Étiquette

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.

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.

A Mass Email Is No Way To Say Goodbye

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

When someone sends a mass email saying they are leaving, they often haven't thought things through. They are probably having an emotional reaction to what is likely a very emotional situation.

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.

Parents, Educators Can't Teach Life Lessons For You

Blair King | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We have one dad in boy's baseball who, when asked to help out as volunteer umpire, was happily willing to bend the rules in favour of his child's team. What sort of example do you set for your child when he sees his dad make clearly incorrect calls to ensure his team wins?

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.

Sticky Situation: Asking For Cash As A Wedding Gift

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.25.2016 | 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.

The Ultimate Guide To Gracious Valentine's Day Gifting

Lisa Orr | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Not sure what to give your sweetheart for Valentine's Day this year? Have you had some epic Valentine's Day fails in the past (i.e. " I really thought you'd love a new vacuum for Valentine's Day honey")? Then this gift guide is for you.

Sticky Situation: Valentine's Day, Air-Kissing And Hugging At The Office

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.11.2016 | 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 02.05.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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.

The Dos And Don'ts Of The Slopes

Lisa Orr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Winter is finally here! One of the best ways, in my opinion, to get through this cold and dark time of the year is to get out on the slopes. Whether you're a skier or a snowboarder, though, there are definitely some dos and don'ts of the hill that will help you have an awesome day.

How To Deal With The New Year's Resolution Crowd

Jamie Logie | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

On January 1, the flood gates open and gyms are taken over by an abundance of new members. You've probably noticed this wherever you choose to get fit, and the crowds can be tough to navigate as lineups form for cardio equipment, classes turn people away and overcrowding becomes commonplace.

Sticky Situation: How To Build Your Reputation In 2016

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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?

How To Successfully Navigate Your Office Holiday Party

Lisa Orr | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Yes, this is a work event, but the purpose is to connect socially and that is much harder to do if you spend the entire evening talking about key performance indicators and sales targets. It's completely appropriate to have a short dialogue about a common department or a project, but after that it's time to move on to getting to know each other better as people.

Sticky Situation: Handling Dietary Restrictions During The Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

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.

Sticky Situation: Modern Etiquette For Death And Mourning

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

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?