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Are You On Track to Reach Your Potential?

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By Drue Lawlor
Director of Coaching at DSU

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”  -John C. Maxwell John Maxwell is one of my favorite “go to” authors for business.   Though I realize he is known for his many books on leadership, you need to be an effective leader to be truly […]

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Is Social Media A Waste Of Time?

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By Gail Doby, ASID
Several interior designers have asked if social media is worthwhile way to spend their time, and my answer is “it depends.”
Social media has some value if it is done right. It can create some buzz and traffic to your website, but not all social media efforts are worthy of a lot of time. When you’re already busy, […]

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Taking A Break Will Increase Your Creativity

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By Gail Doby, ASID
f you’re like most interior designers, you feel as if you never have enough time to get your work done, and you’re constantly feel “behind” with an avalanche of competing priorities. That leads to burnout and stress, and yet we often push through those feelings and keep working.
What does it do to your creativity and passion for […]

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The Significance of Identifying Your Firm’s Unique Value

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID
Director of Coaching at DSU
Over the years a common conversation among designers has been that their clients do not truly value what they do/offer.  I think we often expect clients to recognize how wonderful we are without having educated them as to what makes us different — what unique value to we offer.  You may do your […]

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Reach Out To Previous Clients – The Fastest Way To Get A New Client!

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By Gail Doby, ASID
It’s Christmas in July for designers. That means that you need to start working on projects very soon to be ready for your client’s holiday entertaining.
So think about doing a blog post, newsletter article (Top 10 Things To Do Before Christmas), write a hand-written note, or pick up the phone to check in. You are likely to […]

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What Is Success?

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By Gail Doby, ASID
We’re getting ready for an “All Hands” meeting next month, and in preparing for the day, I’ve been reviewing our progress for the year. We’ve had a lot of wins this year, and yet we have room for improvement. Who couldn’t say that about their own business?
There are many measures for success including “metrics” or numbers. Did […]

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4 Tips to Increase Value Of Your Time

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID
Director of Coaching at DSU
If you don’t value your time, how can you expect clients to do so?  The following tips may not only help you get more value out of your time, but will hopefully translate that value to your client.

First, I feel it’s easier to set the parameters in the very beginning — […]

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Second Half Grand Slam

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by Gail Doby, ASID
It’s now July, and half of the year is behind us. What have you accomplished so far, and are you satisfied with your results? Take a few minutes and write down your ten biggest accomplishments. Pat yourself on the back and get ready to write your next list.

List the 10 biggest accomplishments you will achieve before 12.31.15.
Prioritize […]

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