Category Archives: Interviews

5 Reasons Why Working On Your Firm Is Absolutely Worth The Time

5 Reasons Why Working On Your Firm Is Absolutely Worth The Time

The struggle to make time to work ON your firm–as opposed to IN it–is REAL.

I meet designers every week who are too busy, overwhelmed, and overworked by their own workload.

It’s the ebb and flow.

Feast and famine.

The common juggling act that consists of building relationships and delivering the work promised.

Yet, the answer to this common overwhelm is counterintuitive.

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How to Price Your Value with More Confidence

How to Price Your Value with More Confidence

If you feel held back by the ‘starving artist’ mentality, this episode is for you.

Jacquette Timmons is a brilliant financial behaviorist that supports entrepreneurs–including architects and designers–make better choices around money. Her mission is to help entrepreneurs design their businesses to align with their personal life aspirations. (And she has immensely helped me!)

With over 20 years experience working with individuals across the wealth spectrum, she helps people embrace and define their financial success beyond just dollars and cents.

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Why You Need to Share Authentic Stories to Do Your Best Work

Why You Need to Share Authentic Stories to Do Your Best Work

If you feel drowned in marketing, blogging, and social media, return to your story.

As public school teacher turned content strategist, M. Shannon Hernandez has been teaching people of all ages reading and writing for 20 years. “People love stories,” she remarked during our conversation on communicating with authenticity, ease and joy.

Stories are the starting block for connecting to one another – whether it’s a friend on the playground or a dream client in a meeting. This is exactly Shannon’s focus when supporting leaders who want to create thriving businesses.

Through her work with hundreds of adults and children, she knows how to make communications and marketing fun and joyful.

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How to Choose a Title that Actually Improves Your Career

How to Choose a Title that Actually Improves Your Career

Is your title holding you back from better clients, more impactful projects, and personal fulfillment?

Creative Changemaker Mia Scharphie knows that feeling all too well.

With a degree in landscape architecture, Mia felt mentally limited in her career path despite working with progressive design organizations such as Public Architecture, Harvard University, and her own Build Yourself Workshop.

Only after committing to ditch ‘Landscape Designer’ for one year was she able to fully embrace how to apply her skills, talents, and expertise beyond traditional expectations.Continue Reading

Designing Business Models for Impact

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An interview with verynice founder Matthew Manos on his journey in impact design, a new consultancy, and the importance of thinking business model first.

An exciting new design consultancy just launched–but it’s not offering your typical architectural, communication, web, industrial, or interior design services. Instead, the 2-month-old firm Models of Impact designs business models for nonprofits, startups, and social entrepreneurs.

Began as a research project at the communications and strategy firm verynice, Models of Impact evolved in two years from a collection of social impact business models, to a free interactive site, to now a consultancy offering one-on-one workshops for those seeking to create sustainable organizations.Continue Reading