2008 CENTS Show in Columbus, Ohio (3)

CENTS LogoA very late night report,very late. Apparently there was lots of networking and I had a 1st person view of the entire event. Well a lot of the networking, anyway.

The APLD meeting went very well, the highlight was a designer from the SWestern part of the state-John DeVore. John packed so much good info, and material into his 20 minutes that I thought it was the best presentation of the day. If the CENTS people would get it together John would/should be on the program.

It’s great to hear a Designer/Installer talk with passion/desire/integrity, and enthusiasm for the work. Showing real World problems and solutions.

Great networking at dinner tonight. The best piece of advice out of the dinner conversation was the agreement on coming up with one solid solution for the client. When showing a landscape plan, or conceptuals, renderings etc. Give the client your best work, not your best guess.

Designers are paid to solve problems and come up with solutions-not options for the client to choose from.

This is great advice for you younger or beginner Designers out there.

  • Listen to the client
  • Follow your instincts
  • Follow your convictions
  • Trust your experience
  • Bring solutions to the client-not options.

This is even more important as you advance your career and work your way into more complex, difficult challenges.

Higher end clients are not only paying for your expertise, and knowledge they are also paying for you to save them time. Time is the most precious commodity.

Enough, time for a few hours of shut eye, back at it tomorrow . . . er, later today.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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