The most important skill one can have is to listen
Amy Porter is the President, Founder and Principal Organizer of Your Life Less Messy, an organizational consulting firm that specializes in working with busy professionals and small-business owners seeking solutions to organizational challenges affecting their business, home, and personal lives. Her clientele also includes individuals or families navigating the complexities of life transitions, such as changes in marital status, relocation, growing families, or seniors in transition.
Amy's diverse professional and personal background lend to her specialized skill-set. She worked for 15 years as an IT Project Manager and ITIL Consultant for various branches of the U.S. military and Federal Government, where she gained insights into time management and applied appropriate solutions –technical and non-technical– to maximize efficiency. She was a Realtor® for 7 years, helping clients with space planning, “right-sizing,” staging, selling and moving. She was even featured as a consulting Realtor® on an episode of HGTV’s “Get It Sold.”
Amy believes her greatest value and what sets her apart from other organizers is the listening and care-giving skills she learned through her training and involvement with Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting or in crisis.
“The most important skill one can have is to listen and empathize with a client. This is fundamental to truly understanding a client’s joy, pain, frustration and goals. You first have to understand the problem and what motivates a person in order to provide the most appropriate solution. I am not in the business of “fixing” clients. I’m in the business of providing the tools, strategies, and confidence that will empower you to fix yourself and the environment you are in.”