Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Introducing My Weekly Newspaper Column

Ask Charles the Butler
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Intro Column #1

Hello and welcome to my new weekly column. As you can read from the title, my career is that of a professional Butler. You might be wondering what a Butler could possibly have to write about on a weekly basis? Well, I would like to introduce to you my new advice column based on my many experiences, the people I’ve met and the situations I’ve encountered as a Butler.

So first, why don’t I start by telling you a little about myself? As a Butler, I have had the honour and privilege to work privately for one of Canada’s most famous and gracious families. After many years, I left their employ in 1996 to open my company -- Charles MacPherson Associates. It is based in Toronto where we have the only registered Butler Academy in North America. In addition to our Academy, we also place domestic and hospitality staff both in North America and globally. As well, we provide private training around the globe for luxury hotels and private residences.

In the past year alone, I have travelled and worked in London, Paris, Tokyo, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Dubai, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Johannesburg. My travels abroad and exposure to the ultra high net worth individual lifestyle have afforded me diverse experiences. I invariably come home with a plethora of great stories and interesting cross-cultural knowledge. I have had the opportunity of meeting world leaders, movie stars, super models, royalty, millionaires and billionaires, and I’m now here to share my knowledge and experiences with you, the readers of Metro.

So how does all this relate to my column? Well, as Metro’s new expert on social etiquette, I am here to answer all your questions relating to these issues. From “Do I need to send a thank you note or can I just email or call?” to “What kind of gift is appropriate for a 2 night cottage visit” or “My mother-in-law to be insists on being involved in all the decisions for my wedding and I don’t know how to deal with her without making her feel bad” or “I drive a pretty beat up old car and wonder if it’s appropriate to pick up a “first-date” in it?’ We all experience social etiquette issues on a daily basis and I am now here to answer my fellow Canadian’s questions every Tuesday.

So where do we go from here? I need you, the readers, to start submitting your questions by sending me an email to askcharlesthebutler@metronews.ca and remember to look for my column every Tuesday starting next week!

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