Étiquette

Sticky Situation: Six Labour Day Party Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

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.

How to Announce Your Engagement

Karen Cleveland | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Congratulations on your engagement! You found your match -- that's the hardest part. The rest is just blissful happily ever after, right? Well, sort of. Engagements tend to bring an onslaught of unsolicited advice.

Sticky Situation: 5 Things to Keep in Mind While Camping

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

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.

How Not To Get Thrown Out Of Restaurants When Dining With Kids

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

Using this approach I have been fortunate to have wonderful experiences in restaurants with my family, even when things took a "turn for the worse" with my kids. Even though it is well rehearsed -- their dining etiquette is still a work in progress.

Sticky Situation: Should You Accept Your Boss's Facebook Invitation?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Even if you get along great, are you ready for her to have a front row seat on your daily life? What will you do if you click "Confirm," and on a Sunday morning, while you are sipping your latté and looking at your news feed, she sends you a private message with an urgent issue? And what will happen if you "Delete request"?

Sticky Situation: Avoid Moving Day Madness

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Whether you are moving on the same day as Canada Day or not, transitioning from a downtown apartment to a townhouse in the burbs, or from a bungalow on the river's edge to a penthouse on top, moving annoyances are the same. Avoid them with this guide.

How to Be a Civilized Cyclist

Lisa Orr | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Summer is in full swing here in Toronto and fabulous events like Pride and the Pan Am games will be bringing lots of visitors to the city. That also means lots of traffic, which means it's time for me to get back on my bicycle.

How to Craft a Respectful Vacation Message

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

This final duty before leaving on vacation is simple and quick, but very crucial in maintaining a professional image and service attitude: inputting your absence alert messages on your phone and inbox. To avoid giving the impression that you were too eager to leave, distracted or non-caring, here are 11 reminders and tips to broadcast positively, even when you are away.

18 Things You Should Never Do In Other Countries

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living

You've researched the hot spots and created the perfect packing list, but have you taken a moment to look into the customs and traditions of the count...

Sticky Situation: Five Guidelines to Sharing the Road

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

If the road belonged to just one person and that person never met another cyclist, motorist or pedestrian, he could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. But as soon as the possibility of crossing, or interacting with another person exists, road etiquette applies.

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.

Sticky Situation:The Boss Invites You to a Barbecue

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Your boss walks into the lunchroom and says: "Mark your calendar: Tuesday, June 30, my house, 4 p.m., barbecue. We'll shut down the office at noon, so everyone can go home and change. And do not forget your swimsuit. My pool is open. I'll send an email with my address and details. Have a good day." Off he goes. Questions abound in your head.

The Best (and Worst) Teacher Gifts for 2015

Lisa Orr | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

With summer vacation just around the corner as an etiquette and protocol expert I get a lot of phone calls about what to give the fabulous people who have inspired brilliance in our adorable children all year -- their teachers.

Sticky Situation: What Should You Call Caitlyn Jenner?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Since her transition, it seems that everyone has an opinion on it. Although you may have an opinion on it, you do not get to share your thoughts or vote, unless she invites you to. What people can call you is your choice. And what you should call people is their choice.

Sticky Situation: Cocktail Networking Tips and Tricks

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You open your computer and ding! -- another invitation for a networking cocktail enters your inbox. This is the season for professional reunions and get togethers. Like any successful event, a fruitful business networking event also needs preparation. Keep reading for my Happy Hour tips and tricks.

Sticky Situation: Yoga Etiquette, Farts and More

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here are nine yoga etiquette guidelines that will enable us to reach the full physical and spiritual benefits of yoga to achieve a relaxed body and mind.

Sticky Situation: Avoid a Shawn Simoes Dismissal With This Test

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When you are having a "good time," do you ever ask yourself if what you say or do, could get you fired? If you answered "yes," even with a shy slightly embarrassed smile, I suggest that you filter your words and actions with the Two Fridge Test.

Sticky Situation: How to Dress for the Office in Warmer Weather

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Finally! The good weather is here. The sun is shining. Whether you work in a hip ad agency or in a classic firm of professionals, one thing is for sure, you dress for...? Your client. Whether it is +35 or -35 degrees Celsius, what you wear greatly influences the perception of competence, your customers and even your colleagues have of you.

Sticky Situation: Five Apple Watch Etiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.24.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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