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

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