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Every week in the National Post, Jay Remer answers your business etiquette queries. Look for Jay's column every Saturday in the Financial section of the National Post.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 - Invited guests don't pay their own way [PDF]
I am organizing a professional networking meeting for 10 people followed by drinks and dinner...

Saturday, May 23, 2009 - Tip for service beyond call of duty [PDF]
From time to time I am asked to go to the local coffee shop and pick up coffee and muffins for our staff or for a business meeting. The order is usually for about 10 people...

Saturday, May 09, 2009 - President is always junior to client [PDF]
I have an important client coming to meet our company's president. I want to make sure I introduce them correctly. The client is a young woman who is new to her business. Our president is a seasoned business executive with...

Saturday, May 02, 2009 - Break executive's 'palm tickle' grip [PDF]
Not long ago, a new male executive commenced at work. When he shakes the hands of female employees, he has the unsavory practice of including a "palm tickle" with his handshakes. To receive a handshake that includes your palm being...

Saturday, April 25, 2009 - Preparing for the power lunch [PDF]
Dear Etiquette Guy: My boss has suggested to me: "Let's do lunch. You, me and the client." I'm terrified. How can I make sure this goes well and keep my job? Gut Wrenched...

Saturday, April 18, 2009 - In saluting ladies, please make sense [PDF]
Dear Etiquette Guy: I am writing a letter to the board of directors of a corporation. The board consists of six men and one woman. "Ladies and Gentlemen" doesn't seem appropriate as there is only one woman on the board...

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - Smile, show your face, please the boss [PDF]
Dear Etiquette Guy: I have to go to a corporate cocktail reception and I am reluctant to do so. My boss will be disappointed if I don't go. What's the best way to get through this?...

Saturday, April 04, 2009 - If you argued, both sides are at fault [PDF]
Dear Etiquette Guy: In my workplace, there is me, the boss and the other lady. The other lady is the boss's daughter-in-law. I have been working there for seven years now. And I had my first verbal fight with the...

Saturday, March 28, 2009 - No room at table for late responder [PDF]
Dear Etiquette Guy: I sent out dinner invitations three weeks in advance to 10 business associates for a dinner at my house. "RSVP" was clearly stated. Nine gentlemen promptly replied affirmatively within a week. I then organized a catered sit-down...

Saturday, March 21, 2009 - Money queries are always tricky [PDF]
A frequent question I receive is about discussing money in the workplace. Questions such as how much you paid for that dress, those shoes or that jacket. Men will ask each other how much those hockey tickets cost, the price...

Saturday, March 14, 2009 - When the boss speaks, staff listen [PDF]
I employ five people in a small shop. I don't have a problem with my employees talking to each other during work, but an issue has come up regarding my handling of their personal conversations...

Saturday, March 07, 2009 - Never mention gifts on the invitation [PDF]
My family and I are giving my dad a retirement dinner. Is it proper to print on the invitations that he would appreciate a gift card from the store of the guest's choosing? We just want to make things as...


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