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When I begin working with a new interior design coaching client, I set up a shared "dashboard" using a program that many designers use as well—Basecamp. (www.basecamp.com.) The Basecamp dashboard becomes a very convenient place to share messages, documents, and to-dos that each of us has agreed to. It also...
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