Podcast

Overcoming the Failures of Others: Protecting Your Reputation and Your Clients | S5E10

Sometimes you walk into a professional relationship with someone and they already have some pretty strong prejudices in place about what to expect. Maybe they learned it from TV. Maybe they were burned by a previous designer or contractor. Whatever the case, you know that you’ll have to go above and beyond to make sure that you really wow them.

On this week’s Coast to Coast, Lisa and Garrison talk all about the times they’ve had to pick up the pieces from somebody else’s mess. It can be frustrating when it happens, sure, but appropriate damage control can win a good relationship for life.

Points of interest include: inheriting a bad situation, how to handle somebody taking credit for your work, raising the bar for yourself and those around you – and much more.

Brand Identity | S5E9

Consistency is key. In your messaging, your quality, your pricing. All of these (and more) add up to how you’re perceived by your clients. To the reputation that precedes you when a photo of your work or the name of your company enters a room. That’s your brand, y’all. It’s, like, important and stuff.

Lisa and Garrison have worked long and hard to build their brands, and learned plenty of lessons from their failures and successes along the way. 

Points of interest include: having a brand book/style guide, how your brand shows up in your work, selective partnerships and when to be picky – and a special appearance by The Chaise Lounge host and iMay Media’s own Nick May!

Storytime Fun | S5E8

We’re gonna’ keep this one short and simple: It’s time to just have some fun, so gather ’round for story time. We’ve got anecdotes, we’ve got pranks and silliness. That’s it! Listen and enjoy!

Points of interest include: Lisa’s phone troubles, Garrison gets spooked, Lisa’s morning segment – and much more.

Raw & Real | S5E7

The last thing our cross-continental duo wants to do is add to the big pile of bummer that is life in 2020. It’s against the whole spirit of how they live their lives. And yet, Lisa and Garrison have felt a little remiss about not exposing more of their vulnerability. Sure we’ve talked here and there about how COVID has affected us all, profesionally and individually. But there’s always been that “stiff upper lip” attitude underlining it all. No true catharsis.

Well, get ready for something a bit more raw. We invite you to join us in acknowledging how troubling and confusing things have really been. Moments of shame, fear, disappointment. That stuff we don’t always share out loud. And we promise – next week will be a fun one!

Points of interest include: Who saw this coming?, feeling out of control, wrestling with self-doubt and disappointment, TV talk?! – and much more.

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Cultivating Positive & Challenging Relationships | S5E6

Relationships are important. And if last week’s episode didn’t stress that enough, well we’re here to tell you again. Professional peers, meetup groups, networks, friends, vendors, competitors – all have something to offer.

So how do you approach building relationships? When is it worth spending your aleady valuable and limited time? And how do you tell the ones worth keeping? (Hint: People who call you out from time to time are worth their weight in gold.) Join us on this week’s Coast to Coast as Lisa and Garrison talk about their experiences and successes (and even a few missteps) on the road to making friends.

Points of interest include: joining groups when you’re starting out, isolation in success, sharing your story with those who can relate – and much more!

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Mentoring & Self-Acceptance | S5E5

Lisa and Garrison are here to help. Why?

Well most of us have that story from when we started out. That one time there was a kind soul who took us under their wing, or gave us a piece of free advice, or pitched in when things got tough. Well, if we’re lucky. Some of us toughed it out alone. Whatever the road, the value of that support and guidance can’t be understated. We’ve all felt it. We all have to start somewhere.

On this week’s Coast to Coast, things get a touch more real. What starts as a conversation about mentoring digs a little deeper into the virtues and benefits of self-acceptance, and how important it is to learn to live your best, authentic life.

Points of interest include: Lisa won’t let Garrison’s tardiness slide, life experience matters as much as professional experience, The Faucet Parable, start by loving yourself – and much more!

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Coffee Talk: Roast to Roast | S5E4

Have you got your Chock full o’ Nuts ready? Nestled all cozy into a comfy, comfy chair? That’s okay, we’ll wait. There’s no rush.

Okay, good. It’s time for some Coffee Talk. No specific theme today, just a veritable potpourri of fun conversation topics with our favourite cross-coastal designers, Garrison Hullinger and Lisa Davenport. Who let all these purple cows in here?

Points of interest include: remembering projects past, gift ideas, special sauce and secret weapons – and seriously, where did all these purple cows come from?

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Creative Marketing Pt. 2: Calls to Action & Social Media | S5E3

Too much fab for one episode, Lisa and Garrison are still going strong on their creative and guerilla marketing share sesh in the second half of this two-parter (here’s Pt. I) . This time they highlight the importance of turning your relationships into evangelists for your work, differing approaches in how to go about a public portfolio, and have just a whole lot of laughs along the way.

Points of interest include: reviews, calls to action, much ado about Houzz – and much more.

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Creative Marketing: Relationships & Publishing | S5E2

Grab your coffee and pull up a chair, it’s time to listen in to another cross-continental conversation between the lovely Lisa and Garrison! They had so much to say on the subject that we decided to split this one into two episodes! (Stay tuned for Pt. II.)

Finding new and creative niches in marketing – particularly ones that yield results – has always been a challenge, but now it’s more crucial than ever. Is it truly time to say goodbye to print publishing? (Spoiler: No!)

Points of interest include: power partnerships, highlighting your vendors, getting featured in publishing and broadcast media – and much more.

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Season 5 Premiere! | Keeping Up with Evolving Client Expectations

It’s a new season, baby! Garrison and Lisa are back, they’ve got their caffeine, and they’re excited to talk to eachother about all the learning and growing they’ve been doing these last few months. Particularly on the subject of client expectations, and how they’re changing in response to the new landscape.

Points of interest include: getting more involved with your projects, The Three F’s, preppers and planners, respecting the rules of high rises – and much more.

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)