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.
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?
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.
Let's be honest, has anyone ever really "won" an argument about politics with a coworker? It always ends with an eye roll, a deep breath of frustration and mumbling expletives under your breath about that person, while you sulk back to your desk.
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.
Divorce is ugly and painful. Voiced or not, when you commit to being "one" with each other, divorce is a tearing apart of that oneness and it hurts. Even the amicable divorces can leave deep scars for the couple splitting up, but also for the children.
Does the napkin go in your lap the minute you take your seat?
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.
Slip-ups such as missing a deadline or running late to an important meeting happen to even the most seasoned executives, but what sets a true leader apart is their ability to own up to the fault and put safeguards into place for the future.
Finally, you are back in nature. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. You have promised yourself and your family that you will respect your natural rhythms -- you will enjoy your vacation, one moment at a time.
As a certified etiquette expert, I've been asked many questions about good social behavior. Here are some of the ones I'm asked most often.
If spices are absent from the table, it's a sign the host doesn't feel it necessary to season the food any further. It would be offensive to ask for additional condiments to either alter or mask the taste of menu items.
Email introductions are a poorly understood art and are often done too hastily without careful thought. Making introductions the right way can be the best way to help two people and create a lot of value. But doing it wrong can make one of the parties look bad and can alienate one or both parties from you.
In some way, we all entertain for business at different times in our lives. It may be as simple as inviting a coworker into your home for a cup of coffee and a snack, inviting a visiting colleague to share a sandwich and soda in your office, dining with your boss at a nearby café, or treating a client to a cool beverage at the nineteenth hole after a round of golf.
If your business has a social media presence, it may only be a matter of time before someone issues a complaint online. Handling the situation in a mannerly fashion can take the sting out of negative feedback and lead to improved client relationships.
We all have disagreements from time to time and emotions can run high when we feel our opinion is not being heard or respected. It's important to agree on the terms of a "fair argument" before the confrontation takes place. Here are a few of my etiquette tips for navigating conflict when you are faced with a difference of opinion.