In today's world being a talented interior designer isn't enough to ensure that you have a profitable and successful business. Design school curricula doesn't always equip you with the business skills to have your interior design business be everything you imagined it would be! A Well-Designed Business® is here to fill in the gaps and give you real live business skills from some of the top interior designers. Your host, LuAnn Nigara shares her 35 years of success in the interior design industry, and she finds the most successful guests to share their interior design business best practices. This podcast is sponsored by Kravet Inc. featuring CuratedKravet.com. You can find them at http://curatedkravet.com.
Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole: Onboarding New Interior Design Clients
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business!® Today, I’m joined by two amazing ladies, Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole. When I hear Joann and Kelly talk, and I listen to the way they describe their business, the phrase “a well-oiled machine” comes to mind. But it hardly seems big enough to describe how fine-tuned every step of their process is. Today, they’re sharing some of the secrets behind their success, focusing on the onboarding process and how they carry new clients from initial interest to writing tha
Power Talk Friday: Brad Leavitt: Overcoming Resistance in the Design-Build Process
Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Luann welcomes Brad Leavitt of AFT Construction back on the show today. This time, Brad is here to talk about the resistance designers might face from clients and builders in the design-build process. He’s going to teach you how to convey the value you bring to the table to overcome those objections, as well as how to price a build project.
Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas: Creating Another Revenue Stream for Your Interior Design Business
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business!® Today, I sat down with Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas. Dennese has worked in both the residential and commercial sides of the industry, but has recently drawn a line in the sand—she’s only working with general contractors who value and respect her as a designer. But how do you get to that point? How do you build those relationships with general contractors? How do you bring your expertise to the table? How do you prove your value? That’s what we’re talking about toda
PTF: Angela Kristen Taylor: The Productivity in Your Business Starts With Your Emotions
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business®! On today’s episode, I talk to Angela Kristen Taylor. Angela is an integrative productivity expert who helps ambitious entrepreneurs and sales professionals overcome their own internal chaos so they can create the life and business they want. Tune in to hear what Angela has to say about unlocking productivity by starting with your emotions and experiences.
Jennifer Stoner: The Power of the Logic-Based Conversation in Interior Design
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business®! Today, I sat down with interior designer Jennifer Stoner. Litigator turned interior designer? How’s that for a career change? Jennifer shows us how she uses skills she honed as a lawyer to guide her clients through their design project. She uses simple if/then logic as a powerful tool to get her clients to see how all the components of the project fit into the big picture!
Seasonal Living: An Interior Design Virtual Showhouse Like No Other
Seasonal Living is an award-winning Texas-based manufacturer of modern indoor/outdoor furniture, lighting, planters, and decorative accessories. Gary Pettitt of Seasonal Living recently teamed up with Leslie a marketing professional from Savour Partnership, to help him create the world’s first luxury virtual showhouse featuring both augmented reality and virtual reality capabilities. Listen to hear what this showhouse experience is all about and how we can get in on this fun launch party!
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My favourite podcast
Luann, I have been listening to your podcasts for quite some time now and I can’t get over how incredibly informative each and every episode is. Your dedication to put together two podcasts a week is just unreal and each and every one is full of wisdom and inspiration! I am a #babydesigner and every time I think I’m failing, I remember some piece of wisdom you shared and I decide to keep going. The interviews are so conversational as well, I feel like I am right in the room with you. You have really made a difference in this girl’s life so thank you so much!
The Most Value You’ll Ever Get As a Designer
A Well-Designed Business is the best education you can get on how to run your design business successfully! LuAnn (without knowing it) has transformed how I do business, how I think of myself as a CEO/business owner and how I approach my finances and processes. Although I’ve been in business for 14 years, I’ve discovered I am a “Baby Designer” in many ways, but I can see that everything I’ve learned from LuAnn and her guests over the last year and a bit is changing that quickly! Love the podcast! LuAnn— you are the angel on my shoulder❤️
A worthwhile Investment !
Although have discovered Lu Ann’s podcast recently -there is no mistaking the authenticity and genuine intent to bring value to the listener. She asks pertinent questions -and then listens to clarify and interpret the takeaways...which is laced with wisdom -not just knowledge. There is both a sharp intelligence and empathy in the way she draws her guests to share their insights. A rare quality of “getting” what the person is saying ! Appreciating the many nuggets to savour in each episode.Thank you for walking the talk to be excellent !