Great meetings result in something tangible.

Do you know what it takes to have a great meeting? Or, how not to ruin one? Making sure that you have certain rules when it comes to the preparing for and running a meeting is critical to ensuring that your team emerges from the meeting room on the way to something valuable and tangible. "No agenda should include the words information, recap, review, or discussion. Great meetings often have agendas that are no more than one sentence, like "Determine the product launch date" or "Select … [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...]

5 non-digital tips for business growth

5 NON-DIGITAL TIPS FOR BUSINESS GROWTH BY Frances Dickens SMEs are constantly searching for the next technological advancement but digital isn’t the sole driver of business success. Here are five non-digital tips for growing your business. 1. Stay true to your values Clients and consumers want to do business with companies whose values they can respect and share in. Work out early what your company’s values are and make sure they underpin everything you do. This includes being … [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...]

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...]

Meeting Room Special: Book One, Get One 50% off

    After a long and dreary winter, we are ready to celebrate SUMMER. We are excited to be offering a summer special for meeting room reservations. Book your meeting online with one click! During July and August, when you book one meeting room, you get the second one for 50% off.  Simply book both your meetings at the same time and get 50% off the second one. Please note that the discount is applied to a second meeting reservation of equal or lesser value and does not … [Read more...]

Hiring For Small Business — Overcoming Challenges And Tips For Success

By Jason Whitman (Huffington Post) According to the most recent ADP employment report, small businesses added 82,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in April. Also, according to the Small Business Administration, small businesses provide more than half of all jobs in the U.S. But, as every small business owner knows, each and every one of these individuals within your business makes a difference and has the opportunity to move the needle depending on whether that individual is the right fit for the … [Read more...]

Working on the Go? 5 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device

Published Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, by Jo Disney - News and Features Editor, U.K. (Officing Today) With mobile working and BYOD becoming the norm, the question of security is nudging its way ever higher up the priority list. We live in a world where there are more mobile devices than people. Research suggests that soon, the average person will carry 1.5 mobile devices (although, you’re probably already on 2 or 3 yourself). The question is, in a world obsessed by mobile technology, how do … [Read more...]