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May 31, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.
Which idea is your best idea?
[Video Transcript]


Welcome to the Monday Minute. Where each Monday you can jump-start your week by getting one big idea to ignite your mind and to help you improve how you “Create Where People Live.” 

So here’s my big idea for the week. 

I am a flawed human being; just ask my wife she can attest to that. So I attend a lot of personal development and business courses. Last week I attended a 4-day business master class, and here’s the big takeaway that I want to share with you. 

The bad news is, most conferences run Thursday-Friday or Friday-Saturday. In this case, it was Wednesday through Saturday. 

So historically, no matter how much effort or hard work the presenter puts into creating the presentation and no matter how much hard work I put into taking notes, the fact is that one day after the event, I’m only going to retain 50% of what I learned. The next day after that it drops to 25%. A week later, my retention is down to 10%. 

But here’s the good news. During the note-taking function of me attending a course, I’m jotting down my ideas, and then I take those ideas and put them on a sheet of paper and create three columns. 

Over here, on the right side, the first column is a “T” for time. How long is it going to take me to implement this idea? Is it going to be fast, or is it going to be slow? 

“H” is for horsepower. How much effort am I going to have to put into implementing this idea? Is it going to be easy, or is it going to be hard? So horsepower could be resources like money or people. 

The third column is “G” for gain. How much am I going to gain by implementing this idea, or how much will the project gain by implementing this idea? 

My idea is to change the conference background that we use when you go to the registration page from saying membership, certification, and education to the words credibility, community, and coaching. 

As an organization, we sell membership, and we sell education, and we sell certification, but in the industry’s perspective, what we are providing as an organization is credibility for the CPBD, a community for you to gather and learn from each other, and coaching so that we can build the best residential design industry that we can, one designer at a time. 

In each of my columns, I gave it a 10. For time, it is something that I can implement fast. It’s just an image, and we can change the words. 

“H” for horsepower, it’s only going to take a little amount of effort. How hard is it to open a file and change the words? and then save the file, of course. 

And then “G,” gain. I think it is going to be a huge gain because we are then communicating the value that we provide to the industry and not just the products that we provide to the industry. 

In this case, that idea came up with a total perfect score of 30, and it was the first thing that we worked on as a team when I got back to the office on Monday morning. 

So what ideas do you have? Have you been writing down and rating them? Maybe you’re coming up with a new idea every week. That’s why this is important. Because you just don’t seem to have the time to implement the ideas. But it’s probably because you’re just not prioritizing your ideas. 

And, if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas and you need some new inspiration, think about joining us at the AIBD Spring conference on June 8th and 9th. It is 100% virtual. You don’t have to leave your office. You can even wait until the last minute to sign up. 

I’m going to have a more professional version of what I created by hand here that you can download on the registration page. So whether you sign up or not, you’re going to want to look for the link down below that leads you to the AIBD Design & Build Spring Conference. So that you can at least go to the registration page and download your action plan form, that you can use to be able to document, and then rate, and then implement your great ideas. 

Oh! While you’re looking for that link down below, you might as well scroll through the whole page because there’s a ton of stuff going on in AIBD, and you’re not going to want to miss out.

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This is especially true for small design firms, which have a lot of overhead costs that they need to keep low.

There are hundreds of tools out there that can help designers save time and money.

But it’s hard to find the right ones, with no clear way to compare them all at once.

We’ve created this list of free business software so you can easily find the best tools for your needs without wasting any more time or money than necessary on trial and error. 

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You can still design buildings…

But you could still get in trouble. 

This is true even if you’re using software that requires no architectural training at all…and it’s also true if you’re designing with pen and paper! 

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