Dec 16

Christmas Gift Advice – Remember Your Local Charities

By Joanne Blake | Etiquette & Manners

Charity begins at home

Let’s face it, most of us are pretty lucky.Christmas Gift Advice - Local charity tips - a hand holding inspirational words like donate, help

Don’t we have too much stuff already? So rather than write another blog on corporate gifting tips, we thought we would remind you of another gift giving idea.

Change of plan

The past couple years instead of corporate gifting and personal gift giving, Terry and I have been making donations to charities.
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Oct 28

Civility vs the 2016 Presidential Election

By Joanne Blake | Current Affairs , Etiquette & Manners

Presidential Manners? How Low Can Donald and Hillary Go?

Has the US election lowered the bar onPicture of boy and girl arguing - illustrating the incivility of presidential election 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

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Sep 26

What is the correct headphone or earbud etiquette at the office?

By Joanne Blake | Etiquette & Manners

Two earbuds, one or none?

headphone earbud etiquette - rock onRecently I was delivering a business and electronic etiquette presentation for construction professionals targeted for advancement. One of the leaders asked the proper protocol for wearing earbuds at the office. He said he finds it awkward to interrupt colleagues or employees wearing headphones when he needs to get their attention.

A universal earbud rule?

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