Freelancers Unite – with Coworking

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Are you a Freelancer looking for a place to connect, network and get work done?

We are offering free coworking hours and a special discounts  on coworking packages for freelancers. Get your creative juices flowing and let us take care of the rest.

Enjoy an all-access workspace with Wi-Fi, printing/ fax capabilities and of course complimentary coffee!

Be inspired. Take a stroll along Toronto’s Waterfront, only a few short steps away from your workspace.

Be connected. Coworking encourages like-minded people to come together and share ideas. Our shared office environment encourages networking and is home to an array of entrepreneurs, startups and business owners.

Be productive. Focus on your work without the stress of a home-office or crowded coffee shop. We take care of all your workspace and caffeine needs.

Call today!

416-214-1840

Toll-free:1-800-648-1840 info@rostiegroup.com

On-site Chair Massages at The Rostie Group!

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Time to Relax and Re-Energize!

Convenient On-site Chair Massages at The Rostie Group

 

When: Monday August 10, 2015

Where: Caspian Room

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

What to Expect:

Caspian Room will be transformed into a calm, oasis atmosphere; with aroma therapy and zen music. A Registered Massage Therapist will be performing the massages over clothing. There will also be complimentary healthy snacks and beverages, to take on the way out.

Our Receptionist will be set up in front of the massage room to take payment via cash or credit cards after your massage, and an RMT receipt will be issued to submit for reimbursement.

How To Book Your Appointment Online:

1) Go to www.gtamobilemassage.com and Click on “Book Appointment” at the top right corner.

2) Click on your Location: “The Rostie Group”

3) Click on your massage duration “15, 20, 25 or 30 minute chair massage session”

4) Click on the Available Day (Monday August 10th)

5) Choose from the Available Times (ex. 11:00 am)

6) Fill in the Required Fields (First, last name, email and phone number and Hit “Schedule Appointment”

Our Receptionist will also take last minute drop in appointments, day of.

For any questions please email us at gtamobilemassage@hotmail.com

 

Team Space Available Immediately

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At the Rostie Group we pride ourselves in being able to provide quality and affordable office and team space for rent.

Features include:

  • Fully furnished and perfect for 3 to 6 persons
  • Spectacular city views
  • Situated in the thriving downtown South Core, steps away from Union station and just a stone throws away from the lake
  • SkyWalk access from Union Station – Have a warm commute in the winter months!
  • Flexible and customizable office configuration to meet your company’s unique needs
  • Committed specialist support available from any of our teams (catering, in house IT support etc.)
  • Rostie Group meeting rooms, voice over IP, videoconferencing, full service kitchen and business lounge all available (preferred rates may apply).

Feel free to contact us for further information and to schedule a tour. 416-214-1840 or info@rostiegroup.com. We look forward to offering you a unique office solution that meets your company’s needs.

The Scoop is Out – July 2015

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Free Rise & Shine Breakfast Seminar – July 8th – 8:00am

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Come and join us over breakfast and learn about SLAP (Silver Lining Action Plan) for businesses with Founder & CEO Carissa Reiniger!

Wednesday, July 8th – 8:00 am
20 Bay St, Waterpark Place, 11th Floor

Toronto, ON
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If you are a business owner with 100K to 2M in revenue and feel like you never have enough time or money – you probably need a SLAP! A SLAP (Silver Lining Action Plan) helps you set revenue and profit goals AND create the most direct Action Plan to hit those goals.
This SLAPsession is not going to have any consulting speak or leave you with another impractical business plan that you won’t ever look at or use – instead it is a working session where we will move fast and guide you through our SLAPmethodology to help you build a one year growth plan for your business!

In our time together, we will work through:
• How to build a niche and grow faster
• How to evaluate expenses, profit margins and best pricing for your products or services
• How to figure out who your Ideal Client is
• How to go out and find more Ideal Client’s (without spending ANY money and very limited time)

http://silverlininglimited.com/

Please respond to rsvp@rostiegroup.com to confirm your attendance.

Tips on Where to Sit in Your Next Meeting

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Ever wondered how where you sit impacts a meeting or interview? There are definitely dynamics to consider when choosing where to sit in relation to the other attendees in the meeting room. In the western world, the most senior person in the meeting sits at the head of the table. While in Asia, the most senior person sits in the middle of one of the horizontal rows.

 

Here are some tips about seating positions and how they impact the dynamic of meetings. While many factors will determine the application of the points here, such as number of people in attendance, how early you are to the meeting and even the shape of the table, these tips can help at the very least by highlighting the forces at play and the advantages and disadvantages of various seating arrangements.

 

Share the corner to put them at ease

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When you share one corner of the meeting table, the other person is more likely to be relaxed, comfortable and open to free-flowing conversation. This positioning allows for easy eye contact, freedom to use and observe each other’s gestures, and eliminates territorial division of the table. This can be used for introductory meetings and one-on-one presentations to establish rapport quickly and gain trust. In larger meetings it is easier to reciprocate cooperation from the person seated next you than anyone else at the table.

 

Side by Side for collaboration

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Have a deadline looming? Sitting side by side is great positioning for collaborating and brain storming between two people. Most people gravitate to this position naturally when they are working on the same project. Depending on your level of comfort prior to the meeting there might be a feeling of discomfort or invasion of personal space because of the close proximity of the parties at the table.

 

Face-off for a power play

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We’ve all experienced the tense atmosphere that sitting directly opposite someone (or in a competitive position) can create. In an office setting it can be used to establish a superior-subordinate role. In social research it was found that when seated across from someone else, people speak in shorter sentences and recall less of what was said. It was also discovered that those involved in the study were less likely to be persuaded than any other seating arrangement.

 

Circle, Square or Rectangle?

Square tables provide the opportunity to combine both corner and side by side seating while a rectangular table provides multiple competitive positions. It is said that King Arthur sat the knights around the round table to avoid the competitive dynamic and imply equality.

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So how will you leverage your place at the meeting table to forge a new relationship or establish leadership?

 

Sources: http://westsidetoastmasters.com/resources/book_of_body_language/chap17.html
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/digital-leaders/201210/the-power-seat-where-you-sit-matters

The PanAm Games are Around the Corner

The Rostie Group is proud to support the Pan Am and Parapan American games in Toronto this summer. Suitable for any type of meeting or event, PanAm participants and affiliates receive meeting room discounts and 5 hours of Coworking free!

This is an exciting time for Toronto, and all the attending athletes and visitors. We are happy to have our work community in such a vibrant and upbeat city. We rocked our PanAm gear all around our work community and will continue to do so all summer long – check out the photos below!

The Pan Am Games will be on from July 10-26 and the Parapan Am Games August 7-15. Events will be taking place all over the Greater Toronto Area. To get your own T-shirt and other merchandise visit https://shop.toronto2015.org/





#RostieTalks – Citrix – GoToMeeting

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This week on #RostieTalks features David Potter, Marketing Manager for Citrix Canada in Toronto and Spencer Anderson, Rostie Group’s Customer Service Representative. They dive into Citrix’s GoToMeeting platform and the benefits of having a versatile office space in Toronto’s waterfront community. Watch the video then check out http://www.gotomeeting.ca/ for more ways to improve your business meeting experience.

 

This is Spencer Anderson from The Rostie Group, and I’m here with David Potter from Citrix.

Q.  Tell us a bit about your business and what are the specific areas that you guys specialize in.

A.  We’re a software company. We have a range of online products that allow people to collaborate, work, and stay productive regardless of where they are.

 

Q.  How did you develop your interest in the industry?

A.  I came into tech marketing kind of backwards, I was in the advertising industry first and got into working on clients who were in tech business and gradually over time moved into working on the client side of the business and was lucky enough to join Citrix when we opened the office for our mobility apps business unit here a couple of years ago.

 

Q.  What are the main differences between GoToMeeting and your competitors?

A.  Whether you’re looking at GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar or any of our other products we really focus on a couple different things. The biggest one being ease of use because if the products aren’t easy for your customers or for you to use or your employees to use then you’re not going to see the benefit that you hope to. We also have a product set that is focused on businesses, so they’re not consumer products; they have really been designed with businesses in mind.

 

Q.  How long has Citrix been with The Rostie Group?

A.  We have been here at The Rostie Group for about three years since we opened since we opened our offices for the mobility apps and business unit here in Canada.

 

Q.  How often do you use our meeting space and training space?

A.  The great thing for the meeting space for us is that we have a relatively small team in Canada and the ability to have extra meeting rooms and scale up when we need it gives us the flexibility without the need to have to carry that extra cost in an ongoing basis.

 

Q.  What is your experience working in this kind of an environment so far?

A.  We have a great balance in this type of environment. We have a personal or a segregated office space here for Citrix which gives us the privacy but we also have access to the shared facilities such as the kitchen or the extra meetings rooms which has been great for us as we’ve grown

 

Q.  What is the most exciting part of your job?

A.  I think I have a really great job; I have lots of opportunities to do different things on an ongoing basis. There is a great opportunity to test and do new things whether it’s in social media or some of the things we’re doing to help support the sales team here in Canada.

 

Q.  Living and working in downtown Toronto, Harbourfront/South Core, what do you love most about it?

A.  I think for me I really like the way the South Core has been changing over the last number of years, despite the construction I think it will be well worth it in the end. I’m working here now as my second stint, my first being working at a university at one of the other buildings here and it’s amazing how much has changed. With the connection of the PATH getting you right downtown when you need to, particularly in the winters, the addition of UP is going to be great in the sense that if you’re travelling regionally you can quickly get over to Billy Bishop (Airport) to take a short flight, if you need to go a little farther the UP train will get you to Pearson (Airport) fairly quickly and painlessly once it’s up and running and I think the changes that are happening along the WaterFront make it a very vibrant place to work and live.

 

Thank you for coming out and answering a few questions David!

Queens Quay Re-Opening & Redpath Waterfront Festival

A big THANK YOU to Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto, Redpath Waterfront Festival, Waterfront BIA and all those who have been a part of the Waterfront revitalization project. After three years of construction, Toronto’s revitalized waterfront boulevard is open! We are overjoyed to have our work community looking so beautiful. The Waterfront Toronto Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting at Simcoe WaveDeck was a great start to a weekend full of activities. From Stunt Dogs and dance troupes to the Wine & Spirit Festival and Sweetness Pride Beach Party, there was something for everyone. It was great to see local community members, workplace staff and businesses coming together to celebrate the stunning Toronto Waterfront. Check out some of our favourite moments in the photos below!
Toronto’s Waterfront will be an attractive spot this summer. Come and see Queens Quay bike path and red brick walking path, now smoothly integrated with the TTC streetcar system providing a dazzling new view with breathtaking skylines. After years of hard work, the outcome is beyond what we expected and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a wonderful work community!
Check out http://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/ for more details on the revitalization project.

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Lunch ‘n’ Learn Retrospect

The Rostie Group wants to thank Elaine Newman, Founder and CEO of Global Learning, for providing an insightful and engaging presentation on ‘Unconscious Bias’ on Wednesday. Elaine masterfully highlighted the most popular types of unconscious bias in the workplace and got all attendees to share in some interesting mind-boggling activities. Concurrently Elaine introduced us to the concept #WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). We should always remember to ask ourselves WIIFM before committing to a project or goal? Rhonda Singer, VP of Global Talent at Global Learning
was also present to contribute some of her wisdom on the topic.
Over lunch we learned that unconscious bias is present in the minds of everyone in society, and it has a large effect in all workplace environments, from entry level hiring processes to who is promoted to CEO. One can become aware of their own and others unconscious biases and work to encourage behavioural and cultural change.
Elaine provided valuable resources including the implicit-association test (IAT) found at https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html
The test is a measure within social psychology designed to detect the strength of a person’s automatic association between mental representations of objects (concepts) in memory. Check it out for yourself and you may be surprised by your results! There are also some great books to read on the topic, such as
The Blindspot by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald http://spottheblindspot.com/the-book/
and Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
Most importantly you should visit http://egloballearning.info/ to learn more about unconscious bias and Global Learning’s programs. Thank you again to Elaine and Rhonda and we look forward to planning another Lunch ‘n’ Learn with you soon!
#WIIFM #unconsciousbias #LunchnLearn @eGlobalLearning @rostiegroup

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