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  • Whether you are just launching a career in professional organizing and productivity or are a seasoned veteran — the NAPO Stand Out podcast series has something for you! In Episode 64, NAPO Stand Out Podcast Host, Clare Kumar speaks with interior design and space efficiency specialist, Tricia Sinon Murray about tiny homes. Not only is she an expert on the subject, but she also happens to live in a tiny home with her two children.
  • Is 2022 your year? Is the time right for you to use your volunteer leadership skills and experiences to serve NAPO on a strategic level? If you have the desire to continue your volunteer path, and if you aspire to lead our association into the future, I encourage you to apply for one of the open positions on the NAPO Board.
  • “The President’s Award recognizes a NAPO member who has made a significant contribution benefiting the NAPO membership.” In presenting this award to Kathy Vines, CPO, NAPO President Susie Hayman said, “This NAPO member of eight years works behind the scenes, serving in many capacities. She’s been an active member of her Chapter, while volunteering nationally as a member of the Conference Program Committee, the Membership Committee, the Nominating/Leadership Development Committee, the New to NAPO Community, and most recently, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focus Group. Always viewing her volunteer work through the lens of “what’s best for NAPO”, she is a supportive force for all of us, no matter where we are in our career, what we look like or what we do. In fact, she probably doesn’t realize the true impact she has on our association. This year’s President’s award goes to star cheerleader Kathy Vines, CPO.”
  • The Founders’ Award is presented to a NAPO member, or a group of NAPO members acting in concert, for outstanding innovation, inspiration, and creativity both within, and outside of, the field of professional organizing and productivity consulting. The vote of NAPO professional members determines the winner of this prestigious award. The NAPO Founder’s Award is evidence that your peers admire and respect your professionalism and achievements and are proud to say that you are a member of our association. We are pleased to highlight the 2021 Award recipient Gayle Goddard, CPO, of The Clutter Fairy.
  • The Service to NAPO Award is bestowed to a NAPO volunteer, or group of volunteers, whose dedication and commitment to NAPO and their area of responsibility goes above and beyond. This award recipient is selected by the current NAPO President. During the NAPO 2021 Virtual Conference, NAPO President, Susie Hayman, announced that Wendy Buglio of Wendy Buglio Consulting, LLC is the recipient of the 2021 Service to NAPO Award!


  • Today we are so lucky to welcome productivity consultant, Debbie Rosemont, to the show to talk about her journey as a business owner, the important transitions she has made, and why adjusting your company to suit your needs and goals can be one of the most powerful tools for success! In our chat, we get into some thoughts on finding fulfillment, facing fears, dealing with leads, and building the right kind of business. Debbie started her company, Simply Placed, almost 20 years ago, and since then has used specific moments of her life as the compass for deciding the next direction to head in. Our guest has a strong commitment to community, and we also talk a little about referrals and the benefits of a network of like-minded professionals. So to hear all about this inspiring business and its fabulous owner, be sure to join us for another great episode of Stand Out!   Key Points From This Episode: [00:01:42] A little bit about Debbie, her background, and her company Simply Placed. [00:03:32] Clarifying the work that Simply Placed does, and their evolution over time. [00:05:20] The part-time model that inspired Debbie's business and the pivots they have made. [00:07:59] The need to redefine success and realign goals constantly. [00:09:14] Increasing impact and revenue; the important variables for these goals. [00:11:59] How Debbie approaches the idea of fulfillment and its relation to the growth of her business. [00:13:05] Escaping the negative impacts of hustle culture and our conditioning. [00:15:08] The power of saying no and opening up more space through focus. [00:18:02] The lessons and signals that we can use to evolve our business. [00:19:40] How Debbie deals with leads and her approach to referrals. [00:21:35] Debbie's advice for listeners looking to make a shift and wondering where to start. [00:23:30] The constant process of refinement of a business; how excitement translates into success!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:  NAPO — http://napo.net/join Debbie Rosemont on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbierosemontsimplyplaced Simply Placed — https://www.itssimplyplaced.com/  
  • This conversation weaves together our love of organizing and helping clients with the idea of  better understanding how to motivate and inspire clients who may not be excited about this particular prospect. Our guest today is Gretchen Rubin, she is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, Outer Order, Inner Calm, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and The Four Tendencies. Gretchen has insight, not only into getting organized, or as she calls it, 'creating inner order and outer calm', but also has deeply explored motivation, personal preferences, and tendencies for ways of showing up. Gretchen delights in enormous readership of her blog and books which have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages. She has made frequent TV appearances and is in high-demand as a speaker. She’s also a CBS News contributor and on her weekly podcast, you can get direct access to Gretchen’s wisdom! Today we will be exploring both Outer Order, Inner Calm, and The Four Tendencies, so make sure to tune in for an amazing conversation with a super special guest!   Key Points From This Episode:   [0:04:35] Gretchen describes the concept of each of The Four Tendencies: upholder, questioner, obliger, rebel [00:05:39] The difference between inner and outer expectations. [00:05:56] Upholders: their motto is, “Discipline is my freedom.| [00:06:05] Questioners: their motto is, “I’ll comply if you convince me why.” [00:06:25] Obliger: their motto is, “You can count on me and I’m counting on you to count on me.” [00:08:07] Rebel: their motto is, “You can’t make me and neither can I.” [00:08:40] How to keep in mind tendencies when you are working with clients or customers. [00:09:50] The thing about rebels and their partnerships; factors to keep in mind! [00:13:08] We discuss the amount that outer order contributes to inner calm. [00:14:40] Hobby organizers, inspired organizers, reluctant organizers, and wishful organizers. [00:17:02] We talk about the highly sensitive person, and catering to them out of love. [00:21:00] Is it your problem to solve? How to navigate different personalities. [00:24:07] It’s not about throwing everything out, but rather the clutter that’s getting in the way of what’s important to you. [00:25:09] What’s piquing Gretchen’s interest these days; My Don’t Break the Chain Tracker. [00:27:43] More on Gretchen's Know Yourself Better Journal!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   NAPO — http://napo.net/join Gretchen Rubin — https://gretchenrubin.com/ Gretchen Rubin on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchenrubin/ Gretchen Rubin on Twitter — https://twitter.com/gretchenrubin Gretchen Rubin on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/GretchenRubin Gretchen Rubin on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/gretchenrubin/ Outer Order, Inner Calm — https://gretchenrubin.com/books/outer-order-inner-calm/about-the-book The Four Tendencies — https://gretchenrubin.com/books/the-four-tendencies/intro/ The Quiz — quiz.gretchenrubin.com Happier with Gretchen Rubin — https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/ My Don’t Break the Chain Tracker — https://the-happiness-project.com/products/dont-break-the-chain-habit-tracker Know Yourself Better — https://the-happiness-project.com/products/know-yourself-better-journal
  • Today we have two wonderful guests on the show to share their thoughts and experiences in our ongoing discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI. Janine Sarna-Jones is a certified professional organizer and certified move manager, and has a history with NAPO stretching back 20 years! Todd Allan started his work in organizing focusing on residential projects but has graduated to the digital space, applying his love of technology to help clients deal with digital clutter, specializing in Google Workspace and Evernote. In today's chat, we spend some time unpacking the personal and professional realms to diversity, equity, and inclusion, talking about awareness, alignment, action. Our guests highlight the power of noticing, share some ideas about speaking up and how to go about this, the role of the ally, and much more! This conversation fully embodies the nuanced nature of the subject, and the need for personalized choices, a strong stance, and most importantly, necessary change in the world around us. So to hear it all from Clare, Todd, and Janine, be sure to listen in today on Stand Out!   Key Points From This Episode:   [00:04:54] Opening thoughts from our guests on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion. [00:11:56] Janine's upbringing in East Palo Alto and experiences of otherness. [00:16:27] The idea of masking and how Todd's early years impacted his later life. [00:21:04] Balancing genuine curiosity with sensitivity to the offense that can be caused. [00:25:48] The kinds of questions that might make people uncomfortable in certain circumstances. [00:32:44] An approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion that focuses on overcoming hurdles. [00:36:39] Thoughts on the continual journey of learning, compassion, and questioning. [00:38:02] The work of allies and some simple steps towards better awareness and action. [00:43:48] Todd's story of a homophobic joke, speaking out, and the positive results. [00:47:17] Applying the lessons of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the organizing profession. [00:51:37] Reflecting on the DEI initiatives at NAPO and the work that is still to be done!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   NAPO — http://napo.net/join Todd Allan on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-allan Strctured Space — https://structuredspace.net/ Janine Sarna-Jones on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/jsarnajones Organize Me Inc. — https://organizeme-inc.com/ Evernote — https://evernote.com/ NASMM — https://www.nasmm.org/ NABPO — https://nabpo.org/ The Painted Bird — https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18452.The_Painted_Bird Clare Kumar on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarekumar/?originalSubdomain=ca
  • Whether you’re interested in re-organizing and renovations or you just love a good reality TV show, you’ve likely followed many of the TV shows about organizing since the early 2000’s, from Neat with Hellen Buttigeig in Canada to Mission Organization, Clean Sweep, and Enough Already, which featured today’s guest, Australian-born Peter Walsh. In this episode, you'll hear all about the staggering amount of clutter that the average Australian has in their home and how the pandemic has influenced people to declutter and restore their homes, with Space Invaders at the forefront of helping them to declutter and restore their homes. We touch on the role of overwhelm in preventing people from making a change, and why Peter chooses to talk about a different family situation with a different type of clutter on each episode. Peter tells us about the underlying themes that run through clutter: trauma, abuse, and isolation, and why organizers must deal with them in order to help people declutter. Next, we explore how clutter tells the story of your life and why he believes that the role of an organizer is spiritual. He shares his policy to honor emotional treasure, offer people options when it comes to financial treasure, and the tension that exists between design and organization in every show. We get real about the discrepancy between what is presented on TV and online and what is possible for you, before taking a moment to celebrate television’s role in inspiring an increasingly sophisticated audience. Peter delves into his 20 years of experience and how this has enabled him to complete so much in just two days, as well as telling a powerful story about an experience he had with Oprah, which highlights that, at heart, we are all the same. We hope you join us to benefit from Peter’s wealth of knowledge and experience today!   Key Points From This Episode: Peter’s journey, starting with Clean Sweep, and now with Space Invaders. [00:02:48] The staggering amount of clutter that the average Australian has in their home. [00:03:26] How the pandemic has influenced people to declutter and restore their homes. [00:04:07] The role of Space Invaders in helping people to declutter, renovate, and upcycle. [0:04:13] The feeling of being overwhelmed that stops people and how to overcome this. [00:05:25] Why every episode focuses on different family situations and types of clutter. [00:05:46] The underlying themes that run through clutter: trauma, abuse, and isolation. [00:06:35] Why you must deal with the underlying issues in order to help people declutter. [00:07:03] Peter’s role guiding clients through a process of dealing with their things. [00:08:20] How your clutter tells the story of your life. [00:08:34] The shared root between ‘organic’ and ‘organizer’ and the implications this holds. [00:10:01] Why Peter believes that organizers are agents of the spiritual. [00:10:42] Finding the treasures in your home as an important part of downsizing. [00:13:34] His policy to honor emotional treasure and offer options for financial treasure. [00:15:56] Lucas’s role in hunting for treasure while Peter tries to get rid of clutter. [00:17:49] The tension that exists between design and organization in every show. [00:18:47] The discrepancy between what is on TV and online and what is possible for you. [00:20:21] The role of television in inspiring today’s sophisticated audience. [00:20:30] Why Peter enjoys being an executive producer on Space Invaders. [00:23:01] How Peter’s 20 years of experience have set him up to achieve a lot in two days. [00:27:03] Peter’s favorite story, while Oprah was renovating her house. [00:28:39] Why the stuff we own has power, and that we are all the same, at heart. [00:29:00]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Peter Walsh on Twitter — https://twitter.com/PeterWalsh Peter Walsh on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/PeterWalsh/ Peter Walsh on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/peterwalshorganizer/ Peter Walsh on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7pBDyC68uihwKtEpjaZOrw Peter Walsh Design — https://peterwalshdesign.com/ Space Invaders — https://9now.nine.com.au/the-block/space-invaders Let it Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Happier Life  — https://www.amazon.com/Let-Go-Downsizing-Richer-Happier/dp/059313589X NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com
  • As organizing and productivity professionals, communication is intricately tied into every part of our lives, whether we are speaking to clients, creating content online, or presenting and speaking at live events. So the sooner we can improve our communication skills and be the best at delivering our message, the better for everyone! Leveling up in this way will immediately lead to getting more work, and the work being more impactful, so we are very happy to welcome leadership communication expert Hope Timberlake, to share her wisdom on this vital subject! Hope is a speaker, trainer, and author, whose new book, Speak Up, Dammit will be available for purchase in October of 2021. Hope is dedicated to elevating the voices of women and the underrepresented in leadership, and her passion for persuasive messaging, relationship building, and executive presence, is empowering and hugely inspiring! In our chat today, Hope talks about sharing facts not favors, stating the bottom line on top, embracing the pause, and building confidence in your abilities. She runs through many helpful concepts and thought-provoking observations, and listeners can expect to come away with a renewed sense of agency for all of their future communications. So for all that and more, listen in with us today, on Stand Out!   Key Points From This Episode:   [00:02:47] The story behind Hope's book title and her main inspiration to write it. [00:05:08] First steps for developing your message to best reach an audience. [00:08:27] Important conversations in today's evolving professional landscape. [00:13:16] Hope's central concept of stating the bottom line on top, always. [00:18:02] Inclusivity and opening up the conversation to a broader range of minds. [00:19:53] Mistakes made with regards to listening; avoiding the fear of silence, and embracing the pause. [00:23:02] The power of ending statements with clarity instead of uncertainty. [00:25:20] Avoiding filler phrases and words, where these come from, and what to do about them. [00:31:46] A powerful exercise to create a stronger connection to pausing and emphasizing. [00:34:14] Hope's call to action for all of our listeners to record and listen to yourself!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   NAPO — http://napo.net/join Hope Timberlake — https://www.hopetimberlake.com/ Speak Up, Dammit! — https://www.audible.com/pd/How-to-Speak-up-Dammit-with-Hope-Timberlake-Podcast/B094N472NK  Hope Timberlake on Twitter — https://twitter.com/hopetimber Hope Timberlake on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRrghmzpA9J1bCDhl-R2fOg NAPO on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfgICVg2b-bKSVmzoDKMrdg

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