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Oakridge Style: The Occasion Fall Edition

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 — 1:44pm PDT
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This summer Oakridge Centre launched The Occasion, an online resource which is the good guest’s guide to attending any event in style. The fall edition of The Occasion was recently published featuring tips for attending business events.


Tips for The Business Lunch include “The Invite”:

While lunch with a potential client or business partner is often more productive and informal than an office meeting, it’s important to be respectful of your lunch date’s time and position. A busy, high-powered exec may be less inclined to leave the office for lunch, but more than happy to meet for a quick coffee.

When it comes to Business Cards, “Be Selective”:

While you should make a point of handing out your business card to those who seem interested in your product or service, exchanging contact information with every person you meet, even at a networking conference, is not always necessary — or even advisable. Successful networking is about identifying quality leads and prospective clients and employers, meaning it’s better to exchange information with one or two significant new connections than to indiscriminately hand out your details to everyone who says hello.

And when Networking in general, “Be a good Conversationalist”:

Brush up on current events to avoid a lull in the conversation, and be sure that you don’t monopolize the discussion. When entering a group conversation, don’t simply interrupt. Rather, take a cue from the party, and excuse yourself if no one appears to invite you in. Similarly, if you’re part of a group conversation and you notice a new addition, make an effort to introduce yourself, and invite the person into the conversation by catching them up.

With everything from an Apple store to Banana Republic, DKNY, Coach, Lenscrafters and Stuart Weitzman, Oakridge Centre is your one-stop shop for also looking great and being prepared for those business meetings. To promote the fall edition of The Occasion, Oakridge has offered up a $100 gift card to a lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with a tip for productive business meetings and events (1 entry)
  • Like, comment, or share this post on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $100 @OakridgeStyle gift card from @Miss604 #OakridgeStyle

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 12:00pm. Follow Oakridge on Twitter and Facebook for more information. Oakridge is located on the south west corner of the intersection at Cambie Street and 41st Avenue, 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver or Richmond. Get there by car or via the Oakridge Canada Line stop.

Update The winner is Tamara!

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  1. Debra says:

    To have a productive meeting, don’t allow anybody to have their cell phones with them!

  2. daniel johnston says:

    Always identify important topics to address before hand so you can keep discussions on track and moving forward.

  3. Linda says:

    provide coffee and snacks!

  4. Sabrina says:

    Be organized and prepare ahead of time all you want to say or show to the other people in the meeting.

  5. Janet Kong says:

    Make sure everything is set up before the meeting (the powerpoint presentation is working, copies of handouts printed, coffee is set up)

  6. bjh says:

    Have an agenda and stick to it! 🙂

  7. Donna says:

    Be on time!

  8. Luc says:

    Have an agenda for the meeting and conclude with Action Items.

  9. jan says:

    Please start on time!

  10. meredith says:

    Have a movement break at mid point so people don’t get restless towards the end!

  11. lor says:

    Have an agenda, and stick to it.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Respecting everyone’s opinions and thoughts, start and end on time and send out the meeting minutes soon after the meeting!

  13. Kim says:

    Preperation, an action plan and lots of positive energy.

  14. Tamara says:

    Send a message post – meeting. It’s a step that impresses and one that is lost now!

  15. Sandra says:

    Serve refreshments

  16. Iain says:

    Arrive early to get socializing out of the way — in order to help the meeting start on time.

  17. Darcy says:

    An agenda is a must, and have all employees leave their cellphones!

  18. Emilia says:

    have healthy snacks

  19. Dayna Wilson says:

    Have an organized agenda with talking poitns.

  20. Siobhan S. says:

    For productive business meetings and events, ensure that you have allowed enough time before the meeting for setting up and then for cleaning up afterwards.

  21. Jeff says:

    Stand up meetings…much quicker!

  22. Harjit says:

    Start and finish on time, have a schedule of planned topics, allow enough time for questions/inquiries and chocolate snacks are always a bonus! Thanks for the chance to win, twitter fan@plumerea

  23. Grace says:

    Put your phones away during meetings! Common courtesy—and you get more done.

  24. Tracy says:

    At the end of the meeting, review action items and assign due dates!

  25. jenny says:

    Set agenda ahead of meeting and stick to it

  26. Stotes says:

    Set an agenda and collect cell phones before it begins!

  27. diane welburn says:

    set agenda ahead of time and stick to it

  28. Shirley says:

    Keep to the agenda.

  29. Mag says:

    Keep it short and sweet

  30. Steph says:

    Print out agendas and an outline of projects that everyone is working on and make sure each person has a copy so they’re not lost! Prep materials beforehand and bring it all into the meeting with you so you don’t have to scramble to find things

  31. Debbie H says:

    keep to your timeline and prepare well

  32. Phoenix says:

    Leave the smart phone at your desk to minimize distractions

  33. Christina says:

    Put your phone AWAY! Only retrieve it if adding a contact for networking!

  34. jeanie says:

    a smile and a handshake can go a long way =)

  35. jane says:

    set due dates, compare accomplishments with targets.

  36. Greg says:

    Have an agenda, always.

  37. Marguerite says:

    Tactfully keep discussion on topic.

  38. lindawwww says:

    Be respectful. Don’t interrupt or talk over anyone else.

  39. Shawn says:

    Always be prepared with a focus for the meeting.

  40. Jackie says:

    coffee talks can be as productive as full on lunches!

  41. Ariel C says:

    put your phone away so you’re not distracted!

  42. mike k says:

    always review the organization’s calendar, reserve the meeting room and assign a meeting facilitator to be in charge of the agenda

  43. Riley says:

    Make an agenda beforehand.

  44. Ryan says:

    this would be perfect for my gf!

  45. Wally says:

    Disallow cell phones.

  46. magicguy says:

    keep agenda for meetings

  47. Kate says:

    Create a health break in the middle for people to chit chat, catch up with email, grab a coffee, stretch

  48. Dilara says:

    Distribute an agenda prior to the meeting and start off with meeting objectives to make sure everyone is on the same page.

  49. shelaine says:

    Stay on the agenda! So important!!!

  50. Dennis L. says:

    Do your research before the meeting and let that guide your questions.

  51. Sunshine G says:

    Avoid tangents at all costs!

  52. Sundeep says:

    Do your research beforehand!

  53. Kawai says:

    Make a list of things you want to cover and dont’ stray from those points.

  54. Darcy says:

    Cell phones off

  55. Lori says:

    Be on time and be prepared

  56. Ro says:

    Distribute an agenda to all attendees well before the meeting begins!

  57. Mary W says:

    don’t be late

  58. Nat says:

    no table – stand up ! healthy too !

  59. Cindy says:

    Stay on topic and on time!

  60. Natasha says:

    Have an agenda and stick to it, but allow for flexibility if necessary.

  61. Tiffany says:

    Always have an agenda.

  62. Tin says:

    Keep meeting on topic and try to stay away from diverging off onto something else

  63. Teresa K says:

    Have an agenda.

  64. Victoria says:

    Have a meeting chair and a detailed agenda with a set time allocated to each topic.

  65. Jessica says:

    No cellphones and make sure minutes of the meeting are jotted down for accountability.

  66. Nicole says:

    Networking is key – be open to talking to anyone and everyone.

  67. Kevin says:

    Make sure you network as much as you can.

  68. Maya says:

    Seek to understand first and then to be understood!

  69. Isha says:

    Give people a chance to review the agenda in advance

  70. mike gismondi says:

    always make an agenda

  71. angela griffin says:

    circulate documents beforehand for people to review

  72. c Wilson says:

    Bring goodies and coffee

  73. Jennifer says:

    Have people put their phones on silent.

  74. Brittin says:

    Preparation is key!

  75. Caresse says:

    Make an agenda and stick to it.

  76. Tracy says:

    Send everyone an agenda outline before the meeting

  77. Jill says:

    Dress for success…. Look good-feel good-do goo

  78. Jill says:

    Dress for success…. Look good-feel good-do good

  79. Kahhlee says:

    Prepare an agenda and send everyone a copy before the meeting. Get every involved during the meeting by going around in circles to contribute ideas and suggestions.

  80. Anne says:

    If discussion takes a direction that does not meet the need of the topic, take it up AFTER the meeting. Don’t take up everyone’s time, if it involves only a few people.

  81. Kam says:

    Have a plan ready for the meeting beforehand and ensure you are ready!

  82. AJYL says:

    Be punctual and organized

  83. Jenny says:

    Always have an agenda, and do research on the topic of discussion before hand.

  84. Natalien says:

    Always stick to the agenda, email it put beforehand for any additions, if you can’t agree, table until next meeting.

  85. DenB says:

    Be on time to meetings and finish on schedule.

  86. Maureen says:

    Have a clear agenda (information items already typed out so members can read/refer to on their own time, so they don’t need every detail repeated to them in length) and stay on those topics!

  87. Helen says:

    Have stand up meetings. They will be quicker!

  88. Ruby says:

    Be on time

  89. Alex says:

    Have an agenda.

  90. Jennifer says:

    Have an agenda and stick to it.

  91. Tina L. says:

    Have an agenda and come prepare

  92. Angela says:

    Make sure to ask lots of questions about them! Everyone likes to talk about themselves!

    This would be amazing to win! :O:O

  93. Cecilia says:

    Being organized and prepared for the meeting.

  94. Donald says:

    Have an agenda and stick to it.

  95. Cliff says:

    Don’t let the meeting drift off topic

  96. Brenda says:

    Don’t be late

  97. Chris O. says:

    Thanks for letting us know about Oakridge Centre’s ‘The Occasion’!

    My tip for business meetings is to set a consistent time for them. Since the times don’t change, it helps the team plan activities before & after meetings, eliminating downtime.

  98. Deb says:

    Know when your audience needs a break, and serve refreshments including fruit and healthier stuff than sugary donuts. The sugar crash will make people groggy.

  99. Linda says:

    Have an agenda and stick to it.

  100. Kathleen says:

    serve coffee!

  101. Andrew says:

    Audio record the meeting.

  102. Sherry F says:

    set an agenda, start on time & stick to business

  103. Anika says:

    Listen more than you talk. Be respectful to the opinions that are expressed, even though they may be completely opposite to yours. Do not dismiss people if they don’t agree with you. You may learn something valuable. When and if someone is rude to you or interrupts you, disagree in a firm, but always polite manner.

  104. Elaan says:

    If it’s a long meeting, change up the format – possibly include moving around, break time, and/or discussion in small groups.

  105. Lindsay says:

    Ensuring availability 🙂 the more people the better!

  106. Justine says:

    Listen to opposing opinions and discuss them with respect, even if you disagree with them.

  107. Dariah says:

    Start and end the meeting on time. It shows respect for the meeting requester(s) as well as the meeting attendee(s).

  108. addie says:

    Have organized points but allow for natural contributions to the meeting and discussion

  109. leanne says:

    Have a agenda and allow for questions.

  110. Avis says:

    Be sure to only invite those required and keep to the agenda.

  111. Dee says:

    Pay complete attention to the conversation. Don’t think that people are unaware of you checking your phone.

  112. Jenn S says:

    Send out an agenda prior to the meeting outlining the important issues that will be discussed first

  113. Lisa Martin says:

    strong coffee

  114. Bon says:

    Follow agenda that was set to guide meeting

  115. Alex says:

    Stick to the topics and don’t waste time with ice breaker type activities

  116. valerie says:

    Tip for productive meetings: COME PREPARED!!

  117. Sarah M says:

    Set up all electronics necessary for the presentation beforehand, so it’ll be hassle free when it’s time to start!

  118. Lucie B says:

    Try to remember, and use, everybody’s names.

  119. alex says:

    know your taking points before the meeting.

  120. Lori says:

    Be prepared to actively contribute, not just a passive listener

  121. Tanya H says:

    Take minutes and bring a pen!

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