My First NAPO Conference
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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 wonderful experience, but here are a few of the highlights.
The main reason I was there was to speak about How to Write Blog Posts that Get Results. It was an honor to be selected, and the audience was wonderful. As I promised at the end of my session, in the coming weeks I’ll be posting some blog marketing techniques that didn’t fit into my presentation, as well as answers to some of the questions that were asked by members of the audience.
I’d like to thank Katherine Macey of Organize to Excel for hosting my session and helping me to feel right at home.
As a speaker, I was invited to attend other sessions held the same day as mine, and I chose “Master the Sales Process” presented by Michael R. Charest of Grow Your Service Business. He shared some fabulous information, and I’ll be blogging about that in the coming weeks as well.
I overheard many folks talking about their favorite sessions, and although many were mentioned, those that came up over and over were “Evernote for Work – Advanced Implementation Strategies” by Josh Zerkel of Custom Living Solutions, “Going Paperless to Boost Productivity” by Brooks R. Duncan of Document Snap, and “Finding Flow: Understanding Your Client’s Style Preferences” by Cena Block of Sane Spaces. After being a guest on Cena’s podcast last year, it was great to actually meet her. Let me tell you, she is even more fun and dynamic in person!
The Expo provided a fantastic opportunity to see the latest organizing products, learn about many special programs for professional organizers, and speak with the vendors. One of the highlights for me was meeting Julie Morgenstern, who gave me a copy of SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life, which she inscribed as follows:
To Janet – A True champion for us and the industry!
Much appreciation, Julie
I came away with a ton of information which I’ll be sharing here in the weeks to come.
One of the greatest benefits of any conference is the chance to network with colleagues, and there was plenty of that going on! I was thrilled to meet many readers of Your Organizing Business, especially those who have participated in the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, like Linda Samuels of Oh! So Organized.
And, after 10 or so years of being friends online, I can finally cross “meet Julie Bestry” off my bucket list!
I’m very grateful to Elizabeth Hagen for being my Conference Buddy and inviting me to sit at her lunch table, and to Hazel Thornton of Organized for Life for taking me under her wing and introducing me to members of Professional Organizers of New Mexico and NAPO Virtual Chapter. I met too many organizers to name them all here, but if you were one of them, I’ll be tracking you down on social media soon so we can stay connected.
Although not officially part of the Conference, I couldn’t visit Arizona for the first time without going to see the Grand Canyon and some of the local highlights.
I’ll be posting more pictures on Flickr once I’ve had a chance to pick out the best ones.
I strongly recommend that you start setting aside some money now so you can go to next year’s event in Los Angeles. You won’t regret it!
Can’t wait that long? Here are some other conferences for you to check out in the meantime:
- July 23-26, 2014: AAPO 8th Annual Conference – Queensland, Australia
- September 18-20, 2014: ICD Annual Conference – Nashville, Tennessee
- October 23-25, 2014: POC 2014 National Conference – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- February 26 – March 1, 2015: NASMM 2015 Annual Conference – San Antonio, Texas
If you were a speaker, panelist, exhibitor or attendee at NAPO 2014, I hope you’ll share a bit of your experience with my other readers!