There’s little I like better than having fun while learning. And that’s exactly what I’m doing here in San Diego at the NAPO conference.
If you’re a professional organizer and you’ve never been to a NAPO conference, please make a promise to yourself that you’ll go to the next one, in Baltimore, March 21-24, 2012. Besides learning loads, you meet the most wonderful people.
When I went to my first conference in Boston in 2006, I could have never predicted that five years later, I’d have a picture like this taken with two of the most prominent POs in the industry.
That’s Geralin Thomas on the left and Standolyn Robertson on the right. If you watch Hoarders, you may well have seen these lovely ladies, who both appear regularly. Standolyn was president of NAPO from 2007 to 2009. She’s hot stuff. I’m so fortunate to call both of them my friends. (Geralin’s even one of my roomies.)
And isn’t the photo cool? NAPO had HDPhotoBooth there taking pictures. We’d stand in line at the trade show and get our pictures taken (they encouraged us to be goofy). They even printed a copy of each photo for us. If you’d like to peruse all the NAPO photos (there are hundreds), check ‘em out here.
If this post has inspired you to attend an organizers’ conference, I have good news. You don’t have to wait until 2012. You can attend the more intimate but equally fabulous annual conference of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. It’s September 15-17, 2011 in Raleigh, N.C. The conference theme is Acquiring Minds: How We Think, Act, and About Possessions. It promises to be great.
Geralin and I will be there and, I hope, Standolyn too. Please join us!