Étiquette

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.

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.