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If you’re an organizer or productivity professional who doesn’t know the difference between psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, and psychologist, you aren’t alone. Words that sound similar but have different meanings are frequently misused but, once you know better, you do better.

Terms of the Trade: The Essential Glossary for Organizing + Productivity Consultants

Over 280 terms, abbreviations, and acronyms used in the organizing industry.


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Does this sound familiar?

  • “I was working collaboratively with a therapist and client who kept using the term OCPD. I assumed it was the same as OCD.”
  • “During a phone consultation, I was too embarrassed to ask a prospective client what she meant by the Pomodoro Technique®.”
  • “While attending a conference, an organizing colleague mentioned that she specialized in working with clients with affluenza. I had no idea what she was talking about.”
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The Terms of the Trade Glossary is appropriate if you’re…

  • A new or experienced organizing or productivity consultant.
  • A NAPO, POC, ICD, or NABPO member.
  • A hoarding consultant.
  • A professional who collaborates with organizers.
  • A lifelong learner.

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The Terms of the Trade Glossary is for you if you:

  • Have a desire to stay up-to-date with current terms.
  • Want to talk the talk with clients and colleagues.
  • Are frequently mystified by “alphabet soup” credentials.
  • Need a convenient, efficient way to look up unfamiliar terms used in the organizing industry.

If you’re in the organizing-productivity industry, then you need the Terms of the Trade.