Collaborate and Compete – A Winning Formula for Success
Winning is a great feeling. When you land a new project or gain a new client you feel validated. Your work and your talent are valued. You’ve demonstrated that you are just as worthy as those other designers out there, maybe better. So shouldn’t you play to win? Well, yes and no. There’s nothing wrong…Read More
The True Value of ASID Membership
In an era where many organizations are seeing a decline in membership I thought I would address the value I have gained through my membership in ASID. We are all different – which is what makes life more interesting – but I happen to thoroughly enjoy networking and interacting with people so when I join…Read More
What is Relationship Marketing?
By far the way most design firms acquire new clients is through referrals. Most of those referrals come from satisfied clients. But there are only so many of them. So if you’re looking to grow your business, how do you increase the number and frequency of referrals? You can do it through what I call…Read More
Meaningful Relationships Help You Run a Business
Entrepreneurs know that there are many challenges in running a business, but if as you build your business, you also build strong relationships, the rewards are great. “Building relationships is one of the strongest skill sets related to leadership effectiveness,” says Jean Leslie, a researcher at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Building meaningful relationships…Read More
Should You Belong to an Industry Organization?
Photography by Emily Wilson Photography Maybe you’ve thought about joining an industry organization but felt the dues were too high, the benefits were too few, or you were too busy with other commitments to make it worth your while. Being part of an industry organization may not drive a lot of extra business to your…Read More
Networking Like a Pro
As an Interior Designer, networking locally is a vital part of growing your business. Proper networking will ensure you are known locally and will continue to gain new clients. Meaningful relationships with others in your community will establish you as a qualified designer in your industry. So, here are a few great ways to network…Read More
Create Your Own Mastermind Group
Are you part of a mastermind group? Would you like to be? Why not create your own. The advantages of a mastermind group include access to more information, providing support for design projects, and having people to keep you accountable but there are other advantages to having a mastermind group. When a group of people…Read More
What Is Masterminding?
Photo Credit: Masterminding is truly about forming a team to help each other succeed. The key to successful masterminding is to surround yourself with the right people who can add value to you and your business as well as you adding value to theirs. That’s why it is a team – you are each a…Read More
Be A Joiner – Mastermind With Your Peers
Are you a member of a local interior design or design related organization? If not, I’d advise you to consider the opportunities you are missing and take another look at what is available in your area. This type of networking is not so much about marketing (although that can be an added advantage) but more…Read More
Masterminding with Designer Friends
What is “masterminding?” Masterminding is not about plotting to take over the world. The concept, which came became popular in the mid-90s, is based on the idea that when it comes to achieving your personal or business goals, more heads are not only better than one, but together a synergy of multiple minds propels the…Read More