Communicate Better

Every painter I’ve talked to in the last few weeks is moving at a hundred miles an hour. Anything we can do to simplify or speed-up tasks is welcome. Email reinvented how we communicate with clients and potential customers. But it’s also become overwhelming. Any...

Group Like-Items

Getting organized takes a little time upfront, but the results are always better than without organization (faster, smoother, more efficient, less frustrating!). Not that I do this, but grouping like-items on a shopping list makes it possible to breeze through the...

Your Brand: A Cautionary Tale

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about branding around here, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all be thinking about it. Your brand is the image you project to everyone around you. It’s the way people think about you and your company. As painters are ramping up for...

Question More – the Dunning-Kruger Effect

WHY? It’s every 4-year-old’s favorite question. To them, the whole world is new. They’re trying to make sense of it and they’re full of curiosity. Have you heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect? I hadn’t until the other day. The Dunning-Kruger effect suggests that people...

Be Open and Adapt to Change

Change is tough for me. No sooner do I get comfortable with my surroundings – the version of Windows on my computer, the way my iPhone works, the channels on the tv – then there’s an update and suddenly I can’t find the Weather Channel! But as the saying goes, “When...

Email Deliverability

Avoid the Spam Folder   You just put the finishing touches a on big proposal for a new client and you’re ready to email it over. You want that bid to end up in your client’s inbox. In this post we’re going to look at a couple easy things you can do so that the...

The Secret to Making Smart Goals

Happy New Year everyone! I know, I know. It’s the third week of January and all the holiday decorations are back in storage. But I’m not comfortable writing “2017” yet, so the year still feels new. I’m going to start 2017 by talking about goals. This is related to my...

Thoughts on Measuring Success

I don’t know about you, but I always get reflective around the end of the year. Maybe it has something to do with the weather. Or it could be the sappy holiday music that’s been filling every public space for the last month. At any rate, lately the topic of success...

Tired of Putting Out Fires? Get Proactive!

Shout out to all firefighters! You are awe-inspiring! You stare danger in the face and take action. You don’t let fear stop you from doing what needs to be done. Firefighters are much in the news these days with the wildfires in the Appalachian Mountains. So when...