Incentiveworks: The whole world in Toronto!

August 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Ontario, Past Events, Toronto

August 23rd and 24th at Incentiveworks was something I hope you didn’t miss. The Metro Toronto Convention Center was full of event planners, professionals and travel enthusiasts. The perfect fit for companies looking to take their meetings to new places and cultures and allow themselves to be immersed into a world of dreams, entertainment and much more!

While walking though the different aisles we all had a sense that we were travelling the world without having to leave Toronto.

The first thing to do after we enter the hall was enjoy a huge amount of international food samples, like home made nachos from Central America, cheese from France, sushi from Asia, tiramisu from Italy, soufflés and other fruits, cupcakes and candies. Of course, you need to match this food with a drink: wine, beer and special martinis were provided in some both that you got to discover for your own interest and pleasure.

Finally after a good dinner what is better to do than discover the wonders around you. Travelling across the provinces of Canada, the states of America, to Eastern Europe then of to the Pacific and Atlantic Islands.
Of course you could stop in at the best hotels here, and finish your journey with a special massage offered by one of their masseuse.
What else would you need?

Travel all around the world and enjoy the best places for free?
IncentiveWorks was the place to be last week!!!

“No soup for you!” that’s fine, there is a better option.

August 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Ontario, Past Events, Toronto

Located in the heart of Liberty Village, its very own modern one-of-a-kind Japanese restaurant called Liberty Noodle. The restaurant serves healthy and nutritious Japanese inspired meals which include ramen and sushi with influences from far-off places like India, China and Thailand. The restaurant incorporates a clean and modern aesthetic, allowing the food to be the focus of their guest experience.

And speaking of guest experience, the owners of Liberty Noodle took part in a local networking event (Liberty Social Hour) and did an incredible job catering to their guests.

“Liberty Social hour is what it promises to be. The event was a huge success, a restaurant owner’s nightly wish. A good vibe, a great crowd- eclectic as the neighbourhood. Furthermore, the organizing team, lead during our event, by Jay Reyes, made it a walk in the park for me and my staff” said Sang Kim, Head Chef of Liberty Noodle.

A great place to enjoy great food with friends and co-workers, Liberty Noodle delivers a voyage of culinary travel through some of the most exciting foods of Asia.

“It was very nice of you to bring people together for Liberty Social Hour. This was a great opportunity to meet with my fellow community members and talk about the area. Liberty Social Hour exposed residents to the many great venues in their own backyard.” Mike Yen

“I must admit that I was really impressed with the networking sessions. I got business!!!!. My main objective in a networking is to find new leads. This Networking allowed me to gain new ideas and new approaches that I didn’t think of before.
It was amazing experience. I will definitely attend next year.” Alicia Galarza

“I attended the last 3 events and each time, I met new people from the neighbourhood. Great idea, great concept to bring people together!” Laure ampilhac

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Best burgers in Toronto located in the core of Liberty Village

August 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Past Events, Toronto

Screen shot 2011-08-29 at 12.11.18 PMThe perfect place for a mix and mingle on a sunny summer evening, hidden away from the bustling traffic is right in the heart of Liberty Village. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (MTK) was the host for our fourth Liberty Social Hour and what an amazing evening it turned out to be. The atmosphere was perfect, very relaxed and casual with just the hint of sophistication. Walking into MTK you are greeted with a smile and escorted to the social hour! The room was filled with people from around the neighbourhood: industry professionals, local businesses and residents. With so many people to talk to, the social hour extended its hours to accommodate the growing buzz in the room.

The food at MTK was AMAZING! We all agreed that the burgers are rightfully voted the best in Toronto. Eating just one left me wanting more! They were also showcasing their signature Mojitos and their Riesling wine, both of which would quench any ones thirst!  Smooth and refreshing and the perfect pairing for your burger!

It was yet again a great Social Hour in the heart of Liberty Village!

http://www.templekitchen.com/

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Make your event a success in 3 steps

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Event Venues, Ontario, Toronto, Uncategorized

success

1. Be attractive to guests:
* Offer them specials, something they can’t have somewhere else.
* Choose a well-known venue based on users reviews.
* Give personalised and original goody bags

2. Communication as a priority:
* Mobilize all your social networks.
* Don’t forget the influence of Facebook.
* Use social media for better coordination.
* Let them know everything about what is happening and who is coming.

3. Make your event special:
* Insist on the first and the last impression.
* Energy, Surprise, Spontaneity, Emotion.
* Discussion and contact between people is a priority.

Toronto Blogging Festival is All About Inclusiveness

August 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Ask Deb, Toronto

It’s ironic that blogging conferences are not the best places to share your experiences. For one, newcomers are often too intimidated to start conversations with established bloggers. And even if you are an established blogger, strict conference schedules can make it hard to stick with interesting people.

Word11 wants to get rid of the stigma that blogging conferences are exclusive events. This Toronto festival takes place over 24 hours, meaning there are many chances for bloggers to talk amongst themselves.

That’s not to say that Word11 is only about meeting people. 13 high-profile speakers will be attending the event to share their thoughts on all aspects of blogging.

If you’re on the fence, here’s how Word11 stands apart from other conferences:

1. You’ll have 24 hours to meet interesting people
Conferences usually have after-parties, but they can fizzle out quickly and suffer from spotty attendance. Word11 will continue once the guest speakers are done. In fact, it’ll continue overnight in an environment they’re calling “an outdoor campground for bloggers.” With several hours to chat with others, Word11 could be your most productive all-nighter ever.

2. Presentation streams
Word11 has divided the event into 3 distinct “streams.” The streams deal with: 1) evolving the casual user, 2) entrepreneurship, and 3) hardcore development.

Streams make it easier to find people with similar backgrounds and interests. In the end, this will make starting conversations less awkward. Guest speakers may offer great insight, but hearing from someone dealing with your exact problems can be even more illuminating.

3. Sheer convenience
– The festival is located in downtown Toronto, and is accessible by public transit or car (lots of parking areas).

– People with hectic schedules will find something going on at all times.

– The kind of people going there are savvy with social media. You can bet there will be a trending topic on Twitter to share the conference’s latest developments.

With over 37 000 bloggers in Toronto, Word11 is set to be a hub for fruitful discussions. Novice bloggers are particularly welcome, and will have a hard time finding a more inclusive blogging event.

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