Fine Tuning Our Craft

What is it exactly that an organizing consultant or productivity consultant does?

Helps clients gain order, increase efficiency and overall effectiveness.

We do that by some or all of these methods:

Analyzing the physical space and makes recommendations for better usage

Make recommendations after observing and reviewing task and work processes

Giving guidelines and recommendations when appropriate

Providing hands on services or giving recommendations when outside of project scope

Evaluating client specialized situations – (such as learning styles, issues of health, life stages, phase of client’s business, time limitations due to health, or child or older adult care-taking) and making recommendations for assistance, processes and strategies.

Bringing in better or more effective productivity tools

Providing time management guidance

Developing our client’s  awareness of the importance of delegation and communication skills

Making recommendations on organizing or productivity products

Locating human resources for clients when appropriate – housekeepers, office assistance, contractors, handypersons, designers, virtual assistants

Locating physical resources for clients when appropriate – software, hardware, storage equipment, furniture, time keeping and record keeping devices

We gain our skills:

by education – attending conferences, lectures, teleclasses and webinars as well as by earning certificates or certification

by reading and keeping current (online and printed matter)

by networking with other like professionals

by being mentored by others in the field

by keeping current on trends and new processes to aid our clients

and with ongoing observation in the field — yes – practice!

You might also enjoy reviewing my blog posting and chart on Differences between Professional Organizers and Other Professionals.

This article came about because –

I just put my toe into the water, today. Or when this gets published it might be tomorrow. Regardless, I recently voted NO on an association’s initiative. Not because of the visible recommendations – name changing or focus restructuring, but because the organization wanted to change from a 501 C3 to a 501 C6. These are two of many legal statuses or entities that the United States considers feasible for non-profit organizations.  Generally 501 C3’s are educational and charitable and 501 C6’s are trade industry associations. What is the difference? A trade association promotes and markets businesses, where as a 501 C3 has ‘the goal of education for its individual members. While certainly trade association’s do provide education and they do promote businesses,  they do not necessarily desire to focus on the individual crafts – which is what the individual members or group of their association do. In a trade association it is their job is to promote the whole, the greater good as they see it,  not the specialized practitioner parts.

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