Kimberley Seldon Design & Media Life Well Designed Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:37:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kimberley Seldon Design & Media 32 32 EP 072 | Collaboration Rather Than Competition Tue, 07 Aug 2018 02:02:29 +0000 About this Episode

GUEST: Maury Riad & Leah Ansel

At Business of Design, we believe that working together as collaborators is a better way to get ahead as an individual. Listen in to this conversation from NYC where three design advocates explore how we can lift the whole industry.

In this episode we learn:
– when we collaborate, we help each other run better businesses
– being on an island has less upside than collaborating—don’t do this on your own
– giving trade references to other designers will keep your best trades working
– to be cautious about where your data is stored when working with sensitive information
– not all advice is good advice so be choosy
– there is no limit to what you can charge—providing you are delivering a great result

EP 071 | Power Your Reno Mon, 30 Jul 2018 01:56:31 +0000 About this Episode

GUEST: Steve Smith

Interior design professionals carry enormous risk and liability doing their jobs day in and day out. Nowhere is that more evident than when it comes to providing electrical work. Listen and learn from Steve Smith of the Electrical Safety Authority.

In this episode we learn:
– advanced planning provides you with enough time to collaborate with the experts you are working with
– always getting the proper permits for every job adds a layer of protection
– before presenting to the client, talk to your trades about what you have planned—they will give you the information and the confidence you need to talk to clients
– be careful with internet or off-shore purchases—they may not be compliant with regulations in your state or province
– knowing the difference in color temperature and in types of bulbs can improve your projects—rely on your LEC to guide you

EP 070 | More Mistakes – Part 1 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 23:08:13 +0000 About this Episode

GUEST: Kirsten McCoy

More mistakes? Yup. We’ve all made them. In this episode, and subsequently in EP 077, we are going to hear from two Business of Design members on mistakes they’ve made and how they solved them and recovered.

In this episode we learn:
– it’s important to establish the point person (who gets to make the final decision)
– never deviate from important protocol, like how to present STEP 5
– include your policy for custom items in your contract
– watch out for “friending” clients, keep it professional

EP 069 | Confidence & How To Get It – Part 2 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:24:11 +0000 About this Episode

GUEST: Kara Loewentheil

Most of us are conditioned to think that confidence comes from accomplishments—succeeding at work, finding a partner, getting fit, making money, or climbing Mt. Everest. Although it’s a natural assumption, because we’re all taught to believe that external accomplishments create confidence. That’s why we look at people who have achieved what we want to achieve or have what we want, and we assume they must feel great about themselves. But here’s the shocking truth: Your external accomplishments don’t actually create confidence. Confidence expert and coach, Kara Loewentheil tells us what really works.

In this episode we learn:
– practicing better thought work helps us avoid the flight or fight
– we don’t have to know everything
– you get hired, because you know how to figure tasks out, not because you know everything
– focus on the RESULT the client will have at the end
– remember, sometimes not having to do a bothersome task is a RESULT of hiring you too


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EP 068 | Our Policy Is… Mon, 09 Jul 2018 23:06:44 +0000 About this Episode

What’s your policy? For most of us, the policies or rules we rely on are those which serve to protect us from an unpleasant circumstance, such as not getting paid, or working on weekends, or being liable for something we have no control over. It’s worth maintaining and protecting those policies, even if, or especially if you are a solopreneur.

In this episode we learn:
– using WE language can boost your confidence
– sticking to your policies does not typically mean losing the client
– negotiating your policies often leads to further negotiations
– it’s worthwhile developing a firm policy around business hours, invoicing and collections, consultation fees, trade relations etc.
– specific language to protect your policies


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EP 067 | It’s What’s Inside That Counts Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:59:24 +0000 About this Episode

GUEST: Joanna Goodman

We all know that good looks matter. But outside appearances never tell the whole story. With many items—sofas, chairs, pillows, bedding—what’s inside is equally important. In this episode, we’ll talk about quality and value and building a better bed.

In this episode we learn:
– clients want good looking rooms, but they also want functionality, performance and value
– educating your clients about value is an ongoing job
– if your clients are asking for the “cheapest” bedding (or anything else) then
– never show clients too many options
– update a poor mattress with a feather bed


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How to travel using Instagram as inspiration Thu, 28 Jun 2018 23:23:29 +0000

Kimberley Seldon, Janette Ewen and Shai DeLuca-Tamasi share their favourite travelling Instagram pictures and places.

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The 7 DIYs you actually should call a pro for and not do yourself Thu, 28 Jun 2018 23:19:44 +0000

Designer Kimberley Seldon gives tips on DIY projects or when its time to call a pro.

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Why you need a ‘calm room’ in your home Thu, 28 Jun 2018 23:15:56 +0000

Designer, Kimberley Seldon explains the benefits of having a ‘calm room,’ and gives us a tour of this special space.

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EP 066 | Confidence & How To Get It – Part 1 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:56:07 +0000 About this Episode

GUEST: Kara Loewentheil

A lack of confidence can undermine any effort to be truly successful. Although most of us recognize we aren’t as confident as we’d like to be, we remain blissfully unaware of how we camouflage this lack of confidence, thus ensuring it continues to thrive. This episode is for the warrior designer in you!

In this episode we learn:
– the key to creating the career you want is confidence
– we are all taught that confidence is created by external accomplishments, but that is wrong—confidence is created by your thoughts
– when you are responsible for creating business for yourself, you HAVE to have your mindset right
– the best tool to use for confidence is to practice neutral to positive thoughts; use thoughts you can believe NOW, not positive thoughts you don’t believe at all
– the best tool to use for sales/consult conversations is to create value and communicate that value—emphasize your RESULTS
– build your confidence by changing your thoughts


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