Sticky Situation

Sticky Situation: Five Apple Watch Etiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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: Asking Wedding Guests To Pay Is Rude

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

From the readers' emails that I receive, these new trends of requesting meal payment from guests, making expensive demands on wedding party members and extending the celebration beyond the wedding day, is making wedding dreams come true for the couple but putting a serious strain on many friendships.

Sticky Situation: The 11 Commandments of Business Dining

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.04.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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

Sticky Stuation: Valentine D.A.T.I.N.G. Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Every February the 14, throughout the globe, couples profess their love to each other. In the era of technology, where texts and videos are replacing handwritten cards and when equality of the sexes should be the norm, this is the one day of the year where men are expected to polish their swords and wear their capes to seduce their lady.

Sticky Situation: Paying for a Gadget My Kid Borrowed

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My child borrowed an iPod from a friend in school and did not let me know. I confiscated it and threw it away without realizing it belonged to someone else. The other child's parent called me and told me to replace it. I don't understand how that parent could have made such a request.

Sticky Situation: Super Bowl Sunday Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

The countdown to Super Bowl XLIX has begun. The Seattle Seahawks are about to defend their title against the New England Patriots. This fanatical day is all about football but also about family, friends and foods. Don't get flagged for foul play, follow these 10 party manners and get re-invited for next year's Super Bowl L.

Sticky Situation: Your Boss Thinks You're Rude

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Yes, the contemporary workplace is evolving and no, your manager or human resources representative may not have had "that" talk about your rudeness or inappropriateness with you, but you could be embarrassing yourself, your superior and your entire organization.

Sticky situation: A Family Survival Guide for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Probably like most of us, your family is not close to perfect like George Bailey's. It probably is closer to one of the three Modern Family families or the Griswolds. To avoid getting wrapped up in garlands, here's your family survival guide for the holidays.

Sticky Situation: Classic Holiday Office Party Etiquette

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here I go again sharing my annual holiday office party tips. I know that you know the guidelines but, a little refresher never hurts, especially in our global digital era. "What's different than a groovy 60s, or a discoing 70s party?" you ask. There is one big difference.

Sticky Situation: Remembrance Day Facts, Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To avoid making a faux-pas, while honouring our family, community and country heroes, those who courageously give us the freedom to be proud of our heritage; here are the facts, dos and don'ts of Remembrance Day.

Sticky Situation: A Halloween Trick for Children With Allergies

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For many young Canadian witches, goblins and monsters, Halloween is not about a trick or a treat, it is a about a threat. One that could affect their entire livelihood. The scary part is that there is no cure for allergic reactions. Avoidance of the allergen is the only safe method.

Sticky Situation: What Do I Bring a Thanksgiving Host?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 11.01.2014 | 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 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."

25 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at the Office

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Julie Blais Comeau

Happy Earth Day! Since 1970, 192 countries, annually celebrate and act to preserve our planet earth on April 22. Do your part and keep the Earth Day Ticker rising, to achieve 2 billion acts of green. Start now, with these 25 ways.