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#IntDesignerChat June 10 Topic: What’s Trends Are We Seeing In Office Spaces In 2014?

8 Jun
Coca Cola London headquarters  designed by UK studio MoreySmith that includes a wall of 5,000 recycled drink bottles

Coca Cola London headquarters designed by UK studio MoreySmith that includes a wall of 5,000 recycled drink bottles



The lobby of Zipcar in Boston.  Photo Credit: Warren Patterson Photography

The lobby of Zipcar in Boston. Photo Credit: Warren Patterson Photography


Ziegler Cooper – Houston, TX

Ziegler Cooper – Houston, TX


It is a big year for Office Interiors, and many are coming to Chicago for NeoCon with an impressive collection of new products and  new ideas about how the workplace is changing.  Join the Interior Designer Chat community on Tuesday, June 10 for our Topic:  What’s Trends Are We Seeing In Office Spaces In 2014.   

When the word “trend” is used at NeoCon, it refers to deep, cultural, technological and economic shifts that change the way commercial products and environments are built.

Join #IntDesignerChat on Twitter, Tuesday at 6p ET as we discuss and chat on Twitter:

  • What office spaces, products and layouts let people do their best work?
  • Are we designing open offices or are we fixing open offices in 2014?
  • How do we help our clients define their ideal next work environment, one that drives their missions forward?

Set your ical to 6p ET, 5p CT, 3p PT and 11p GMT for @IntDesignerChat Topic: What Trends Are We Seeing In Office Spaces In 2014.  Share how with proper planning and approaches to workplace planning;  we can give each space a distinct look, feel, and functionality






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#IntDesignerChat March 18 Topic: Referrals: How To Get Them And Keep Them Coming

16 Mar

Refferal Marketing

Join Interior Designer Chat on Twitter, Tuesday March 18, for our Topic: Referrals: How to Get Them And Keep Them Coming.  If you want to build a continuous stream of new business,  referrals from clients are important.  According to the New York Times, 65% of new business comes from referrals.

No matter how big or small your company is you will have a better chance of success if your customers and referral partners are working for you by providing referrals.  Referrals are a marketing tool commonly called word of mouth marketing.  Historically this was used in person, but now with the internet and social media, word of mouth can be passed along on and offline.

Clients who love our work and what we do, are happy to give referrals. A recommendation from a client provides credibility and often reduces doubt in a new prospects mind.  Often a client feels they are helping someone by putting them in touch with a professional “in the know” or a products that they love.   Why not get people talking about you and your company? It creates an awareness, buzz, and leaves customers feeling good about your business.

Join #IntDesignerChat March 18, for our global conversation on twitter and share how you thank and reward those who refer business your way.   

Referrals,  do you actively seek them out or simply cross your fingers and hope they come?

What are the challenges of finding referrals?

What problems do you solve and what makes you a good choice?

How do you take the time to thank and reward those who refer business your way?

How do you influence the amount of referrals you get?   What proactive approaches do you take?

What can you do to increase your referrals?

Have you ever been caught talking about a brand or a product?

What can you do to increase the buzz about your business and get people to use word of mouth marketing?

Set your iCal for #IntDesignerChat Tuesday March 18 Topic: Referrals: How to Get Them And Keep Them Coming.  6pm EST, 5pm CST, 3pm PST and 11pm GMT.

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#IntDesignerChat Oct.1 Sherwin-Williams Color Expert Jackie Jordan @SWDesignPros Guest Hosts Topic: 2014 Color Trends

24 Sep


Guest Host Jackie Jordan  @SWDesignPros

Jackie Jordan is the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams and has nearly three decades of experience in design, specification consulting and color marketing. She’s one of the fortunate few who turned a childhood interest into a lifelong profession. Her passion for color and interior design evolved into a successful career that has spanned more than two decades, applying her experience and expertise in the color and design arena.

Jackie joined Sherwin-Williams in 1985 as a sales associate. Since then, she’s held positions as color and design consultant with the Color & Design Studio in Cleveland; homebuilder account executive; and architectural and national account executive for various districts in the company’s southwestern division. Most recently, Jackie served as designer marketing manager for the southwestern division.

Her considerable color knowledge and rich interior design background lend credibility and value to her current role as director of color marketing. Foremost in this role, Jackie is responsible for developing and presenting the latest color trends and resources for do-it-yourself consumers and trade professionals. Additionally, she oversees the development of the company’s color tools, collateral and systems to ensure that Sherwin-Williams meets the color service needs of all customers.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from Kent State University and is an active member and chairholder of the Color Marketing Group (CMG). She is also a long-standing member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as well as the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). She delivers numerous presentations on color and design trends to trade groups including homebuilders, architects and designers. Jackie and her husband reside in the Dallas, Texas area.

Join Sherwin-William color expert Jackie Jordan @SWDesignPros on October 1, 2013 at 6pm ET for an international conversation at #IntDesignerChat on 2014 color trends.

October 01, 2013  #IntDesignerChat has been graciously sponsored by Sherwin-Williams

#IntDesignerChat Sept. 17 Guest Host is CEO Terry Alsberg for Warmboard Topic: What is “Comfort”?

10 Sep

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Guest Host for  @Warmboard is CEO Terry Alsberg

Terry Alsberg has a long and successful career in architecture and engineering.  After receiving a degree in Architecture with an Engineering emphasis from the University of Illinois, Terry founded and served as CEO for Alsberg Brothers Boatworks before founding and running Alsberg Design, an architectural firm specializing in residential design. He first became familiar with radiant heat when several of his clients asked for it to be incorporated into their residential projects. Motivated in part by having two children with asthma, and unsatisfied with existing radiant heating options, Terry, working out of his garage in Capitola, California, invented Warmboard in 1992 as a low mass solution to remodeling his own home. He filed a patent on the technology in 1994 and licensed that patent to Jeld-Wen in 1996. Warmboard Inc. was spun out as an independent entity in 2002 with Terry as CEO.

Today, Warmboard is the top manufacturer of radiant panels in the US with over 27.5 million square feet sold throughout North America and much of the world; from the Arctic circle to Antarctica. Warmboard panels are the preferred radiant solution for architects, builders and homeowners. The superior conductivity of Warmboard allows for much faster response times as well as much lower water temperatures – ensuring constant comfort with much lower energy bills. Warmboard products have been recognized with a ‘Green Product of the Year’ every year for the past decade. As a company, Warmboard is committed to quality design, sustainable practices and above all, comfort.

The company currently sells two kinds of radiant products. The original Warmboard panel is a code-approved structural subfloor and radiant panel in one, and is ideal for new home construction. Warmboard-R is a smaller, thinner panel offering the same superior performance for remodels and wall or ceiling applications. Both products are manufactured in the USA.

Warmboard, Inc. is located in Aptos, California – a short walk from Niscene Marks National Forest and the beaches of Santa Cruz.

Join Interior Designer Chat on Tuesday, September 17  with our Guest Host for  @Warmboard CEO Terry Alsberg leading our global community in the Topic: What is “Comfort”?   Follow Interior Designer Chat  on Twitter @IntDesignerChat for our international Twitter Chat using the hashtag #IntDesignerChat 6pm ET, 5pm CT, 3pm PT, and 11pm GMT.  

Warmboard, Inc. has graciously sponsored #IntDesignerChat Sept. 17, 2013 Twitter Chat.  A full disclosure statement can be found here.

#IntDesignerChat Sept. 3 Interviews You! Topic: Step up to the Who’s Who In Design

1 Sep

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Step up to the who’s-who plate and let #IntDesignerChat interview you Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  We’ll do the interviewing and give you the opportunity to “Act like the industry force that you are.”  We’ll have you on our International Red Carpet, Tuesday for all to learn Who You Are.  

Fall is a time to flip through your contact list and ask colleagues for help getting you more firmly entrenched in design.   We’ll give you the opportunity to share your pointers and design intentions. Which can lead to clarity,  design business,  and the admiration of key players in your field.  Make sure to make this red carpet #IntDesignerChat on twitter September 3 where our community will send your tweets in the right direction.   Who know’s what other opportunities this interview might bring you,  Tuesday at @IntDesignerChat on twitter!   With millions of impressions during our Twitter Chat hour,  this is a red carpet Hollywood moment, to share who you are in design.  

Summer is over and Fall has arrived, set your ical to September 3, 2013 for Interior Designer Chat on Twitter at 6pm ET, 5p CT, 3p PT, and 11p GMT and share with the world who you are.

#IntDesignerChat Guest Host Aug. 20 Melissa Galt TOPIC: Uncover Your Ultimate Competitive Advantage

16 Aug

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Guest Host @melissagalt 

Join Interior Designer Chat August 20, 2013 with Guest Host, Melissa Galt leading and educating our international community and conversation with the TOPIC:   Uncover Your Ultimate Competitive Advantage.

Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 20 Women of Influence on Twitter, Melissa Galt knows business branding and profit growth.  She has worked with hundreds of business owners and creative professionals for over a decade with traditional and new media marketing solutions that get results and showcase your talent, experience, expertise and personality.

According to Melissa, you are your own ultimate competitive advantage. By revealing yourself authentically in your business, you create an irresistible magnetic presence that attracts your ideal clients and keeps them coming back for a lifetime of demand.

Her methods have been showcased in publications including Catalyst, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Planhouse and many others. She is the author of 7 Surefire Steps to Marketing That Make You Money, and regularly appears on radio and TV talk shows to share branding tips and business growth strategies.

Set your icals for #IntDesignerChat exciting fall line up, with Guest Host Melissa Galt, Tuesday August 20, 2013 at 6pm ET, 5pm CT, 3pm PT, and 11p GMT on Twitter.

#IntDesignerChat July 9 Guest Host @DTNEtiquette Deborah Thomas-Nininger Topic: Reputation Management – Building Your Professional Brand

2 Jul


Guest Host @DTNEtiquette Deborah Thomas Nininger

Deborah Thomas-Nininger is the founder of DTN Productions International-Hallmark of Etiquette, a training company that provides training on all areas of international and domestic protocol specializing in “Reputation Management” and communication strategies. She brings to you over twenty years of business etiquette, communication and self-presentation expertise, rooted in behavioral science and successful human interaction.  Ms. Thomas-Nininger organized the international etiquette training for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and is a frequent subject of interviews, which often appear in publications both nationally and internationally.  The DTN staff continues to spread throughout the world their contemporary approach to business and social courtesies via seminars, workshops, keynotes, webinars and podcasts.

A sampling of clients includes:

Northern Trust

Cognizant Technology Solutions




Ohio State University


The Cleveland Clinic

MGM Grand


Deloitte & Touche

Cardinal Health

Ice Miller



Century 21

Lockheed Martin

Caesars Palace

Bright House Networks

Gulfstream Aerospace

Emory University School of Law


JPMorgan Chase

Northrop Grumman


Nationwide Insurance




Discover Card

Wynn Las Vegas



Wells Fargo Bank

Carnegie Mellon University


Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur

Cox Communications


The Hartford


Harvard University

Join @DTNEtiquette Deborah Thomas-Nininger July 9 for Topic: Reputation Management – Building Your Professional Brand at Interior Designer Chat on Twitter, using the hashtag #IntDesignerChat 6p ET, 5p CT, 3p PT, and 11p GMT.