Business Etiquette

Sticky Situation: 6 Ways To Prepare For Fall Networking

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

Your summer vacation is over. You are tanned, well rested and full of energizing memories.You are also ready for your children's back-to-school. The long list of school supplies is full of check marks. They have everything they need. Yay, you did it! But are you ready for your back to work?

Sticky Situation: Your Guide To Stress-Free Summer Tipping

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Just like Justin Timberlake we have that "sunshine in our pocket" and like to enjoy some of "that good soul in our feet:" long lattés, drinks with friends, playing outdoors until dark, road trips and last-minute getaways -- some of which we have to pay for and tip.

Sticky Situation: Your Summer Guide To Cool And Confident Office Style

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Style
Julie Blais Comeau

Whatever you put on to go to work should make you look like you are part of the team and that you can do what you are supposed to, comfortably and professionally.

Sticky Situation: Do This At Work Before Your Next Vacation

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

Stop daydreaming about your biggest fish "everrr," your feet in the water, your hole in one or your hammock. Before you go into vacation mode, avoid sticky situations by preparing for your departure and your return with this countdown, based on the acronym V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N.E.R.

'Wear Pantyhose' And Other Dated Fashion Rules Our Moms Taught Us

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Style
Rhonda Scharf

I think it's important that we don't cling to the rules our mothers taught us "just because that's the way it's always been done." If your legs look better with hose, wear hose. If you find that brown and black is not a good combination for your skin tone, then don't wear it. Don't be a slave to fashion rules -- old or new.

Asking Wedding Guests For Cash Is Insulting, Tacky And Rude

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

The wife of his best friend suggested (actually, strongly insisted) that we demand a monetary contribution from our guests. My spouse and I disagree. I find this insulting, while he is hell-bent on it! Can we ask without insulting?

Sticky Situation: Adopt An Attitude Of Gratitude At Work

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

In a world of screens where egocentrism and individualism are increasingly present, adopting an attitude of gratitude at work can contribute to the well-being and motivation of employees. Appreciation also increases self-esteem and loyalty in business relationships.

Sticky Situation: 12 Actions To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

LinkedIn's mission is not a social one. Its distinction from Facebook is that it is exclusively for business. When networking online, to avoid virtual faux-pas and professional embarrassment, I have put together twelve actions to improve your LinkedIn profile. Your virtual identity depends on it.

Sticky Situation: Are You The Perfect Colleague?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You are good in your job, maybe the best on your team. You are a natural leader, perhaps the best in your industry. You're smart, maybe the most educated of the company. But, are you the best colleague? What do your teammates say about you? Do they like you? One colleague, an uncongenial colleague can contaminate the entire team. You know "It only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch". Are you, maybe, perhaps, that apple? Let's find out.

Sticky Situation: Easter Table Etiquette For Hosts And Guests

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Easter, the Christian celebration of Christ's resurrection, is celebrated throughout the world at churches and around the table with family and friends. In our current era of diversity, it is sometimes difficult to know what to do, or not, when gathering to eat.

Sticky Situation: Trudeau At The White House - What To Know

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, will be hosting the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, during an official visit, including a White House state dinner on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. If you are one of the privileged few invited guests to this prestigious banquet or if you will soon be doing dinner or lunch, here's what you should know.

Sticky Situation: How To Offer Support To Someone With Cancer

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

It's also important to be authentic and true to your relationship. The person has not changed and wants to be treated as you always have. He or she is that special someone in your life, with cancer, for now. If someone in your world has cancer, here is a guide of words and actions to comfort, soothe and show you care.

5 Things You Should Seriously Never Say To An Entrepreneur

Cheryl Muir | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Business
Cheryl Muir

I love what I do. I genuinely, wholeheartedly love it and I wouldn't trade it for all the chocolate chip muffins in Timmy's. But I'm human, and some things that I've experienced as an entrepreneur really p*ss me off. What's more, I'm absolutely certain I'm not alone.

Sticky Situation: Asking For Cash As A Wedding Gift

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Once upon a time, etiquette experts would have completely discouraged your daughter of asking for money. Untraditional and tacky, they would have tissed! Rest assured. As a modern manners maven, I know one thing for sure: etiquette evolves based on societal norms.

Sticky Situation: Valentine's Day, Air-Kissing And Hugging At The Office

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Since etiquette is a cultural issue, when you are the visitor travelling abroad, it's up to you to adapt. Greet according to regional customs. Do your homework. Ask the expert. Follow your host's lead.

Sticky Situation: Super Bowl Dos, Don'ts And Chicken Wing 101

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Are you invited to celebrate this global happening? If so, to make sure that you'll be invited back next year, here are some good to know conversation pieces, dos, don'ts and chicken wing eating 101.

Sticky Situation: Two Wedding Celebrations, How Many Gifts?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For starters, every first time wedding invitation has a gift obligation. The only exception is when you're a distant colleague, friend or family member, and you have not had any contact with either of the future newlyweds.

Sticky Situation: How To Build Your Reputation In 2016

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

Happy New Year! Are you ready? What do you want to broadcast in 2016? What do you want the buzz about you to be behind your back, when the door closes, when you leave a client, a colleague, or even your boss? What reputation do you want to have?

How To Successfully Navigate Your Office Holiday Party

Lisa Orr | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Yes, this is a work event, but the purpose is to connect socially and that is much harder to do if you spend the entire evening talking about key performance indicators and sales targets. It's completely appropriate to have a short dialogue about a common department or a project, but after that it's time to move on to getting to know each other better as people.

Sticky Situation: Handling Dietary Restrictions During The Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

It's the most wonderful time of the year. There are cocktails, potlucks, buffets and traditional dinner invitations. But what is one to do about all those dietary restrictions and trends? Whether you are a host or guest, you may be wondering about diet dos and don'ts -- rules and responsibilities.

Sticky Situation: Modern Etiquette For Death And Mourning

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Death and mourning are on the radio, the television and in social media. Popular? Yes. Uncomfortable? Definitely. Faced with death, no matter who you are, you know you need to be on your Sunday best; benevolent, polite, kind and empathetic. But what do funeral rites sound and look like in modern times?

Sticky Situation: How to Safely Talk Politics at the Office

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

In front of a water cooler somewhere in Canada -- you can hear "him" going on and on. He unreservedly comments on our upcoming elections, the European migrants crisis, the American presidential candidates and even on the municipal composting process. He openly shares his political points of view on everything. And occasionally, he gives you a little nudge so you can comment, too.

5 Ways to Build Cross-Cultural Business Relationships in Asia

Sharon Schweitzer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Sharon Schweitzer

Over the last four decades, Asia has seen immense global economic growth. But what does this mean for you as a global business traveller? Whether you are an executive, entrepreneur, or emerging leader, knowing more about how your Asian counterparts do business will give you a distinct competitive advantage and allow you to build successful, long-lasting business relationships.

Sticky Situation: Networking Cocktail Quiz

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Whether you regularly attend your local chamber of commerce's breakfast, your professional association's networking cocktail, or like me, meet other solopreneurs at Ladies Who Lunch, fall is the season to get out into the community to build mutually beneficial relationships.

Sticky Situation: Six Labour Day Party Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Only a couple more weekends before Labour Day! Where did the summer go? You may only have one more chance to make a great impression on family and friends at the last fiesta of the sunny season. Whether it's a barbecue, brunch, a pool or cocktail party, or a potluck, follow these six modern party do's and don'ts for hosts and guest.