Two weeks ago, I spent half the week at our Industry Association’s annual Conference. For anyone who follows me on Facebook, this is a big deal for the industry and for individual Organisers. There are fantastic speakers, you learn a lot and get inspired to take your business to the next level and there is an Award night. Once you are an ‘oldie’ like I am, you get to meet lots of friends and renew relationships on a personal and business level. My head is full of ideas for the next 12 month but I want to share a couple of insights:
- I now have my ABC of Counseling certificate- a course designed for people like me that come across situations in their line of work that makes them an accidental councilor. I learned heaps, confirmed most of my practices, but realised that there is nothing wrong with applying the same techniques of active listening, reflecting, exploring and problem solving to my family, especially my kids!! (John Littleton, Uniting Care Mental Health)
- We heard about Collaborative Consumption, a worldwide movement that makes conscious consumption and sharing possible though the internet. I will pick up that thought in one of the next newsletter when I have tried a couple of the platforms on offer. So far I have listed my fruit punch dish on the site and am waiting for someone to throw a party and borrowing it from me (Lisa Fox, founder of Open Shed)
- We had one of our own, Tanya Lewis form Victoria, speak about the difference we as Organisers can make to our clients by being informed about recycling possibilities and offering sound and practical advice.
- Jill Chivers talked about her year without cloth shopping and pointed out that shopping is a very serious addiction nobody takes serious – and that the males in our society tend to call themselves collectors if they suffer from this.
- Judith Kolberg, our Keynote speaker from the US, stated the obvious that Organisers have to evolve with time as clutter moves from physical to electronic, from too many clothes to too many apps!
I finished off my three days by winning an Officworks voucher over $200 for submitting the best reduce rethink reorganise tip: “if you don’t have a shredder try soaking your sensitive paperwork in a big tub of water for a week and then mulch your garden with it.