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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.

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Sticky Situation: Declining an Inappropriate

Sticky Situation: Declining an Inappropriate Gift

When I got back to the office, most of the staff had left and the receptionist handed me my Secret Santa gift. I took it home with me and opened it up on Christmas day. It was a $50 Victoria's Secret gift card. The note read: 'Whatever you choose, you will look great in. John." How should I handle this sticky situation?
12/28/2012 09:06 EST
Sticky Situation: Solutions to the Four Stickiest Gift

Sticky Situation: Solutions to the Four Stickiest Gift Situations

Here you are in the hustle and bustle of the gift-giving season. Wonder, magic, surprise and even shock may arise from any exchanging encounters with loved ones, clients or colleagues. To help you keep the gratitude spirit alive, here are solutions to the season's stickiest situations.
12/13/2012 12:20 EST
Sticky Situation: How to Behave at an Office

Sticky Situation: How to Behave at an Office Party

Fortunately, the days of holiday office party photocopying remorse are long gone. It is also safe to assume that you will nobody on your team will be wearing a lampshade for the group photo. But, are you all free from texting, tweeting or tagging remorse, during or after the party? Here are sticky situation solutions to maneuver this year's get together.
11/29/2012 05:19 EST
Sticky Situation: Flu Season

Sticky Situation: Flu Season Etiquette

Are you ready for flu and cold season's sticky situations? If you happen to be within six feet of anyone who is sick, even if you don't see them, some 10- to 100-million viruses may be coming your way! To protect yourself, your loved ones and your team, here are nine germy season dos and don'ts.
11/13/2012 12:08 EST
Sticky Situation: Ten Halloween Etiquette

Sticky Situation: Ten Halloween Etiquette Guidelines

Halloween is scary business and its popularity is creepily climbing, with children and adults alike. As a parent and etiquette expert, I view this annual night of ghosts and ghouls, costumes and candy, as the perfect opportunity to reinforce manners, civility and neighbourly conduct.
10/30/2012 05:30 EDT
Sticky Situation: How to Deal With Sexual Harassment in the

Sticky Situation: How to Deal With Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Inappropriate sexual comments or behaviours have consequences for all workers. They impact morale, productivity, absenteeism and employee turnover. According to our courts, all Canadian workplaces should be free of words and gestures that jeopardize an employee's right to fairness, tolerance, freedom and security. Whether it is a light touch, a joke or an email, sexual harassment is serious and should be stopped. We all share that responsibility. Here's how to deal with it.
10/24/2012 08:18 EDT
Sticky Situation: Hosting a Thanksgiving

Sticky Situation: Hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner

You've confirmed with your guests who brings what for your potluck dinner. The table is set and it looks amazing! You take off your apron and ask your loved one to turn on the music. Your children are impeccably dressed and you keep them quietly busy by taking out a new puzzle. But, hold on, are you ready for any sticky situation?
10/05/2012 02:57 EDT
Sticky Situation: Act Your Age at the

Sticky Situation: Act Your Age at the Office

Do you ever feel like standing on top of your desk to belt out Aretha Franklin's anthem, R-E-S-P-E-C-T to "that guy" or "that girl"? Sadly, you are not alone. Office manners are declining while workplace woes are rising. When I conduct civility workshops, participants are always surprised to hear about the costs of the little niggles of the contemporary workplace.
09/11/2012 12:24 EDT
Sticky Situation: How to Act on a Weekend Getaway With Your

Sticky Situation: How to Act on a Weekend Getaway With Your Boss

My fiancé and I have been invited to his boss's cottage on the lake for the weekend. He will be hosting us with his wife. My fiancé's western counterpart will also be there along with his wife. We are flattered to be invited but don't quite know how to inform our hosts that I am a vegetarian. We know we should bring a host gift, but what? Do we make the bed or strip it?
08/28/2012 12:00 EDT
Sticky Situation: How to Properly Choose a

Sticky Situation: How to Properly Choose a Bra

A woman needs to know what her bra size is. I have seen too many bra muffin tops, back cleavages and armpit flab spillages. I can't keep quiet anymore. Knowing whether you are 32AA, 34B or 38 DDD will do wonders for your silhouette and I want you to find out, which size is right for you; which size will stop you from pouring out.
08/17/2012 05:38 EDT
Sticky Situation: Hosting Weekend

Sticky Situation: Hosting Weekend Guests

I just got off the phone with my brother. He and his wife will be joining my fiancé and I at our newly purchased cottage on the lake. This will be our first time hosting big bro and his bride of three years. They usually host all family gatherings and are amazing at it! My sister-in-law is the Canadian Martha Stewart. I feel overwhelmed and stuck. Where do I start?
08/02/2012 12:06 EDT
Sticky Situation: Julie's

Sticky Situation: Julie's GPS

A lot of my professional peers get rid of their stress through exercise and playing sports; solo, in groups or on teams. Some of my girlfriends do spiritual relaxation. They are seeking inner peace by meditating or doing yoga. Personally, I like to do chores and go shopping!
07/25/2012 01:43 EDT
Sticky Situations: How to Dress in the

Sticky Situations: How to Dress in the Heat

The heat is on and off come the layers. The thermometer rises and down go the dress codes. Should it be that way? Here are 10 do's and don'ts to help you select work wear that displays professionalism, even on those sticky summer days.
06/22/2012 12:07 EDT
Huffpost Royal Diary: The Royals Are

Huffpost Royal Diary: The Royals Are Coming!

This year, the "mature and traditional" Royal Highnesses will be here on a four-day tour to three provinces. And so you are probably wondering: Why am I so excited about the more mature royals?
05/21/2012 08:46 EDT
Sticky Situations: Four Common Wedding Issues and How to Solve

Sticky Situations: Four Common Wedding Issues and How to Solve Them

Today's brides and grooms are faced with heart wrenching challenges for probably their biggest and most formal celebration to date. The solutions to these modern wedding woes include diplomacy, realistic expectations and tradition. Here are seven major problems future newlyweds face, and how to deal with them.
05/10/2012 10:10 EDT
Sticky Situations: Dealing With Nasty

Sticky Situations: Dealing With Nasty Neighbours

Spring is here and with it comes the renewing of relationships with our neighbours. Neighbours have many niceties like the development of friendships and a support system at proximity but they also include certain niggles or downright transgressions that involve our property and territory.
04/11/2012 08:52 EDT
Sticky Situation: Dining Etiquette, and Why You Should Not Have a

Sticky Situation: Dining Etiquette, and Why You Should Not Have a Drink

When out for a business meal, many situations come up: "What if I have food allergies or I am on a restricted diet?", "What should I talk about?", "What are appropriate finger foods?", "Do I have to have a drink?" and "May I excuse myself to go smoke?" Here's how to deal with each.
04/04/2012 08:44 EDT
Sticky Situations: Dining Etiquette

Sticky Situations: Dining Etiquette 101

I am a graduating law student and will be interviewing with three law firms over the course of the next month. I hear the last interview to be held in an upscale restaurant while dining. How do I manipulate the right utensils at the right time without looking self-conscious and appearing professional?
03/21/2012 09:46 EDT