Advice For Business Travellers: Socialize For Success

Booking.com | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business

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.

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.

Queen's Plate Etiquette: Know Your Race Day Rules

Lisa Orr | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

July 3 will mark the 157th year of the of the Queen's Plate, the oldest thoroughbred horse race in Canada. From its simple beginnings in 1860 at the Carleton track in Toronto at the corner of Keele and Dundas, the Queen's Plate has now grown into a massive event.

'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?

My Apologies, But Your Manners Are Absolutely Appalling

Lianne Castelino | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Manners are increasingly taking a back seat and it shows. What stuns me is how completely oblivious people are to their own lack of manners in a given situation, but how quick they are to point out ill-mannered others. Time to take an etiquette selfie. You might be aghast at what you see.

What Does RSVP Truly Mean?

Jenna Em | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Undoubtedly you've seen the words RSVP printed on wedding, birthday party, or similar invitations -- but do you truly know what RSVP means in English, and how these words should be interpreted?

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.

How Not To Be A Bride/Groomzilla

Lisa Orr | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Wedding season is in full swing, and that means that bridezillas and groomzillas are about to terrorize the land once again. Demanding brides and grooms often end up alienating the very people they are supposed to be celebrating with, their wedding guests. Here's how to avoid becoming one.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Gracious Mother's Day Gifting

Lisa Orr | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

The holiday that originated in the 1900s often includes a brunch or a family meal and hopefully it will also include a special gift. Unfortunately, it can often be very tricky and frankly quite stressful to find the perfect gift for the person who has been there through everything and helped shape us into the people we are today.

Royal Etiquette: What To Do If You Meet Prince Harry

Lisa Orr | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

It's a real life fairytale moment in Toronto, an eligible and undeniably handsome prince will be visiting our fair city. For the first time in 25 years, the dashing Prince Harry will be in Toronto on May 2 to launch the countdown for the third Invictus Games, held in September 2017.

Wellness Retreat Etiquette 101

Lisa Orr | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Although wellness retreats can vary in activities and in ethos, every retreat has a common purpose, which is to help their guests recharge. What I learned on my recent retreat was that in order for every guest to have their best experience, all of the guests have to abide by a few rules of retreat etiquette.

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.

How To Be Polite And Respectful On Public Transit

Lisa Orr | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Whether it's helping a new mom with her stroller and bags or if it's giving up a seat to someone who looks like they might need it more than you do, being helpful to others is all part of being a good public transit citizen.