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Conference Sessions – APDO 2018 – “Organising Matters”

Julia Blake

professional organiser

Plenary:  GDPR – Are you ready?

One of the most important assets in any business is the data.  GDPR is a new law which comes into force on 25 May 2018 and affects the way all businesses – regardless of size – communicate and keep data.

My session will help you understand what the new law will mean for you and your business.   You will find out more about the three most important elements of the GDPR which are:

  • Individuals’ rights.People will have more rights when it comes to the information you hold about them.
  • Your accountability.You will need to have documents and processes in place to show that you are adhering to the rules of GDPR.
  • Your risk.You could be fined up to 4% of global turnover if it is proven that you have breached the rules set out in the GDPR.

My aim is to help you understand how the arrival of GDPR becomes an opportunity instead of a threat.

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Regina Wong

professional declutterer

Regina Wong blogs on minimalism and simple living at As part of helping others live happier and fuller lives through minimalism and simplicity she heads up The Minimalists Meet Up Group in London. Through this workshop she will share her story from living a success and consumption-driven journey in her previous life, with little joy and fulfilment, to being eternally grateful for the happiness, the freedom and the purpose that minimalism has brought to her life.

Regina is committed to supporting others to make a positive change in their lives and wants to equip us with more knowledge of the concept (and myths) of minimalist living (both the physical and non-physical aspects) to enable us to change our mindsets and then to work with our clients on their journey to living well with less.  Embracing a minimalist lifestyle has transformed her life and she believes it can transform yours and your clients too.

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Shola Kaye

Workshop:  How to Survive and Thrive at Business Networking

This lively workshop is packed with useful tips and advice on how to get the most out of networking events. Whether you’re a wallflower or a warrior you’ll leave with practical know-how you can use immediately.
Discover ways to prepare in advance, how to handle the event itself and when to follow up. Learn how to maximise your experience and stand out as someone worth getting to know.

Plenary:  How to Write a THRILLER of a speech

This high energy and interactive session will show you how to write a speech that’s memorable and engaging. Did you know how much a well-written speech and a good pop song have in common? By walking you through the elements of one of the world’s most iconic pop songs you’ll learn how to structure your next talk, what to include to keep people on the edge of their seats and how to make your message unforgettable.

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Jo Cooke

Workshop:  Hoarding:  Understanding how to do more good than harm

  • Understanding Hoarding as a mental health disorder in its own right
  • Triggers – understanding some of the factors that may lead to hoarding
  • How to work with clients exhibiting hoarding behaviours – understanding other symptoms that may need to be taken into consideration
  • Chronic disorganisation/hoarding and how to assess
  • Do’s and Dont’s – these have been devised by members of hoarding support groups
  • Clutter image ratings – the power of these images and how then can help

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Gail Gibson

Workshop:  Declutter your business ideas – the key to staying focused and achieving more

Did you know that:

  • 55% of small business don’t survive more than 5 years?
  • Overwhelm is a #1 reason why many small businesses fail to deliver?
  • The regular collection of ‘shiny’ ideas leads to uncontrollable busyness?

Imagine how you will feel when you discover how to better manage your toolkit of ideas and shift your focus from chaos to clarity.

Workshop Learning Outcomes:
– Identify key behaviours that lead to feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and stress in business
– Explore ways to shift thinking from collection to control
– Create a 100 day action plan to develop sustainable productive habits

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Dr Stuart Whomsley


Plenary:  In conversation:  A psychological perspective on people and things, and when it goes wrong

In a first for APDO Conferences we have Clinical Psychologist Dr. Stuart Whomsley in conversation with Professional Organiser Caroline Rogers. Stuart works within the NHS and is co-author of the British Psychological Society publication ‘A psychological perspective on hoarding’ (2015). APDO are delighted to link him up with Caroline Rogers, owner of Room To Think and Masters student in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London. She will be sharing a scientific study on the how and why of positive psychology within our industry and introducing a research study planned for 2018 to add to the small but growing evidence base that organising matters.

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Ruby McGuire

Workshop:  Supercharge Your Content – the right way to get visible in your business, saving you hours of time, and your sanity!

In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • A model that will help you completely rethink how you share content in your business to help you get visible (think hours of time saved!)
  • How to plan out your content with ease (you’ll leave with a plan that will trigger ideas for a year’s worth of content)
  • Learn simple tools that will support you as you get more visible in your business
  • A top tip for standing out from the crowd (it will make the single biggest difference to client attraction)
  • How to attract your dream clients through intrigue and learn how to get them to take action (It’s easier than you think – and doesn’t need to be icky!)
  • Plus you’ll get a workbook to help you take action after the session

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Phil Knox

Workshop: The amazing communication device in your pocket

Modern smartphone or tablets can create compelling and high-quality video to promote your business. This hands-on workshop gives you tips and tricks to create professional looking footage from your smartphone and will challenge you to think about ways to effectively communicate with potential clients and followers.

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Leslie Josel – Order out of Chaos

Keynote:  Late Lost & Lagging Behind: Demystifying Executive Functions and ADHD

Executive Functions are essential to how we act. They’re the brain’s ability to “screen out” all incoming information so we can self-regulate and attend. I’ll break down the core executive functions, explain how they control everything we do, and detail specific strategies to support our clients with each one.

Workshop:  Speak up! Creating Powerful Workshops and Webinars to Market Your Business!

Are you tired of finding clients one at a time? If you want to reach a larger audience and grow your business, workshops and webinars are the secret! When you speak, you can enhance your reputation, expand your network, attract new clients and build your business. We’ll review killer presentation styles, dive deep into the steps needed to build your talk, learn Leslie Josel’s 5 Ps” to successful workshops, and learn how to build your email list

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