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Archive for June 2016

Little Things Count…& Could Count Against You

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Photo taken by Dana McGrath Even with the greatest of care you are bound to encounter a few glitches, missing parts, dings and scratches during your final installation.  Like a stain on a new garment, they can detract from…

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The Big Reveal: How to Do a Great One

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Photo taken by Dana McGrath You want your clients to have a great experience throughout their entire project.  Most of all, you want to wow them with the finished interior.  This is your, and their, big moment, the payoff…

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Results Driven = Value Added

By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University As designers we sometimes forget that we are first and foremost problem solvers.  Whether the problems are aesthetic, structural, or deal with getting the most value for their investment, we offer solutions.  This is a tremendous value that often…

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Choosing Software to Manage Your Design Business

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Photo taken by Dana McGrath Designers soon learn that their life revolves around paperwork.  Proposals, contracts, purchase orders, manifests, receipts, invoices, payments, and more keeping piling up while the design work goes on.  You need some way to manage…

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The Power of Pre-Framing

By, Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Even if you haven’t heard of pre-framing, I’m sure you have experienced it.  Think about when you are having a discussion with a prospective client and at the end of the conversation, you realize you have allowed yourself to…

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Are You Just Busy Keeping Busy?

By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University                                                    “The Key to Success is Action”   Brian Tracy How many times do you look back on your day and wonder how you could have been so busy and have so little to show for it at the end…

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Ready, Set for Final Installation?

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University You’ve put weeks, maybe months, of thought and planning into the project, and now the big day is here when it all has to come together.  What preparations have you made to ensure everything goes well?  Do you have…

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When Talking Budget, Explore Boundaries, Not Limits

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Establishing a budget can be one of the trickier negotiations when working with a new client.  More often than not, the client will not have a fixed figure in mind.  They probably have a sense of what they feel…

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Three Keys to Effective Communication

By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Have you ever had problems during a design job or within your design firm? It would probably be more effective to say, “who hasn’t”, but did you ever think about the crux of the matter?  Let’s say you arrive…

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Never Miss Another Deadline

By Gail Doby, ASID CVO & Co-Founder, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Fulfilling your obligations is the mark of a true professional, and that includes meeting deadlines.  If you struggle to keep on top of your commitments, take some time to think about what’s getting in your way. It usually comes…

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