Posts Tagged ‘MBA’

The Joy of Learning

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Are you a learner? A seeker? Well everyone who knows me knows that I would rather be learning and studying above almost everything else. I have even been known to stay home from a fun event including a broadway play in the big apple, to watch a webinar in my PJ’s with a glass of wine. Yes, it’s just my 4th week of my 52 weeks of Joy and learning has already been a big part of my 2017.

You also may remember that I went to college for 9 years and got 3 degrees–accounting, interior design and an MBA. My parents thought I would never get out of school. And though I didn’t really plan to get all these degrees originally, in hindsight the combination has turned out to be a pretty good plan for my design and consulting career.

I am always reading–I have about 3 business, self-help or parenting books going at all times on my kindle app with about 10 (or 30) others purchased and waiting for me. And at any given time I am working through one or two webinars or online courses and have a laundry list of classes, courses, webinars and live seminars that I want to attend.


I have a lot of interests but I typically focus my learning and education on things that benefit me personally or that I can use for clients or both. Over the last 7 months I have been part of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s program to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. This is as much for myself and my family as for clients. But I love the way it integrates into my design and consulting businesses because wellness and balance is a huge need for the design clients I work for as well as the entrepreneurs, CEO’s and small business owners that I coach and mentor in my consulting business. So this knowledge plays right into my work and you will be seeing more and more of this wellness focus in both my design and consulting businesses in the future.

If you read my blog about the Joy of Whitespace, you know I want more free time in my life. And it’s not all so I can lay around and do nothing. A lot of that space would be filled with learning, because it’s something that really fills me up. It feeds my soul. And it helps me help others, which is one of my favorite things to do.

FullSizeRender.jpgI even have another topic or two that I could see myself studying through an online college curriculum once my daughter is in college in a few years, or maybe I’ll enroll in a local college again. She and I could be students at the same time.

I think learning keeps you young and at the rate I am learning, I’m going to be around for a long time.


So how about you…are you a learner? What do you want to read or study and if you aren’t, what is holding you back from that? If you enrolled in courses, would you use it to change your life or your career? And for those of you who study like me, what are your favorite books, teachers, webinars and sources of information. I’d love to know.

Happy Learning, friends! May we all become smarter and wiser together this year.

Joyfully yours,

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Don’t Miss Out on Tobi U!

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I had an AMAZING response to the launch of Tobi U, my new online learning center for interior designers! So many designers have signed up and are already telling me how these business courses are changing their businesses and their lives!

If you haven’t made the leap to join me for the first semester of Tobi U at the very limited Early Bird Pricing, now is the time! Early Bird pricing will close on Feb. 28, and Spring Registration will officially close on March 31st and won’t reopen again until Fall when I launch my second semester of Tobi U.

In each semester of Tobi U you get 8 modules of content, each module focusing on a central topic that is CRITICAL to the business of interior design. I give real, honest and straightforward information on how to REALLY take your business and your life higher, no matter what level you are in your business right now. It isn’t fluff, it’s roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work content.

Each of the 8 modules includes a video that walks you through the topic, like how to get a handle on your financials, and gives you a clear focus of why it’s so important to your business. Then I include a webinar for each module, made up of the best-of-the-best of the foundational business content from my classes and courses plus all new cutting-edge ideas on how to reach your goals in the state of our industry right now.

Each module also has downloadable PDF worksheets for your HOMEWORK! Yep, that’s right! Tobi U brings you homework. As I love to say, “This won’t work if you don’t do the work!” And then I offer you a podcast in each module that helps keep you motivated. To see more about how Tobi U works, check out this blog post from a few weeks back where I walk you through the process step-by-step.

If you start with Tobi U NOW, you can have tools and strategies in place to help turn your business around by this summer – and isn’t that what you want? So what are you waiting for? Register NOW for Tobi U (by Feb. 28) and get the limited time early bird special of $999 while you still can. The regular price is a fabulous value for all this great content and the Early Bird Special makes Tobi U a steal of a deal!

Here’s what a few of our Tobi U students are saying…

“Excellent job on Tobi U. It’s easy to use, has great and valuable content and the badges are fun. Thanks for sharing your secrets to success. And thanks for being accessible to all of us striving to achieve the best we can be!”–Maria Adams

“It’s horrifying to work the numbers (for your design business) but when you finally get them- and understand them- you can get a plan and take action! The Tobi U Financials module is so great!”–Kathleen DiPaolo

“Most helpful was the goal discussion. I am all in with the go big or go home! I like getting permission to do that, to think that way, to shoot for that.Thank you Tobi U!”–Mara Malcolm

“The content is great and so far. This is the most fun I’ve ever had doing homework!” –Wendy Fisher

So what are you waiting for? Don’t spend another minute waiting to change your life. Don’t put off building your dream business. Sign up TODAY…6 months from now you will wish you had!









How to Change Your Interior Design Business

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The interior design business is a tough one. It’s a creative business that also requires some serious entrepreneurial skills, and too often those aren’t taught in design school. So many designers tell me that they were blindsided by the business itself, and the need to understand financials, marketing, pricing, negotiation, sales, and so much more.

But here is where I can help – in fact, it’s one of my PASSIONS to help other designers improve their businesses! I have an accounting degree and an MBA, in addition to my interior design degree, and I have years of experience in coaching and teaching other designers how to improve and refine their businesses for maximum success!

My Designer MBA course is the deep-dive business education that has completely transformed design businesses across the country! Taking place Nov. 10-11 in Dallas at the historic Stoneleigh Hotel, this two-day event will give interior designers the tools and confidence they need to professionalize their processes and to sell their services with confidence.

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 4.01.54 PMWhat separates Designer MBA from any other business course or event is that I am also in the interior design trenches every single day. I know how hard it can be – and I have developed Designer MBA to answer all of the pain points you can have as a designer. I’ll teach you to:

  • Charge what you’re worth
  • Get your financial house in order
  • Attract your ideal client
  • Market your business like a pro

Here’s what a few of our Designer MBA customers have to say about the course:

“Since attending Tobi’s event, I had a 500% increase in profits! What Tobi will spoon-feed you is a roadmap to making money.” Mara Malcolm

“Tobi is so generous with her time and her knowledge. I walked in frightened about the future of my business. I walked out a confident designer! I have the tools to restructure, and I am rebuilding for success.” Alison Johnston

“I would have paid twice as much for the results I have already reaped!” Suzy Watkins

“After returning from Designer MBA, everything has changed in my business for the better. I have been sprinting just to keep up with everything happening. Now my time is not wasted running around, but in meeting new, quality clients and closing the largest contracts ever!” Kim Layne Gonzalez

Let me give YOU the same results! Join me at Designer MBA! Learn more by clicking here.

Stop leaving money on the table, and start feeling empowered!