49 episodes

Welcome to The Designer Within Podcast! The business-minded podcast created for Interior Designers and Creative Business Owners BY a creative business owner, John McClain. I know first hand the challenges but also the victories that can come with our careers and I’m here to sip AND spill the tea with you! It’s time to dive deep within yourself and redesign your own business and your life from the inside out. Together, we will uncover secrets and share valuable insights, so prepare for a truly transformative experience, because it's time to unleash The Designer Within.

The Designer Within John McClain

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Welcome to The Designer Within Podcast! The business-minded podcast created for Interior Designers and Creative Business Owners BY a creative business owner, John McClain. I know first hand the challenges but also the victories that can come with our careers and I’m here to sip AND spill the tea with you! It’s time to dive deep within yourself and redesign your own business and your life from the inside out. Together, we will uncover secrets and share valuable insights, so prepare for a truly transformative experience, because it's time to unleash The Designer Within.

    The Intersection of Luxury Design & Entrepreneurship: Jamie Gasparovic on Pricing, Clients, & Confidence

    The Intersection of Luxury Design & Entrepreneurship: Jamie Gasparovic on Pricing, Clients, & Confidence

    Send us a Text Message.What if you could turn your passion into a thriving career? This week, I sit down with Jamie Gasparovic, the visionary founder and principal designer of Studio Gaspo, to uncover the secrets behind her meteoric rise from a marketing professional to a celebrated interior designer. Jamie takes us through her journey of launching her own firm at just 27, without traditional mentorship, and how sheer determination and self-reliance fueled her success. Jamie generously shares...

    • 51 min
    How To Combine Excellent Client Communication & Creative Risks For Ultimate Success with Sarah Wilson

    How To Combine Excellent Client Communication & Creative Risks For Ultimate Success with Sarah Wilson

    Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how a background in IT could transform the world of interior design? This episode of The Designer Within Podcast with John McClain promises an engaging exploration of career transitions with our inspiring guest, Sarah Wilson, the owner and principal designer of Chansaerae Designs. Sarah’s incredible journey from the structured environment of IT to the creative realm of interior design is a must-hear. She openly shares her experiences of returning to design...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Turning Consultations Into Sales: Ten Steps for Mastering the Interior Design Consultation

    Turning Consultations Into Sales: Ten Steps for Mastering the Interior Design Consultation

    Send us a Text Message.Can you imagine transforming every client consultation into a surefire sales opportunity? That's exactly what you'll learn in this episode of the Designer Within Podcast with me, John McClain. We explore the essential strategies for mastering successful consultations in sales-driven businesses, especially for creative entrepreneurs. By embracing consultations as crucial sales calls, you’ll discover ten actionable steps that have driven my own business success. From sett...

    • 25 min
    Creating Harmonious Homes: Ethical and Vegan Interior Design with Deborah Dimare

    Creating Harmonious Homes: Ethical and Vegan Interior Design with Deborah Dimare

    Send us a Text Message.Imagine transforming your home into a sanctuary that not only soothes your soul but also stands as a testament to ethical living. Join me, John McClain, and pioneer Deborah Dimare as we navigate the intersection of interior design and moral responsibility, ensuring that every piece of furniture and fabric honors both your well-being and the planet's. Our lively discussion explores my journey to creating healthful living spaces, and Deborah's transition from traditional ...

    • 49 min
    Essential Productivity Hacks For Designers That You Can Do Today From Amber De La Garza

    Essential Productivity Hacks For Designers That You Can Do Today From Amber De La Garza

    Send us a Text Message.If you have ever felt behind schedule before you even opened up your laptop or found yourself chasing the clock to get something done by a deadline. Well, you're not alone. We have ALL been there my friend, but guess what? There are solutions to your productivity problems and Amber De La Garza is the productivity expert and she's HERE on the podcast today!She has created a very detailed list of ways that we (as creatives) can be more productive in our days. (Trust me, I...

    • 49 min
    How To Diversify Your Design Talents For Success With Christopher Todd

    How To Diversify Your Design Talents For Success With Christopher Todd

    Send us a Text Message.I love having talented and successful friends on the podcast and Christopher Todd Hall is that and so much more! Christopher not only is a successful 30 year veteran of the design industry, but also has lots of exciting ventures within his company that allow him to spread his creative talents while increasing revenue.In this fun and very enlightening convo, you will learn:* How Christopher markets himself in his own very unique way * The trip across the country tha...

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Amskeez ,

Informative and fun!

There are several interior design based podcasts out there but The Designer Within is my favorite because to me, it’s the most approachable listen. John makes everything so straight forward to understand and implement in my own business without all the extra hoopla. His guests are also so wide ranged that each episode feels like I am constantly learning new tricks of the trade. His humor and persona is also very fun to listen to!

Narcisse23 ,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PODCAST

"The Interior Design Mastery Podcast has been a game-changer for my firm. Its insightful content resonated deeply with me, helping elevate my design skills and business. Highly recommended for design professionals!"

Gonracn ,

Amazing Designer and Genuine Person

I recently met John at a conference and am so glad to have met him! He is the most genuine guy you’ll ever meet, and he’s so willing to share and help others succeed.

Every new designer needs to listen to Episode 1 of his Podcast immediately! It is the worst possible situation to be in, but as a new designer it is so easy to find yourself there, in harms way! I could have just as easily have found myself in a similar situation on my first project!

John, thank you so much for your vulnerability in sharing your story, it is a story every designer should hear before opening up their doors for business.

I am so fortunate to have met you John, and look forward to listening and learning from you and your Podcasts! Cheers to you and Congratulations on your new book and your successful design career! I’m glad you didn’t give up!

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