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Each week, I interview successful interior designers about their business. Now this isn’t the same old podcast you normally hear. I interview my guests (and I have some BIG names on the schedule) about a specific aspect of their design business that they have an expertise in. So in one episode you may learn how to manage your client database, or how to market to a customer that hasn’t used your services in years, and in another episode you will learn how to create a course of video content in order to create some passive income.

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Meet LuAnn Nigara

luann-headshotLuAnn Nigara is an award-winning window treatment authority, author, host of one of the most popular podcasts for the design industry, and overall business dynamo.

Based in Livingston, New Jersey, LuAnn got her start in 1982 when she, her husband and cousin purchased a franchise of the Florida-based window treatment company, Window Works. With LuAnn at the helm of sales, they quickly expanded from New Jersey to serving the entire metro area from Philadelphia to Connecticut, and became the leading showroom in gross sales of the more than 120 stores Window Works stores around the country.

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169: Amber Lewis- Keynote Speaker at Design Blogger’s Conference

The guest on today’s show is Amber Lewis, who was a Key Note Speaker at the recent Design Blogger’s Conference. LuAnn didn’t get to talk to her at the conference, so she’s really happy to interview Amber on today’s show, as there were parts of her story that LuAnne thought were really fun and interesting.

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166: Claire Staszak – Winner of Best Blog Writing by Design Bloggers Conference 2017

Today’s interview is the first of three, which are as a follow up to the recent Design Bloggers Conference, which was held in LA, this last March. LuAnn really loves the process of how these designers create blogs to serve as a marketing arm for their business and a lead generator for their design firm. Listen in today to get some really great, actionable tips that you can duplicate.

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165: Power Talk Friday: LuAnn Nigara- The Things I Learned From A Well- Designed Business. Part 1 of Design Bloggers Conference Presentation

In today’s Power Talk Friday episode, I’m kicking off the Design Bloggers Conference Summary series. I was inspired by the conference that was held in Los Angeles in March, and I wanted to share it with you. I had to condense my presentation down to only 13 minutes for the conference, but I can take the time here to expand! I’m covering my top lessons learned through podcasting about interior design. We’ll go over the first three lessons today and cover the rest next week. Join me now!

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164: Susan Wintersteen- Savvy Giving by Design

If you think your life is busy, get ready to meet Susan Winterstein, of Savvy Interiors, in San Diego, California. As well as running an Interior Design Firm, she also has Inside Savvy, a Retail Store and Savvy Giving By Design, a non-profit organization. Susan also has a husband and five daughters. Listen in today, to an awesome conversation with a remarkable woman.

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163: Highlyann Krasnow – Talking About Commercial Design with the Founder of Design High & Partner of MNS Real Estate

My guest for today’s exciting show is Highlyann Krasnow, one of the founders of The Developers Group, now MNS, located in Brooklyn, NY. Not only did she oversee the design of her company’s buildings and sales offices, but then she opened The Design High, the exclusive interior design arm at MNS. Highlyann is involved in commercial interiors and residential projects, but the focus of our conversation today is on the commercial side of her business. Join us!

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161: Karina Jones – Educating and Inspiring Clients and Colleagues

You may remember on episode 110 when Mark McDonough was on the show and he talked about his blog, Tastefully Inspired. Today we are going to be talking with Karina Jones who is a contributor plus an interior designer on Mark’s Tastefully Inspired blog. Karina holds degrees in communication in arts and education.

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160: Kelli Ellis – Live and Learn by the Rock Star Principles

We’re back with another power talk Friday on A Well-Designed Business! I have Nancy Ganzekaufer back with me today! If you are new to the podcast Nancy was on the show in the very beginning on episode 15. On that show we talked about her background, business background and “niche is rich”.

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Read what our listeners have to say about the podcast…

I am so inspired
by Marylou Sobel
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Hi, this is a message for Luann, I am an interior designer from Sydney Australia, and I listen to most of your podcasts and absolutely love them. I am so inspired by them. I have honestly learnt so much. I need a day dedicated to listening to your podcasts…time! Thank you so much. I would love to contact you directly as i have some questions to ask? What is your email address, or the best address to contact you on?

We have obviously never met and yet I feel although I know you, a little bit, that is and you have the most infectious laugh…:))

Kind Regards,
Marylou Sobel
www.marylousobel.com.au

A fresh new perspective!
by CherylJanisFengShui
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I’m a healthcare interior designer in the SF Ray Area and love, love, love this show! LuAnn Nigara interviews experts on how to grow your interior design business and her enthusiasm on the subject is contagious. Her guests open themselves to a direct view into their business world of design and offer a vulnerable and authentic perspective on the complex subject of being an interior designer, with practical tips. A 5 star review for a 5 star show.
Incredibly useful, actionable advice
by Hdub777
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As an interior designer I find this podcast invaluable and highly recommend to anyone in the business or related fields. Perfect listening for driving.
An amazing resource for designers
by Casavilora
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I have been listening to this podcast for a couple of months now, and I am so amazed at all the great information and knowledge that I have learned for running my own business. I have gained so much confidence from hearing the stories of a lot of these designers, and how similar they are to my story. To hear how much they have accomplished and grown into successful businesses gives me hope that I will get there soon. It fuels me to work harder. I consider Well Designed Business a go to resource.
Downright FABULOUS
by Sbootz
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I’ve listened to a few different, very decent, female-entrepreneur podcasts with a slant toward interior design. LuAnn’s “A Well Designed Business” is the FIRST podcast, that has left me looking forward to the next one. Also the first one that I’ve listened to where I can’t double-task. I want to hear EVERY word. If an outside noise (I live in Manhattan) drowns out a sentence or two, I replay that section. She interviews consummate pros in the category of the day, and asks them excellent questions. When I listen to “A Well Designed Business”, I want to be able to jot things down. Sometimes I’ll pause the interview just to take in what was said. If I don’t already know her interviewee, I add their website to my bookmarks, and their books (if they’ve written one) to my wish-list, or buy them immediately. After listening to a few of her podcasts I found myself wishing she’d interview herself! I wanted to know more about Window Works, low and behold I’d find #52 “Turning the Table-an Interview with LuAnn”. I was SO happy to hear more about her expertise. It was unusual for me to want to hear the interviewer talk about herself because, with the other podcasts I’ve listened to, I find that there’s a bit too much of that. I often feel as though I’m a fly on the wall in the office of coworkers shooting the breeze about their day, my mind often wanders. “A Well Designed Business” is friendly, fun, full of professional respect and NEVER veers off point. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Love these podcasts!
by JMacWright
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Every interview is current and pertinent to the world of interior design business. Luann is a wonderful and talented interviewer. She conducts an entertaining interview while getting right to the point. All of her guests have been incredibly informative and interesting. I am so glad Luann decided to do this. It has certainly been very beneficial to my interior design business. Great job Luann!
Must listen for all Designers!
by Laurabengen
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LuAnn Thank You for creating this wonderful podcast, your wide range of guests have provided so much useful information! The addition of Power Fridays is awesome, great idea.
Best. Podcast. Ever.
by Rachel Moriarty
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No week is complete without tuning into A Well Designed Business. A great resource for anyone in the design industry. I learn something new every single episode, Keep up the great work LuAnn!
I love this podcast!!!
by Tiffany Stutzman Design
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I love this podcast!!! LuAnn covers such a large variety of topics and has very interesting guests. I have learned something from every single episode…and often times many, many things! LuAnn has a strong ability to pull meaningful information out of her guests, as well as a gift for summarizing/restating lessons learned. This podcast is a must for anyone in the interior design business…whether just starting out or a seasoned veteran. It will help you with all aspects of your business.
Windowworks Saved my Business
by Gail M Davis
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I LOVE EVERY episode! Chock full of wisdom & thought provoking info for business. Inspiring #teamLuAnn

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