Why Team Building Events are Important

the importance of team building

In today’s workforce, so much time and attention is often geared towards the customer and client. The marketing and training are based on appeasing them and keeping them coming back for more. But while all of that attention is being placed on the client, not much is often placed on one of the most value factor – the employees. The employees are the frontline to any brand or business. They represent what you stand for and are often what can make or break a business.

So needless to say, time and effort for thoroughly training and investing in your employees is imperative. And team building events are one the quintessential ways for achieving that success and building the type of team that wants to do a good job at representing your brand and service.

Here’s how team building events can help improve your business.

Improves Communication

Good communication among employees and management is one of the key components for running a successful operation, no matter the industry. It is what keeps the engine running and production thriving. Employees must feel comfortable communicating with management and expressing their opinions and concerns. When good communication is present it can greatly influence and improve the relationships among other employees and management, which in turn, can directly impact the interactions with clients.

Improves Motivation

Nothing instigates or inspires motivation more than feeling as though you are part of a team. Team building events foster the rapport among employees that build confidence, promote ideas, and improve the motivation throughout a team to excel at what they are doing.

Improves Creativity

When employees are provided with various experiences outside of the office environment that encourage growth, it can greatly affect and promote new ideas and creativity. It stimulates new concepts and inspires the ingredients that are necessary for allowing them to feel comfortable sharing those ideas they may not have initially felt comfortable expressing.

Builds Trust

Team building events come down to developing that trust factor. It can take time – often many years – for employees to feel as though they are viewed as a colleague rather than just another employee. And when you can foster that sense of trust, you can set the stage for real growth and success within your business.

So if you’re searching for ways to enhance the success of your business, there’s no better way than investing in the people who can make or break your success. Employees are the most important factor for really allowing a business to thrive. And team building events can provide the necessary ingredients to improve communication, relationships, creativity, and the overall success in the workplace.

 


The Perfect Sweet 16 Party

The Perfect Sweet 16 Party

Sweet sixteen birthdays are a big deal for many. It’s the age that marks the first real transition from a young teenager into early adulthood. That’s why for so many families in Ottawa, it has become a tradition to really highlight this birthday and make it extra special. When it comes time to plan it out, well, it’s not hard to imagine the pressure and stress it can also create for the parent.

If you have a sweet sixteen to plan for, here are some factors to consider ahead of time to assist you in making it the perfect celebration for your special teen.

Create a Budget

Although sweet sixteens are meant to be extra special, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to cost a fortune. Before you begin the planning process, create a realistic budget that you can follow with some extra wiggle room included in case there are a few unforeseen expenses. Without a budget, that one celebration can really end up adding up quickly.

Choose a Theme and Venue

Talk to your teen about some ideas and what they would enjoy for the theme and party venue in Ottawa. Then brainstorm different ways to incorporate those ideas. For example, if your teen loves the tropical theme, you can plan out a beach birthday bash, or if they want something more formal, then consider renting an event space to host the big day.

Make the Invitee List

Ask your teen to start creating a list of their friends who they would like to invite. They can be in charge of this, as well as handing out any invitations. Just be cautious of the amount of people attending and whether the number jives with your venue and budget.

Find Entertainment

Finding the appropriate form of entertainment will also be something that should be discussed with your teen since their tastes and styles change so frequently. If they’re into music, consider hiring a DJ, or simply having an iPod station available where music can easily be played.

Decide on Food

The food is where your budget can be devoured easily! So whether you plan on having it catered, or if you prefer to do some home-style cooking, or even at a restaurant, have the details figured out, along with the menu to ensure that it caters to a variety of tastes.
If you have a sweet sixteen birthday to plan out, don’t let the stress get in the way of the celebration. Always begin by setting a budget, and then talk to your teen to get them involved. Having them involved can make the planning process much easier by removing the guessing game from the equation.


Plan your Wedding at the Ottawa Wedding Show 2017

Plan your Wedding at the Ottawa Wedding Show 2017

So you’ve set the date and now you have a mountain of ideas and “To do” lists compiled but have no clue where to begin. Well, attending the Ottawa Wedding Show in 2017 should be your first priority. If you’re looking for inspiring ideas and designs concepts to incorporate into your wedding day, or if need help and exhibitors to talk to with years of expertise, this is the plan to be!

Hear What the Latest and Greatest Trends Are

Planning out your wedding day is all about creating a magical day that you both will love and cherish forever. It’s the memories that matter and it’s the design and orchestrated planning that make all of that possible. But even if you have ideas of how or what you want your colour scheme, theme, and details to entail, it always helps to have inspiring examples from leading experts and vendors that can showcase so many fabulous ideas for you to consider.

Be Inspired

For many couples entering into the wedding planning realm, it can be an overwhelming task to take on. And knowing what you want, how you want it, and where you want it, doesn’t always come so naturally. There’s no better place to be inspired and gain some great ideas than at the premier wedding industry event.

Find Assistance

No matter how much you may love to plan out your entire wedding, finding the time isn’t always practical. Here, you can mingle and converse with expert planners who you can assist you in planning out your entire wedding.

Indulge in Tastings and Samples

Instead of driving all over the city to taste and sample from a variety of vendors, why not make it a one-stop shop? You can ditch the hassle and traffic by indulging in the variety of samples and tastings that are available throughout the show.

Wedding planning can be an exciting and challenging endeavour to take on. And finding the time that’s necessary to plan it all out can be next to impossible. So why not avoid the hassle and find everything that you need at the 2017 Ottawa Wedding Show? Whether it’s the latest fashion, the best photographers, the tastiest cakes, or finding an event planner to do it all for you, you can bet that you will find everything you’re looking for to make your wedding planning easy and organized. The Spring edition takes place in April.


How to Have a Successful Trade Show Booth

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Did you register for your first trade show? Not sure about what it should and will entail? Forking out the time and money to participate and showcase your brand, product, or service in a trade show is a great way to increase your exposure and expand your audience and customer base. But it’s important to be prepared and know some of the essential factors that should be present in order to ensure your trade show experience goes smoothly and you get the most out of the event. Most importantly, you need your booth to stand out and allow potential customers to gravitate towards you.

So before your big showcase arrives, use these tips to guide you in having a successful tradeshow booth.

Location, Location, Location

Just as location is an essential component with real estate, so too is it with trade shows. Location is one of the most important factors for gaining attention from people passing on by. Most trade shows will provide “prime” location for an extra fee. And that fee is usually worth it. The problem is booking those prime locations at the Ottawa trade show venue before they’re all sold out. So the earlier you can book and get in on the good spots, the better your chances will be for good exposure.

Make your Booth Attractive

There’s no denying how we all enjoy stopping to gaze and getting to know more about something when we’re attracted to some aspect of it. And the best thing you have going for you is your individual booth. Whether you utilize a cool lighting display, captivating images, or high-tech gadgets – make your booth visible and visually appealing.

Welcoming Hosts

Of course, no matter how fancy or attractive your booth may be, if you don’t have hosts that are welcoming and friendly, you can forget retaining any of those curious people. No one likes to waste their time engaging with people who are rude or seem unapproachable. So whoever you decided to host your booth – choose wisely!

Promos and Giveaways

One of the best features about trade shows (and the reason why many people attend them) is for stocking up on samples, promotions, and even giveaways. Sure, you may have to go a little over budget to provide some free items and samples, but it’s one of the best ways for really showing potential customers what your service or product is really all about, and why it’s worth they’re time and consideration.

So before you embark in the trade show world, know the factors of the game that will help you come out on top. When done correctly, trade shows are one of the best ways to increase your exposure and expand your business.

 


Creating a Wedding Registry

Creating a wedding registry

Having a wedding registry is all about helping your guests determine what you actually want and need so they can provide you with the appropriate gifts that will help commemorate your special day, and of course, help stock your new home. But there are a few factors that are helpful to keep in mind.

Here are a few tips to know before creating a wedding registry.

Start Early

The earlier you can begin your registry, the better. Once you and your partner are engaged, this should be one of the first things that you do. People need time to shop and budget for whatever it may be that they’re getting you. So the earlier you can create your registry, the more helpful it will be for your guests.

Register Together

This should be a task that you both do together. After all, these gifts are for the both of you, so make sure that you both get out there. Take your time to figure out what you both like and will enjoy when you begin your new life together.

Choose Items That Actually Suit Your Lifestyle

When it comes to your registry, you don’t have to follow some sort of traditional set of rules for what to include. You don’t have to opt for the shiny wedding glasses or set of China that you realistically will never use. Choose whatever you both want. If camping gear or electronics are more fitting, add them to the list!

Be Selective

When we say take the time to consider your items, we really mean it. To avoid getting stuff that you really won’t ever enjoy or use, spend the effort now at really considering those factors. Sure, you may love that vase, but is it something that you can practically envision yourself using, rather than just stuffing away in a cupboard? Avoid selecting filler items for the sake of filling up your list.

Have a Variety of Price Ranges

Of course, not everyone can afford to buy you those new pair of skis, so make sure that you select a variety of items that provide a good price range that will suit everyone’s budget.

Know the Return Policies

Chances are that you may end up changing your mind, or simply want to exchange or return some items. So just make sure that you’re fully aware of those policies for any store that you register with.

Start your wedding registry off right by following these tips in order to ensure that you get the best head start for your new life with the registry you create.


2017 Ottawa Wedding: Cash Bar vs. Open Bar

Cash Bar vs Open Bar

To have an open bar or not: that is often the question for many couples when planning their wedding day. And it can be a tough one. When it comes to the (sometimes) heated debate about how freely those beverages should flow, it can be a stressful decision to make. So before you make your decision, here are a few pros and cons for each that will help you determine which is best suited for your 2017 Ottawa wedding:

Cash Bar

What the cash bar actually entails can differ depending on your venue. Sometimes, cash bar could mean that a champagne toast is provided at dinner, or the guest must purchase any beverage – including non-alcoholic. In other cases, limited cash bars can be an option, where you provided wine and beer during the reception, and anything more must be purchased.

So it’s important to discuss all of the options that are available at your Ottawa wedding venue. But here are some of the general pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Saves you money
  • Can help prevent over-indulgence from your guests
  • Can help keep your guests focused on the events and moments throughout the evening

Cons:

  • Expensive for guests
  • Disgruntled guests

So this really comes down to the factors of your budget and of course, how your guests may feel for having to fork out money for each expensive drink, especially for those who may have spent money on an expensive flight just to be there.

Open Bar

Open bars tend to be more common during the big day. Sometimes it may entail both the cocktail hour and the reception, and other times it may just include the reception.

Pros:

  • No need for guests to worry about carrying cash
  • Guests don’t have to necessarily wait on the staff – can get their own drinks
  • More enjoyable and easier for guests

Cons:

  • More expensive – could take up a significant portion of your budget
  • Might need to sacrifice other items from your budget
  • Over-indulgence from guests

Deciphering whether a cash bar or open bar makes more practical sense for your wedding day really comes down to some essential factors. Those factors must encompass primarily, your budget – can you afford an open bar – as well as how much you feel it may affect the “merriment” of your guests and the evening.

So in order to determine which may suit your day best, first talk to your venue providers to determine what all of the options are that are available to you. From there, you can factor in your budget and determine what makes the most sense for your wedding dinner and reception.  


5 Reasons We Love Winter Weddings

5 Reasons we love winter weddings

Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular for couples. Straying from the norm and embracing the winter can provide some perks that the spring and summer simply cannot. Sure they’re warm and toasty, but the winter brings along with it that extra touch of magic, not to mention savings.

So if you haven’t given winter a chance to be your backdrop during the big day, here are five reasons why we love winter weddings in Ottawa and why you might just, too.

It’s Always a Nice Day for A White Wedding

Okay, so maybe Billy Idol won’t be among your wedding songs, but he hit the mark with those lyrics. There’s something that’s magical when you have a winter wonderland as the backdrop to your wedding day. The beauty of those sparkling snowflakes, the twinkling lights, and dusted trees all work together towards creating a fantasy setting that’s just hard to beat during the springtime and summer.

Take Advantage of Early Dusk

Of course, during the wintertime as the sun begins to set earlier, that can only mean one thing – the party and celebrations can start earlier too! Whether it’s the ceremony or the after party, you can embrace the darker evenings by lighting up the night with lights, and lanterns, and getting the evening off to a perfect start.

Cost Savings

One of the most attractive features of throwing a winter wedding is the fact that you can make your money go a lot further. Since the winter isn’t as busy as the summer and spring, it gives you much more wiggle room for keeping your budget low and stretching your money further.

More Availability

And since the competition is lower that means you get to have much more selection available to you. So whether it’s the venue, caterer, or DJ, you can bet there will be much less hassle obtaining and booking what you want.

Accommodating for Guests

If you choose to have your wedding around the holiday season, chances are it will actually work in favour of your guests’ schedules. Since many people receive time off during the holidays, throwing your big day around then can also help accommodate them by allowing them to take advantage of that time off.

So if you have yet to consider throwing your wedding in the winter, maybe it’s time you really gave it some thought. The advantages of it really outweigh any negative potentials. Between the winter wonderland setting, the budget savings and bargaining chips that are in your favour – it’s not hard to see why we absolutely love winter weddings, and why you should too!


2016 Staff Christmas Party

2016 Staff Christmas Party

Coming into the fall season there can only be one thing on everyone’s mind… Christmas parties! OK that may be a bit of a stretch, but fall is the time to begin thinking of what to do for your staff Christmas party. As you unwind from summer vacation and days at the beach, your thoughts should turn to “how can I provide my staff with the greatest and most memorable staff Christmas party of their lives?” Here are five things you need to put on a great party:

Location

It has to be somewhere centrally located so as to include people from all over the city. The St. Elias Centre is located directly across from Mooney’s Bay which is an iconic location in the city of Ottawa and easily accessible from all ends of the city.

Venue

The location is one thing, but is the venue nice enough or large enough to host a Christmas party to be remembered for years to come? Absolutely! The St. Elias Centre has the option to have one open large banquet hall or two smaller banquet halls depending on the needs of the guest. No party is too big or too small to be held here. One side of the banquet hall hosts a stage for entertainment or speech-giving purposes while the other side has big cathedral type windows. Apply your own tastes in decorations or have the staff at St. Elias do it for you, whatever your customized plans are we can make it magical for you.

Food

Food is a key component to any party. The right food will set the scene for a beautiful and memorable event. St. Elias Centre offers a full chef’s kitchen with a broad menu.

If your tastes are not represented in this menu the St. Elias Centre is open to host outside caterers in their facility to ensure your party is as delicious as possible!

Drink

Whether it be alcohol or non-alcoholic, St. Elias Centre has you covered. With bar services available you can be sure that your guests will be able to party the night away!

Music

St. Elias Centre is open to having you set up your own equipment or rental equipment and use the facility as you wish. They also are more than willing to arrange for rental equipment on your behalf inclusive of a DJ, all you have to do is ask!

The St. Elias Centre is clearly the ideal place to host your 2016 Christmas party. Call and book today!


5 Signs You’ve Found the Right Ottawa Wedding Venue

5 Signs You’ve Found the Right Ottawa Wedding Venue

Planning the perfect wedding is not an easy task. There are details to be arranged and planned sometimes years in advance. Looking for the dream backdrop for your wedding is an important part of the planning. Here are five signs that you’ve found the right wedding venue for you!

Easy communication with the venue

There is nothing more frustrating than falling in love with a venue but having the impossible task of tracking down the right person to talk to about the booking. If the staff are not responsive or make you feel like your booking is not special to them, then perhaps it’s not the place you want to entrust to host the most important day of your lives. Having full trust and communication with the venue is important for planning purposes in advance of and on the day of the wedding. Your venue representatives should make you feel special and comforted that your needs are being met.

Accommodating to any special needs

Perhaps your needs include wheelchair access for certain wedding guests. This is an important consideration to make because not all venues have proper wheelchair access, which could exclude important members of the wedding. Or perhaps some of your guests suffer from food allergies and special accommodations need to be made. Whatever your specific special needs are for the wedding you need to be certain your venue can accommodate them all fully.

Pretty location

Remember that photos will be taken at all areas of the venue, so having a nice backdrop available is certainly key. Being across the street from parks or beaches is an extra bonus to any venue.

Ample Parking

Parking is a concern at any large gathering. Be certain to investigate that your venue has ample parking available to anyone who will be driving. If parking is free then you know you’ve scored an excellent wedding venue! It’s also important to ask in advance if overnight parking is permitted in the event that guests have too much to drink and need to leave their car overnight.

Price

The cost of your wedding venue can be one of the most expensive aspects of your wedding depending on where you choose. Be sure to know how much the venue will charge for each part of the wedding day and go into the wedding day with a clear financial picture. You don’t have to break the bank to have a stunning wedding venue.

Come and explore the St. Elias Centre and see that all of your wedding venue needs are met!


Booking an Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Booking an Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Hiring your photographer should not be a task taken lightly. The photographer is responsible for immortalizing your wedding moments in a picture that you will reflect on for years to come. Take time and care into choosing a photographer because their skills and artistic ability will be with you forever! Here are five questions to ask when searching for an Ottawa wedding photographer.

Are you available on our date?

Make this one of the first questions you ask to avoid any heartbreak. If you fall in love with a photographer and their style but when it comes time to discuss the booking date you realize there is a conflict that could be a huge let down. Discuss the dates needed first thing to set your expectations appropriately.

What is included in the cost?

Whether you are having a modest wedding or an extravagant event, budget will always be a consideration. You want to ensure that the photographer is delivering the services you expect at a price you are comfortable paying. Don’t assume that because you are paying a premium that you will receive red carpet treatment from your photographer. Be sure to know in advance exactly what is covered in the cost. Will the photographer be shooting solo? Or will they have an extra set of hands and if so is that included in the cost?

How long do you want the photographer booked for?

Don’t just expect that the photographer is going to show up to capture the bride and bridesmaids getting ready, be sure to clarify that you want it included and to account for it in the cost! Also be sure you discuss any after-ceremony specialty things you may have planned that you would like your photographer to stick around for. The longer you have the photographer there, the more they will charge you, so be certain to discuss everything on the timeline in full.

Have you done a wedding before?

This may seem like a silly question but it’s not. Wedding’s are some people’s specialty but it’s possible your photographer is more skilled in photographing nature or portraits and they are trying to get into the wedding business. It is not rude to ask to see examples of previous weddings done by the photographer, in fact it’s recommended you do so! This way you can see their style of photography and see if it’s in line with your expectations.

Is there good value for the cost?

Ask what comes with the price tag. Do you get a digital copy of the photos? Are any prints included? How many pictures can be expected at the end? Do you do all the editing? If a lot of these questions yield disappointing answers perhaps it’s time to look elsewhere. You can end up spending a lot of money on a photographer and you better be sure you are getting good value at the end of the day.


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