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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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posted Dec 15, 2015 in Etiquette & Manners / Current Affairs / by Joanne Blake / 0 comments

Doubling Your Holiday Gifting to Syrian Refugees

What do you give someone who has everything?

How about a donation to people who don’t have anything?

Terry and I want to give you a Christmas gift (besides our handy dress for success, networking and business etiquette expert advice).

Giving a donation to a worthy charity seems a good gift idea.

That's what we’re doing this year. In our family we all make donations and only exchange little stocking stuffers, an idea which we’ve carried over into our business & corporate gift giving....

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