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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking - 04/30/08 07:36 PM
I think most people have a fear of public speaking. Did you know that the fear of public speaking can be overcome! As you grow in your ability to be an effective speaker, you will have more opportunities to grow your business! One good way is to to overcome that fear is to join your local Toastmasters club. This is a safe place where you can practice giving speeches and receive encouragement. You can take little baby steps and become a competent and effective speaker as you grow in this art of effective communication! My husband and I have seen a (18 comments)
Simple Staging Solutions on a Budget! - 04/29/08 12:44 PM
What do you do when your homeowner is strapped for cash and you need to do something simple to make a room or space stand out in a competitive market? One of our clients recently asked for our help. Even though the market has been challenging, she just knew she needed to do something quickly. Her house was on the market, then taken off and then they were going to try one more time to sell this home. Of course she was on a budget. After our walk through, I was somewhat shocked when I saw the most amazing sight in (35 comments)
I do a lot of public speaking and teaching these days for various organizations, large or small, including Realtor Associations, DIY Clinics and the City of Boise. My listeners enjoy and laugh and when I tell them, "Will the Real People please step forward? I don't have time to play games with the rest of you!" At first, I thought perhaps it's my age and that I'm getting older. I don't know about you, but I think life is too short to play games. We were fortunate enough to finally coordinate our schedules to have a face to face marketing (13 comments)
Finding the Gold! - 04/24/08 10:12 PM
Any Goldminer will tell you how many rocks, pebbles and sand they had to sift through to find Gold! In my marketing experience, I look for creative ways to find the "Gold" clients among the average clients. I persevere and look at new things that I have not thought of before. I have quiet thinking times and think about my target market. Where do they go? What do they read? Where do they shop? What movies do they see? What do they look like? Then depending on my target answers I look and research what they read. What organizations do they belong (4 comments)
Hi Active Rain Community, I just thought I would mention that sometimes tests can be revealing for us. It is like going to the doctor sometimes. We don't want to do it, but it is necessary to find out if there really is something wrong with you or you are just stressed. I thought I would mention that there is an actual quiz to determine whether you or your clients are actual Hoarders or Pack-rats. I took this quick quiz. It only had 15 simple revealing questions to determine where you are at on the scale of being a Pack-rat (8 comments)
Simplicity! Part 2 - 04/20/08 02:11 PM
If you have too much stuff, Peter Walsh, a professional organizer on Oprah, gave a great tip. Start small. with going through and throw away one bag of trash per day and give away one bag of stuff to your local thrift store. By the end of the week you will have purged 14 bags of stuff out of your home. Wow, that is doable! Another thing you can do is look at your life and take stock of the activities you are doing. In order to go up, you need to give up. Don't grab and get. Release and receive. (10 comments)
It's Spring and a time for Spring Cleaning. It seems like it has been a long winter. I am ready for all of the glory, wonder, color and new life that comes with Spring. I was thinking this morning as I worked out on my elliptical machine that I am making progress. This winter was a time to recover from wrist surgery and I had to delay projects until I was better. When you are a high energy person, you don't like to have limits! However, I did not realize how much I needed this season to refresh and renew (9 comments)
Great Business Coaching is like a Deep Tissue Massage! - 04/13/08 09:47 AM
Through lots of hard work and continuing to educate myself and others, I was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Professional Development Committee for IRIS (Interior Redesign Industry Specialists.) I count this an honor and a privilege. It is very fulfilling and extremely rewarding to learn from other successful professionals and help others grow. On another post on "Effective Pricing Strategies that Keep Us Competitive"I will be will be hosting Fred Berns as the April Teleconference Presenter for IRIS. It will be interesting to hear what Fred Berns has to say to us. Have you ever had a massage? There (5 comments)
"Effective Pricing Strategies that Keep Us Competitive" IRIS April Teleconference - 04/13/08 08:18 AM
As Chairman of the Professional Development Committee for IRIS, I am pleased to announce our April 15th Teleconference will be with Fred Berns. Effective Pricing Strategies that Keep Us Competitive Teleconfernce Summary For all too many Redesigners and Stagers, questions about their price cause anxiety at best, and the belief that they have to cave in and slash their fees at worst. How to easily overcome price objections - and turn price bellyachers into believers - is what this powerful program is about. Learn how to minimize the impact of price resistance by differentiating yourself from lower priced competitors, proving your value, putting your (5 comments)
Newest Idaho Color Specialists, Congratulations! - 04/12/08 10:56 PM
The Color and Redesign Institute is pleased to announce our newest Certified Color Specialists. Congratulations to Diana Packard, Certified Dewey Color Coordinator, owner of Boise Pottery. Diana was very intrigued through her study of Geology and how beautiful soil can become through pottery. She is a world traveler seeking the very best pottery to bring to her native state of Idaho! Marilyn Perkins, owner of "A Design Exclusive by Marilyn," is an Artist, Fashion Designer, Performance Coach and a Home Stager. Both of these women are very artistic, bright and extremely creative. I know they will be doing some amazing things with (2 comments)
Tips for a Great Newsletter! - 04/11/08 02:01 PM
As I was reading some of the posts, I thought I would share some ideas that will make your newsletters stand out above the rest. Please consider the following tips:
Which Newsletter Program do you use? There are a variety of programs available today for Newsletters. I found Constant Contact to be my choice because you can customize it for your business image, it's cost effective and has great tracking tools. The tracking tools show you how many times a subscriber looks at your newsletter. Did you know that someone that keeps looking at your newsletter may be your next great lead? Who is your Target Audience? With Constant (64 comments)
Become a Color Expert! - 04/07/08 09:48 PM
Stagers, Redesigners, Decorators, Designers, Artists, Holistic Color Healers, Enthusiastic DIYs and those Passionate Color People, I invite to become a Color Expert! Do you know which white to choose when you are going to get a home ready for resale? Do you choose a warm white or cool white? How does the lighting affect your color choices? Is it a cool light direction? Or is it a warm light that will affect your color choices? Do you know that choosing an incorrect color or lack of color can turn a prospective buyer off? We can help you learn how to make better color decisions for you and your (6 comments)
I want to share one of my mentor's insightful articles with you, by Margi Kyle. Every time I teach a class or give a lecture on color, sheer panic comes over people's faces. Everyone seems scared to death of color. Let's examine why. Color makes a very strong statement. Color evokes emotion. There is power in a can of paint. In selecting color in your rooms you always start with the shell, the floor and walls. In a new home, they sky is the limit - but most people still stick with boring beige. Let's give the walls some (2 comments)
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