Business Etiquette

Sticky Situation: Should You Accept Your Boss's Facebook Invitation?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Even if you get along great, are you ready for her to have a front row seat on your daily life? What will you do if you click "Confirm," and on a Sunday morning, while you are sipping your latté and looking at your news feed, she sends you a private message with an urgent issue? And what will happen if you "Delete request"?

Sticky Situation: Avoid Moving Day Madness

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Whether you are moving on the same day as Canada Day or not, transitioning from a downtown apartment to a townhouse in the burbs, or from a bungalow on the river's edge to a penthouse on top, moving annoyances are the same. Avoid them with this guide.

How to Craft a Respectful Vacation Message

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

This final duty before leaving on vacation is simple and quick, but very crucial in maintaining a professional image and service attitude: inputting your absence alert messages on your phone and inbox. To avoid giving the impression that you were too eager to leave, distracted or non-caring, here are 11 reminders and tips to broadcast positively, even when you are away.

Sticky Situation: Five Guidelines to Sharing the Road

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

If the road belonged to just one person and that person never met another cyclist, motorist or pedestrian, he could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. But as soon as the possibility of crossing, or interacting with another person exists, road etiquette applies.

Sticky Situation:The Boss Invites You to a Barbecue

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Your boss walks into the lunchroom and says: "Mark your calendar: Tuesday, June 30, my house, 4 p.m., barbecue. We'll shut down the office at noon, so everyone can go home and change. And do not forget your swimsuit. My pool is open. I'll send an email with my address and details. Have a good day." Off he goes. Questions abound in your head.

Sticky Situation: What Should You Call Caitlyn Jenner?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Since her transition, it seems that everyone has an opinion on it. Although you may have an opinion on it, you do not get to share your thoughts or vote, unless she invites you to. What people can call you is your choice. And what you should call people is their choice.

Sticky Situation: Cocktail Networking Tips and Tricks

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You open your computer and ding! -- another invitation for a networking cocktail enters your inbox. This is the season for professional reunions and get togethers. Like any successful event, a fruitful business networking event also needs preparation. Keep reading for my Happy Hour tips and tricks.

Sticky Situation: Yoga Etiquette, Farts and More

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here are nine yoga etiquette guidelines that will enable us to reach the full physical and spiritual benefits of yoga to achieve a relaxed body and mind.

Sticky Situation: Avoid a Shawn Simoes Dismissal With This Test

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When you are having a "good time," do you ever ask yourself if what you say or do, could get you fired? If you answered "yes," even with a shy slightly embarrassed smile, I suggest that you filter your words and actions with the Two Fridge Test.

Sticky Situation: How to Dress for the Office in Warmer Weather

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Finally! The good weather is here. The sun is shining. Whether you work in a hip ad agency or in a classic firm of professionals, one thing is for sure, you dress for...? Your client. Whether it is +35 or -35 degrees Celsius, what you wear greatly influences the perception of competence, your customers and even your colleagues have of you.

Sticky Situation: Five Apple Watch Etiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

One thing is for sure, the proud Apple Watch owners will be the first to energetically turn their wrists to answer the boring "What time is it?" question. If you are one of the fortunate Apple Watch wearers, show Agent 99 "Smart thinking," by using these five B.A.W. (Before Apple Watch) techno etiquette guidelines of dos and don'ts.

Sticky Situation: Asking Bridal Shower Guests for Cash Is a Definite Don't

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My son and his future wife, live together in a small apartment. They are hoping to soon purchase a house. When we discussed the shower, she told me that she is thinking of a money shower. This seems very tacky to me. I am mortified. What should I do?

It's Time to Stop Being So Nice at Work

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

If you've been an overly nice person at work, you should understand that your self-worth can never be improved by trying so hard to please others. You have to learn how to validate and respect yourself, and stop doing so much for your co-workers. When you can focus on making yourself happy, you'll do a better job at work.

Sticky Situation: The 11 Commandments of Business Dining

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Whether you are a graduating student who is networking in search of a job or a CEO celebrating a new contract across the globe, the rules are the same, as a host or guest.

Sticky Situation: Easter Hosting Infographic

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To help you set the table and maneuver Sticky Hosting Situations during a brunch get-together, a potluck buffet or a formal dinner, I have put together a colourful infographic with the help of my precious visual collaborator, Sam Clusiau-Lawlor.

Sticky Situation: If You Want to Film, Please Ask First

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I recently facilitated a children's workshop. Without warning, a colleague filmed the entire session, including my interactions with boys and girls. I was surprised, uneasy, but did not say or do anything. What words should I use so as not to damage my relationship with this new colleague? So far, we are getting along great.

Sticky Situation: How to Say "No" With Grace

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

In business, and in our community, there are times when you would like to say no, but are not sure how. Here is your guide to saying no at work and play.

Sticky Situation: Who Pays for a Modern Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Dear Julie, My niece is getting married in a civil ceremony, in May. Since this Valentine's Day announcement, the family climate is extremely explosive with regards to the payment of her wedding. According to wedding etiquette guidelines, do her parents have to pay? Please enlighten us

Sticky Stuation: Valentine D.A.T.I.N.G. Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Every February the 14, throughout the globe, couples profess their love to each other. In the era of technology, where texts and videos are replacing handwritten cards and when equality of the sexes should be the norm, this is the one day of the year where men are expected to polish their swords and wear their capes to seduce their lady.

Sticky Situation: Paying for a Gadget My Kid Borrowed

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My child borrowed an iPod from a friend in school and did not let me know. I confiscated it and threw it away without realizing it belonged to someone else. The other child's parent called me and told me to replace it. I don't understand how that parent could have made such a request.

Sticky Situation: Super Bowl Sunday Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

The countdown to Super Bowl XLIX has begun. The Seattle Seahawks are about to defend their title against the New England Patriots. This fanatical day is all about football but also about family, friends and foods. Don't get flagged for foul play, follow these 10 party manners and get re-invited for next year's Super Bowl L.

Sticky Situation: Your Boss Thinks You're Rude

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Yes, the contemporary workplace is evolving and no, your manager or human resources representative may not have had "that" talk about your rudeness or inappropriateness with you, but you could be embarrassing yourself, your superior and your entire organization.

3 Reasons Why You Should Actually Network Less

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Networking is all about building relationships, but if you're building relationships with the wrong people, you're wasting your time. Think quality, not quantity. Any time I do a speaking gig I make sure I'm either paid appropriately or that the audience is made up of my ideal clients (who end up hiring me and, thus, I get paid indirectly).

How Do You Know When to Ask for the Business?

Evan Thompson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

While seemingly daunting at first, asking for the business is a necessary occurrence if you are to grow and profit. You may not always hear "yes," but you won't know unless you ask. So what are you waiting for?

How to Survive a Character Assassination

Ryan Pannell | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Pannell

If you are a dynamic, successful individual, a born leader, highly charismatic, popular, attractive, or all of these things, then at some point you are guaranteed to be the target of character assassination. Given how damaging character assassination can be, it's worthwhile having in your toolkit the means to survive one -- and not just survive: PREVAIL.