Better Business | Interior Design

Lisa Ferguson, founder of Decor Mentor and Lisa Ferguson Interior Design shares why giving in business can be a good thing!—–>

I have used the language of “mutual wins” for many years.  More recently, the world is seeking to collaborate and share. Some, only for personal gain. Why worry about those select? Embracing an attitude and culture of intentional mutual win collaborations requires transparency, trust, sharing and no longer worrying about hoarding experience and great resources.

We have been collaborating with High Point Market  [ International trade only Home Furnishings Market ] and 220 Elm for the last two years with the goal of elevating other professionals through sharing. Sharing preferred suppliers, products and best business practices. Even when I have thought someone to be a competitor, having the attitude of sharing has been more positive than negative. DM13-002-220Elm-blog-FNL

Decor Mentor will be launching an innovative new tool for interior designers at High Point Market during all of our sessions. If you are an interior designer attending market and want more and better business, you will not want to miss this!

I truly hope no matter the industry you are in that you seek out or start this kind of community. It’s game changing and the way of the future.

Here is what we are bringing to the table in the next few weeks:

For Anyone…..

New Home Furnishings Product Preview Chat on Twitter | Wednesday, March 20th 6-7pmEST

Anyone can join this chat! Its a great way for those not heading to market to see what the Decor Mentor team has curated as our top picks from High Point Market exhibitors! Our favorite way to follow along www.tweetchat.com/room/hpmkt

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For Interior Design Professionals…… Elevate Your Business Workshops | April 20-22 DM13-002-HPM-Elevate-Blog-FNL

We are sharing our top solutions to our top pain points as designers. We will share real numbers and real tools. You will also have a chance to make connections with your peers that you can carry forward outside market and to have a 15 minute mini mentor session with one of the speakers! We are very grateful to 220 Elm for sponsoring these workshops which are free for design professionals to attend!

Here is everything you want to know:

Elevate Your Business Mentorship: Perfect Pitches & Presentations

Saturday April 20, 2013 3-5:30pm in the Eilersen showroom, #312 at 220 Elm

As interior designers if you don’t see sales as fundamental to your business you are missing out on improving your bottom line. Decor Mentors Lisa Ferguson, Kati Curtis and Jennifer Brouwer will openly share their own successful sales and presentation strategies and tools to attract, wow and land your ideal interior design clients! This presentation will be followed by roundtable clusters for peer connecting, elevating and collaborating [grouped by years in business]. There will also be a rare opportunity to connect for 15 minute, one-on-one power mentoring sessions with one of the speakers!  Pre-registration required olb@eilersen.eu

Elevate Your Business Mentorship: Perfect Paperwork 

Sunday April 21, 2013 3-5:30pm in the Leif Petersen showroom, #328 at 220 Elm

Decor Mentors Lisa Ferguson and Lisa Kahn will openly share contracts, product worksheets, budget spreadsheets and paperless apps to help you eliminate challenges and improve your efficiency and bottom line. This presentation will be followed by roundtable clusters for peer connecting, elevating and collaborating [grouped by years in business]. There will also be a rare opportunity to connect for 15 minute, one-on-one power mentoring sessions with one of the speakers!  Pre-registration required jay@leifpetersenfurniture.com

Elevate Your Business Mentorship: Our Industry is Changing! Are you?

Monday April 22, 2013 3-5:30pm in the Design 9 showroom, #311 at 220 Elm

Just when you have identified your value proposition, your ideal client and your marketing strategy, you discover how your ideal client decorates and shops is beginning to look a lot different. Decor Mentors Lisa Ferguson, Beth Dotolo, Carolina Gentry and Elaine Williamson will openly share insight into our new challenges as designers and offer innovative strategies not only to navigate the new waters but to thrive in them! This presentation will be followed by roundtable clusters for peer connecting, elevating and collaborating [grouped by years in business]. There will also be a rare opportunity to connect for 15 minute, one-on-one power mentoring sessions with one of the speakers!  Pre-registration required tricia@design9inc.com

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Also for interior designers at High Point Market is the Designer Viewpoints Series “What Price Is Right?” panel on Sunday, April 21 at noon in the High Point Theatre, at the Transportation Terminal. We are honoured to be sharing and to have this session co-sponsored by High Point Market Authority and ASID

“What Price Is Right?”

How do you bill for your goods and services as an interior designer without overcharging, or worse, undercharging? Designers struggle with that question as they work to balance their hard costs with payment for their intellectual property, creativity and most importantly-experience! A panel of Principal designers from various companies through out the U.S. and Canada will discuss what they have found to be the best options for their businesses. They will discuss new ideas that can aid you in getting optimal dollars for the goods and services you provide. The panel, led by Decor Mentor founder Lisa Ferguson, includes designers Jennifer Brouwer, Kati Curtis, Lisa Kahn and Elaine Williamson. 1 CEU Credit

Meet our team presenting at Market. All with at least 10 years experience each:

Lisa Ferguson | Toronto, Ontario | Lisa Ferguson Interior Design 

Lisa Kahn| Naples, Florida | Kahn Design Group 

Jennifer Brouwer | Markham, Ontario | Jennifer Brouwer Design 

Elaine Williamson| Dallas, Texas | Elaine Williamson Designs 

Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry Dallas | Texas and Seattle, Washington | Pulp Design Studios 

Kati Curtis| New York City, New York | Nirmada 

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2 Responses to “Better Business | Interior Design”

  1. Lisa Mende Design Says:

    So exciting! I can’t wait!

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  2. Josh Urso Design Says:

    Fantastic group of resources for anyone in the business. On connecting with industry peers: we usually think about networking to meet potential clients but looking to our fellow professionals is a great way to share knowledge, advance the industry, and troubleshoot personal struggles. Thanks for bringing the idea to light!

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