Learning by example - A student, a teacher and a lesson learned

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What a timely blog written by Connie Tebyani called "Got....Interns?"

I just finished teaching my 3rd Home Staging class at Collin College  in Plano, TX this week and it was the smallest class yet. It was actually really nice and intimate and I have been very busy these last two weeks with work and school starting for my kids, so the class size was a welcome respite from the hectic nature of this past month.

The last day of the class I talk about vacant properties and how important it is to stage them. I've written on this topic several times and you can read these two blogs, "Vacants... a growing market" and "Redemption for the soul less. Staging SAVES your vacant property from the no sale graveyard" to get an idea of my feelings about them.

After reading Connie's blog this week and also my staging partner putting the suggestion out there, I decided to open up an offer to those in my class the last night to come and help out at a vacant property I happened to be staging the next day.  This was perfect timing and the class was so small, I felt comfortable offering this. This would not be a paying job for them but a learning, hands - on experience.

I asked that if they voluntarily chose to come and assist, to sign a waiver and a small contract stipulating things like they assume their own risk (not that staging is high risk but you never know), hold harmless the various individuals and companies involved, won't release the name or address of the owner/house, and although they won't be paid, they may take before and after photos for print portfolio use only (no web).

One student took me up on the offer and she showed up and did an awesome job

Her name is Myrna, and she's a mighty talented woman. She had brought some photos to class the last night and showed us some work she's done to her own house. I was duly impressed. She turned out to be an ideal student assistant and I plan on using her again when I need help. While the job was a little more hectic than I like, (many contractors still working in the property and we had to work around them) it turned out great.

Below are some photos of work in the property that Myrna assisted Home Star Staging on.

Bedroom 1 Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom 1 After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom After

I have to say it was a wonderful experience and I received an email from Myrna this morning that brought me to tears. Without going into the details essentially she realized that my mission in both my personal and professional life is to help others without judgment, without competition or ill intent. I honestly have a passion to educate others not only on the benefits of home staging but how we can all be of service to one another.  In this case the student taught the teacher how important one life can be to another.

Thank you Connie for your timely blog, and thank you Myrna for inspiring me to be a better teacher.

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Sandra Hughes
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I am stumped that every student didn't take you up on the generous offer to help you stage a vacant!  What a valuable learning experience you offered the.  I know when I was considering being a home stager I would of jumped if some one would of made me that offer - and the fact you offered to let them use the photo's........

Aug 29, 2008 05:29 AM #1
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Karen Otto
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Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

It was a small, very small class Sandra! Only 5 enrolled, 4 came the first night, 3 the 3rd and 2 showed up the last night (one called me sick and I know she would have come).

It was also a leap of faith for me to offer this because it's my business on the line and getting to know these ladies so intimately over the past 2 weeks it made me more comfortable. I may do it again if the stars align again... ;-)

Aug 29, 2008 05:32 AM #2
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Is hands on training a normal part of your class?

There's no better way to train than hands on.   I have a feeling that your student will be there to help anytime that you ask

Aug 29, 2008 09:08 AM #3
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
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No Virginia, it is not a "normal" part of class (but we do lots of before and after photos for examples) but this opportunity presented itself and after reading Connie's blog it inspired me to offer to the very small group this experience. The class was over the night before. This was strictly voluntary too.  But I agree, hands on is the best way to learn anything!

 

Aug 29, 2008 09:14 AM #4
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Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

I am humbled and honored, Thank you, Karen for even considering me. 

I too am quite surprised that more didn't take you up on the offer, I'm even more surprised at the attendance rate to mentioned.  They must have decided that Staging was "too hard" for them or "not what they thought".  Good for you, your class and finding a new protege =)

Aug 29, 2008 09:18 AM #5
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi Connie,  courses over the summer months usually have lower attendance so I wasn't that surprised. I teach it the same whether there are 5 or 55. I'm just happy to share what I know!

Thank YOU for the great idea too!

Aug 29, 2008 09:26 AM #6
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
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Karen - What a great opportunity for your student! Learning by doing is the only way to really "get it" and I am sure she got more from those hours she spent with you than from any other source.

I know when I first found out about your home staging class at the Collin College in Collin County. I was thrilled to have the opportunity as a newbie to sample some real time advice from a pro and I didn't even mind driving from Fort Worth! It was well worth it.

Aug 29, 2008 09:26 AM #7
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

You are too kind Tessa! I'm glad we met and I look forward to seeing you soon. Keep watching for info on the SIF Roundtable!

Aug 29, 2008 10:03 AM #8
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Steve Shatsky
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Karen... you are such a talented and giving person that none of this comes as a great surprise to me.  It's always nice when you can touch someone else's life and they touch your life too!

Aug 30, 2008 09:20 AM #9
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Remind me to give you a big hug the next time I see you Steve, thank you for sharing that with me.

Aug 30, 2008 10:23 AM #10
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Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

That's a fabulous idea!  I am sure she loved the hands-on experience and perhaps you have found a willing and able assistant if you have a large project and would like some extra help.

By the way, I am STILL working on completing my outline for CE course.  It will be an uphill battle (politically speaking) to get it approved once done, but I have an excellent advocate on my side.

Sep 01, 2008 02:28 PM #11
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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Karen, very nice. I'm glad your student jumped on the offer. Experience is always a better foundation... :-)

Sep 01, 2008 06:41 PM #12
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Good luck with your class Tori Lynn. Keep me posted!

You're right "C" experience for me is the best teacher.

Sep 02, 2008 12:40 AM #13
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