Rhapsody in the News

Rhapsody Strategies Continues U.S. Expansion

OTTAWA, ON – May 24, 2018

Noble Bowman, Rhapsody Strategies, Business Coach, Business Coach MissouriRhapsody Strategies Inc. is pleased to introduce Noble Bowman as the newest member of our Business Coaching team as we continue our expansion in the United States. Based in Springfield, Missouri, Noble brings significant business experience, expertise, and leadership to our team, and joins Rhapsody as the demand for its award-winning business transformation services continues to grow.

Noble has spent most of his life working with leaders to help them achieve their potential, both professionally and personally. He has an exceptional sales background and has held sales and leadership positions in a range of industries including Real Estate, Financial Planning, Manufacturing, Health Care and others. He has played significant leadership roles in each of the organizations he has served.

Noble has started and grown his own businesses and not-for-profit organizations and understands the pressures and obligations of leadership. He was also the chief designer and led the expansion of a franchise company as they expanded their operations around the globe. With his wealth of experience, Noble knows what it takes to help leaders and organizations to become the best version of themselves.

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Media Release – Rhapsody Strategies Continues U.S. Expansion


Orléans Chamber of Commerce honours top performers at annual Business Excellence Awards

OTTAWA, ON – March 6, 2018

Eric Deschamps, Rhapsody Strategies, Business Professional of the YearOttawa Business Journal
By Caroline Phillips

Move over Oscars, there’s a better awards ceremony full of glitz and glam, scintillating speeches and even an envelope mixup to keep people on their toes.

The Orléans Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Business Excellence Awards, with PRO/COM Realty Corp. as its diamond sponsor, drew more than 200 guests to the Hilton Lac-Leamy on Saturday night to recognize the rising stars of Ottawa’s east-end business community.

Eric Deschamps of Rhapsody Strategies won “Business Professional of the Year”. You can see the full coverage from the Ottawa Business Journal


Spotting a Narcissist

OTTAWA, ON – June 22, 2017

Cathy Lumsden, Rhapsody Strategies, Business Coach, Counsellor, Life CoachOttawa Family Living
By Cathy Lumsden

Are you working or living with a narcissist?

It might be your boss, your neighbour, or even your spouse. Narcissists are described as challenging, demanding, difficult, self-absorbed and even abusive. Throughout your lifespan you will most likely run across someone who fits this profile.

How do you know if you’re dealing with a narcissist? Initially you may not know, as narcissists can be charming, bright, considerate and interesting. As time goes on, though, you may feel emotionally drained, angry, frustrated, helpless, anxious and stuck. The feeling of walking on eggshells often occurs; sometimes you may feel as though they are throwing egg at you! Some of you may experience PTSD (post- traumatic stress disorder) if you co-exist with one of these individuals day in and day out for a longer period of time.

See the full coverage from Ottawa Family Living

West Ottawa Business Excellence Awards presented
Honours bestowed at gala at Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata

OTTAWA, ON – April 3, 2017

Trefor Munn-Venn, Eric Deschamps, Rhapsody Strategies, West Ottawa Board of Trade, WOBTWest Carleton Review
By John Curry

There was a lot of buzz around the city as the Juno Awards, recognizing excellence in Canada’s music industry, were presented over the weekend. And there was a similar buzz, albeit more localized, a couple of days before as the West Ottawa Business Excellence Awards were presented at a gala ceremony at the Brookstreet Hotel.

Winning business in the “Medium Business” category was Rhapsody Strategies Inc., a firm which offers leadership coaching, training and consulting. Finalists in this category included: DS Plumbing, which has offered residential plumbing services in the area since 2004; Fast Forward French Inc., a French-language tutoring services since 1993; KRP Properties, which manages the Kanata Research Park in Kanata; and TRUEdotDESIGN, an all-female strategic marketing and communications firm that provides market research and market analysis services.

See the full coverage from Metroland Media

Hats off: Leading Orléans businesses honoured

OTTAWA, ON – Feb 22, 2017

Trefor Munn-Venn, Rhapsody Strategies, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Service Business of the YearOttawa Business Journal
By Peter Kovessy

The Orléans Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual Business Excellence Awards. The recipients included Jeremy Ash of C.C. Tatham & Associates (non-financial professional of the year), Bellefleur Physiotherapy(small business of the year), Core Elements Registered Massage Therapy (new business of the year), Lisa Cruickshank of State Farm Insurance (businessperson of the year), Cumberland United Soccer Club(community and not-for-profit organization of the year), Downsize Fitness (arts, recreation and leisure business of the year), Lunetterie Clearview Eyewear (retail business of the year), Oakwood (large business of the year), Jason Pilon of RE/MAX Hallmark Pilon Group Realty (realtor of the year), Rangoli Indian Cuisine & Sweets(restaurant of the year), Rhapsody Strategies (service business of the year), Amanda-Lyn Smith of The Massage and Treatment Clinic (health-care professional of the year) and Paul Vaillancourt of Vaillancourt & Associates (financial professional of the year).

Ottawa’s first Prism Awards were held to honour businesses and organizations with coaching programs. The awards recognize outstanding organizational coaching initiatives that meet professional standards, address strategic goals, shape organizational culture and have measurable effects, local organizers say. The recipients included MD Financial Management (private sector); Export Development Canada (public sector); and Canadian Blood Services (not-for-profit).

See the full coverage from the Ottawa Business Journal


Rhapsody Welcomes Alison Leontaridis to the Calgary Business Coaching Team

OTTAWA, ON – May 12, 2016

alison team pageRhapsody Strategies Inc., is thrilled to welcome Alison Leontaridis to our growing team of business coaches in Calgary, Alberta. Alison joins the Calgary office to work alongside Lead Coach Steve Osmond.

Alison brings significant business experience, expertise, and leadership to the growing team of business coaches at Rhapsody. As Director of MUSE Collective Agency, an arts and advocacy agency, and working as Advisor for Conferences & Special Projects with the Canadian Heavy Oil Association, Alison has strong ties to business, not-for-profits and the arts community in Calgary. She brings significant coaching and consulting experience into her role as a Rhapsody Business Coach.

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Media Release – Rhapsody Announces Addition to their Calgary Business Coaching Team


Rhapsody Announces Expansion to the U.S.

OTTAWA, ON – March 23, 2016

Rhapsody Strategies Inc., is Jason Spears, Rhapsody Strategies, Business Coach, Business Coach Albany, Business Coach Atlantapleased to announce its expansion into the United States as the demand for its award-­winning business coaching services continues to grow. As we continue to expand, we are thrilled to introduce Jason Spears as our newest Lead Coach and first in the United States. Jason will be responsible for the development of our coaching team in the Atlanta, Georgia region.

Jason has held leadership positions and helped organizations grow for over 20 years. He’s advised business leaders, worked closely with them as they overcame growth obstacles, and consulted with them on leadership strategies. Above all, he has a passion to encourage people and organizations to become the best version of themselves.

“Some of the most influential people in my life were coaches,” says Jason, “and that remains so to this day. That one-­to-­one connection can be so powerful, as coaches so often see your potential even if you don’t see it yourself, and then they help bring out your best.”

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Media Release – Rhapsody Announces Expansion to the U.S.


Rob Dale is the New Lead Coach for the Ottawa Business Coaching Team

OTTAWA, ON – March 16, 2016

rob dale team pageRhapsody Strategies Inc., is pleased to introduce Rob Dale as the new Lead Coach for Ottawa. Since joining Rhapsody, Rob had completed the Rhapsody Path to Mastery program and has earned the distinction of Master Coach. He will now be mentoring and guiding the other business coaches on the Ottawa team as part of his role as Lead Coach, something he had already been doing informally. “As Lead Coach, I’ll take what I’ve learned as a business coach and invest in others on their own Path to Mastery, as they coach and serve their clients” says Rob.

Rob has been helping people realize their potential for over 30 years. He’s dedicated both his life and his career to helping others be the difference in their families, in their community and in their business. “That’s my passion, and it continues to be what drives me,” says Rob.

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Media Release – Rob Dale Named Lead Coach for Ottawa


Room for rent: Intermediaries are helping small firms cash in on unused space

TORONTO, ON – January 4, 2016

Rhapsody Strategies, 18 Byward Market Square Ottawa Ontario K1N 7A1Rhapsody Strategies, a branding and business consultancy in the heart of Ottawa’s ByWard Market, offers a training centre through This Space Works, that takes up roughly one-fifth of its 5,000-square-foot office for $60 an hour, or $500 a day. It includes free Wi-Fi, a big screen TV, flip charts, walls painted with white board paint, drop-down video backdrops, lighting equipment, and a full kitchen. It is also sealed off from the firm’s staff with a barn-style sliding door.

When Rhapsody designed the space, president and CEO Trefor Munn-Venn realized the company wouldn’t need it every day. Beyond the financial benefit that comes with leveraging an “unused asset,” he said it’s also opening the door to prospective clients. Since it was made available last spring, Rhapsody has rented it out to government departments, large brands and IT companies looking to work away from their own offices.

See the full coverage from the Financial Post including the comments from Trefor Munn-Venn


Rhapsody Strategies Inc. Celebrates its First Anniversary in Western Canada
Launching The Rhapsody Institute in Calgary

OTTAWA, ON – November 3, 2015

Rhapsody Strategies, 18 Byward Market Square Ottawa Ontario K1N 7A1Rhapsody Strategies Inc. is pleased to celebrate its first anniversary in Calgary. To mark the occasion, Rhapsody is bringing The Rhapsody Institute to Calgary with events on November 10th and 12th, 2015. Steve Osmond, Regional Director of Western Canada and business coach for Rhapsody Strategies, will be leading these events.

“I’m excited to introduce the Institute’s incredible programs here in Calgary,” says Osmond. “As a professional and business coach, I know the immediate and sustainable impact these programs have on leaders and their organizations.”

Joining Steve for these events in Calgary will be Eric Deschamps, General Manager and Lead Coach at Rhapsody Strategies. “We’re excited to launch The Rhapsody Institute in Calgary,” says Deschamps. “The Institute has been enthusiastically received everywhere its programs have been delivered – in Canada, the United States and Australia – and we’re thrilled to have Steve launch these interactive and dynamic programs on the first anniversary of Rhapsody Strategies in Western Canada.”

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Media Release – Calgary Institute launch

Social media specialists hope for better government communications under Liberals

OTTAWA, ON – October 28, 2015

Social Media, Rhapsody Strategies, Trefor Munn-Venn, CBC, CBC News, CBC Ottawa, Social Media OttawaAttendees of a conference on social media in the public sector say they hope the incoming Liberal government will loosen restrictions federal departments face when using Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public.

“Some departments here have six levels of approval for a tweet, where a tweet is supposed to be spontaneous,” said Chantal Bechervaise, who works in the Privy Council Office and moonlights as a social media marketing consultant with her company Take It Personel-ly.

“Now it’s getting people to relax and be comfortable with expressing themselves … just being able to be themselves and take their own personalities and infuse that in what they do. … I think that [prime minister-designate] Justin Trudeau seems to be very open to using social media … It’s an untapped resource that the public sector is not using and they’re kind of last to react on things, so it’s a way to bring them on board.”

See the full coverage from the CBC News including the comments from Trefor Munn-Venn



Why Your New Year’s Business Resolutions Aren’t Going to Work

OTTAWA, ON – October 28, 2014

Did 2014 turn out the way you expected? Think about the promises you made to yourself . . . to your business. Like so many, you may have started the New Year with the best of intentions, but somehow, bit by bit, you slipped back into your old habits, only for those broken resolutions to end up painful reminders of what you failed to achieve.

The reason most planning fails is because it doesn’t tap into something deep enough. On December 4, 2014, Rhapsody Strategies will launch the first program in their new Accelerator Series; the 2015 Impact Accelerator. The 2015 Impact Accelerator is not your average goal setting seminar, but a day spent with other game-changing business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to write their epic story in the New Year.

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Media Release – Why Your New Year’s Business Resolutions Aren’t Going to Work


Rhapsody Strategies Opens Office in Calgary to Support Clients in Western Canada

OTTAWA, ON – October 28, 2014

Rhapsody Strategies Inc., the Ottawa-based business accelerator officially opened the doors of its second location in Calgary today. The growing needs of business leaders looking for support in a complex, fast-paced market in western Canada prompted Rhapsody Strategies to establish a physical presence in Calgary.

The new office is headed by Steve Osmond, a Calgary business professional and coach. Osmond is the Regional Director of Western Canada and business coach for Rhapsody Strategies.

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Media Release – Rhapsody Strategies Opens Office in Calgary to Support Clients in Western Canada

See coverage from the Ottawa Business Journal: “Rhapsody Strategies heads west with new office”


Tats find place in working life

The Canadian Press – October 8, 2014

Rob Dale, Rhapsody Strategies, Business Coach, OttawaTORONTO — When Rob Dale decided to wear a short-sleeved dress shirt on a warm fall day, his choice of clothing didn’t cross his mind until he arrived at a business breakfast event — and then he suddenly felt uncomfortable.

“I was conscious of the fact that my arms were covered in tattoos,” recalled the Ottawa-based Dale. “You didn’t see any other tattoos. Most people were in some form of semi-casual business attire.

Dale had recently finished training to become a business coach and was attending a monthly breakfast hosted by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

“I was a new face in a room of about 80 owners. … With all of these tattoos, (I) felt quite like I was standing out.”

As it turns out, Dale’s inked arms were a point of interest for a tattooed gym owner attending the event, with whom he booked a meeting.

“He said: ‘Well, actually, to be honest with you, the reason I decided to sit down with you is because I saw the tattoos and I knew you wouldn’t be the normal, kind of cliched business coach. I knew that there would be something unique about you.’ And so in his case, it opened that door to having that conversation about coaching and all of that.”

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Social Media Strategy Needs to Include Behavioural Psychology

OTTAWA, ON – July 25, 2015 

Trefor Munn-Venn - CBC Radio - In Town and Out - Social Media Strategy - RelationshipsJessa Runicman, guest host of CBC Radio’s “In Town and Out” interviews Trefor Munn-Venn, Co-Founder of Rhapsody Strategies about the future of social media and the importance of building genuine relationships online.

The discussion focuses on how advanced understanding of how the brain works, how trust is developed, and how language is used can dramatically improve the ability of businesses to use social media to develop an authentic relationship with their customers.




Trust, How the Brain Works, and Social Media Strategy

OTTAWA, ON – July 24, 2014

Trefor Munn-Venn - Social Media Strategy - Building relationships using social mediaTrefor Munn-Venn joins Lara Wellman on CTV Morning Live to discuss his upcoming Keynote Address at the Social Capital Conference.

His address to the event will focus on the behavioural psychology of social media so that businesses can develop more sophisticated – and more effective – social media strategies.




Two Ottawa Businesses Launch Rhapsody Strategies to Best Support Organizations and their Leaders in Creating their “Epic Story”

Press Release, Thursday, June 26, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON – June 26, 2014

The game has changed for two prominent Ottawa companies. In a true collaboration, Breakthrough Coach, a business-coaching firm, and Social Catalyst, a social media and marketing company, have merged to create a one-of-a-kind business solution that takes a holistic approach to helping their clients become the most sophisticated leaders in their field . . .

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Media Release – Rhapsody Strategies Launch