Home staging expert, Debra Gould, discusses the purpose of Staging Diva homework assignments and why she doesn’t believe in grading results and giving out home staging credentials.
Staging Diva Home Staging Training Program isn’t about getting graded
In The Staging Diva® Training Program, marks aren’t handed out, there are no papers to be graded and there is no pass or fail to determine if you are a graduate of the course. This is a different approach than most home staging training companies that require you to hand in assignments to be graded as a condition for you to complete the program or “qualify” for their “guaranteed staging jobs”.
Debra Gould, creator of The Staging Diva® Home Staging Business Training Program, has a different philosophy about home staging training for several reasons.
Staging Diva doesn’t offer imaginary credentials. Unlike most home staging training companies, Gould does not pretend to offer official home staging credentials. In fact, she’s one of the only leaders in the home staging industry who tell people upfront that there is no such thing in the completely unregulated home staging industry. She believes that handing out assignments that must be graded and making students jump through other artificial hoops just to pretend they’re suddenly certified and qualified as home stagers is pointless since there is no such thing as home staging credentials.
You’re learning how to operate a business so you already have work to do. Debra Gould created the Staging Diva® Home Staging Business Training Program with the goal of teaching others how to start and grow a successful home staging business using decorating talent they already have. She has created homework assignments that correspond to each of the 5 home staging courses but each assignment asks students to think about or do something they should be doing anyway to get their staging business up and running.
Gould states, “The reason I call them homework assignments is to nudge home stagers to do these things now rather than putting them off since it’s so easy to procrastinate when you’re working for yourself.” She adds, “Each homework assignment is designed to move students closer to achieving their goal of having a successful home staging business.”
Students are adults and presumed to be committed to their own success. Because The Staging Diva® Program is self-led learning, whether students choose to do the homework or not is completely up to them. According to Gould, “The homework assignments I give in the Staging Diva Courses are the steps needed to get a staging business off the ground. If someone is serious about growing a successful business, I know they’ll complete them. If they don’t, they will live with the consequences which are much more real than course marks.”
“What it all comes down to,” states The Staging Diva®, “is the fact that someone wouldn’t have ordered the Staging Diva Training Program if they didn’t want to learn what I have to teach. I don’t assign mandatory homework, but I do assign it for a reason. If you complete those assignments, you’ll be more successful in your home staging business.”
About the author
The creator of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, Debra Gould has staged millions of dollars worth of real estate, including seven of her own homes. She is the president of home staging firm SixElements.com and has trained thousands of home stagers to start and grow their own businesses. Gould created the Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers to help home sellers and real estate agents locate staging services in their area.