Be Specific About Goals
Often times the first meeting turns into something similar to a water rescue. Questions come flying at the designer and the potential client is hoping for quick answers. The client has felt overwhelmed with the process and now the designer is in front of them to make sense out of all of these moving parts.
Waning: Thinking out loud and expecting specific paint color choices from the designer rarely works. Because the room concept is not fully formed along with budget, layout, lighting etc., a designer can't answer such a specific question(s). It would like adding to a poem when you were only given one line and no idea what it should convey. Without the surrounding lines of the poem as context, a single phrase (paint color) may not have much meaning.
Interior spaces are created the same way as other forms of art. Designers think of creating spaces as a whole. Thus, the specifics always relate back to the concept (whole).
Discuss Financial Goals
Discuss Availability To Meet
Review The Time Frame
Discuss How Conflicts Are Handled
-Anita Bhattacharya Oates, NCIDQ