A full moon always gives us a good feeling - it really is like having the sun out at night. There is only one true full moon night each month, and sometimes the moon is hidden by clouds. A couple nights before and a couple of nights after the official full moon, it looks pretty much the same to us. This gives us 4-5 nights of a full moon effect.
With the time changing forward to daylight savings time for most of us, we experience a new enthusiasm - akin to a full moon feeling. Even though it's not officially spring, things will just feel different - in a better sort of way.
a time when less is more - when we are tweeting just a few characters
or using hastags or acronymns (LOL, for instance) to take the place of
spelled-out phrases, there is another great tool that lets us say a lot
with no visible words at all. I'm speaking of the QR code, and depending
on how you create it, it can include text, linkls, an email address and
a contact phone number - all accessible from a click within the
Today, I taught the first of a two-day class in "Universal Design/Build." It offers practical, in-depth considerations for what you need to take into account as you design a home - yours or one for a client - to be the most accessible possible. There are elements of aging-in-place that are included in the course, but true to universal design concepts, the idea is ease of use for any person regardless of their age, physical size, or ability.
A more detailed explanation of concepts expressed in this course can be found in my books on universal design, such as "Common Sense Universal Design" (available in print or as a Kindle eBook).
As March gets underway, it's time to look forward to seeing people coming into our new home sales centers and getting excited about shopping for their new home. As the weather warms (if only just a little) and as the time changes a week from today, looking for a new home will become serious business for many.
Are we up to the challenge? That's the real issue.
With the interest in selecting a new home now becoming more active, we need to make sure we have the necessary skills and techniques to help people when they visit our sales and model centers.
Regardless of how people find us - online, driving by, or traditional advertising - we need to make sure that we are ready to welcome them, put them at ease, find out about their needs, help them identify a floor plan that will meets their needs and budget, and show them how they can own the new home they have selected.
For anyone not quite sure of the new home sales process or thinking now might be a good time for a refresher (not unlike major league ballplayers who are attending spring training camps right now), this might be the ideal time to take the three-day "Certified New Home Sales Professional" ("CSP") designation program that the NAHB offers.
It covers the details of building a new home, the various facets of constructing your sales presentation, and many helpful concepts for being an effective new home salesperson.
Contact me for more information about how to register for the course, where one is offered that fits your schedule, and what you might expect from taking the course. You can take it as an individual, have your entire team attend, or get your company to host a course just for your sales team.
Stressing the concepts contained in my book, "Universal Design For Safety," I presented "Informing Citizens About Universal Design, Safety, Clutter, And Hoarding In The Home" to University of Florida Extension Service agents at the "Aging Well In Florida" Conference in Gainesville, Florida, today. Dr. Randall Cantrell participated in the program with me.
Several professionals from around the US and Canada gathered in Las Vegas to begin their designation program as a Certified Aging In Place Professional ("CAPS") with Steve Hoffacker as the instructor. Remodelers, home builders, occupational therapists, interior designers, Realtors, DME providers, suppliers, university faculty, consultants, and others participated.