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.

Doing Business in South Africa in Inspiring New Ways

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28+00:00March 5th, 2018|Africa, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Travel|

South Africa’s workforce is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, resilience, and warmth, attracting business professionals and investors alike. South Africa's economy is the second largest on the African continent after Nigeria. It is home to thriving tourism, industrial and mining sectors as well as developing technological industries. In fact, South Africa is the world’s largest [...]

Year of the Dog: Energy, Integrity, and New Connections

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28+00:00February 14th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Business Etiquette, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths|

In Eastern Asia, excitement is building as nations prepare to celebrate for a new Zodiac year. Chinese New Year, celebrated on February 16, 2018, brings families together for festivals and feasts during the biggest holiday in many Asian cultures. It holds special  meaning tied to the Zodiac cycle. The Zodiac Cycle is a 60-year period [...]

First Date Questions Not to Ask

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28+00:00February 12th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Millennials, Relationship Building, Relationships|

Before a first date, some people feel butterflies, some will be  bubbly throughout the night, while others will lose their filter from nerves. Generally, the first date is a time to get to know the other person and see how two unique personalities get along. While you may be curious about a potential romantic partner, [...]

Global Valentine’s Day Celebrations

By |2018-10-11T14:54:29+00:00February 9th, 2018|Brazil, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, Legends and Myths, Middle East, Middle East Culture, Muslim Culture and Traditions, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships|

We’re familiar with the classic gift exchange on February 14 between couples in the U.S., but did you know nations worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day with beloved traditions and unique twists? The following four countries have a unique Valentine Day origins, beliefs, and celebrations. Afghanistan Most regions of the Middle East discourage a celebration that may [...]

Picturesque Pyeongchang: Cultural Wonders for Travelers

By |2018-10-11T14:54:29+00:00January 24th, 2018|Asia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Hosting International Visitors, Intercultural, International Travel Tips, Korea, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Olympics, South Korea, Travel|

Every four years, sports enthusiasts and globetrotters head north to witness world-class athletes compete in the spectacular Winter games. In February 2018, the historic games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a small province nestled in the heart of the Taebaek Mountains. The region’s snowy slopes and pristine scenery are not only the perfect [...]

Keeping Up in Korea: 2018 Travel Tips

By |2018-10-11T14:54:29+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Asia, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Celebrations, Intercultural, Korea, Language and Culture, Olympics, South Korea, Sport Etiquette, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

  From speed skating to Alpine skiing, the Winter Games offer chills and thrills for spectators worldwide. The year’s games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and thousands of sports enthusiasts are gearing up to witness the competition in early February. With so many nationalities represented in the games and in the stands, cultural [...]

Lessons from FLE: Overcoming Intercultural Communication Roadblocks

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30+00:00January 19th, 2018|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Culture, France, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture|

Since the age of Babel, teachers have been seeking ways to overcome the hurdle of language barrier and give students practical skills to navigate new lingual and cultural waters. This challenge becomes much harder when the teacher doesn’t speak their student’s native language, or when each student speaks a different language or dialect. Sound impossible? [...]

Catalonia & Spain: 4 Cultural Differences

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30+00:00January 16th, 2018|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Calalonia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, global competency, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Music, Spain|

As the Catalonian referendum continues to make international headlines, people around the world are asking about the cultural distinctions between Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain, and the rest of the Spanish territory. During my business travels to Barcelona, Spain, the phrase ‘Catalonia is not Spain’ has not only been heard, but viscerally experienced during [...]

IQ versus EQ: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30+00:00January 11th, 2018|Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Office Culture, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Emotional Intelligence can make or break client relationships, our work environment, and our ability to successfully communicate with our colleagues. Sharing 5 ways to grow your interpersonal skills.

Refresh Your Desk: 10 Tips for a Tidy Workspace

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30+00:00January 8th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Gracious Living, Interview Etiquette, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Office Culture, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Stay focused and organized with everything you need at your fingertips. Save yourself the headache of a disorganized workspace and refresh your desk with these practical 10 tips.

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