Sharon Schweitzer

About Sharon Schweitzer

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. She is accredited in intercultural management, is a regular on-air contributor and has been quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Inc., The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, The Bangkok Post and numerous other media. She is the best-selling, international award-winning author of Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, which was named to the Best Books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Chuseok: How to Celebrate the Korean Way

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, South Korea|

If your business travels in early October take you to Korea, knowledge of the following Chuseok customs will prepare you to engage in intelligent conversation about this traditional harvest festival.

Modern Manners 2018 Father’s Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:21+00:00June 11th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

On June 17, 2018, families across the U.S. will gather to celebrate fathers who teach, guide, and lead with love. Celebrations can range from a simple family picnic, to an elaborate outing, to his favorite weekend getaway, as long as they show Dad the appreciation he deserves. Whether you choose to celebrate Dad [...]

National Etiquette Week: Deleting Digital Distractions

By |2018-10-11T14:54:22+00:00May 14th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

  While the dangers of talking on the phone at the wheel are well-known, there’s a new cell phone hazard catching unwary users off guard. According a study by Stony Brook University, those who text while walking are 60 percent more likely to veer off route than non-texters, a phenomenon which may be contributing to [...]

U.S. Memorial Day Culture Quiz 2018

By |2018-10-11T14:54:23+00:00May 11th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Quiz, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

As wildflowers burst into bloom and the temperatures warm up, U.S. Americans prepare to celebrate an important holiday in U.S. culture, Memorial Day. While many look forward to this holiday as it represents the start of summer and a three-day weekend, do you know the true meaning, culture, and history of Memorial Day? Find out [...]

Celebration and Recognition: Modern Manners for an Authentic Memorial Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:23+00:00May 9th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Holiday Parties, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Memorial Day brings U.S. Americans together for a day of reflection as we honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. First initiated to remember fallen Union soldiers, Memorial Day became a national holiday after World War I, honoring all who died while defending our nation and its values. Though historically a solemn holiday, [...]

National Etiquette Week: Phasing Out Phubbing

By |2018-10-11T14:54:23+00:00May 8th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Phone Etiquette and Protocol, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Technology/Gear, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

From social media sound-offs and flash news updates, to texts and live streams, our screens tend to attract more of our attention than the offline world. The information age offers incredible opportunities to stay connected and up to date. What happens when our digital devices overtake our real-life interactions? It turns out that there’s a [...]

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo: Tips for an Authentic Holiday

By |2018-10-11T14:54:23+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Mexico|

On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army vanquished the French at the Battle of Puebla, a major victory for the Mexican government in their struggle for independence. While liberation from French occupation would not come until 1867, many Mexican-Americans still celebrate the anniversary of this battle, known as Cinco de Mayo, as a commemoration of [...]

Modern Manners 2018: Mother’s Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24+00:00May 1st, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Global Celebrations, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Whether it’s your mom, stepmom, aunt, grandmother, longtime mentor, or a cherished friend, mothers are often our loudest cheerleaders, our strongest support, and our greatest inspiration. On May 13, families across the U.S. come together to honor and appreciate all the women who sacrifice their time and energy for our wellbeing and success. While some [...]

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: 4 Ways to Celebrate

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24+00:00April 30th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Japan, Observances - Monthly & Daily, US Observances|

Since 1979, U.S. Americans have celebrated the contributions and culture of Asian-Pacific Americans throughout our country’s history. Originally a ten-day celebration in May, the observance was extended to include the entire month in 1990 as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. May includes many important anniversaries in Asian-Pacific American history, including the first [...]

Golden Week 2018: Honoring the Four Festivals

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24+00:00April 25th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, International Holidays, Japan, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

From April 28 to May 6, Japan enjoys a week of historical holidays and lively cultural traditions as the country observes Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク). The National Holiday Laws of 1948 declared four official holidays concentrated at the end of April and the beginning of May. During this period, businesses across Japan enjoyed a rise in [...]

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