You may be an incredible designer, known for transforming ordinary spaces into spectacular ones. But because the strength of your client presentation can make or break a deal, improving your presentation skills is non-negotiable! After all, your first impression goes a long way — make it count!
The goal is to win your client over with your vision for their space in that first presentation. And that takes strong visual presentation skills. Gaining those skills or hiring a skilled Virtual Design Assistant will pay off in a BIG way! You will communicate your ideas more clearly and sell those profitable design plans with confidence throughout your career.
Not sure where to begin? Why not start with Virtual Design Mentor to help you bring your A-Game to all your client presentations and grow your business too!
What is a Virtual Design Mentor?
Established and run by Kelly Fridline, the Virtual Design Mentor is a team of entrepreneurs and industry experts who help designers, rendering artists, and design assistants manage and grow successful virtual design businesses.
The goal of Kelly’s team is to help you gain the right skills – from mastering design software and tech solutions to establishing scalable systems and processes. All this happens in a collaborative, team-based environment via mentoring, networking, online courses, and 1:1 training done by design pros who have been there, done that, and gotten really good at it!
Whether you are a creative entrepreneur who is just starting out or one that is growing and needs a little guidance, this could be extremely beneficial for you! By tapping into the strategies Kelly’s team provides, you can develop a sustainable and profitable business. And even better, you can step into a more confident YOU!
Amp Up your Presentations to Clients
When you present your ideas, concepts, and design plans to your clients, are you making a big splash? Are you wowing them with your design vision? Are you putting your best foot forward? I hope you answered yes! Because that alone can equal higher profitability for your business.
Enhancing your presentation with high-quality 3D renderings and panoramic views helps your clients better envision what their space can look like. Because visualization – with professional design tools like Chief Architect, Home Designer, or Sketchup – is powerful. As humans, we are very visual creatures and we process visual information more quickly and succinctly.
When you amp up your client presentations and gain confidence, you can also…
- Charge more for your services!
- Sell higher-priced design plans and furnishings!
- Increase your profit margins!
Learn, Hire, Train, or Network!
As a business coach, I just do not sugarcoat things. So, today I am telling you the same thing I tell all my clients. To succeed and truly grow as an interior designer, you must upskill yourself, your team, and preferably both. In this day and age, it is simply non-negotiable.
The digital economy has changed both the way your competitors sell and the way your clients buy. And that means you MUST adapt. This is one of many reasons I love what Kelly’s team at the Virtual Design Mentor is doing. They help designers, rendering artists, and virtual design assistants gain robust new skills, set up better processes, learn to communicate with clarity, and achieve higher profitability.
Invest in yourself and your business! Up-level your expertise. Learn to take your existing knowledge to the next level. Or hire skilled support and empower your team with advanced training to help you grow!
Here’s what the Virtual Design Mentor organization can help you with:
- Determine what professional design software you need
- Understand what computer hardware fits your needs best
- Get training in Chief Architect, Home Designer, Sketchup, Photoshop, Advanced 3D Modeling, Enscape for Sketchup, and Dubsado
- Develop your workflows with Dubsado
- Streamline project management
- Establish and maintain your virtual operations
- Get guidance on NKBA standards and certification process
- Understand how to convert visitors to clients on your website
- Become a virtual design assistant or a rendering artist
- Join weekly networking sessions
- And so much more!
With the Virtual Design Mentor, you have options! Gain new skills at your own pace with engaging online courses. Or, get individual support with 1:1 training from industry pros.
Final Thoughts and Takeaways
Listen, I know how hard it can be to embrace change as a solopreneur. But as I have said before, it is amazing how new ideas come to you when you least expect them! If you allow yourself to change your patterns, learn new things, and try something new, you might be surprised what you can accomplish. Join new networks. Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs. Give it a try and you will see growth opportunities are within reach.
Presenting and selling more confidently to your clients can become second nature when you invest in improving your skills as an interior designer. So, hop on a discovery call with Kelly Fridline, Founder of Virtual Design Mentor, to see what mentoring and training opportunities fit your situation best. And be sure and check out the Presentation by Design FB group for virtual design assistants and other interior design industry support roles.
If you are tired of trying to figure it out alone and need some guidance, sign up for my introductory business strategy call, and I will help you make decisions on the next steps for you and your business.
Hop into one of my private FB groups, the Interior Design Business Forum (for Interior Designers) or The Coaching Hot Spot (for online businesses) to get my daily inspiration, lessons, and thoughts. Let these communities help you become an actionable entrepreneur!