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This podcast pulls back the covers on being an independent interior design professional. We look at what it really takes to be successful, and how your definition of success is the only one that matters.We dig deep into systems & processes needed to manage this complex business. Not only will we dig deep into the business process, we will explore the mindset it takes to run a business.Through this podcast we hope to educate, collaborate and support you to intentionally design your life and your interior design business.

The Productive Designer Crystal Collinson

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This podcast pulls back the covers on being an independent interior design professional. We look at what it really takes to be successful, and how your definition of success is the only one that matters.We dig deep into systems & processes needed to manage this complex business. Not only will we dig deep into the business process, we will explore the mindset it takes to run a business.Through this podcast we hope to educate, collaborate and support you to intentionally design your life and your interior design business.

    #0052 Designing for Mental Health with Carrie Leskowitz

    #0052 Designing for Mental Health with Carrie Leskowitz

    Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer, host Crystal Collinson, interviews fellow designer, certified life coach and author, Carrie Leskowitz.
    Carrie is an award-winning interior designer with over 20 years of experience. As the founder of Carrie Leskowtitz Interiors, she helps clients nurture the holistic connections between their homes and their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Through self-exploration and reinvention for beautifully created homes. Focused on designing for mental health connections to promote overall well-being and abundant life.
    Carrie shares the journey that led her in being a life coach. She believes that things happen for a reason. And that we don't always know what they are when we're in them. She decided to become a life coach to help herself to change her perspective. She started her coaching her design clients because she had seen how the interior space of home mirrors their minds. 
    In Carrie’s book, OM for the hOMe, she shares her holistic approach to intentionally curating an environment where you’ll thrive physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is your complete guide to designing for mental health space with your authentic self in mind to achieve Zen. Full of design philosophy, creative lifestyle tips, and introspective activities.
    Carrie also shares that she's working with people and companies where sustainability is of importance. She likes to use non-toxic paints which every company makes now. She also recommends reducing cleaning supplies by applying the 80/20 approach. Finding more and more people are interested in going green in cleaning supplies & beauty products.
    So join Crystal and Carrie as they talk about Carrie’s book about designing for mental health, her interior design business, and the holistic connection between our homes and our health as a whole. Then, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” and pick up Carrie’s book.

    How to reach Carrie:
    Website : carrieleskowitzinteriors.com I Instagram :  @carrieleskowitz
    Facebook : carrieleskowitzinteriors I LinkedIn : carrie-leskowitz


    Recommended podcasts: 
    A Well Designed Business, The Genius Life and Meaningful Conversation

    Resources mentioned - OM for the Home - A Holistic Approach to Interior Design for Your Overall Wellbeing, Body, Mind, and Spirit

    • 37 min
    #0051 Our Sense of Smell and Depression, How They are Related

    #0051 Our Sense of Smell and Depression, How They are Related

    Featured on today’s episode The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews TEDx speaker, author of WHY the NOSE? and Chief Executive Officer at The Scented L'air, Tracy Pepe.
    Tracy has over 30 years of experience developing her superpower, which is the connection between mental health and our sense of smell. She is a perfumer specializing in essential oils, aromatics and chemicals. She created various scent solutions to rethink practical synesthesia (Tracy explains what synesthesia is) in architecture and interior design. Most of her design collaborations explored the idea of sensorial expansion. Adding the intertwinement of scent strategy and color to create nearly deepened ways of visitor sensation.
    In this episode, Tracy breaks down scent design and essential oils for consumers to understand that scent design is more than a scented candle.
    Tracy talks about her book which was her personal journey as a perfumer and the fear of getting COVID. And the chance of losing her sense of smell would be like a Designer losing their eyesight. Tracy explains how COVID impacts the central nervous system. In which the number one symptom is people losing their sense of smell and their sense of taste. Noting that the unfortunately the medical community downplay this. However, in the scent world, that's a huge red flag. She shares the research information about people who loses their sense of smell is close to 76% chance to experience some form of depression.
    So join Crystal and Tracy as they talk about Tracy’s scent business, the relation of smell and depression, and the qualities to look for in buying essential oils.
    Then, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for”. And contact Tracy to get your copy of her new E-book, free smelling kit, or workbook.

    How to connect with Tracy
    Website: smellingpink.ca
    LinkedIn:  Tracy Pepe


    Recommended podcasts/books
    My Love Story by Tina Turner
    Greenlight by Matthew McConaughey


    Resources mentioned:
    Free workbook on how to regain sense of smell

    • 42 min
    #0050 - The Planning Fallacy (Solo episode)

    #0050 - The Planning Fallacy (Solo episode)

    Featured on today’s solo episode of the Productive Designer podcast, host Crystal Collinson dives deep into something that we all fall victim to, the term “planning fallacy”. It's a familiar experience that is explored by social psychologists since the term was coined by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky in 1979.
    Planning fallacy refers to an optimistic prediction bias in which people underestimate the time that it will actually take to complete a task despite knowing that similar tasks that you've performed in the past have typically taken longer. We tend to exclude many variables that are out of our control and only think of some parts of the task that we can control. Therefore, we grossly underestimate how long something is gonna actually take to complete. When it comes to projects this depends on what type of fee system you are working with. Whether you’re on an hourly or a flat fee, we are all guilty of not charging for every hour that we have worked.
    There are studies that show how we can overcome this fallacy. That is learning to break down our projects into more bite-size and manageable tasks. By doing so, we have a much better idea of estimating the amount of time each of those specific tasks is going to take. This is where time blocking comes in. The challenge is actually sticking to what you planned to do in that specific time because there will always be something that will try to distract you from your intended action.
    There is really no one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming the planning fallacy. Things are going to happen that are not on your schedule, but has there ever really been an actual “design emergency”, the answer is NO! The trick is breaking things down into bite-sized pieces, setting out your intentions on when and where to do these tasks and then sticking  to actually following through...yes easier said than done.
    So now go do something today that your future self will thank you for and listen to this short episode.


    Resources mentioned:
    Time Blocking episode
    THE PLANNING FALLACY: AN INSIDE VIEW
    Why do we underestimate how long it will take to complete a task?

    • 18 min
    #0049 How to Generate Referrals for your Business Without Asking with Stacey Brown Randall

    #0049 How to Generate Referrals for your Business Without Asking with Stacey Brown Randall

    Featured on today’s episode The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews multiple award-winning author and podcast host Stacey Brown Randall.
     Stacey is the multiple award-winning author of Generating Business Referrals Without Asking. She’s also the host of the Roadmap to Grow Your Business podcast. She has been featured in national publications like Entrepreneur Magazine – Investor, Business Daily, Forbes. CEO World and Fox News.
    Stacey shares her high-level philosophy on how to generate referrals which always comes from relationships. And relationships have to be maintained by frequent connection. Business owners are juggling both professional and personal life, and in order to maintain connections, you need to create a referral process so that you can do it consistently. The best way to maintain these connections is through touchpoints. This ensures that we're connecting the right way, with the right language. And the right amount of times in a year.
    We have been taught on how to generate referrals that we must ask for them. Stacey & Crystal discuss easy and effective ways to stand out amongst your competitors. And how to easily receive more business referrals without asking.
    Honoring the relationship with referral sources is more impactful when using the right language to direct how they think about us, which is ultimately how the referrals consistently happen. Additionally, the piece that most people miss is that referral generation needs to be strategic with a system in place so that you maintain those consistent touchpoints. 
    So join Crystal and Stacey as they discuss on how to generate referrals and hope to inspire you to think differently about growing and maintaining your business through referrals. 
    Then, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for” and reach out to a past client.
    Connect with Stacey
     Website - staceybrownrandall.com
     Facebook - StaceyBrownRandall


    Recommended podcasts/books
     Podcast  - The Simple Life Gardener
    Book - Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

    • 51 min
    #0048 Being the H.O.S.T of your life with Andrea Freeman

    #0048 Being the H.O.S.T of your life with Andrea Freeman

    Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews mindful business coach, Andrea Freeman.
    Andrea is a celebrity event planner turned mindful business coach. She works with service-based entrepreneurs around the world to help them up-level their businesses to multiple 6 to 7 figures through a couple of different vehicles like authentic thought leadership and visibility and mindset. Cultivating the habits, practices to create a business that is soulfully sustainable.
    Andrea shares that her personal journey as an entrepreneur where she had a number of different businesses. Andrea realized that going through her business evolutions really helped her to cultivate a new mindset. She also mentions how she created her coaching program which is based on the idea of being at a party. Andrea points out that there are two ways to be in life, to be a “guest” or be the “host”. When you’re a guest at someone else's party, you don't have a say in a lot of things about the party, but being the host you have the choice to create something that's uniquely and authentically yours.
    Andrea is the creator of the H.O.S.T your life Accelerator program. A program to learn how to honor your why so you get really clear about why you do what you do. So that you can build a business that makes a massive impact, stands the test of time, and creates true entrepreneurial freedom.
    Andrea and Crystal discuss the topic of burnout. Andrea believes that you cannot talk about burnout without the discussion of boundaries. Which she thinks is going to be a critical part of being able to come out of burnout, and be successful. Andrea mentions that the more you cultivate your mindset, the easier it is to get there.
    So join Crystal and Andrea as they talk about Andrea’s entrepreneurial journey and her coaching business. Then, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for”.


    How to connect with Andrea:
    Website - andreafreemanconsulting.com
    Instagram - @afreeman_insta
    LinkedIn - afreeman-consulting
     
    Recommended podcasts:
    Revisionist History   
    Get Rich Lucky Bitch

    • 42 min
    #0047 How to Effectively Use Local SEO for your Interior Design Business

    #0047 How to Effectively Use Local SEO for your Interior Design Business

    Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews local SEO Expert, Jessica Morrison. 
    Jessica runs a local SEO agency where she helps small businesses really increase their search engine rankings and their online visibility. Her passion has always been local business and not just local but small businesses across the world. She talks about a class of really large companies that will have a completely different SEO strategy than a business that exists in a city or a smaller town. And there are definite advantages to really increase your ranking locally. She thinks that it's often a benefit that's overlooked by small businesses. Because they think that SEO is kind of one of these things that only big companies do. Listen to learn why it is beneficial for small local companies too.
    Jessica discusses the three different pillars that you want to look at with local SEO. Your first one is optimizing your website. Where you want to take a look at your website and make sure it's optimized for mobile viewing. Because most people are now looking at things on smartphones. The second is social media even if it has an indirect effect on your SEO. What it does is it's increasing your brand awareness allowing your company to be “top of mind”. She continues to discuss the third factor which is the local ranking factor,. Which would be having a Google my business profile. And it can go so far as to text you if people want to interact with you. If you've optimized GMB then you can show up in the top three on the map.
    So join Crystal and Jessica as they discuss positioning your business through local SEO efforts. Then, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for” and head on to her website to check the PDF free resource to know more about the three pillars Jessica mentioned.

    How to reach Jessica:
    Website seasidedigitaldesign.com     
    LinkedIn - seasidedigitaldesign     I     Instagram - @seasidedigitaldesign


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    Speaking Your Brand      I     Sales Maven     I     Hello Seven

    • 32 min

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