Sticky Situation

Sticky Situation: Handling Dietary Restrictions During The Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

It's the most wonderful time of the year. There are cocktails, potlucks, buffets and traditional dinner invitations. But what is one to do about all those dietary restrictions and trends? Whether you are a host or guest, you may be wondering about diet dos and don'ts -- rules and responsibilities.

Sticky Situation: Modern Etiquette For Death And Mourning

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Death and mourning are on the radio, the television and in social media. Popular? Yes. Uncomfortable? Definitely. Faced with death, no matter who you are, you know you need to be on your Sunday best; benevolent, polite, kind and empathetic. But what do funeral rites sound and look like in modern times?

Sticky Situation: How to Safely Talk Politics at the Office

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

In front of a water cooler somewhere in Canada -- you can hear "him" going on and on. He unreservedly comments on our upcoming elections, the European migrants crisis, the American presidential candidates and even on the municipal composting process. He openly shares his political points of view on everything. And occasionally, he gives you a little nudge so you can comment, too.

Sticky Situation: Networking Cocktail Quiz

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Whether you regularly attend your local chamber of commerce's breakfast, your professional association's networking cocktail, or like me, meet other solopreneurs at Ladies Who Lunch, fall is the season to get out into the community to build mutually beneficial relationships.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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: Asking Wedding Guests To Pay Is Rude

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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 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

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.