An ASP Stager Tells All! What's an IAHSP Chapter Meeting Really Like? Tales from the Dallas Chapter

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Home Stager with Home Star Staging

A funny thing happened on my way to check out an article I recently wrote on Ezine Articles. There was a link to a site for a local Staging Company in Plano, TX called "center stage of plano".  Of course I wanted to check this site out!

  • Who was this Center Stage of Plano?
  • Why haven't I heard of them?
  • What am I going to see?
  • I need to invite them to the SIF Roundtable!

Well I went and checked it out of course and on this site was a link to their blog. Naturally, if you give a mouse a cookie....(some of you will get that if you have kids)

Well I read, with MUCH INTEREST, a blog written about our Dallas Chapter of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) monthly meeting.

As most of you know, I am an ASP asp logoand also the Public Relations Officer for the Dallas Chapter of IAHSP 2007 -2008.  I value my membership and friendships I've made within our organization and take seriously the code of ethics we have.  

 

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NOTE: (A little background for those of you who may not know, IAHSP is comprised of ASP only stagers but I freely share my knowledge of staging to anyone who contacts me.  Just like there are Century 21 or ReMax only meetings for Realtors representing those brands, ASP Stagers have the IAHSP as our Association for our Brand)

The title of the blog kinda through me off and as I started to read I was gaining much more curiosity as I continued on.  This girl can write and was I going to continue to read!  You must read it entirely to see what it is about.

Needless to say, I was speechless. 

You need to read the ENTIRE BLOG TO UNDERSTAND HER POINT.  

NOTE:  I DID get permission to re-print this blog from Monica Kelly, the author of the blog, just FYI (Thank you Monica for your perspective and honesty)... and have since invited her to Active Rain as well as the SIF Roundtable...

Below, please read what Monica had to say about her first experience at a Dallas IAHSP Chapter meeting.

STAGE IT FORWARD....

 

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How does that spell DIRC?

 

Have you ever had someone drag you to one of those excruciatingly loathsome meetings with a group of people that sell something? I detest those meetings.

Something about all that rah-rah, at-a-boy, bug your friends, bogus cheerleading, creeps me out. As "W" says, "It sticks in my craw."

The absolute worst part is sitting by an ultra-super-platinum-diamond-emerald- I'm-so-impressed-with-myself guy who brags that he earns sixty bazillion dollars a month and then gives you that look.....you know, that look that tells you what a sad, sad person you are because you don't even have the synthetic stone pin ---- which, of course, everyone knows, is the lowest rung on the way to ultra-super-diamond-emerald fabulousness!

Any time I've been dragged to one of those meetings I've needed a shower immediately upon adjournment to get the eewww off me.

So, with much trepidation and a feeling of dread in my stomach, I attended my first meeting of the Dallas Chapter of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (DIRC) last week. Mainly I went because I was hoping to see Jimmye and Fern, two women that were in the September ASP class with me.

I'd already prepared a host of reasons for leaving early if they weren't there - my Mom's having her bat mitzvah, Tom Cruise is coming over and I have to hide my sofa, I have a hunting date with Dick Cheney....I would say anythingif my ick factor got overwhelmed.

So I took a deep breath and....

I walked into a room full of....

drum roll, please....

absolutely normal people!

I could not believe it!!

There was no rah-rah, ookie, one-ups-manship, craw sticking here! There were actually ASP's, (that in a parallel universe, would be ultra-super diamond emeralds) who were warm and welcoming souls! And guess what?

Not one condescending word.

Not one look.

Not even a glance to check my stone pin status.

Nope....to my utter surprise, they were full of remarkable, helpful advice and good wishes and kindness and charity. There was nothing but encouragement for the new Stagers. Sincere encouragement. They were genuinely trying to help!

You could tell that these are the kind of people who have ick-factors for bogus cheerleading gatherings too! It was almost too good to be true!

I tried to thank everyone (especially Karen Otto of Home Star Staging, who very generously explained tons of stuff to me that I just didn't understand!) and I got to see Jimmye and visit with lots of other amazing supportive people!! (Sadly, no Fern).

I felt ashamed of myself for dreading that meeting. It was kind of like when the Grinch looked down at Whoville on Christmas and discovered..

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

It came without packages, boxes, or bags!"

Or in my case:

It came without cheering. It came without "ick".

It came without sofas, bat mitzvahs and Dick!

 

Thank you, DIRC!

You're one group of fabulousness!

Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Hey Teresa, yeah, Mary Kay is based in Dallas isn't it? Yes, we are very normal! Thank you for reading and commenting my staging star friend!
Dec 02, 2007 12:55 PM #2
Rainer
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Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

OMG I know exactly what she's talking about...I totally HATE that stuff too and I would've had all the same thing going on with me as well!  I always hated attending those corporate meetings where everyone makes believe they are best friends forever meanwhile they'd stick a knife right in each other's back to get the glory!  UGH!  (Glad to know I'm not the only one!)  AH, the big sigh of relief that it wasn't what was expected! 

Dec 02, 2007 01:02 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Yeah Abby, I was really worried about the outcome because I KNOW how our meetings are, I'm at all of them and we're all pretty honest and decent about how we treat each other so I was so happy she was able to see how we really are. 

I do wish for all stagers, ASP or not, to have something like this to share in together for us to feel unified and able to grow as an industry, no matter the school of thought.

Dec 02, 2007 01:35 PM #4
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento
Yes, Karen , It would be monumental if we could all work together for unification and growth in our industry.  Great blog sista ;)
Dec 02, 2007 01:57 PM #5
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
((((LKP))) you da best!
Dec 02, 2007 02:07 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regions Premier Home Staging Resource,

Hey Karen,

Thanks for posting the info - it's good for all to see that there are groups that are working in unison to bring Staging to the forefront of their markets - and I know Dallas is a rockin' chapter! - Jennie

Dec 02, 2007 04:50 PM #7
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Thanks Jennie! We are a rockin' chapter indeed!
Dec 02, 2007 11:34 PM #8
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Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

Karen,  I'm glad your Chapter is doing so well.  The Delaware Chapter (which also goes by DIRC), has had a very difficult time staying active.  After 2 years of the same leadership, no one would step forward, so it is officially "inactive".  Keep up the good work!

Kim Dillon, Creative Eye Home Staging

 

Dec 03, 2007 10:18 AM #9
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi Kim, I'm sorry to hear that.  Stepping up doesn't mean taking over and doing everything by yourself and maybe it's something to re look at as worth starting up again. 

Before this year (my first) our chapter had only about 5 or 6 active members, some newbies came in, myself included, with the feeling that we NEEDED this organization to help us all out (this was well before I'd even heard of Active Rain and the group SIF).  This was our "shelter" I figured, a place to share and grow and it took stepping out of comfort zones for some and accepting the newbies as serious about wanting to create a supportive environment, bring guest speakers & sponsors and raise the bar for all of us to bring our best game to each other. 

So far our Chapter continues to grow and it's a team effort. We've had some growing pains too. I'm very vocal about the realities of this business but I'm also one of the biggest cheerleaders for our cause because it's something I'm so passionate about.  I will never refuse to talk to anyone ASP or not who calls me asking me about this profession.  It is up to the individual to choose which path to training or not, organizing or not or going into business or not. The proof is in the dedicated people who take the baton and continue to run.  It's the people who count, not the institution.

OK I've rambled enough here didn't I.  What I wanted to say was THANK YOU Kim for sharing that and reading too!

Dec 03, 2007 11:47 AM #10
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Karen - very fun post!  You are so right, we need more of these types of environments to get our game on!

Jackie

Dec 03, 2007 01:46 PM #11
Rainer
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Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota
Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm - Inver Grove Heights, MN

Great blog as usual Karen...and reminds me of your caring and sharing spirit!

Keep SIF'en my friend :)

Dec 03, 2007 04:47 PM #12
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Thanks Jackie, all stagers do need the support of organizations such as this.

Thank you Beth my friend!

Dec 03, 2007 11:36 PM #13
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Craig Schiller
Trempealeau, WI

I love the ending of Monica's post... how clever was THAT?

Thanks Karen for sharing and inviting.

Me

Dec 04, 2007 10:48 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Yeah Craig, I LOVED it, I told ya, the girl can write.
Dec 04, 2007 11:34 PM #15
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Kathy Riggle
STAGING SMART N SOLD - Houston, TX
Houston Home Staging

Great post, Karen. I am looking for this same experience in the Texas SIF roundtable next month! See ya then!!

Kathy

Dec 08, 2007 09:30 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
So happy you're going to make it here Kathy!
Dec 08, 2007 09:43 AM #17
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
It's all about the people isn't it?  When we have the opportunity to share and speak freely with each other it is a wonderful thing.  You go girl.  Thanks for sharing.  Terrylynn Realtor/Staging Specialist  ASPM and CSP...RESA I'm a mixture of good stuff.
Dec 09, 2007 06:52 PM #18
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

You're absolutely right Terrylynn, people are what make the difference.  I like mixing it up!

Dec 09, 2007 11:03 PM #19
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Barie Pinnell
WRE an interiors consulting firm - Plano, TX
Professional Home Stager

K-

I am so pleased to have found your blog on Monica Kelley's experience with the Dallas IRC!!!  What a great read that was!  I am thrilled that Monica had a delightful time at our meeting and it just goes to show we keep it REAL

I think an important thing for us all to remember is this: When you help another person, you help yourself as well.  We're creating this industry - we're laying the slab right now.  Sharing ideas and strengths are the building blocks to forming not only this industry but our own individual businesses.  This is really exciting and we've got to remember to continue to Move and Look Forward.

The Dallas Chapter has been a grand thing to grow from a very few members to almost 40 within a year!  I know that without the support we give each other in the chapter we wouldn't have the "stick-to-it-iveness" in our individual careers.  We're a successful bunch --> Monica and all Dallas ASP's--just wait--you're in for a great 2008!  DIRC has such an incredible group of women that have been elected for the 2008 Board.  We're in for a treat!

Karen, I want to congratulate you on a job well done as PR Chair for DIRC for 2007 - and I know that you will bring your treasure trove of experience from 2007 to see DIRC on it's journey through 2008. 

Thank you for sharing Monica's blog.  I can say (and I think that Bette & Barb would say it too!) that the Dallas IAHSP Regional Chapter is NOW an established group of professional home stagers. 

I thank you for all of your hard work throughout the year and I can't wait to see what's in store for us in the New Year!

B

Barie Pinnell, 2007 President of the Dallas IAHSP Regional Chapter

Dec 19, 2007 11:29 AM #20
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hey B!

We could go back and forth with this but YOU were the instrument of change and infusion we needed and through your leadership and positive attitude we became a great chapter. 

Most of all, I have to say, I'm so pleased that I've gained not only a professional relationship with you but more importantly, a personal friendship. Thank you for everything!

I'm looking forward to Obzeet tomorrow! C-ya chickie....

Dec 19, 2007 12:19 PM #21
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