Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky Situation: Travelling for Business (With Style)

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You walk into the office and your boss stops you in your tracks: "Go home and pack your bag. Our European client needs you. You are booked on the 17h05 flight." Are you thinking "Yeah!" or "Yuck!"? Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you broadcast positively as yourself but also as an ambassador for your company and our country.

Sticky Situation: What Do I Bring a Thanksgiving Host?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, my sister and I will be meeting a long lost aunt. What do you suggest that we bring as a host(ess) gift for this unknown cousin who is opening up his home to us? Preferably something not too bulky to carry, I hope. Or, would it be appropriate to buy something at destination?

Sticky Situation: Five Petiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Although Statistics Canada does not collect data on the number of pets in our country, it is safe to say that we co-exist with more pets than we ever have. The results? We have more "pet" peeves and sticky pet situations in our daily lives. Here are five guidelines to contribute to a pet friendly neighbourhood and life.

Sticky Situation: 12 Guidelines for Inflight Civility

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Travelling by aircraft, to get to the conference, to visit a loved one or to explore a remote part of the world could result in verbal abuse, a physical confrontation, and seeing disruptive passengers escorted out by the police. Here are the 12 modern guidelines plus solutions to the most common inflight sticky situations to keep calm, at 35,000 feet and beyond.

Sticky Situation: Saying "No Problem" Is a Problem

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For the last couple of years there is a trend. I could even call it a movement. Etiquette experts and linguists are quite perplexed about this trend. Workplace recruits interchange «No problem» in lieu of «You are welcome», «It's my pleasure», «Yes, right away» or «I'm sorry».

Sticky situation: 10 Back-to-School Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

A good school year is not just the responsibility of the teachers. You, and even your children, can have a positive influence on making this school year a great one. The back-to-school routine includes healthy lifestyle habits and they should also include civility and good manners. They are essential for a harmonious triangle between the school, the child and his parents.

Sticky Situation: How To Be a Good Neighbour

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Try not to borrow from your neighbour. If you do use one of the tools from the garage next door, take it back as soon as you have completed your task. You broke it? Say it, apologize and replace it. You cannot afford to buy another? You should not have borrowed it in the first place.

Sticky Situation: Talking Politics at the Office Is a Slippery Slope

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When I first started to give business etiquette workshops, I labelled politics along with religion, money and sexual matters, as "inappropriate" topics of conversation. I have since renamed them as "slippery." Meaning, yes you can chat about government actions, policies and their decision makers but beware. To avoid wanting to rewind the conversation tape, here are four don'ts and two dos.

Sticky Situation: Modern Prom Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

From the date to the dress, the rite of the prom has evolved from a simple affair in the high school gym to an elaborate evening at a posh hotel, and sometimes even a hotel room for the night. Yikes, how times have changed! Fortunately etiquette is not stagnant and evolves with our customs. The results? Contemporary prom etiquette dos and don'ts.

Sticky Wedding Situation: Mother of the Bride Dilemma

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My ex-husband and I are divorced. It is not amicable. We just co-exist. We are both remarried. My daughter wants us to both walk her down the aisle. I agree, and so does my ex. I went to my current husband. He threw a tantrum and stated that "everyone" will think that my ex and I are still married."

Sticky Situation: 20 Interview Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

You did it! You got an interview for the best job ever! Woo hoo! You are right to celebrate, but hold on for the toast. You still have to show your likability. Read on for the 20 contemporary dos and don'ts that will let your personality shine to get you the position that you dream of.

Sticky Situation: Can We Ask Guests to Help Pay For Our Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My future husband wants guests to pay a dollar amount for their presence on our wedding day. For my part, I have some discomfort. We discussed it with our families and they all seem to agree with my fiancé. Your help would be greatly appreciated so I can make an informed decision

Sticky Situation: Are Flowers the Best Hospital Gift?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I will be visiting a friend in the hospital this weekend. I want to bring something but I am not sure about flowers. It seems to me that they could be quite cumbersome when you have to take them home. Not to mention that some patients are allergic to them. I would appreciate it if you could please give me some gift suggestions to ease my choice.

Sticky Situation: Office St. Patrick's Day Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Every March 17th, all over Canada and the world, employees go to their closets in search of a little, or a lot, of something green to wear. Some even bring Irish treats and delicacies to eat at lunch or share at break. Others look forward to the traditional happy hour green beer and most don't know that Patrick was not Irish.

Sticky Situation: How to Wear a Top Hat and Walking Stick at a Wedding

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Style
Julie Blais Comeau

We're getting married this summer and my husband will be wearing a top hat and walking stick. He is wondering how to wear these accessories. Should he keep his hat on during the wedding ceremony? If not, when should he remove it? And what about his walking stick, how does he carry it? Thank you for your advice.

Sticky Situation: Should I Tell My Intern She Smells?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I just came across your website. I was looking for a solution on Google for "how to tell an intern that she stinks." She also wears the same clothes, every day, for the entire week. I am responsible for the retail counter in an aesthetic clinic. I have never been faced with this sticky situation; to tell or not to tell an employee that she smells.

Sticky Situation: Should You Bring a Gift to Destination Weddings?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I'm going to a very good friend's wedding this upcoming Saturday in Varadero, Cuba. The wedding is at an all-inclusive resort, which will give us much-needed sunshine, but it is at a very expensive five-star resort. I'm in the wedding party. What should I do: offer a gift card, offer nothing at all, or give a small token gift to the bride, my friend?

Sticky Situation: Chicken Wing Eating 101 and Other Party Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

FYEI (For Your Etiquette Information) -- Game day is the only day when your ball cap may be kept on while indoor but do remove it for the anthem. Before you get set to watch the famous coin flip, check for your Super Bowl game day party manners. Here are 10 don'ts and two dos, the get re-invited to next year's matchup:

Sticky Situation: How Would You Do in an Offbeat Interview?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

So you think that you have what it takes to work for one of serial entrepreneur Richard Branson's 400 companies within his Virgin Empire? You have personality and that is what he hires. Right? Are you a bit nervous about making a poised and polished entrance? What about the small talk -- smooth sailing for you? And what if you do get the job and he proposes a toast to you? Do you drink up or not? Uh oh...

Sticky Situation: Constant Coughing Colleague

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: I have a coworker two cubicles away who, for years now, has chronically coughed and always clears his throat. How do I politely get him to stop and be more considerate?

Sticky Situation: Your New Year's Eve Party Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Throughout the world, in the 24 time zones of our planet when the clock strikes 12, Spaniards will wear red underwear, South Africans will throw furniture out of the window and Peruvian neighbours will be boxing to transition from one year to the next. Right here in our homeland, anywhere in our six time zones, Canadians will be singing, sipping and smooching. Here is your New Year guide with good, should and fun to know celebration facts.

Sticky Situation: Regifting Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You are sure the neighbours did it with the Panettone. You suspect your brother-in-law did too, with the No Name golf balls. Now that Christmas is over and the pretty papers and beautiful bows are off, it's the season to regift. It may be acceptable if and when the following conditions apply.

Seven Sticky Situations: Home for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

"There is no place like home for the holidays..." so the song goes. For that reason, you and your sweetheart have decided to make your house Christmas-central this year. You are hosting and all are taking turns coming to celebrate with you and your family. To make sure that your vision of "the most wonderful time of the year" comes true in your home, here is your cheat sheet to some of the seven of the season's sticky situations.

Sticky Situation: Holiday Tipping Tips

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sharing the holiday spirit with the people that make your life good can be a Sticky Situation. Here is a cheat sheet to make sure that everyone on your list gets recognized for their talented or caring contributions.

Sticky Situations: The Holiday Office Gift Giving Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Holiday gift-giving is the opportunity to thank those that make your work world good, throughout the entire year. But one misstep could have you circulating the office gossip pool for months to come. Don't overspend, don't underspend, and mostly importantly: read this guide before gift-giving season is upon us.