When are they going to do it?
Where are they going to find the items?
How do they have the energy to maintain it?
Is there a ritual they can create around the system (an action trigger)?
Because the answers come from the client, it is their system. The client’s energy is a key part of their organization. It’s important to help clients fully understand how everything impacts their organizational level.
Step 4 – Offer programs that build in accountability. If client is responsible for getting results in desired amount of time, it will help them maintain their system.
The session ended with many great questions
Chapter Business Meeting
Karen Gardiner explained our GO Month Project with Building Better Futures at T.C. Williams High School. Let Karen know by December 14th if you are interested in helping. She’s looking for at least ten organizers to help out!
Our door prize winner was Tamara Laurent and Heather Cocozza. They each won an oven mitt and a $100 Shelf Genie gift certificate.
The next meeting will be January 7, 2013, in Bethesda, MD.