Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I Have Arrived!

I am pleased to report, that after a painless five hour flight on Air Canada flight 787 (YYZ-LAX) I'm now safely in Los Angels, and will be spending the day tomorrow finishing my power point for my keynote address on Saturday morning.  The conference is almost fully sold out!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lazy Day Labour Weekend!

I am with friends in Georgian Bay resting and enjoying the sounds of the water crashing on the shore and the fresh air blowing in the wind. Tonight in my log cabin I plan to light the stone fireplace while under the duvet. This is my idea of heaven!


Well it is Tuesday night and I'm at home in Toronto preparing for my departure to Los Angeles tomorrow. As it turns out I will be a key note speaker at The Domestic Estate Managers Association on Saturday morning.
My speech is about the relationship of the domestic estate manager, employers and trades. It's a great speech!!
I will update from LA along the way.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Butler’s guide to TIFF etiquette: How to ask an engaging question

Published on Wednesday September 05, 2012 in The Toronto Star (page A31)
Q: You are at the world premiere of Looper and waiting for the Q&A following the film. You’ve been dying to ask Bruce Willis a personal question about Demi Moore. Is this acceptable?
A: Well you can ask any question you want, but most likely Bruce Willis will not answer a personal question at the best of times, let alone in a movie theatre in front of 1,000 strangers. Rather than drawing foolish attention to yourself, think of and ask an interesting question to allow you the opportunity to have a fun and memorable exchange. Who knows, maybe your question will be interesting enough that everyone in the audience will tweet it!

Etiquette expert Charles MacPherson is the founder of The Charles MacPherson Academy, the only accredited school in North America for butlers and household