Crossover Artist

We see it often in the entertainment industry: actor becomes singer; athlete becomes actor; singer becomes producer; producer becomes music industry mogul.

Why do we in the design and building industry feel that once we choose a career, we’re locked into it for life – destined to do the same thing year after year until we retire? Through your college education, on the job training, years of work experience, volunteering and hobbies, you've gained a host of transferrable skills, and most likely, an insight that others may not have. How can another segment of the building industry - or even a completely different industry - benefit from your experience?


Let People Know Where to Find You

I know you're using social media sites to promote you business and share information about your field. Let clients and collaborators, friends and relatives know where they can find your content.

Use your e-mail signature as advertising space. Add a link to all of your sites: your website, blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and any other pages where your content is featured. Go ahead - the space is yours.

Maximize the space on your business card. Be sure to include all of the sites listed above. Vanity URLs make it easier to type them out. If you're running out of space on the card, eliminate the fax number. (How many faxes do you get a week?)


Sell design clients on the feeling of the space

When I bought my new home a couple of years ago, I visualized what every inch of space would look like after I put my special touch on the place. Paint colors, furniture, storage, each and every picture on the walls. I especially loved my new living room, flooded with sunlight from the east-facing windows and skylights. I imagined how comforted and invigorated I would feel every morning when I sat in there with a hot cup of coffee, the light bouncing off of the delicious chocolate brown walls.

I’d sold myself on the feeling – the experience – of being in the space. And as creative professionals, the feeling - the experience - is what we should be selling to our clients. We begin our preliminary design and construction meeting asking clients what they want, how they want the space to look, and how the want to experience the space. We do visual studies to invoke a reaction or a decision. We spend a significant amount of time with them before the project begins to find out how the client feels.

Selling the feeling and the experience should continue throughout the entire design and construction process. Keep the final outcome at the forefront of your mind, your client’s mind, and in the agenda of every meeting.

How do you keep your client focused on the final outcome of the project?