Business Etiquette

Sticky Situation: A Lesson In Handshaking For The Trumps Among Us

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

With direct eye contact and a confident handshake, Trudeau firmly placed his left hand on his host's right shoulder to quickly define "his bubble." We almost heard him say, "This, is my border Mr. President." Trump's handshake talks. Trudeau's does, too. And yours, do you know what it says about you?

Help Your Employees Motivate Themselves

Bruce Mayhew | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Business
Bruce Mayhew

Helping your employees motivate themselves is easier than you might think, and it starts by helping them feel good about the work they do. A powerful approach I teach in my Leadership Training or Executive Coaching is called Intrinsic Motivation. At a high level, Intrinsic Motivation is about helping employees feel one (or all) of the following 4 things.

Sticky Situation: 23 Valentine's Day Dos And Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Even though this day is celebrated all over the world, it is not a Statutory Holiday, anywhere, yet. You and your loved one will work, while your children go to daycare or school. Here are twenty-three dos and don'ts to celebrate Valentine's Day harmoniously, alone, as a couple, when you have children and at work.

Sticky Situation: How To Craft Your 5 Question Elevator Pitch

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

A good elevator pitch must be easy to understand. This is especially true when you use it with people outside of your field or profession, like when you participate in your Chamber of Commerce's networking cocktail. Forget about creative catchy words and melodious metaphors. Your grandmother should understand what you are talking about.

Sticky Situation: The ABCs Of Holiday Partying

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

It's party season! The happ, happiest season of all! Maybe you're hosting, or maybe you'll be doing a lot of "guesting" ... Regardless, of what your Yule tiding role will be, here is the alphabet to guide you on the twenty-six dos and don'ts of party etiquette.

Sticky Situation: 15 Phrases To Never Use At Work

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

It is not what you say. It is how you say it. But even if your words are the least of the three elements of in-person communication, they should still be carefully chosen. They have the power to clarify, inform, educate, inspire and motivate. Soft or strong, all your words are heard and could go directly into your boss's ears.

Sticky Situation: 10 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Small Talk

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

I know, I know, you don't like networking events, much less the ritual of small talk. Guess what? You are not alone. The vast majority of the other attendees feel just like you about this mandatory preliminary rite.

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 02.25.2017 | 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 02.11.2017 | 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 02.05.2017 | 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 02.02.2017 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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?