Category: McMaster grad

Stephanie McLarty, CEO REfficient

Stephanie McLarty, CEO REfficient
Stephanie McLarty, REfficient

Stephanie McLarty is CEO and Founder of REfficient

Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty

There was a problem that launched this new business

About REFficient

Reduce, Reduce, Recycle

An online marketplace for companies to buy telecom and AV equipment

They can shop for deals in the excess inventory of other corporations

Benefits to participants

Buyers can buy equipment at reduced costs

Sellers free up storage space and gain income

Useful resources are kept out of landfill

Sellers receive certified statements about their environmental performance

Most equipment comes with warranty

About Stephanie McLarty

Graduated from an Arts & Science program – that taught her to connect the dots

Masters in Peace and Conflict with intention to work for UN but that training helps manage people in business

Got first job because a friend on the inside recommended her

Asked lots of questions to learn the job

Enjoy speaking with customers

Working and travelling in Thailand and India challenged her to think differently

Continues to take courses on personal and professional development

Other Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty

Shipping was a problem so we introduced Shimple – Simple Shipping – we learned how to ship and calculate all costs – and we make money with this service

Learned how to run a business and to market and that is more important than the technical part

Trend in business of being a good company – sustainability is important

Key for startup business is deciding where to focus your limited resources

I was afraid

Excited and nervous in early state – suffered at least five nights of no sleep

In early days – fake it till you make it

Don’t try to get it perfect before you launch

Media attention was a nice to – not a must do

Tips for others

Grow yourself – that will help you grow your business

Try – in spite of your fears

Put support structures around you

Sleep, eat well, and connect with friends and family

Learn more about the company – REfficient

Read about REfficient in Business Week

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Better Business Conversations

George Torok - host of Business in Motion on 93.3 CFMu
George Torok – host of Business in Motion on 93.3 CFMu

 

Business Conversations

On this special show George Torok talks about how to deliver better Business Conversations

Important Insights from this radio show include:

Why are Business Conversations important to you and how might you use them?

  1. Selling
  2. Promotion
  3. Networking

The most important conversations are face to face.

Listen to examples of bad conversations and how you can avoid these mistakes.

A critical starting point is to ask yourself, “What is the action that you want to be the result of this conversation?”

Listen in on a networking meeting gone bad.

How long should you talk?

What is more important than talking?

Are you clarifying the important points of your message?

Listen to what one president did to deliver a $10M conversation.

What are the three elements to successful Business Conversations?

What do people want more than information?

What should you do about adverbs?

How can you grab the attention of your audience?

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Business Conversations with George Torok

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Public Speaking Myths & Lies

Public Speaker George Torok
Public Speaking Myths and Tales

Your host, George Torok, exposes the common and damaging myths and lies about public speaking. Too many lies are spread in the form of “advice” that hurt your speaking performance. George Torok exposes the lies, reveals the truth and tells you what to do to be a better public speaker.

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Some of the lies that George will expose and help you with:

  • Be humble during your introduction.
  • Start your presentation with a joke.
  • When you get nervous, stare at a spot on the back wall.
  • When you get nervious, imagine the audience in their underwear.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • Dress casual.
  • Too much practice will make you look un-natural.
  • Apologize when you make a mistake.
  • Be sure to look serious.
  • Tell them everything you know about the topic.

Lies – all of them. Listen to discover why and what to do instead.

George reveals 15 top myths about public speaking. When you listen you might notice that number seven was left out. It’s a big one and will be covered another time.

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Find answers to your questions about public speaking here

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10 Tips to Make 2012 More Productive & Profitable

10 Tips for 2012 from GeorgeTorok

George Torok, the host of Business in Motion, kicks off the New Year by offering these Top Ten Tips to Make 2012 a More Productive and Profitable New Year.

Here is a summary of the top ten list.

1. Fail Fast, Fail Often and Fail Cheap

Be willing to make, and learn from, your mistakes. Treat mistakes as part of the growing process – not an end. Think ahead by limiting the cost of possible failures. This tip is courtesy of Jim Estill.

2. Be Clear on Your Purpose

Why are you doing this? Ask that question of yourself more often before you invest your time, money or effort. Clarify the purpose of each meeting, promotion or decision before you commit.

3. Fundamentals

Revisit the fundamentals. Technology changes rapidly. Techniques adapt to circumstances. But the fundamentals never change nor fail you. Don’t wing it, understand the fundamentals.

4. Stop Chasing Perfection

You will never be perfect. Chasing perfection will result in repeated frustration. Instead strive to be better every time. Then you can experience a chain of small wins and progressive successes.

5. Stop Doing Things

What do you need to stop doing to allow you to do more of what you really want to do? Write your “Stop doing list”. This is as important as your “To do list.”

6. Scare Yourself

Face at least one thing that scares you. That’s how you grow. Courage is not being without fear – it is facing your fear. You’ll discover more about yourself when you scare yourself.

7. Ask Better Questions

Ask better questions of yourself, others and the world around you. You’ll be amazed at the answers you’ll get. It takes more thought to ask good questions than to answer them.

8. Review and Use Your Resources

You have resources that you aren’t fully using. Check your tangible and especially intangible resources for new opportunities. You already have what you need to succeed. Check your pockets.

9. Visit Other Worlds

Life is best observed through a kaleidoscope. Discover other cultures, opinions and perspectives. Volunteer for a charity, read about history and listen to other views without judging. Walk around the block with your eyes open.

10. Accept the Mess in Your Head

You are the best person to deal with the mess in your head. That will include a mix of ideas, questions, unfinished thoughts, self doubts, fears, anxieties, hopes, dreams…

No one else will ever know about the mess in your head. And you can work to organize some of that mess.

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Business Speaker

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Kathy Bardswick, The Co-Operators Group

Kathy Bardswick CEO
CEO Co-operators

Radio interview with Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of the Co-Operators Group.

Kathy Bardswick has been with the Co-Operators for 32 years. She worked her way through various roles with the company. A working mom with four children she was inspired by her own mother (with six children) who encouraged her to pursue her dreams. Kathy earned her MBA at McMaster University.

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Inisghts from this interview with Kathy Bardswick

The Co-Operators is a co-operative that is owned by 47 other like-minded co-operatives.

Each owner owns an equal share. The share value does not change which means that the company does not focus on driving share value.

They are in the business of offering financial security for Canadians along with peace of mind for the ups and downs of life.

Co-operators was formed to meet unmet needs in 1945 by Saskachewan farmers who were unable to buy insurance from the traditional insurers.

It is run democratically in that everyone has a voice – yet people are held accountable.

A big concern and worry is the sustainability of our world environment and the quality of life. The increasing gap between rich and poor does not bode well.

Youth Sustainability Conference – an opportunity for students to leverage their passion for sustainability.

We have reduced our internal footprint by 22%. The next goal is 50% and the step after that is to be carbon neutral.

entrepreneur to separate the two.

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Small Business Branding

George Torok is a bestselling author of “Secrets of Power Marketing”.  He is the host of “Business in Motion” He is a specialist in helping small and medium sized business gain an unfair advantage over the competition.

George Torok offers insights and ideas for small and medium sized buisness on branding and building relationships.

http://www.powermarketingblog.com/

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Insights from this radio show

Branding might not be the answer to your marketing needs.

Big business spends lots of money on branding because they have no other choice.

Small and medium sized buisness can build relationahps instead.

Branding is only a second rate perverted relationship.

The magic words to building relationships are please, thank you and you’re welcome.

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Steve Petrovic

Interview with Steve Petrovic, Country Manager (Croatia) Pedersen & Partners Executive Search.

Steve Petrovic is an inspiring man in career motion. He graduated with a degree in science and became a government commercial specialist working on security and import/export issues. He went back to school to earn his MBA specializing in IT. That led to a few years in IT consulting. 

A frank discussion with his dad and uncle encouraged him to start and run his own business in metal fabricating.

Later an interest in exploring opportunities in his family’s homeland of Croatia led him to accept the role as country manager for an international executive recuiting firm. That led to an opportunity to join a modernized 100 year-old steal mill.

Steve Petrovic’s story is inspiring and full of important insights.

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Mike Pley, COM DEV

Mike Pley COM DEV
Mike Pley Com Dev

Interview with Mike Pley, COO of COM DEV International.

Space – the final frontier!

COM DEV produces electronics for satellites. A Canadian company and world leader in satellite technology, based in Cambridge, Ontario and employing over 1,000 people.

Mike Pley is an Engineering graduate of McMaster University.

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Insights & excerpts from this interview with Mike Pley.

We have to build something that will be super dependable for 15 years.

You can’t make repair calls in space.

Our equipment is on 80% of the over 650 satellites up there.

We don’t go after the low cost world where price is king.

We want to encourage the next generation to become astronauts and engineers.

The next big project we are working on is the James Webb Telescope which is scheduled to launch in 2014. It will see far more than the Hubble. The James Webb Telescope is seeking to see first light – the beginning of galaxies.

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COM DEV

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Walter Booth

Interview with Walter Booth, Chairman of The Timberland Group

Walter Booth started at Timberland as a young Project Engineer more than 40 years ago. He rose to the rank of President, bought the company, sold the company and is now Chairman. He is an engineering graduate of McMaster University. He has donated at least $3 Million to the Faculty of Engineering. 

The Timberland Group grew signifcantly during those years. Originally a company that manufactured winches for the logging industry, they now provide special winches and hoists for mining, power distribution, underwater exploration and off-shore oil.

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Insights from this 30-minute interview with Walter Booth:

“The business still excites me after 40 years.”

“They hired me because I had experience in the ski lift business.”

“Buying the company – we worked on that deal for at least a year. You want it to move faster but it just took longer.”

“My boss encouraged me to join the Young Presidents Organization. I got to hang around successful business owners.”

“As chairman my chief role is mentoring and developing the new owners.”

 “You have to bend the rules if you want success.”

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Howard Shearer, Hitachi

Howard Shearer
Howard Shearer

Interview with Howard Shearer, President and CEO of Hitachi Canada. He is the first non-Japanese to be president of the company. He seems to thrive on cultural diversity. He is orginally from Jamaica. He is also a people person. The two characteristics probably go hand-in-hand.

Howard has worked at Hitachi for over 25 years.

Hitachi globally employs over 300,000 people.

Hitachi is a strong technology company that operates in several markets including: consumer electronics, automotive electronics, computer storage, energy, medical, biotechnology, and high speed trains.

Insights from this interview with Howard Schearer:

 
“We’re in the business of serving customers.”

“There is no Hitachi car, but we are a major component in cars.”

“Business in all about relatioinships and that’s not done with products.”

“I don’t screen my calls. If it’s good news I want to hear it. If it’s bad news I want to hear it first.”

“I’m happy when it’s Monday.”

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Hitachi Canada

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Business in Motion Radio Show

George Torok BIM radio host
Host of Business in Motion

George Torok founded the radio show, Business in Motion in September 1995. As the host he has interviewed over 450 business leaders. We will publish selected shows on this podcast.

George Torok is the co-author of the bestseller, Secrets of Power Marketing. As a professional speaker he delivers keynote speeches, executive briefings and training programs on Power Marketing.

Contact George Torok     905-335-1997

George@Torok.com

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