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  • Today With Andrea Liebross:

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today, Andrea Liebross, certified business and life coach, podcaster and owner of Andrea Liebross Coaching, LLC. is here to talk about self worth. She provides some great tips, strategies, and facts that will help us ditch our doubt in our skills and what we charge, and come out with one hundred percent assurance in how we conduct our business. Even I took a page out of Andrea’s book from the great tips she was offering. This is definitely worth the listen if you ever feel stuck or if your business feels stagnant due to not recognizing your own worth.

    Pick It Apart

    [4:30] Andrea shares how she approaches the subject of worthiness with her clients.

    [15:30] Andrea starts to explain what to do next when you aren’t believing in yourself and your self worth.

    [31:49] Andrea shares how to find emotional and financially mature clients.

    [51:50] Andrea tells us about her podcast Time to Level Up and how you can reach her.

    LuAnn Nigara and Andrea Liebross' Ah-Ha Moments

    “The more dissonance you have with your worth, the more drama you have about your worth or pricing.” - Andrea Liebross

    “You need to think that you are undercharging them and over delivering.” - Andrea Liebross

    “You have a talent and a gift that we need, but if you don’t create a sustainable business that provides you with the lifestyle you deserve then how can you stay in business so people can enjoy your gifts?” - LuAnn Nigara

    More About Andrea Liebross:

    After graduating from Dartmouth College and marrying the guy that lived down the hall, Andrea Liebross and her husband packed up the 1980s red Cadillac, left the northeast, and eventually made their way to the midwest city known for the Indianapolis 500. Over the last few decades, Andrea has started 3 successful businesses, all while raising two kids, now ages 20 and 17, and several giant puppies. As a certified business and life coach, Andrea's known for helping high-achieving women make the shift from overwhelm to freedom in both their personal and professional life. Her goal is to guide these bold, ambitious women to create their own custom secret sauce for success by combining just two ingredients - the right mindset and solid systems. Andrea believes every problem is solvable and every dream is possible IF you make it all simple, doable and FUN (even the systems).

    Connect with Andrea Liebross

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    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

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    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

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    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #577- Power Talk Friday: Amber De La Garza, LuAnn is in the “Productivity” Hot Seat.

    Time to Level Up Episode 30- What Are You Worth? How to Put a Price on it.

    A Big Thank You to Today's Sponsor:

    Today's episode is sponsored by LuAnn University.

    This is not just education. Not just the support of your colleagues. And not just a great experience. Each department and class is crafted to provide targeted, proven instruction in key areas for profit and growth—all specific to the interior design and window treatment industries

    We are opening again this fall 2022 so do yourself a favor and look into this and all others we have coming at luannuniversity.com. The current roster for all of our 5 week courses are up, but please keep checking back because we are launching, brand new 3 hour intensives this semester as well. So check it out but go back in a few weeks to see the updates too.

  • Today With Allison Handler:

    Welcome to A Well-Design Business. Today I am joined by Allison Handler, owner of Allison Handler Design. Through listening to AWDB, taking courses at LuAnn University, facing hard challenges and creating important relationships, Allison earned $1 million in gross sales, in her first year of business.

    Allison reached out to me and I was impressed with her work ethic and story. She wanted to share with you everything she learned in that first year, including what she learned about systems and processes, forming relationships, and the hard lessons along the way. Enjoy!

    Pick It Apart

    [13:18] Allison starts to share her story.

    [27:19] Allison provides tips on how she navigates the conversation regarding budget.

    [37:05] Allison shares struggles and aha moments along the way.

    [39:20] What Allison would suggest for someone who doesn't feel like they have a good trade support team.

    LuAnn Nigara and Allison Handler's Ah-Ha Moments

    “I can’t be successful, if I don’t know the budget and it’s not realistic.” - Allison Handler

    “There’s so much power to the relationships that we build, but the motor to that power is having the courage to put yourself out there.” - LuAnn Nigara

    More About Allison Handler:

    It all begins and ends with relationships. Allison Handler Design prides itself on building and maintaining incredible relationships with both clients and vendors, working hard every day to make sure that a client’s wants and needs are satisfied by keeping a close-knit but wide-reaching team of vendor partners on hand to seamlessly execute the vision. As lead designer and visionary, Allison oversees all projects, ensuring the AHD aesthetic is incorporated while keeping the client’s personal preferences foremost. We strongly believe in making the most out of every clients’ budget, and source from the best mid-to-high end suppliers including well-known brands and exclusive smaller artisans, to ensure long lasting and high quality products that will last and feel unique to each space.

    On a personal note, Allison was born and raised right here in Bergen County, NJ. After moving to Florida at age 15 with her family, she returned to the northeast after college to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Twenty years later, after getting married and having a family of her own, she knew it was time for a change. Allison Handler Design was born, almost by accident, after several friends and family members asked for help with their own home projects. Building off her fashion roots, Allison discovered she had a major passion and natural talent for interiors and decided to pursue it as a new career path. Allison Handler Design is now a thriving business thanks to the support of current and past clients, and we look forward to continuing to grow and carve out our place in this little corner of the world.

    Connect with Allison Handler

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    Facebook

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

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    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #779- Power Talk Friday: Madeleine MacRae: What Should the CEO of an Interior Design Firm Be Doing?

    #786- Meredith Huck: From Corporate to Interior Design Business: 3 Insights to Succeed

    A Big Thank You to Today's Sponsor:

    Today's episode is sponsored by LuAnn University.

    This is not just education. Not just the support of your colleagues. And not just a great experience. Each department and class is crafted to provide targeted, proven instruction in key areas for profit and growth—all specific to the interior design and window treatment industries.

    We are opening again this fall 2022 so do yourself a favor and look into this and all others we have coming at luannuniversity.com. The current roster for all of our 5-week courses is up, but please keep checking back because we are launching, brand new 3-hour intensives this semester as well. So check it out but go back in a few weeks to see the updates too.

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  • Today With Katie McFarlan:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. What does it take to be successful? We talk about it week in and week out on the show. There are so many details, so many facets to business success. But there are a handful of business practices that every successful designer puts into place—the things that set them apart from those who struggle. Today, Katie McFarlan of Dakota Design Co joins me to share the six business practices she believes are key to a well-designed business.

    Pick It Apart

    [11:54] Katie breaks down why setting a project minimum is important and the different ways to do it. [22:57] LuAnn and Katie discuss the value of clear service offerings and processes. [32:57] Katie shares why investing in yourself is vital. [47:42] LuAnn and Katie talk about professional photography and why it matters even if you don’t have projects yet. [51:28] Katie highlights how setting boundaries helps with business success.

    LuAnn Nigara and Katie McFarlan's Ah-Ha Moments

    “The more clarity you can put around things the less opportunity there is for designers to complain about “scope creep.” If you didn’t define what it is that you do, how is the client supposed to know that it’s out of the parameters?” -LuAnn

    “When you do the same thing over and over again, it’s good at getting you to be more efficient and working out the kinks. Your clients will enjoy working with you more when they know what to expect.” -Katie

    More About Katie McFarlan:

    As a former wedding and event planner with 16 years of experience in operations and project management, Katie enjoys using both her creative and analytical sides to find solutions that work for her clients. With her intimate knowledge of how both industries work, she knows what it takes to get behind-the-scenes operations running smoothly so businesses can grow in a sustainable and professional way. Today her business, Dakota Design Company, helps interior designers and wedding planners who are buried in business operations get back to doing the creative work they love. Through consulting and done-for-you implementation, she and her all-female team streamline their clients’ services and pricing, create strategic client experiences, and refine and implement processes their teams and customers will appreciate.

    Connect with Katie McFarlan

    Website

    Instagram

    Blog

    Client Experience Download for listeners

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

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    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

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    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #678 Power Talk Friday: Katie McFarlan: The Client Experience Starts with Processes

    A Big Thank You to Today's Sponsor:

    Mydoma Studio, your complete designer toolkit. Mydoma makes it easy to streamline your processes, track projects, communicate with clients, and get organized. It’s created by designers for designers, specifically to address what you need as a business owner. I’ve said countless times that systems and processes are how you reach the next level of profitability. Mydoma Studio makes it easy to do that. You can get 20% off your first three months by going to mydomastudio.com/awelldesignedbusiness

  • Today With Renee Biery:

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today I am chatting with Renee Biery, owner of deVignier Design, Inc. and Only Girl On the Jobsite podcast. Renee works in restoration as well as new construction and she wanted to share with my listeners how renovation management is a stable income for interior designers throughout the year, as procurement and decorating ebbs and flows per job. A lot of takeaways here. Enjoy!

    Pick It Apart

    [3:50] Renee describes the scope of renovation management in her business.

    [14:26] Renee shares how she changed the initial conversations with her clients, so that they would consider her for renovation management as well.

    [22:53] Renee shares another way we can position ourselves to clients as their one stop shop.

    [32:40] Renee gives us tips as designers on how we can confidently show up at a typically male dominated job site.

    LuAnn Nigara and Renee Biery's Ah-Ha Moments

    “Many designers are doing renovation management, but don’t necessarily lead with it in their marketing.” - Renee Biery

    “There’s a lot of different people with different skill sets that are needed to complete the project, but they don’t have overlapping skills. A designer can add to that and elevate any project.” - Renee Biery

    “View yourself as an equal on the team. You are not above and you are not below.” - Renee Biery

    “In order to be taken seriously, you have to show up seriously.” - LuAnn Nigara

    More About Renee Biery:

    Renée deVignier Biery, ASID, is an interior designer based in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, one of the country’s oldest conservatory interior design programs, earning a degree with distinction in 1994 as an Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design. Biery is formally trained in practical interior architecture with advanced technical and rendering proficiency. Her credentials include NCIDQ board licensing as a professional member of the ASID, the design industry’s highest certification.

    For Biery, design is a lifelong calling. It is a throughline of home life, from the traditional American houses of the Delaware Valley, to her training and professional experience in the design world of New York, and back again to her roots in Wilmington. Across this map of influences, design has given Renée the way to celebrate a sense of place that is both local and original.

    Renée deVignier Biery was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, home to the Winterthur Museum among many important and historic residences and gardens. Good design was always in her surroundings, “a common language of big rambling homes filled with proper antiques,” she explains. She drew her inspiration early from a number of grandly formal old houses belonging to members of her own family in Virginia and especially from her two grandmothers—one, a southern, Virginia lady with an eye for cutting-edge New York and European fashion, and the other, a social worker who had a talent for understanding people deeply. Those qualities combine in Biery’s approach to design. She puts people and their practical needs first. She aims to create work that will be lasting and meaningful. She views tradition with an edge but also with a natural, truly southern civility.

    During and following her schooling, Biery worked in the design field in New York. She began in 1993 as an associate in the legendary Lexington Avenue boutique of designer Charlotte Moss. She spent several years as a senior designer in the firm of Barbara Hauben Ross, a well-known New York designer who specializes in refined, luxury Art Deco interiors. During this tenure Biery honed her skill not only in historical and architectural renovation, but also, specifically, in the edited simplicity of early modern color, shape, and structure. The experience has given her a quietly pared-down viewpoint to balance more embellished, traditional environments.

    Biery returned permanently to Wilmington in 2000 and established her own firm, deVignier Design, Inc. She works in restoration as well as new construction, and remains committed to the personal attention of a studio practice where she is fully involved from inception to installation with every assignment. “These are people who are sharing their lives with me, who will often spend a number of years with me on a project,” she says. “If I do my job right, the relationship is as lasting as the work, and the resulting house will look like the homeowners, not me.”

    Connect with Renee Biery

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    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

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    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #16- Charles Pavarini: Behind the Scenes of the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016

    #305- Elizabeth Scruggs: The Things I Learned From A Well-Designed Business.

    #380- Circle Design Studio: Architect & Interior Design Firm: John & Theresa Dorlini

    A Big Thank You to Today's Sponsor:

    Mydoma studio, the project management tool for you to organize your communication with your team, your clients and your trades. Invoices, proposals, presentations, project milestones all in one place. See it for yourself- go to mydomastudio.com/awelldesignedbusiness

  • Today with Vita Vygovska

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Today is Window Treatment Friday, and we are debuting part 4 of our Pricing Window Treatment Series. Vita is back with some great tools that she has learned to use when pricing a window treatment to a consumer.

    Today, we are talking about how to breakdown your pricing for a client. How much detail do you include? How do you explain labor, fabric, hardware, and installation costs? We talk about it all! Tune in to learn how to have this tough conversation like a pro.

    More About Vita Vygovska

    Vita is the CEO and founder of Vitalia Inc., a nationally recognized authority on quality window treatments and soft furnishings, located in the Metro Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Vitalia Inc. is your workroom and your partner for custom window treatments. Their mission is to provide value to their clients and improve their lives.

    Vita would love to talk to you. Share your feedback, questions, problems, and challenges with her, and also your wins. You can email her at [email protected]

    Connect with Vita Vygovska:

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    LinkedIn

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    The Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    LuAnn Nigara and Friends Meet and Greet at High Point

    luannuniversity.com

    Inside Voice, Outside Voice Monthly Virtual Events

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

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    LuAnn’s Website

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    A BIG Thank You to Today’s Sponsor:

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  • Today With Jessica Davis:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Today, Jessica Davis of JL Design in Nashville, Tennessee is joining me to share her tried and true strategies to hold clients accountable at the beginning, middle, and end of your project. We’ve all been on a tense phone call with a client about something not going their way. You think about all the ways this could have been avoided. Today Jessica shares her strategies to hold your clients, and yes sometimes even holding yourself accountable.

    More About Jessica Davis:

    Jessica Davis founded JL Design in 2005. She is a graduate of Watkins College of Art in Nashville Tennessee, and brings 18 years of Interior Design experience to the JL Design team.

    “I knew I wanted to be involved in Design at a very young age, when I realized there were always new challenges to overcome. I have always been surrounded by the arts and I have always felt that my inner creativity would ultimately guide me in my career. I wanted to be a part of something that would allow me to work closely with people and enrich their lives through design. For me, Interior Design is defined by functional, unique, creativity tailored to each individual.”

    With a degree in Interior Design, Jessica began consulting on Design projects in Middle Tennessee, and was soon being commissioned for jobs in New York, New Jersey, and Miami. JL Design’s reputation for innovative Interior Design solutions has made it a leader in its class.

    “I feel so fortunate to be able to bring my devotion and energy to my clients every day, and forge relationships that I find so crucial when working in someone's home or personal space. There will always be a need for functional, progressive Interior Design, and I am committed to the art form and the evolving industry as it meets the needs of today.”

    Carrie Flynn is the owner of Virtual Simplicity, LLC., which specializes in helping our clients get their online programs created, designed, and ready to launch with simplicity and ease, so they can launch + maximize profits fast. We offer custom funnel design + tech setup in Kajabi, and full launch management strategy/support. Carrie loves yoga, her daily coffee, British TV shows and movies, and college football (Go Gators!). She's been married to her husband for 17 years, and together they have two daughters, ages 13 and 5. Carrie lives in the Mount Dora, FL area with her family.

    Connect with Jessica Davis

    Website

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Pinterest

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

    A Big Thank You to Today's Sponsor:

    Mydoma studio, the project management tool for you to organize your communication with your team, your clients and your trades. Invoices, proposals, presentations, project milestones all in one place. See it for yourself- go to mydomastudio.com/awelldesignedbusiness

  • Today With Carrie Flynn:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Today Carrie Flynn, owner of Virtual Simplicity, LLC. is joining us to talk about all things, launching.

    Listen, I’ve launched a lot of successful programs; Money, Mindset & Sales, the Power Talk Friday Tour…but I would be lying if I said I did it all by myself and knew exactly what I was doing in terms of the TECH side. Thank God for my team! We, as creatives, have the brains, expertise, and superpower, but launching can be overwhelming.

    Carrie is a certified Master Marketer and Launch Manager and is here to prepare us for what to expect (including the roller coaster of emotions), do, and not to do when it comes to launching a new product or service. Enjoy!

    More About Carrie Flynn:

    Carrie Flynn is the owner of Virtual Simplicity, LLC., which specializes in helping our clients get their online programs created, designed, and ready to launch with simplicity and ease, so they can launch + maximize profits fast. We offer custom funnel design + tech setup in Kajabi, and full launch management strategy/support. Carrie loves yoga, her daily coffee, British TV shows and movies, and college football (Go Gators!). She's been married to her husband for 17 years, and together they have two daughters, ages 13 and 5. Carrie lives in the Mount Dora, FL area with her family.

    Pick it apart:

    [1:50] Carrie explains what it means to be a certified master marketer and certified launch manager.

    [10:30] Carrie gives some ideas you can take on your own to vet your launching idea to see if it will even work.

    [23:55] Carrie gets more in depth on how to prepare for the emotional side of a launch.

    [37:40] Do you need to invest in ads and if so, what is a healthy budget?

    LuAnn and Carrie Flynn's Ah-Ha Moments

    “The clientele for your one on one business, won’t necessarily be the same clientele for your new launch.” - Carrie Flynn

    “You could have come up with an awesome idea that your people don’t need. They want to buy a transformation” - Carrie Flynn

    “The vehicle is your choice to decide how you want to put your idea out there.” - Carrie Flynn

    “Like I always say, if you are going to do it, do it like a business.” - LuAnn Nigara

    Connect with Carrie Flynn

    Website

    Instagram

    Facebook

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

    Other Shows Mentioned:

    EPISODE 32 Robin Baron – The President of ASID NY Metro Chapter Talks with us about PR and Brand Development

    EPISODE 540 Robin Baron: Strategic Thinking on Product Development

    EPISODE 474 Bria Hammel: Keys to Scaling Your Interior Design Firm

    EPISODE 731 Chloe Mackintosh: Chloe Mackintosh: How She Went From Blogger to Interior Designer

    EPISODE 476 Amanda Hamilton: Running a Mid-Size Firm & Creating Additional Revenue Streams

    EPISODE 687 Demetrius Robinson: Show Up & Do The Work

    EPISODE 701 Kristen Rivoli: New Brand, New Year: How Rebranding Can Work for Interior Designer

    The Product Development Podcast Collection

  • Today With Rick Campos:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Whether we’ve had it for 6 months or 5 years, we still have questions when running our design business. The experience may not be the same, but the questions we ask ourselves are. It’s the circumstances that change.

    Today with Rick Campos, who does freelance consulting exclusively for the interior design community, we tackle these questions that linger in our minds and all of the resources that are all around us that can answer them.

    More About Rick Campos:

    Rick Campos is a self proclaimed “recovering interior designer” with fifteen years of experience in the design industry. Formerly Director of Business Development for a notable Orange County design firm, his daily interactions with architects, builders, vendors and clients contributes to a broad perspective of the design industry.

    In 2018 Rick traded in his tape measure for a microphone and launched Design Biz Survival Guide - a podcast about life and business for interior design professionals - with the intention of informing and inspiring the design community.

    In 2019 Rick integrated freelance consulting into the platform with an emphasis on “the business of design” exclusively for the interior design community. He has since helped numerous design entrepreneurs grow their business to new levels.

    The platform has since evolved to include annual business development retreats, learning opportunities, networking events, and an online community.

    “My mission is to be the source of information and inspiration to interior design entrepreneurs that I needed when I launched my own design business back in 2007. To promote and further develop a design community that supports and empowers fellow design professionals on their journey in life and business.”

    Pick it apart:

    [4:00] Rick introduces what we will be talking about today, that a creative business is still a business.

    [6:57] Rick addresses challenges that may arise from three to ten years down the road of owning your design business.

    [16:24] Rick tells us the types of questions designers ask each other when they connect.

    [33:40] Our conversation continues with great questions to ask your colleagues, including their background.

    [38:27] Rick gives us details about his 3rd annual Design Biz Retreat.

    [42:05] Rick talks about his expertise; selling luxury.

    LuAnn and Rick Campos' Ah-Ha Moments

    “No matter how long we’re in our design business the questions we have are the same, it’s the circumstances that are different.” - Rick Campos

    “It’s the conversations with other people in the business that answer your questions, not Google or Youtube.” - Rick Campos

    “What I have said one billion times is that people buy people and process, not products.” - LuAnn Nigara

    “If anyone is going to help guide you, it’s going to be a fellow designer because they’re already doing it.” - Rick Campos

    “Getting together with other people who do what you do is one of the most enjoyable ways to push the envelope on your business.” - LuAnn Nigara

    Connect with Rick Campos

    Website

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Podcast

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

    Other Shows Mentioned

    #06- Identifying Your Transferable Skills With Erika Ward

    #50- Veronica Solomon: Powerful Marketing for Your Interior Design Firm- Website to Fan Engagement on Facebook

    #180- PowerTalk Friday: Michele Williams Talks About Profit First and Why It Matters to You

    #482- Cheryl Clennendon- Small Business, Think Big

    #485- Power Talk Friday: Claire Jeffers- Rock the Consult

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  • Today With Michelle Wiebe:

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today is a Flashback Friday epsiode, where we revisit some of the most popular shows from our archives. I hope you enjoy Michelle Wiebe's episode that originally aired as episode 148!

    On the show today, we have Michelle Wiebe! Michelle is the principal of Studio M in Tampa, Florida. The specialty of Michelle’s firm is luxury residential new construction. I know we have talked to quite a few designers in this field I haven’t really picked their brain as much as I did with Michelle today.

    Her firm in addition to luxury residential, new construction they also do family condominiums, corporate headquarters, medical offices and small-scale hospitality spaces. Michelle is a busy lady! In addition to all of this, she serves on the board of interior design at Florida State University her Almer mater. She also serves on the high point market authority board and she goes all over the country speaking on design social media. She is the editor of Impression, the Studio M design blog.

    Pick it Apart:

    How many years has Studio M been in business? How does one show their specialty in luxury residential new construction on social media? What should a new designer know before taking on a big project in luxury residential new construction? What is a CEU? How can a designer educate themselves on different codes that need to be known before going into a project? What should the contract consist of? Can you really learn what you need to know from classes? How should make your client feel? Are there times when certain “projects” in a project should be hired outside of the firm? Who does Michelle have on her team at her firm? What does Michelle look for when going through the hiring process? What is High Point Market Authority? What sort of app can you use at the High Point Market Authority? How long can you serve on the board for High Point Market Authority?

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

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    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

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  • Today With LuAnn Nigara:

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today is a solo show. I am sharing my thoughts on the biggest piece of business advice I have to offer from my long career as a business owner.

    There are so many things you need to learn to run a well-designed business. If you’re a longtime listener than you can probably name many of them by now. But today, I am sharing my absolute greatest takeaway that you need to know.

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

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    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #575 Lisa Gilmore: Finance Fridays! From 850k to 2.25 Million in One Year!

    #467 Taylor Spellman: Hard Truths on Why You Need to Manage the 80% Business

    #398 Courtney McLeod: Defined Process = Success in Your Interior Design Business

    #781 Flash Back Friday: Lori Morris: When Working with the Luxury Client, the Answer is Yes!

    #683 Jessica Matteson: The Client Experience Is #1 in Design

    #412 Power Talk Friday: Ashley Uhl: How to Deliver a High-End Client Experience

    #663 Andrea Hysmith: Structure and Flexibility, Keys to Reaching Goals in Your Interior Design Business

    #516 Power Talk Friday: Jude Charles: Video Storytelling for Your Brand

    #626 Power Talk Friday: Jude Charles: How to Tell Your Story to Connect with Clients in Interior Design

    #718 Power Talk Friday: Jude Charles: The Power of Dramatic Demonstration in Your Business Videos

    #724 Power Talk Friday: Jude Charles: Using Video to Close More Interior Design Deals

    #125 Nicole Heymer- How To Brand Your Business. Yes, again! Do not miss this one!!!

    #317 Nicole Heymer: 6 Keys to Planning A Website That Makes Things Happen

    #466 Power Talk Friday: Nicole Heymer: You’ve Defined Your Brand…Now What?

    #589 Power Talk Friday: Eileen Hahn: Scaling from 2 Million to 5 Million

    #622 Dwayne Bergmann: Empower Your Team to Own the Project Management While Maintaining Design Vision as the Creative Director

    #634 Power Talk Friday: Jessica Harling: A Specific Process for Onboarding a New Hire

    #669 Kelly Collier: Managing Expectations Through Clear Messaging

    Window Treatments for Profit Podcast Episode #25 Rick Baker: Preserving Your Values as You Grow Your Window Treatment Business

    Other Resources Mentioned:

    Finances Podcast Episodes Collection

    Hiring Podcast Episodes Collection

    Window Treatments for Profit Podcast

    Exciting Windows!

    LuAnn and Friends Facebook Group

    Nancy Ganzekaufer’s Facebook Group

    Veronica Soloman’s Facebook Group

    Claire Jefford's Facebook Group

    Cheryl Clendenon’s Facebook Group

    The Wingnut Social Media Lab Facbeook Group

    IDS Conference coming up this August 2022

    Design Biz Survival Guide Retreat October 2022

    The Power Talk Friday Tour this October at High Point Market

  • Today With Adam Urbanski:

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today is a Flashback Friday epsiode, where we revisit some of the most popular shows from our archives. I hope you enjoy Adam Urbanski's episode that originally aired as episode 280!

    Today's guest is Adam Urbanski, aka The Millionaire Marketing Mentor and he’s a real headliner in Online Marketing and Podcast circles! There are so many ways that Adam could really help and influence all LuAnn’s Designer friends to get that extra ‘something’ to tweak their businesses, so today, she’s decided to go with Adam’s Dream Business Design Process. Listen in to find out how this process helps Designers to identify what they want to sell the most and also how to sell to the most clients.

    Adam, who has been in business for seventeen years now, is really the ‘go-to guy’ for Coaches, Consultants and other Service Professionals who want to attract more clients, convert more high-value sales, build an authority brand, or grow a Lifestyle Business that has more impact and generates more income. Adam’s clients have often doubled, tripled and even ten times-ed their businesses, some of them in as little as ninety days! All of this and Adam started out with only $194 and limited English and he still managed to turn his first business into a seven-figure business in less than ten years! LuAnn knows that she’s in the presence of a true expert with Adam, so she’s very grateful that he’s on the show today! Listen in now, as Adam shares some really hot tips with you, to help you to become a way better business strategist!

    Pick it apart:

    Becoming a master of, and being known for a very specific approach.

    What his six question worksheet allows you to zero in on.

    How he discovered his ideal clients.

    That 90% of his clients are women and this happened by design!

    That marketing is really all about listening.

    Adam talks you through his six questions and how to best approach working with them.

    Finding your specific magic, as a Designer.

    Thinking about your dream income, per client.

    Identifying your dream project.

    Identifying the characteristics of your dream client.

    What you’d need to do in order to execute your project in the best possible way. (i.e. identifying your Superpower)

    Really understanding the expectations that you have to meet with your project.

    Expressing what you’re really good at to your client.

    Establishing systems for really clear processes in your business.

    Knowing that everything is changing all the time, so you need to maintain a constant process of evaluation with your clients.

    Asking yourself how much money you’d like to make from each project, per year.

    Examining which three to six marketing activities you really need to focus on- to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

    That you should really become a one track pony, in order to not lose sight of your core competencies.

    Connect with Adam Urbanski:

    Website

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

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  • Today With Meredith Huck:

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today I am joined with fellow Jersey girl Meredith Huck, Founder of House of Huck. Meredith and I were chatting on Instagram, and it ended up with one of those instances in which I saw value in her being a guest on the show.

    Meredith has successfully achieved a net amount of six figures within her first ten months of business. She is here to give my audience three helpful tips for those who are twiddling their thumbs about starting their design business. Don’t worry, we get it. But I know that you will find value and information that will give you the confidence you are desiring to go for it!

    More About Meredith Huck:

    Founded in 2020, House of Huck creates timeless spaces focusing on functionality and beauty while keeping your lifestyle top of mind. We make the process streamlined and straightforward, taking decision fatigue off your plate and holding your hand every step of the way.

    Meredith and her husband live in Coastal Connecticut with their two young children. She is also a licensed real estate agent in the state of Connecticut and enjoys supporting her clients to turn average houses into spectacular homes.

    Pick it apart:

    [5:18] Meredith elaborates on her first lesson that you don’t need a creative background to succeed in a creative business.

    [20:17] Meredith starts to explain how you can make more money in your first year than you had in corporate if you are organized and disciplined.

    [35:17] Meredith shares her lessons of process and systems in her first year.

    [45:00] Meredith explains how you can be creative in the beginning if you don’t have the money to invest in the business.

    LuAnn and Meredith Huck's Ah-Ha Moments:

    “Whatever you want to be, you don’t necessarily need to have had experience in that trade.” - Meredith Huck

    “As a designer, you should be striving for as many trade resources as possible.” - LuAnn Nigara

    “The wisdom and experience of your first year in business is like the memory of childbirth pain, it fades over time. It becomes hard to remember how hard the first couple of years can be.- LuAnn Nigara

    Connect with Meredith Huck:

    Website

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #6- Identifying Your Transferable Skills With Erika Ward.

    #182- Christie Leu- Christie Leu Interiors: Creating Your Own Mini Designer Summit.

    #234- Kimberly Kay Interiors- A New Designer & Her 1st Five Months in Business.

    #278- Erika Ward- Master Business Skills 1st, Interior Design Skills 2nd.

    #297- Mikel Welch- Interior Design, TV, Self Made Man.

    #455- Megan Molten: Planning Creates Success in Your Interior Design Business

    #463- Sara Lynn Brennan- Package Your Design Services For Profit and Clarity.

    #607- Sara Lynn Brennan- Project Management With Specific Deliverables and Deadlines.

    #677- Megan Molten: To Succeed, Focus on Your Why

    #678- Power Talk Friday: Katie McFarlan: The Client Experience Starts With Processes.

  • Today on A Well-Designed Business:

    Today is a What Would Lu Do episode! Today we are going to talk about unleveling to new, different, bigger, and better projects. These are the projects that you want to do but currently are not doing because you don't have the experience yet. Let's talk about it!

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour Fall 2022

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Inside Voice, Outside Voice

    Windowworksnj.com

    Shop38east.com

    Comfortex.com

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

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  • Today with Kelly Fridline:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. For many of you, running a successful and profitable interior design firm is the ultimate goal. But sometimes, the goal might look different. Perhaps you’ve thought about coaching, course creation, or another avenue besides a traditional firm. There are many career paths in the industry, and all of them require adjusting, evaluation, learning, and making mistakes. Today, Kelly Fridline joins me to discuss what it looks like to take a unique career path and what she has learned as she has carved out her businesses.

    Pick it apart:

    [2:34] Kelly discusses her background in architecture and the path she took to interior design. [17:15] Kelly shares why she has chosen to not become licensed as an architect. [34:08] Kelly highlights why she started Virtual Design Mentor as a networking and growth opportunity for designers. [47:10] Kelly shares why her business involves other coaches and the strengths everyone brings to the table. [53:20] Kelly talks about Liase for Interior Design and how designers can use it to find virtual assistance for their businesses.

    LuAnn and Kelly Fridline’s Ah-Ha moments:

    “Humility is key, but so is being really proud of what your gifts are.” -Kelly Fridline

    “No matter how many podcasts you listen to or how great your business coach is, there is still that learning experience where you’re going to make some really stupid decisions, and you’re going to learn from them.” -Kelly Fridline

    “It’s such a personal thing. I have to believe with the body of experience and education you have, if it really mattered to you, you’d sit and pass the darn test. But it doesn’t. And until it really matters to you, so what?” -LuAnn Nigara

    More about Kelly Fridline:

    Kelly Fridline is an entrepreneur at heart, but a designer through and through. Since establishing Kelly Fridline Design, LLC in 2017, she’s learned the importance of flexibility in not only design, but business planning and goals. In the almost five years she’s been in business her focus has changed from primarily interior design, to Virtual Design Assistance and Renderings, totraining fellow creatives in the art of professionally presenting and documenting their projects, and finally assisting and mentoring fellow virtual assistants in business and attracting clients.

    With a Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design and almost a decade of professional design, construction, and virtual collaboration experience, Kelly brings a unique insight to the interior design industry.

    Using these experiences, this past year Kelly founded The Virtual Design Mentor and Liaise for Interior Design.

    In addition to her own business, Kelly resides in the Metro-Detroit area with her husband, son, and two dogs.

    Connect with Kelly Fridline

    Website

    Instagram

    Facebook

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    luannuniversity.com

    Inside Voice, Outside Voice Monthly Virtual Events

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

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    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #389 Power Talk Friday: Nancy Ganzekaufer: The Interior Design Profit Formula

    #256 Nancy Ganzekaufer- A Powerful Strategy to Attract More Clients

    #159 Power Talk Friday – Nancy Ganzekaufer – How To Get Confident & Clear on What You Offer

    #779 Power Talk Friday: Madeleine MacRae: What Should the CEO of an Interior Design Firm Be Doing?

    #440 Power Talk Friday: Tobi Fairley: Her Design You Coaching Program

    #419 Tobi Fairley- Say No to Busy and Yes to Health, Wealth and Joy

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  • Today With Nancy Ganzekaufer:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. It’s Power Talk Friday and this show is sponsored by Nancy Ganzekaufer and her newest program Profit Insiders for Interior Designers. She is back to talk about the importance of analyzing your profitability. More specifically, Nancy is here to discuss the importance of knowing your numbers for the jobs that are already completed. The whole point of our business right? Tune in to learn if how your pricing your projects is benefitting or hidduring your business, and how Nancy can help.

    More About Nancy Ganzekaufer:

    Nancy Ganzekaufer is a focused, motivated, and dedicated Interior Designer Business Coach. Through her work, Nancy empowers creative entrepreneurs to build the life and business they have always wanted and deserve. As a mom of three young adults and a successful business owner, Nancy understands the unique challenges entrepreneurs face when pursuing their dreams of growing a profitable business. She leads by example through her hard work, encouragement, and most of all, her no-BS leadership style. In addition to Business Coaching, Nancy is a National Board member of the Interior Design Society (IDS) and the Current and Founding President of the IDS Virtual Chapter.

    Pick it apart:

    [8:12] Nancy starts to tell us what she teaches the designers that she works with about pricing for profitability.

    [13:19] Nancy walks us through how she helps an interior designer look at their projects for profitability.

    [23:40] Nancy talks more about her Profitability Analyzer.

    [35:05] Nancy tells us about her Profit Insiders For Interior Designers year-long program.

    LuAnn and Nancy Ganzekaufer Ah-Ha Moments:

    “Using the Profitability Analyzer will help you see where you may still have a weak spot or service model that you are currently selling over and over again thinking that it’s great, but isn’t actually viable for you to make the money you need to make.” - Nancy Ganzekaufer

    “The only way we actually know that we are consistently pricing for profitability is if we are consistently reviewing the projects.” - LuAnn Nigara

    “Once you start running your business by numbers, you’re going to run the business like a CEO, not just by emotion.” - Nancy Ganzekaufer

    “As you grow your company you have to consistently keep learning.” - LuAnn Nigara

    Connect with Nancy Ganzekaufer:

    Website

    Profit Insiders for Interior Designers

    Interior Design Business Forum Facebook Group

    Business Building Boutique

    Confident Interior Designer Membership Site

    YouTube

    Instagram

    Facebook

    LinkedIn

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point

    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration

    luannuniversity.com

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

    Get The Goodies!

    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

    LuAnn’s Blog

    Power Talk Friday

    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #15: Nancy Ganzekaufer- Niche is Rich

    #37: Lesley Myrick- Strategies I Used to Build My Business

    #159: Power Talk Friday- Nancy Ganzekaufer- How to Get Confident and Clear On What You Offer

    #256: Nancy Ganzekaufer: A Powerful Strategy to Attract More Clients

    #389: Power Talk Friday- Nancy Ganzekaufer- The Interior Design Profit Formula

    #584: Lesley Myrick- Building a Business From the Ground Up, Again

    #766: Lesley Myrick- Offering Interior Design Without Procurement

    A Big Thank You to Today's Sponsor:

    Today;s show was sponsored by Nancy Ganzekaufer and her newest program Profit Insiders for Interior Designers.

  • Today with Pamela Durkin:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Today with Pamela Durkin, author of Elevate and owner of Pamela Durkin Designs, we are discussing how to time block our tasks. Pamela is coughing up some great strategies on how we can set specific blocks of time for specific tasks that will help us, get this, “Get more done in one day then you used to get done in an entire week.”

    Pick it apart:

    [2:00] Pamela talks to us about time blocking to increase productivity.

    [8:30] Pamela takes us to the next level of getting a weeks’ worth of things done in a day.

    [11:15] Pamela explains a strategy for completing the potential tasks we get from when we check all of our emails.

    [26:00] Pamela and LuAnn discuss the importance of communicating to your clients your time expectancy.

    LuAnn and Pamela Durkin’s Ah-Ha moments:

    “We need concentrated time to accomplish anything. We need to be aware of the fact that bouncing around to different tasks can hurt our productivity. ” - Pamela Durkin

    “If we can think about where we are spending our time and how that relates to money in our business, then you ask yourself if you should even be doing those things.” - Pamela Durkin

    “Time blocking is more than being efficient, it’s understanding that we have finite hours in the day and if we’re not making enough money by putting these blocks of time in, then maybe we are not charging enough.” - Pamela Durkin

    “We are imperfectly perfect and always a work in progress. We should always give ourselves a pat on the back for our progress. As long as we are trying and moving forward, it’s all good.” - Pamela Durkin

    More about Pamela Durkin:

    Pamela Durkin, ASID, LEED AP ID+C

    Design is powerful and Pamela wants designers to step into that power. After 30 years in the high-end design business, she is now helping other designers create a business they love through her In Demand Designer Program. She teaches them how to be magnetic and attract the best clients. This method makes owning a design business easier and more fulfilling. Her book, Elevate! can be found on Amazon.

    Pamela Durkin has been a professional interior designer for over 30 years. She is a past-president of ASID Florida South Chapter and served on the Board of Architecture and Design in NJ. She lives in Naples, FL and in her spare time, loves spending time on the beach and learning new moves in her home dance studio.

    Connect with Pamela Durkin

    Website

    Instagram

    Facebook

    LinkedIn

    Book

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    luannuniversity.com

    Inside Voice, Outside Voice Monthly Virtual Events

    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

    Connect with LuAnn Nigara

    LuAnn’s Website

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    Power Talk Friday

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    Other Shows Mentioned:

    #577- Power Talk Friday: Amber De La Garza, LuAnn is in the “Productivity” Hot Seat.

    #607- Sara Lynn Brennan: Project Management with Specific Deliverables and Deadlines.

  • Today with Lori Morris

    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Lori Morris, one of the most passionate and driven people LuAnn has ever come across, joins the show today to share what it takes to grow your business to the level of attracting luxury clients and delivering the level of service and design that they expect.

    Even as Lori’s business has grown so large, she maintains creative control and has a hand in every project they tackle. If you want to attract those luxury clients, if you want to work on these magnificent homes, if you want to offer that truly above and beyond level of service, then stay tuned to LuAnn and Lori’s conversation for takeaways that you can apply to your business to help reach your goals.

    Not one to merely dip her toe in the water, Lori Morris is an ‘all or nothing’ designer whose artistry is rooted in tradition, unconventional ideas and fearless execution of perfection. Reinventing the standard of design since 1987, her work can be found in some of the most high-end properties across Canada and North America, including Miami, Dallas, St. Louis and San Francisco, with each project delivering a unique, timeless look with an unprecedented level of luxury, comfort and style.

    Leading an extensive team of professionals in-house and abroad, Lori Morris is a full-service firm offering a complete design and build turnkey solution for any project. Lori’s ‘no rules’ design philosophy has evolved into her own signature LMD style, which she coins “Sexy French.” In every space, you’ll find a seamless melding of sensory, form and function, with materials sourced from artisans across the world that provide intricate molding, artful flooring, and walls that use some of the most exotic and rare marbles. Leading by way of example for strength and confidence, Lori continues to be revered as one of the most coveted designers in the interior design world, empowering others by embracing her role as a role model for all women entrepreneurs.

    Lori is an “all or nothing” designer who works on high-end properties across Canada and North America. She delivers an unprecedented level of luxury, comfort, and style with every project. Lori is a true artist who prides herself on creating a unique feeling for every one of her clients. Tune in to learn about her ‘no rules’ design philosophy, which has evolved into her own signature style, and her advice on attracting luxury clients and scaling your business toward high-end projects.

    Show Highlights:

    Lori explains the unique purpose of her “LMC” (Lori Morris Concierge) service. Lori details why the Design Build Books that she delivers to architects can be 1,000 page documents. “Sexy French” is a collaboration and a marriage between the modern design that Lori loves and the French design that she loves. Every house is treated like an original painting. The moment that Lori decided to get the kind of clients to perform the kind of magic that she wanted to perform. Learn from your mistakes: It’s not a mistake if you have the experience once. It’s only a mistake if you do the same thing twice. Lessons working with the luxury client: Lori shares her insights. The importance of a mutually respectful relationship. Don’t confuse “red flags” with something that you just don’t want to do. It is key to manage your client’s expectations. There’s always a solution to a problem!

    Connect with Lori!

    Lori’s Website

    Lori’s Instagram

    Lori’s Twitter

    Lori’s Facebook

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

    luannuniversity.com

    Inside Voice, Outside Voice Monthly Virtual Events

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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

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  • Today with Rydhima Brar:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Today, Rydhima Brar of R/terior Studio shares her story and her journey to design with us. From her childhood in Kuwait, to her corporate career in LA, to launching her own firm at the beginning of the pandemic, to amazing growth and press attention—Rydhima shares how her story, and how storytelling in general, laid the foundation for her design career.

    Pick it apart:

    [5:00] Rydhima shares her journey and discusses her connection to construction and design during childhood in Kuwait. [16:08] Rydhima discusses how a difficult personal experience launched the rebirth of her career and pushed her into her passion—design. [32:05] Rydhima and LuAnn discuss the Kaleidoscope Project and Rydhima’s experience with it. [46:26] Rydhima reflects on her path and what she has learned.

    LuAnn and Rydhima Brar’s Ah-Ha moments:

    “My world just turned upside down. It was a scary thing—my journey was terrifying. But during that time when I was home, a rebirth happened. I gave birth to my daughter and I gave birth to my business. That’s when I decide to really pursue my passion and remove myself from a place of fear and anxiety and into a sense of calm. Design became a place of refuge for me.” -Rydhima Brar

    “That is the key. When you are determined, then you make things happen. It’s not a passive thing—starting a business. It’s not just an idea you put on paper that unfolds in front of you. It’s waking up everyday, recommitting to taking action, to being determined, to being undeterred, to believing in yourself and knowing that you’re worth it, that you’re worth doing this career.” -LuAnn Nigara

    More about Rydhima Brar:

    Rydhima Brar grew up in Kuwait, where her childhood was filled with breathtaking design & architecture, helping out with her father’s construction business. In 1990, the effects of the Gulf War drew Rydhima and her family to leave their home in the cover of night for another country. Returning to Kuwait after the war, I experienced the rebuilding of our home, and the rebirth of a nation. As her father then rebuilt his business, she helped him organize his building materials and sample libraries, always complaining but secretly loving every minute of it.

    As a young adult, she then took to New York City to begin a career in Business and Finance, yet her love for design never left her. After several years, it was a move to L.A. that sparked the next evolution for her career, now shifting toward design, a transition that was gradual yet inevitable. Starting with her own condo, she rediscovered her love for an approachable + functional + luxe aesthetic, using bold color and unique pieces throughout. Friends were impressed with the result and Rydhima then began to help design their spaces.

    A few projects later, she found herself fully immersed in the world of professional design, where she felt she belonged. She then balanced going back to school while working on projects, and the pages of the new chapter were lled with new experiences and challenges, which eventually led to the most recent chapter, the birth of her own business, R/terior Studio.

    FUN FACT

    Rydhima has a blog dedicated to discovering what your favorite cocktail says about your interior design style! Rydhima believes that craft cocktails, much like interiors, need to be carefully crafted with attention to every detail to become a masterpiece—Each ingredient, or design element, has a purpose, and when paired well with other ingredients, the result is sophisticated, balanced, and bold. Check-out the blog HERE.

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  • TODAY WITH MADELEINE MACRAE:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. For today’s Power Talk Friday, I’m sitting down with long-time friend of the show and Power Talk Friday expert Madeleine MacRae.

    I often hear from listeners and designers who understand that the old adage, “You have to work on your business, not in your business,” is true if they want to grow and scale. But they don’t always understand what that actually looks like. Madeleine breaks down the CEO-level activities that let you scale at each stage of business.

    Pick it apart:

    [3:48] Madeleine breaks down the four stage of business and what each one entails. [9:58] Madeleine and LuAnn discuss the value in knowing what level of business you desire to end up at. [17:31] Madeleine breaks down the CEO-level activities that solopreneurs should be doing. [27:35] Madeleine shares what the CEO must do as an owner/operator. [46:54] Madeleine discusses the high-level activities that business owners should be doing at the owner/manager level. [55:55] Madeleine talks about the ultimate goal for those who want to scale—the true CEO level.

    LuAnn and Madeleine MacRae's Ah-Ha Moments

    “It's really important to remember that growth eats capital. So sometimes we get this idea of “I just want to become I want to go to owner operator, and then I want to go to owner manager, then I want to go to CEO” overlooks the fact that you're having to take that profit that your business is generating and reinvest into different things. learning, all of the things that you have to decide if you want to take it on.” -Madeleine MacRae

    “If you don't have secured lead flow and you don't know how to turn that faucet on higher, you will never be able to move out of solopreneurship.” -Madeleine MacRae

    “To look back and think about the growth and the pain and the struggle and the rewards of each of the levels as I've worked my way through the different various stages and still stay in—it's a crazy feeling to be in the various stages at the same time with different companies.” -LuAnn Nigara

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  • Today with Deborah Main:

    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business.

    Today’s episode is a little bit different than the usual business acumen. We’re diving into Deborah Main’s story of how she became The Pillow Goddess. Deborah is the epitome of an inspirational story—of resiliency, of overcoming hardship, and chronic illness, and of art and creativity serving as an outlet in times of suffering.

    Deborah’s story serves as motivation, inspiration, and absolute proof that art and design can heal and bring joy in even the toughest of times.

    Pick it apart:

    [0:36] Deborah shares her inspirational story of battling chronic illness. [14:24] Deborah discusses how she found pillow design, serving as a creative outlet that helped her focus on something positive. [24:00] Deborah shares the limitations her illness still has on her life and what it has taught her. [35:46] Deborah tasks about how she works with interior designers. [43:42] LuAnn and Deborah discuss the new collection with Robin Baron.

    LuAnn and Deborah Main’s Ah-Ha moments:

    “You mention it as part of your journey, ‘Oh I answered an open call for designers and made some pillows and applied to Austin Fashion Week’ as if they are things you just do in the course of your day. I’ve got to believe that it took a lot of courage and guts to actually do it.” -LuAnn Nigara

    “I was very sick at the time, and my husband thought I was crazy but he supported me. He easily could have said, ‘Oh you’re obviously feeling better—why don’t you just do the dishes and make me some food?’ But he just saw what was happening. He saw me opening up and lighting up and he was so happy to see that that he never questioned me—he just wanted me to keep doing pillows.” -Deborah Main

    More about Deborah Main:

    Deborah Main is The Pillow Goddess, a dynamic, innovative design leader who has helped individuals and businesses create beautiful, distinctive high-end spaces for 18 years.

    Based in Austin, Texas, Deborah’s experience and deep appreciation for design, textiles, the home furnishings industry, and a wide variety of interiors and home products gives her a fully-rounded understanding of what it takes to provide an exceptional luxurious look and feel to both personal environments and commercial spaces. She provides interior designers with high-quality products for their clients, while also helping retailers and brands differentiate their products/services from their competitors.

    Deborah’s private clients are some of the leading high-end specialty boutiques, national e-commerce sites, interior design businesses, and home brands in the United States. She has helped them provide value to their customers and environments – building brand awareness in the process – which has allowed them to position themselves as the exclusive and unsurpassed option for luxury clientele.

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