Étiquette

Sticky Situation: Five Apple Watch Etiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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?

Sticky Situation: The 11 Commandments of Business Dining

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.04.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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.

Sticky Situation: New Year's Toast Origins, Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Although the sound of fine crystal glasses clinking may be lovely and could dissipate evil spirits, it is bad news for glassware and your host. It could be unsafe and expensive when the two "toasters" knock too hard; glasses could crack or break.

Sticky Situation: Your Ultimate Holiday Hosting How-To

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

At this most wonderful time of the year, I share with you place-setting guidelines, dining dos and don'ts and of course solutions to sticky hosting situations.

Seven Hallmarks of Good Holiday Behavior

Karen Cleveland | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Tis the season...The holidays can feel like you're partying like it is your job, and that very well might be true for the next few weeks. Here are the...

Staying Merry in Common Holiday Conundrums

Karen Cleveland | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Isn't it ironic that what's supposed to be the season of giving, reflecting and general do-gooding is tied up in the most stressful expectations for shopping and hosting? It can be enough to make you want to say bah humbug, but please, don't. Here are some common holiday conundrums, and some advice on how to stay merry.

Sticky Situation: Classic Holiday Office Party Etiquette

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here I go again sharing my annual holiday office party tips. I know that you know the guidelines but, a little refresher never hurts, especially in our global digital era. "What's different than a groovy 60s, or a discoing 70s party?" you ask. There is one big difference.

Sticky Situation: Remembrance Day Facts, Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To avoid making a faux-pas, while honouring our family, community and country heroes, those who courageously give us the freedom to be proud of our heritage; here are the facts, dos and don'ts of Remembrance Day.

Sticky Situation: Travelling for Business (With Style)

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You walk into the office and your boss stops you in your tracks: "Go home and pack your bag. Our European client needs you. You are booked on the 17h05 flight." Are you thinking "Yeah!" or "Yuck!"? Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you broadcast positively as yourself but also as an ambassador for your company and our country.

Why You Should Never Ask a Woman This Question

Daniela Andrews | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Living
Daniela Andrews

The reality is, when you ask someone when they're planning to get pregnant, you have no idea what their reality is. They might be trying to no avail. They might not want kids. They might be wavering in their marriage. They might be part of the witness protection program and you've just blown their cover.

Sticky Situation: Saying "No Problem" Is a Problem

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For the last couple of years there is a trend. I could even call it a movement. Etiquette experts and linguists are quite perplexed about this trend. Workplace recruits interchange «No problem» in lieu of «You are welcome», «It's my pleasure», «Yes, right away» or «I'm sorry».

Sticky situation: 10 Back-to-School Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

A good school year is not just the responsibility of the teachers. You, and even your children, can have a positive influence on making this school year a great one. The back-to-school routine includes healthy lifestyle habits and they should also include civility and good manners. They are essential for a harmonious triangle between the school, the child and his parents.

Sticky Situation: How To Be a Good Neighbour

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Try not to borrow from your neighbour. If you do use one of the tools from the garage next door, take it back as soon as you have completed your task. You broke it? Say it, apologize and replace it. You cannot afford to buy another? You should not have borrowed it in the first place.

Sticky Situation: Talking Politics at the Office Is a Slippery Slope

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When I first started to give business etiquette workshops, I labelled politics along with religion, money and sexual matters, as "inappropriate" topics of conversation. I have since renamed them as "slippery." Meaning, yes you can chat about government actions, policies and their decision makers but beware. To avoid wanting to rewind the conversation tape, here are four don'ts and two dos.

Keep It In Your Pants. Your Phone, That Is

Karen Cleveland | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

The survey showed that respondents overwhelmingly admit to using their smartphone to tune someone out, or to avoid conversation. Fully 75 per cent of people said they purposefully use their smartphone to tune people out and nearly a third (30 per cent) even admitted to doing so on the day they were surveyed.

What I Learned This Week -- What To Do When You Don't Remember Their Name

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

'm sure that at one point in your life -- or many, like me -- you've shared my pain by being put in situations similar to this one, where the happy innocent becomes the uneasy victim. And what I learned this week is the Express Pass/Golden Ticket out of them.