In the last year, I have been travelling and spending a lot of time in hotel ballrooms learning how to take my business and website to the next level.
Finding the right guru to get you there is not an easy task, let me tell you! I’m always the ONLY colour expert/decorator in a room of around 700 people. However, after a few false starts and stops I am now on the right path, stay tuned for some big changes coming soon to this blog.
Anyway, I was in a course in March where the trainer said something so obvious that I was stunned I hadn’t figured it out myself and much sooner. And I was really cranky that I had wasted all this time not doing what I should have been doing.
So lucky for you, I’m about to share it with you, and you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars for this advice like I did, haha.
This is such a great tip to move your business or blog forward, it blows my mind that I have not looked at every decision about every new technology we have to learn from this perspective sooner.
Are you ready?
Here it is:
If there is something you need to know, some kind of technology or skill or program that is essential to the long term success of your business, then get yourself into a course and learn it!
There’s only so much you can out-source.
Confidence comes from two things:
1. Trust in self
2. Knowledge, skills and experience which equals competence.
If you trust yourself and you learn what there is to learn in order to feel competent, that’s where confidence comes from.
When I decided I was going to be an internationally known colour consultant many years ago, I decided to put myself in a situation where I could get a TON of hands-on experience.
Then, after I created my system for Understanding Undertones™ and started writing this blog, I got so busy that I I kept putting off little things that I knew I should be learning.
Okay so, here’s how this advice applied to me.
My blog will be six years old on Halloween. And I only started lessons in January on how to use a DSLR camera.
So that I could take photos that look like this:
My living room
Instead of this:
Ever noticed how dark your photos get when you take them facing a window? Well, this is how they look if you are using a point and shoot or a good camera and you don’t know what you’re doing.
And obviously I still have a lot to learn about photography. However, all this time, I have been taking photos for this design/colour blog with an instant camera!! I’m actually embarrassed to admit it! Not that it wasn’t obvious by the photos anyway. I mean seriously, was I thinking I would magically just get better at it?
This in no way replaces my photographer for project photo shoots but there are gazillions of photos I take for this blog without my photographer nearby that’s for sure.
And I’m learning Photoshop.
I did take a two day, weekend crash course a couple years ago but guess how much retention you have from 16 hours in a row?
My course is three hours each Saturday and here’s what I’ve learned from just two sessions:
Here’s a picture I took myself of a living room I decorated a few years ago:
Of course, here I am with instant camera and it’s facing the window so it’s dark and I couldn’t do anything with it.
Here’s the same room with some photoshopping techniques I learned yesterday.
Certainly not as great as it could be with some good camera skills in the first place but talk about a night and day difference!
We have not learned how to remove cords yet and that’s why you see them here ; ) ; )
This is a photo I took in St. John’s when we were there last week. Notice that the mural below the colourful row houses is done in sepia tones. Also the roof on the turquoise house is more red than black.
Here I turned the entire image into a black and white photo and just added the colour back into the houses so now the roofs look like they are the same colour and the mural is in black and white which allows the colourful homes to stand out!
I’m so impressed with myself I can hardly stand it, haha.
And here is a mantel I styled and snapped, however the room was dark and this is how the photo looked in the end (above).
Here’s the after photo. This one is not such a dramatic difference as the others but it’s a better photo with the adjustment I made.
The technology behind running a website and business on-line is staggering. And yes you should be able to find people to help you, but what happens when you need to have something done at 11:00 pm on a Saturday night or 6:00 am on a Tuesday morning? Or the person that you’ve hired is AWOL. That’s when you should at least know the basics of HTML for example.
If you’re an interior designer, decorator, colour consultant or stager or in any business for that matter and you need help on figuring out how to take your business to the next level? And you know what’s missing? Hurry up and learn it! Don’t wait six years like I did.
Even if you sub-contract little things that you don’t like to do, it’s still so powerful to know how to do it yourself if you find yourself in a pinch and it needs to happen now!
I recently heard a story about an exercise that Tony Robbins facilitated at one of his events.
He had the group of 3,000 people stand up and play Simon Says. At the end when the person who won was standing on the stage, Tony asked him if he thought he would win.
The winner said yes.
Then Tony asked everyone else how many thought they would win. It’s Simon Says, seems easy right?
100 people raised their hands.
So you see, you’re not competing with 3,000 people, you were only competing with 100.
There’s not a lot of people willing to do the work it takes to be the best at what they do. So if you decide to be that person, you won’t have a lot of competition.
What will you learn this Fall that you’ve been avoiding!
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