Happy Birthday Cynthia!

The team at The Rostie Group would like to wish Cynthia Rostie a very Happy Birthday. We hope she has a wonderful day and is enjoying her travels. We look forward to celebrating with her upon her return! … [Read more...]

Rostie Group Networking Pancake Breakfast

This morning we hosted a Pancake Breakfast in the Rainy Lake Room. It was the perfect start to the day. Thank you to those that could make it. Below are some pictures from this morning. Please stay tuned for more fun events that we will be hosting throughout the summer. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RostieGroup   … [Read more...]

The Waterfront BIA Hosts a Wonderful Member’s Appreciation Breakfast

  The kind individuals at The Waterfront BIA hosted a delicious member's appreciation breakfast on board Mariposa Cruises' Captain Matthew Flinders this morning. The breakfast was followed by two informative presentations.  Mark Lebovits and Stephanie McIsaac from Environics Analytics revealed detailed statistics of our waterfront service area. We learned a great deal about our waterfront community including including who the community is, average household incomes and detailed … [Read more...]

What type of meeting is it again?

Understanding the type of meeting that you are planning should help you make it even more effective. The type and purpose of getting this group of participants together will determine the timing, preparation and follow-up expected. Amanda Schneider says "Not all meetings should follow the same template. Using a variety of meeting techniques helps people focus, feel productive, and helps teams keep projects on track. Knowing your "meeting type" and following these best practices can keep … [Read more...]

How does your meeting room arrangement affect participants?

Are you guilty of overlooking meeting room logistics. The layout of your meeting room is secondary only to the meeting agenda and info. Here are some results of a survey conducted on meeting room participants, to think about before your next meeting. "Meeting participants gave the highest ratings to the speakers, the opportunity to ask questions, the responses to questions, and topics about how the company was doing, especially about recent successes. The lowest rated items were the … [Read more...]

Tips every startup can use

FAST GROWTH IS A GOOD PROBLEM, BUT WITHOUT GUIDELINES AND STRUCTURE, CAN BE A DETRIMENT TO YOUR NEW STARTUP. HERE'S HOW ONE FOUNDER GREW HIS COMPANY, AND WHAT HE LEARNED IN THE PROCESS. BY MATT EHRLICHMAN Over the past eight months our company has tripled in size, expanding from 25 employees to 125. During this time we transitioned from working in the basement of my home to a 17,000-square-foot office in Seattle, outgrowing two other temporary spaces in the process. Growing so … [Read more...]

Tips for fast and focused meetings in Toronto

5 TIPS FOR FAST AND FOCUSED MEETINGS. NO MORE CROWDED ROOMS OR RAMBLING OPINIONS -- MEETINGS CAN EASILY BE SPEEDY AND PRODUCTIVE WITH THESE FIVE TIPS. By Sam Harrison   If you slowly feel your soul draining and your mind turning to mush right now--and if you're reading this on your smartphone--there's a very good chance you're currently sitting in on a truly unproductive meeting. Rather than getting bogged down in any more overcrowded and underproductive business meetings, … [Read more...]

The recipe for winning at business event planning

This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries. In Start Your Own Event Planning Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Cheryl Kimball explain how you can get started in the event planning industry, whether you want to work part- or full-time planning anything from a first-birthday party, bar mitzvah or wedding to political fundraisers and product launches. In this edited excerpt, … [Read more...]

How to be more productive in the meeting room

5 TIPS FOR MAKING MEETINGS MORE PRODUCTIVE  - Lou Orfanos Whether taking place over the phone, online or face-to-face, meetings are where deals are made, decisions agreed, and relationships with clients and colleagues strengthened. Yet, despite offering many benefits, they can also be a big drain on workers’ time if they aren’t managed effectively or organised with a clear purpose. A study by Epson and the Centre for Economics and Business Research suggests that less than half of … [Read more...]