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Lisa Orr

Canadian Etiquette Expert

Lisa Orr is a certified etiquette and protocol consultant based in Toronto Canada. She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. In addition to her blog on the Huffington Post, Lisa is a frequent contributor on all things etiquette for variety of Canadian media including CTV's The Social, Kiss Radio, The Bay St. Bull and The Toronto Star .
Seal The Deal With These Real Estate Etiquette

Seal The Deal With These Real Estate Etiquette Rules

In recent months we've seen unprecedented levels of activity in the real estate markets in Canada, which means even more opportunities for etiquette blunders by both buyers and sellers. Here are my top real estate etiquette faux pas for savvy buyers and sellers to avoid.
05/19/2017 05:20 EDT
Spinning Etiquette: How To Fit In With The Rest Of The

Spinning Etiquette: How To Fit In With The Rest Of The Pack

As a fair-weather cyclist, I know I love to be on the bike but I just can't manage it when the weather is awful, so I decided to try spinning. Spinning, I've learned, has a culture of its own and, like every culture, it has its own special rules of etiquette.
03/09/2017 01:23 EST
The Dos And Don'ts Of U.S. Election Etiquette (For

The Dos And Don'ts Of U.S. Election Etiquette (For Canadians)

A recent study found that 81 per cent of Canadians are very worried about the election and what the results could mean for our neighbours and Canadians. The challenge, in these next days and months pre- and post-election, is to share our views appropriately and support our neighbours as best we can.
11/07/2016 03:48 EST
A Simple Trick-or-Treating Etiquette

A Simple Trick-or-Treating Etiquette Guide

Halloween is a very special holiday in Canada, it's the one time of the year where communities really connect! Children go door to door trick or treating dressed up as their favourite characters and neighbours open their homes give out candy and treats to the local ghouls and goblins. But there are a few rules of the road for trick or treaters. Here are my tips for parents to help their little ghouls and goblins trick-or-treat tactfully.
10/28/2016 10:50 EDT
Thanksgiving Etiquette: How To Bring Civility To Your Dinner

Thanksgiving Etiquette: How To Bring Civility To Your Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is meant to be about giving thanks and reconnecting with friends and family. However, sometimes when we actually sit down at the dinner table we lose that spirit of thankfulness and things move in a less than civil direction.
10/06/2016 02:05 EDT
Royal Visit 2016: What To Do If You Meet Will And

Royal Visit 2016: What To Do If You Meet Will And Kate

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their adorable children will be in Canada from September 24th to October 1st for a highly anticipated visit. The royal couple will be undertaking a tour of Canada's stunning west coast which means a few lucky Canucks will have the chance to connect with the royals while they're in the country.
09/23/2016 11:30 EDT
The Rules Of Sophisticated Summer Boating For Hosts And

The Rules Of Sophisticated Summer Boating For Hosts And Guests

From sailing on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. to power boating on the Muskoka Lakes, it has always been one of my favourite parts of being outside and enjoying nature during the summer months. However in addition to the rules of the water, boating etiquette must also be observed.
08/19/2016 02:48 EDT
Tennis Match Etiquette: How To Be Courteous

Tennis Match Etiquette: How To Be Courteous Courtside

As a huge tennis fan and a recreational player myself, there is nothing better than watching the matches in person. However, if this is your first time experiencing the magic of the game up close and personal, here are a few key rules of tennis spectator etiquette to know before you head out to the stands.
07/27/2016 01:24 EDT
Queen's Plate Etiquette: Know Your Race Day

Queen's Plate Etiquette: Know Your Race Day Rules

July 3 will mark the 157th year of the of the Queen's Plate, the oldest thoroughbred horse race in Canada. From its simple beginnings in 1860 at the Carleton track in Toronto at the corner of Keele and Dundas, the Queen's Plate has now grown into a massive event.
06/29/2016 05:27 EDT
How Not To Be A

How Not To Be A Bride/Groomzilla

Wedding season is in full swing, and that means that bridezillas and groomzillas are about to terrorize the land once again. Demanding brides and grooms often end up alienating the very people they are supposed to be celebrating with, their wedding guests. Here's how to avoid becoming one.
05/17/2016 11:19 EDT
The Dos And Don'ts Of Gracious Mother's Day

The Dos And Don'ts Of Gracious Mother's Day Gifting

The holiday that originated in the 1900s often includes a brunch or a family meal and hopefully it will also include a special gift. Unfortunately, it can often be very tricky and frankly quite stressful to find the perfect gift for the person who has been there through everything and helped shape us into the people we are today.
05/06/2016 01:20 EDT
Royal Etiquette: What To Do If You Meet Prince

Royal Etiquette: What To Do If You Meet Prince Harry

It's a real life fairytale moment in Toronto, an eligible and undeniably handsome prince will be visiting our fair city. For the first time in 25 years, the dashing Prince Harry will be in Toronto on May 2 to launch the countdown for the third Invictus Games, held in September 2017.
04/29/2016 04:23 EDT
Wellness Retreat Etiquette

Wellness Retreat Etiquette 101

Although wellness retreats can vary in activities and in ethos, every retreat has a common purpose, which is to help their guests recharge. What I learned on my recent retreat was that in order for every guest to have their best experience, all of the guests have to abide by a few rules of retreat etiquette.
04/29/2016 01:50 EDT
How To Be Polite And Respectful On Public

How To Be Polite And Respectful On Public Transit

Whether it's helping a new mom with her stroller and bags or if it's giving up a seat to someone who looks like they might need it more than you do, being helpful to others is all part of being a good public transit citizen.
04/05/2016 10:08 EDT
The Ultimate Guide To Gracious Valentine's Day

The Ultimate Guide To Gracious Valentine's Day Gifting

Not sure what to give your sweetheart for Valentine's Day this year? Have you had some epic Valentine's Day fails in the past (i.e. " I really thought you'd love a new vacuum for Valentine's Day honey")? Then this gift guide is for you.
02/12/2016 01:43 EST
The Dos And Don'ts Of The

The Dos And Don'ts Of The Slopes

Winter is finally here! One of the best ways, in my opinion, to get through this cold and dark time of the year is to get out on the slopes. Whether you're a skier or a snowboarder, though, there are definitely some dos and don'ts of the hill that will help you have an awesome day.
02/01/2016 03:36 EST
How To Successfully Navigate Your Office Holiday

How To Successfully Navigate Your Office Holiday Party

Yes, this is a work event, but the purpose is to connect socially and that is much harder to do if you spend the entire evening talking about key performance indicators and sales targets. It's completely appropriate to have a short dialogue about a common department or a project, but after that it's time to move on to getting to know each other better as people.
12/08/2015 02:08 EST
How To Host A Hauntastic Halloween

How To Host A Hauntastic Halloween Party

I LOVE Halloween parties because they are one of the few times in the year that as adults we can be really silly and dress up in outrageous costumes and just celebrate with our friends and family. Here are my tips for how to host a Hauntastic Halloween party.
10/28/2015 05:29 EDT
How to Be on Your Best Ballot Box

How to Be on Your Best Ballot Box Behaviour

On October 19 Canadians will head to the polls again to exercise their right to vote for our next prime minister. Many Canadians have already started to cast their ballots, but election day typically sees the biggest turnout. On this very busy day, here are my tips for how to be on your best ballot box behaviour.
10/16/2015 05:18 EDT