Elevating Your Engagement

The American Society of Interior Designers believes that outstanding design can transform lives. Engaging well can have similar results if we remain committed to forging meaningful relationships. ASID’s recent state conference at the Molly Pitcher Inn in historic Red Bank, NJ gave members an opportunity to learn new skills and revisit teflon tips on how to continue to provide value for design clients while prioritizing self care.

So, if we agree as industry professionals that the ultimate deliverable is to help transform our client’s lives through design and authentic engagement, how can we stay on point post conference? Here are three tips to help you stay resilient in sharing your time and talent:

1. Stay current. The good news is data is a click away but are we stuck in myopic silos? It’s not enough to be a design expert if we’re trying to attract millennial talent to grow our business. Learn how they think, what they prioritize and how they could be a distinctly skilled advantage in your growth plans. Develop relationships that prioritize curiosity in lieu of judgement for productive success.

2. Manage your expectations. As Beth Comstock, vice chair at GE shares, we’re all spending our days managing tension. Practice patience. Develop a stress reduction plan that works for you. Research shows that the greatest leaders allow compassion to drive their teams, alongside focus and decisive action.

3. Be humble. Inc. magazine recently reported that 20% of CEO’s are psychopaths. Are you prioritizing skills and talent at the expense of character, empathy and team building success? The highest performing teams feel psychologically safe and free to create according to a compelling study recently conducted at Google. How is your company culture and how are you supporting a more enlightened leadership style? Feel free to share your thoughts at

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business/wellness thoughtleader that helps brands build results. Learn more at and @DonnaLynSpeaks on FB & Twitter. Have a conversation at 732-547-0894.