Sticky Situation

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 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.

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: 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: 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.

Sticky Situation: 10 Guidelines for Shopping Harmony

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Have you counted them? There are five shopping weekends left before Christmas. I bet that your heart is now pumping a little quicker. Increased blood pressure means stress. Stress diminishes patience. It may even reduce common sense, could completely violate basic civil codes and present you with Sticky Situations.

Sticky Situation: 7 Dos and Don'ts for Your Office Halloween Party

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Halloween at the office: yeah or yikes? Before you pick your costume, buy the candy, decorate your cube with spider webs, or fake an illness to free yourself from the freak show, read these ghosts and goblins dos and don'ts.

Sticky Situation: Does My Dad Have to Give Me Away at My Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I'm 30 years old and getting married for the first time this holiday season. I've supported myself since I was 18 years old and have lived with my fiancé for the past three years. Traditionally fathers walk their daughters down the aisle, but my father and I aren't close. I also feel too old and independent for the ritual. Should I just swallow my pride to save wedding stress?

Sticky Situation: How to Quit a New Job

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky Situation: I have to quit a job to go to another. For both jobs, the current and the next, people around me have recommended me. It gets stickier; I have only been in my current job for less than a month. I am now wondering what excuse I should give my boss while still displaying integrity?

Sticky Situation: Your Wardrobe Malfunctions Solutions

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Style
Julie Blais Comeau

Wardrobe malfunctions don't just happen to Hollywood stars. They can happen to any one of us, at any moment. No, not necessarily in front of the cameras, but probably in front of your boss or your client. In anticipation of your next 911 dress distress you should probably memorize, the following solutions.

Sticky Situations: Are You a Beach Bum or Beach Buddy?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Just because your sunglasses are on, it doesn't mean that your manners should go to the wind and that you can turn into a beach bum. To make sure that all sand, surf and sun lovers have worry free memories, here are twelve beach friendly reminders that will make you a good beach buddy.

Sticky Situation: Your Vacation Tipping Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Travel
Julie Blais Comeau

For many Canadians, Canada Day is the beginning of their vacation. What will you do? Where will you go to unplug & reconnect? Whenever I participate on call-in shows, the most popular questions that I receive, are usually about tipping etiquette. Canadians from coast-to-coast want to know; to give or not to give and how much.

20 Things You Must Know About the Canadian Flag

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Next week, to commemorate our heritage, on July 1, Canada day, many of us will go to our garages, attics or basements, and will take out our national flag to testify our allegiance to our country. Here's what you should know about the National Flag of Canada.