Did you miss POC Conference 2015?
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After months of preparation and anticipation, it’s hard to believe the 2015 POC Conference has come and gone!
My presentation on Friday, How to Write Blog Posts that Get Results, went over well, and you’ll be seeing bits and pieces of it in various formats here on Your Organizing Business in the days to come.
I spent the rest of the day at the POC Expo, where I had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face with people I’ve previously only known online and catching up with some I’ve known since my years as a POC member. Winners of my business card draw were:
- Georgina Forrest of SmartWorks Enterprises Inc. in Calgary, Alberta won a One-on-One Strategy Session
- Lerica Condie of Le Garde-Robe in Montreal, Quebec won a Custom-Branded Printable Personal Medical Organizer
- Martha Dolan of Toronto, Ontario won a copy of 365 Blogging Ideas for Professional Organizers
I enjoyed connecting with many of the other authors and vendors at the Expo and am pleased to share their information with you. In no particular order…
My Life Locker is the “Ultimate Life Organizational System.” It consists of the following sections for recording all the details of your life:
- Me & My Family
- My Important Things
- My Valuable Money
- My Everything Else
It’s perfect for seniors and people with serious illnesses, but would be a practical tool for anyone.
Having spoken to the product developer, Sandra Tisiot in the past by phone and email, it was great to spend time with her and learn more about My Life Locker.
Another brainchild of Sandra Tisiot, this one-day event is held every year in Ottawa, Ontario. The 8th annual conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2016 and I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for more details!
Harold Taylor is well-known in the organizing industry, especially this side of the border! The founder of Professional Organizers in Canada, he also developed the popular Taylor Day Planner and the Daily Priority Pad, and is a very fun person to hang out with.
MaxSold are the people to call when you have clients who are downsizing, settling an estate, or clearing excess business inventory. They come in to photograph and catalog the items, then hold an online auction. A Canadian company which has expanded into the US, they love to work with professional organizers, so check them out and see if they’re in your area yet.
Organizing for Traumatic Illness
Lisa Mark of The Time Butler Professional Organizers and Maureen De Garmo of Maur Organized traveled all the way from California to deliver a session about working with clients who are experiencing a traumatic illness or injury and to promote their Organizing for Traumatic Illness Guidebook. Lots of valuable information if you work with or would like to work with this special population.
Thirty-One Gifts is a company which has popped onto my radar a number of times, so I was happy to get the chance to view some of their organizing products and other items at the POC Expo. Their products might be just right for clients, gift-giving, or yourself. If you’ve been looking for a way to supplement your organizing services, check out their direct sales opportunity.
I’ve known Carolyn Caldwell since she started her organizing business 10 years ago, and I’m thrilled to see that she’s now offering both group and individual mentoring for professional organizers. Her credentials are impressive:
- Gold Leaf member of POC
- Gold Circle member of NAPO
- BCPO Certified Professional Organizer
- Level V ICD Graduate
- Recipient of the 2015 Harold Taylor Award
Need I say more?
By the way, Carolyn is also the sponsor of next month’s Professional Organizers Blog Carnival on Small Office / Home Office Organizing, so be sure to participate!
Considering that I had to get up at 4:30 AM in order to arrive at the conference facility on time, I expected it to feel like a Very Long Day, but before I knew it, I was having dinner at the Elephant and Castle with a few members of the Blogging Organizers Facebook group.
Shown here, from left to right: Kim Tremblay of Space for You in London, Ontario; Kathy MacEwan of Second Set of Hands in Ottawa, Ontario; Jill Robson of Life Sorted in Fergus, Ontario; Heather Burke of Ottawa, Ontario, Sarah Buckwalter of Organizing U, an online organizing education company, and me.
Also present but missing from the photo: Joyce Crawford of Refreshed Space Staging and Redesign in Ottawa, Ontario; Samantha Kristoferson of KW Professional Organizers in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and Julie Stobbe from Mind over Clutter near Niagara Falls, Ontario.
If you’re a professional organizer who blogs or would like to get started blogging, you’re welcome to join Blogging Organizers. If it’s not clear from your profile or a quick Google search that you qualify, drop me a line so I’ll know to approve your request.