Team Space Now Available at The Rostie Group

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The Rostie Group is pleased to announce that one of our team rooms has just become available. It has beautiful views and can accommodate up to 30 employees. We look forward to discussing your company’s needs and offering you a suitable office solution.

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What type of meeting is it again?

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112512_2029_BookReviewT1Understanding 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 you from wasting time and depleting your team’s motivation”

Read more of her great article here…

Great meetings result in something tangible.

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112512_2029_BookReviewT1Do 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 software developer for database redesign.”

Information? Share it before the meeting. If I need to make a decision during a meeting, shouldn’t I have the information I need to make that decision ahead of time? Send documents, reports, etc., to participants in advance.

Holding a meeting to share information is unproductive and wastes everyone’s time–it’s lazy.”

Read this really great article about having great meetings here…

 

 

How does your meeting room arrangement affect participants?

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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 meeting room and all the logistics: Room was too small or too big; room temperature was too hot or too cold or too stuffy; the chairs were uncomfortable chairs; the audio was poor; sight lines were poor; the video screen was too small; there were no refreshments; the refreshments were unhealthy; there were too many apples and oranges and not enough cookies; there was no water; there weren’t enough diet sodas.”

Read the rest of the article by Liz Guthridge here…

Keep your business competitive with good eMarketing

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Being able to connect with your audience online is important to your business’ survival in the long term.

Maximize Your Google Presence

Google offers many tools to aid small business marketing strategies. Whenever a customer uses Google to search for your product type, you want Google to lead the customer to your business. To appear on Google search, Google Maps, Google + and millions of customers’ mobile devices, you need to list your business with Google Places. Simply sign into your Google account and enter your business information, address, website, etc. Listing your business with Google Places is a completely free service, so be sure list your business as soon as you can.

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101 Secrets to Running a Successful Home-Based Business in Toronto

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Originally posted by Sara Wilson

According to the Small Business Administration, more than 50 percent of small businesses are home-based. Home-based businesses offer low overhead, helpful tax incentives, and the opportunity to work in your pajamas, among other benefits. But before you get started, there are some things — 101, to be precise — that you should know about running a company from home. Here is our list of top tips, lessons, pitfalls, and more to get you on your way.

Getting Started 

We asked home-based business owners to share their best tips and advice. Here’s what they had to say about organizing a home office, skillfully operating a business from home, and more.

1. Create a work environment you feel good in. And that includes investing in professional office equipment and furniture. “Everyone is vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries from using office equipment,” says Paul Robert Edwards, coauthor of Working From Home as well as a Small Business Development Center consultant. “So take care to get things that fit you ergonomically. Particularly important are your chair and your keyboard.”

2. Keep your overhead to a minimum. “It’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how much you keep, so overhead is key,” says Craig Wolfe, founder of CelebriDucks, a company that creates celebrity rubber ducks. “It’s great that you’re working from home, but you can still bankrupt yourself through ill-conceived overspending, especially in technology.”

3. Create a strong team. “Work with experts on parts of your business where you are not an expert,” says Cathi Brese Doebler, a home-based business owner for 10 years and author of Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family. “For example, if you are not good with computer hardware, hire someone to help you set up your computer network. Or, if you are not an expert on taxes, find a good tax advisor. Focus your business on your areas of expertise and strength, and hire experts to help you with your areas of weakness.”

4. Work where you’re most productive, even if it’s outside of your home. “Sometimes home is not the right place and work is not the right place — even when On laptop in the poolthey are the same place,” says Stephanie Staples, a personal coach and motivational speaker. “I need a third location. For example, a donut shop, library — somewhere that even though other things are going on, I don’t have to pay attention or care about it. It is the power of the third location; I think differently, work differently, act differently there, and it really helps me.”

5. Work on your business, not in your business. “There’s a big difference between working in your business and working on your business,” says Jeannel King, a visual facilitator and coach, and founder of her own home-based business, Big Picture Solutions. “A home-based business typically translates into being a small operation of one: you! In that situation, it’s easy to focus only on product or service delivery. However, it’s essential to make time to work on our business, and that means focusing on the finances, the marketing plans, the vision and strategy, the systems and processes that provide the infrastructure for our businesses to be not just successful, but thriving and sustainable.”

6. Have the attitude that you work from home, not at home, says Edwards.

7. Don’t hide it, flaunt it! “Don’t try to shy away from the fact that you run your business at home,” says Maria Rapetskaya, cofounder of Undefined Creative, a home-based design and animation studio. “Give your potential clients the rundown of why it benefits them — like low overhead.”

Bike to Work Day kicks off Bike Month (May 26-June 26, 2014)

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Bike month is soon approaching. The month long event will be kicked off with Bike  to Work day on May 26, 2014. The initiative started off as a Bike to Work day and has now gained momentum and is considered one of the largest cycling promotion events in Canada. The event is hosted by an organization called Cycle Toronto. Bike Month brings together families, artists, commuters and community groups to promote cycling at hundreds of events all month long.

The Rostie Group will be participating in Bike to Work Day and many staff members and tenants will be cycling  to the office all month long.  Bike month reminds us that our beautiful Queen’s Quay will soon be a wonderful oasis for bikers with expanded bicycle lanes and much more green space over the next year. The entire Queen’s Quay revitalization program is bicycle friendly and we are excited to see a big change in the number of cyclists in the area.

Around the globe, several countries are launching initiatives to promote cycling and healthy lifestyles. In the US, there has been a rise of protected bike lanes. A video detailing the rise can be seen below. One of the best projects that we have seen to promote cycling is taking place in Sweden. The municipal government in the city of Gothenburg is offering free bikes to commuters who promise to drive less. You can read more about this here.

Be a part of the movement and select a day to Bike to Work.

Happy Bike Month everyone!

 

The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. from Green Lane Project on Vimeo.

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

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The Rostie Group - Book One Get One Summer Special

 

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 include catering or AV requirements.

The Rostie Group is Toronto’s premier mid-sized meetings and conference centre and boutique provider of fully furnished personal and shared workspaces including virtual offices, team rooms, workstations, pro and coworking spaces as well as event spaces. Situated at Bay and Queen’s Quay in the city’s thriving south core, our experienced and professional staff are always on hand and dedicated to your business success.

Please feel free to contact our team if you would like to take advantage of this limited time offer or if you have any questions. We can be reached at 416-214-1840 or meetings@rostiegroup.com

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