Design Success University Blog

Clarity Is The Key

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID
Director of Coaching at DSU
In thinking about the importance of having an effective contract, I am reminded of the words of someone I admire: “I prefer clarity over agreement”.  As designers we should definitely be working with a contract but if the contract is not clearly written with all the necessary components, it can lead to great […]

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Decision Paralysis…Is It Holding You Back?

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By Gail Doby, ASID
One of the most challenging parts of running any business is mastering your mindset and making quick and well-considered decisions.
When I see interior designers struggle with decisions, it is rarely that they don’t know what to do; it is because they don’t want to do it for many reasons:

It will hurt someone’s feelings.
It is difficult to make […]

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Design Success University Is Seven!

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By Gail Doby, ASID
Erin Weir and I started talking in late 2007 about our goals for the future. At that time, Erin wasn’t married, but she had a wonderful man in her life, and she wanted to start a family and continue working with me. Lucky me! In July, it will also be Erin’s tenth year working with me.
It is […]

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Letting Go … with A Virtual Receptionist?

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID
Director of Coaching at DSU
How often have you hear the advice:  Don’t let your phone, emails, texts, etc. run your life — or otherwise identified as “OPP” — Other People’s Priorities?  and, like many, you may have responded with “that’s easy to say, but my clients, resources, etc. need to be able to reach me”.
Did you know […]

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One Slight Shift To Win Your Dream Clients

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By Maria Bayer
DSU’s Authentic Sales Coach
A while back when I was working with a client, I realized that the strategies I was sharing with her were coincidentally similar to those that one would use in dating.  So if you struggle with either, read on! When you’re dating, your goal isn’t (or shouldn’t be) to attract any kind of […]

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Leadership & Communication Tips for Better Results in Your Business & in Your Life

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By Gail Doby, ASID
Have you ever wondered how you can work with your clients better, and get your team members to do what you’ve asked them to do? Here are ten steps to improve your leadership and communications:

Ensure that you are clear in your own mind about the results you want to achieve or receive from your team. Start each […]

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Building Your Team

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By Gail Doby, ASID
How do you know when you are understaffed? If you are doing any of the following:

Things you don’t like to do
Things you don’t do well
Things you don’t want to do
Things you aren’t trained to do
Things that don’t make money or bring in clients for your business
Things that you procrastinate about

I’m not implying that you should hire full-time […]

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Organize Your Interruptions

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID
Director of Coaching at DSU
Are you a slave to phone calls, emails and/or texts?  If you answered “yes” then you are still a slave to OPP (other people’s priorities).  Interruptions are a fact of life, but have you considered how much more billable time would be available in your day if you could have some control over […]

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