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Exploring 5 Global Cultures for National Hot Tea Month

By |2022-01-18T11:52:54-06:00January 18th, 2022|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global, India|

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Do you know what the most consumed liquid in the world is after water? And hint: It’s not beer! Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis and is the second most consumed drink on the planet. So, in honor of National Hot Tea Month, we are exploring five global [...]

National Clean Off Your Desk Day 2022

By |2022-01-09T18:43:05-06:00January 9th, 2022|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Goals, Lifestyle, Office Culture|

Photo by Ken Tomita from Pexels Marie Kondo would be unhappy with us from time to time - from our technology to our beverage cups, our workspace can easily become untidy. Monday, January 10th is an excellent day to declutter and organize your home or office work space. Annually, on the second Monday of [...]

Interesting Things to Know About Boxing Day 2021

By |2021-12-22T14:57:49-06:00December 22nd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Global Celebrations, Holiday Season|

Photo by PhotoMIX Company from Pexels In Australia, Britain, Canada, Kenya, and a number of the 54 nations within the British Commonwealth, the day after Christmas, December 26th is known as Boxing Day. So, what is Boxing Day? Does it correlate to the sport of boxing? Consider these six (6) interesting facts about this December holiday. As [...]

Regifting Customs & Etiquette in the US

By |2021-12-17T10:33:01-06:00December 16th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, gift-giving, Gracious Living, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Image by Julia Volk on Pexels Regifting occurs when someone gives a gift that was previously given to them by someone else. At its heart, regifting lacks integrity because the original gift recipient is repurposing a gift that was especially chosen just for them – to a different person. In U.S. culture, regifting [...]

Central & Eastern European Global Gift Giving Customs

By |2021-12-16T15:16:42-06:00December 16th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, gift-giving, global competency, Global Etiquette|

Prague castle in the Czech Republic, Hlavní město Praha, CzechiaImage by Julius Silver from Pexels As a frequent business traveler, I seek opportunities to bring thoughtful gifts from Austin when I travel to Central and Eastern Europe. My business counterparts enjoy original Texas products including AustinNuts, Lammes Candies Longhorns, and Texas Map linens. So, how do I [...]

Global Gift Giving in Asia and the U.S.A. 2021

By |2021-12-14T19:19:18-06:00December 14th, 2021|Asia, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture|

A blue and white Texas porcelain tray is nestled beautifully among other cherished gifts on the office coffee table of Madam Nie Meisheng. She is the former Chairwoman of the Chinese Real Estate Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China. When I gifted this eye-catching, artfully scalloped ‘made-in-Texas, USA’ tray, I intended it to be a special item [...]

Sharon Schweitzer’s Holiday Card Etiquette 2021

By |2021-12-09T00:48:24-06:00December 9th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Holiday Season, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Image by Biljana Jovanovic from Pixabay A new Shutterfly poll, conducted by Ipsos, has revealed that two in five U.S. Americans plan to send out holiday cards or give personalized gifts to connect this 2021 holiday season, a significant increase of nearly 24% from 2020. So, during this pandemic holiday season, individuals, families, and [...]

The Culture Question Part II: International Negotiations 

By |2021-12-02T14:08:37-06:00December 2nd, 2021|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, global competency|

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When looking to expand abroad or partner with a multinational firm, even the most successful business professionals get blindsided by unexpected cross-cultural differences. The reality is that certain business practices- including regulation, contract mediation, and decision making- vary widely according to the cultures in negotiation. Before you [...]

11 Ways to Honor our Veterans in 2021

By |2021-11-11T08:28:30-06:00November 10th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Observances - Monthly & Daily, U.S. Holidays, United States|

Theodore Schweitzer - Photo by: United States Navy In the United States, on November 11th, our country honors the people who are actively serving or who have served our nation in the military. For 21 years my father, Ted Schweitzer served in the U.S. Navy. He retired in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Oceana [...]

7 Tips for Graciously Navigating Politics at Thanksgiving

By |2021-11-09T14:16:37-06:00November 9th, 2021|Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Modern Manners, Politics, United States|

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels Your brined turkey is perfectly prepared, and your sauces are expertly simmered. Your home is thoroughly sanitized. ‘Tis the night before Thanksgiving; you and your sous chef have planned an excellent celebration. The only concern is guest behavior. You break out in a cold sweat with memories [...]

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