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posted Dec 05, 2016 in Etiquette & Manners / Networking / by Joanne Blake / 0 comments

Office Party Etiquette Tips - What not to do at the office Christmas party

Office party- HELP!

Office Party Etiquette Tips - What not to do at the office Christmas partyIt is that time of year again.

With the Christmas season upon us, CBC Edmonton AM radio show called me for some help and advice on how to avoid embarrassment at these unavoidable gatherings.

Here are some helpful tips and a link to the full article in CBC News entitled - Common sense is not always that common: What not to do at the office Christmas party

Business first, party second 

Getting tipsy with your boss and colleagues is filled with pitfalls. It's...

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posted Oct 27, 2016 in Etiquette & Manners / Current Affairs / by Joanne Blake / 4 comments

Civility vs the 2016 Presidential Election

Presidential Manners? How Low Can Donald and Hillary Go?

Picture of boy and girl arguing - illustrating the incivility of presidential electionHas the US election lowered the bar on civility?

As a polite Canadian and business etiquette expert, the American election has been both fascinating and disturbing. It makes our Canadian elections seem pretty tame, in a good way. Leaders in Canada debate the issues and rarely let personal differences or personality sidetrack them.

Debates or tantrums

The same cannot be said for the American presidential campaign. I was dismayed...

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