Étiquette

Cut Down Your Friends List Without The Awkwardness

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Saying goodbye to online connections could have repercussions for your in-person interactions. Even if this is "your" news feed and you have the right to choose who and what appears in it, take a moment to reflect on the repercussions before clicking "unfriend." Consider the side-effects of this click.

Sticky Situation: How Is Your Cultural Quotient? Take This Quiz

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Business travel is on the rise. We are in the era of globalization. You are travelling more and more. Your partners are planetary. Avoid a diplomatic blunder or embarrassment as a company ambassador by taking a moment to validate your cultural quotient.

Spinning Etiquette: How To Fit In With The Rest Of The Pack

Lisa Orr | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

As a fair-weather cyclist, I know I love to be on the bike but I just can't manage it when the weather is awful, so I decided to try spinning. Spinning, I've learned, has a culture of its own and, like every culture, it has its own special rules of etiquette.

Who Is Ultimately Responsible For Rude Behaviour?

Lianne Castelino | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino

Calling out rudeness, a lack of etiquette or a complete absence of compassion or empathy in public should never have to happen -- but it MUST. The recent examples that made the headlines -- of a woman allegedly sitting on the feet of a passenger whose feet dangled over an empty seat on public transit -- is a case in point.

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?

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.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Inviting Co-workers To Your Wedding

Workopolis | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Workopolis

It's a sticky situation for many couples -- how do you pick and choose between co-workers for your wedding guest list? And what's the etiquette around inviting colleagues to your big day?

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.

5 Reasons Why You Should Swear At Work

Workopolis | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Business
Workopolis

Your parents might have taught you not to curse, but did the lesson really stick? New research seems to suggest that it hasn't: two-thirds of all millennial employees swear at work, while 58 per cent of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are said to swear while on the clock.

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.

The Dos And Don'ts Of U.S. Election Etiquette (For Canadians)

Lisa Orr | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

A recent study found that 81 per cent of Canadians are very worried about the election and what the results could mean for our neighbours and Canadians. The challenge, in these next days and months pre- and post-election, is to share our views appropriately and support our neighbours as best we can.

A Simple Trick-or-Treating Etiquette Guide

Lisa Orr | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

Halloween is a very special holiday in Canada, it's the one time of the year where communities really connect! Children go door to door trick or treating dressed up as their favourite characters and neighbours open their homes give out candy and treats to the local ghouls and goblins. But there are a few rules of the road for trick or treaters. Here are my tips for parents to help their little ghouls and goblins trick-or-treat tactfully.

Advice For Business Travellers: Socialize For Success

Booking.com | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business
Booking.com

The meeting has ended and it's time to relax a little. The last thing you want to do now is lose the admiration of colleagues with inappropriate behaviour. Some social downtime to experience new cultures is one of the things business travellers enjoy most -- but the wrong behaviour can make or break a deal.

Thanksgiving Etiquette: How To Bring Civility To Your Dinner Table

Lisa Orr | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is meant to be about giving thanks and reconnecting with friends and family. However, sometimes when we actually sit down at the dinner table we lose that spirit of thankfulness and things move in a less than civil direction.

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.

Royal Visit 2016: What To Do If You Meet Will And Kate

Lisa Orr | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their adorable children will be in Canada from September 24th to October 1st for a highly anticipated visit. The royal couple will be undertaking a tour of Canada's stunning west coast which means a few lucky Canucks will have the chance to connect with the royals while they're in the country.

Canadians Say 'Thank You' More Than 'Sorry' – And Mean It, Too

Teri Currie | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Teri Currie

Canada has a well-deserved reputation as one of the friendliest, most polite countries in the world, and you don't have to look far to see why. Yes, we say "I'm sorry" a lot, but we actually say "Thank you" a lot more -- almost twice as often as "I'm sorry," in fact.

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?

25 Gift Ideas For A Great Boss

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living

Your best bet is to go in on it with someone else!

The Rules Of Sophisticated Summer Boating For Hosts And Guests

Lisa Orr | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

From sailing on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. to power boating on the Muskoka Lakes, it has always been one of my favourite parts of being outside and enjoying nature during the summer months. However in addition to the rules of the water, boating etiquette must also be observed.

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.

Tennis Match Etiquette: How To Be Courteous Courtside

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

As a huge tennis fan and a recreational player myself, there is nothing better than watching the matches in person. However, if this is your first time experiencing the magic of the game up close and personal, here are a few key rules of tennis spectator etiquette to know before you head out to the stands.

A Great Host Makes Their Cottage Guests Feel Welcome

Sari Friedman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Cottages and vacation homes are great spots to host relaxing get-togethers with friends and family. While relaxing is key when it comes to getting away for a few days, there is a little more work involved when it comes to getting prepped and ready for your guests' arrival.