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The Pleasures of Mixing Traveling with Business


Unless you’re heading to Japan for the JALO Conference this month, you probably won’t be doing much traveling for business before the end of the year. However, this is the perfect time to start planning which conferences to attend in 2016. When I went to Arizona for the 2014 NAPO Conference, I made a point of visiting the […]

Will I see you at the POC Conference?

Professional Organizers in Canada Conference 2015

This year’s POC Conference is being held in Toronto, and I’m super excited to be speaking on Friday, October 23 at 2:00 PM about How to Write Blog Posts that Get Results. Here’s a summary of what you can expect: This is what Tamara Myles said after the 2014 NAPO Conference, where I first gave this presentation: “Janet’s presentation was full of relevant […]

Shelf Scouter Attends NAPO2015 to Learn From the Industry’s Best

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reading about the experiences of various NAPO members who attended this year’s Conference. Today we’ll hear from Lindsay Fairman, creator of Shelf Scouter, who attended as an exhibitor and new corporate partner. Have you ever had the feeling that you’re exactly where you belong? The feeling that you’ve found “your […]

Shooting for the Stars: The NAPO Authorship SIG Bookstore

Ramona Creel, Hazel Thornton and Donna Smallin Kuper at NAPO 2015

Are you enjoying the NAPO2015 recap so far? I know I am! The fun continues today with a great post by Hazel Thornton about a very special booth at the Organizing Expo. I caught wind of it through some discussions on Facebook when it was in the planning stages, and it sounds like it was […]

Ten Tips for Stress-Free Business Travel


If you’re planning to go out of town for one of the many conferences taking place this fall, this would be a great time to go back and read Sue West’s tips for making the transition back to your regular routine when you return home. To make the most of your trip, you’ll also want […]

Professional Organizer Training and Coaching


As I mentioned last week, speaking with vendors at the Organizing Expo was one of the highlights of attending the recent NAPO Conference. There were so many booths that I wasn’t able to visit them all, but I was impressed with those I did. Today I’m going to share the information I received about various […]

My First NAPO Conference


Since becoming part of the organizing industry in 2002, I’ve attended seven POC Conferences as a member, a speaker, or an exhibitor – one year I was all three – but until last week I had never been to a NAPO Conference. It would take me days to tell you everything that made it a […]

Business Travel: 4 Ideas to Overcome the Overwhelm

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It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting away to visit a new city, hearing fabulous speakers, and networking with colleagues, that you may lose sight of what will happen when you return home after a conference. My client, Sue West, has some great strategies to help you apply what you […]

A First Timer’s Perspective on the Annual POC Conference


It’s been a great year for professional organizer conferences, based on the many guest posts we’ve had about the 2013 NAPO, MARCPO and POC Conferences! For our final guest post of 2013, I’m happy to introduce April Miller, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

POC 2013 through the Eyes of a Seasoned Conference-Goer

POC Conference 2013

At the 2011 POC Conference in Toronto, I had the pleasure of meeting a very enthusiastic attendee named Kelly Hipkin, and we’re now connected on social media. As this year’s conference approached, her growing excitement was clearly apparent, and I asked her to contribute to this conference series about what Professional Organizers in Canada and […]

POC 2013 Conference Perspective – from the stage and the seat

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We’ve recently heard from a number of bloggers who attended the MARCPO Conference this past October. Now we’ll move to my home turf to read about the recent Professional Organizers in Canada Conference in Toronto, beginning with some public speaking tips and other valuable information from Deanne Kelleher.

What Happens in Japan…


I’ve really enjoyed reading about my guest bloggers’ experiences at various conferences for professional organizers, particularly those held in faraway places like Africa and Australia. So when I learned that Laurene Livesey Park, with whom I served on the POC National Board, was going to a conference in Japan, I asked her to tell us […]