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Julie Blais Comeau

Chief Etiquette Officer, Author and Speaker | La spécialiste de l'étiquette, auteure et conférencière

Julie Blais Comeau is one of Canada’s most quoted etiquette expert, a professional speaker, an educator and the author of Etiquette: Confidence & Credibility.

You may have read, seen or heard her on CBC, CTV, TVA, Rogers, Radio-Canada, HuffPost Live, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Living, Women’s Health, and many others.

A certified business etiquette and international protocol consultant, with a solid experience in management, human resources and training, she is the Huffington Post’s Sticky Situation blogger.

Fluently bilingual, having presented more than 500 educational activities to over 50 clients and 5000 participants, Julie is an ideal resource person as a training and development consultant, speaker or workshop facilitator.

With Julie’s help, all can go from oops… to ahh! Farewell faux-pas. Hello confidence & credibility!

Julie est diplômée de la prestigieuse Protocol School of Washington, l'auteure de Quoi dire, comment faire et quand? ainsi que de Projetez confiance et crédibilité et la bloggeuse du Situation délicate du Huffington Post.

Une collaboratrice média en demande, vous l'avez peut-être vu, lu ou entendu à Entertainment Tonight Canada, CTV Morning Live, CBC, Radio-Canada, TVA, Cogeco ou dans The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest et the Ottawa Citizen.

Whether you are a graduate, organizing a conference or wanting to polish your image on your way to the 'C' suites, Julie is at your service. With her help, gone will be embarrassment and faux-pas!

Au plaisir de vous aider à rayonner positivement mais surtout à éviter l'embarras.

Visit www.etiquettejulie.com or follow along on Twitter and Facebook.
Sticky Situation: Classic Holiday Office Party

Sticky Situation: Classic Holiday Office Party Etiquette

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.
11/21/2014 09:06 EST
Sticky Situation: A Halloween Trick for Children With

Sticky Situation: A Halloween Trick for Children With Allergies

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.
10/27/2014 01:03 EDT
Sticky Situation: Travelling for Business (With

Sticky Situation: Travelling for Business (With Style)

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.
10/22/2014 01:02 EDT
Sticky Situation: What Do I Bring a Thanksgiving

Sticky Situation: What Do I Bring a Thanksgiving Host?

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?
10/10/2014 06:06 EDT
Sticky Situation: Five Petiquette

Sticky Situation: Five Petiquette Guidelines

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.
10/03/2014 12:28 EDT
Sticky Situation: 12 Guidelines for Inflight

Sticky Situation: 12 Guidelines for Inflight Civility

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.
09/18/2014 12:49 EDT
Sticky Situation: Saying

Sticky Situation: Saying "No Problem" Is a Problem

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».
09/09/2014 12:42 EDT
Sticky situation: 10 Back-to-School

Sticky situation: 10 Back-to-School Guidelines

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.
09/01/2014 11:52 EDT
Sticky Situation: Talking to a Traveller Friend About Bed

Sticky Situation: Talking to a Traveller Friend About Bed Bugs

I have a friend from Europe, coming to visit next week. Before coming to stay with us, she is making a pit stop in the Big Apple. After agreeing to host her, I started to think and panic. She is staying in a New York City hotel and that means a high probability of...bed bugs! I am struggling with how to address my concerns with her.
08/14/2014 08:51 EDT
Sticky Situation: How To Be a Good

Sticky Situation: How To Be a Good Neighbour

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.
07/31/2014 12:07 EDT
Sticky Situation: Talking Politics at the Office Is a Slippery

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

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.
07/18/2014 12:41 EDT
Sticky Situation: Modern Prom

Sticky Situation: Modern Prom Manners

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.
05/21/2014 01:17 EDT
Sticky Wedding Situation: Mother of the Bride

Sticky Wedding Situation: Mother of the Bride Dilemma

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."
05/14/2014 12:36 EDT
Sticky Situation: 20 Interview Dos and

Sticky Situation: 20 Interview Dos and Don'ts

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.
05/06/2014 12:27 EDT
Sticky Situation: Can We Ask Guests to Help Pay For Our

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

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
04/30/2014 12:50 EDT
Sticky Situation: Are Flowers the Best Hospital

Sticky Situation: Are Flowers the Best Hospital Gift?

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.
04/16/2014 12:36 EDT
Sticky Situation: How to Wear a Top Hat and Walking Stick at a

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

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.
03/13/2014 08:29 EDT
Sticky Situation: Should I Tell My Intern She

Sticky Situation: Should I Tell My Intern She Smells?

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.
03/06/2014 12:19 EST
Sticky Situation: Should You Bring a Gift to Destination

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

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?
02/26/2014 12:22 EST
Sticky Situation: Chicken Wing Eating 101 and Other Party

Sticky Situation: Chicken Wing Eating 101 and Other Party Manners

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:
02/02/2014 02:44 EST