Business Etiquette

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 [...]

Culture Coffee & Connections: Enjoy International Coffee Day

By |2021-09-28T12:47:04-05:00September 28th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Culture|

Photo by Jason Villanueva from Pexels We owe a debt of gratitude to an animal herder named Kaldi for the discovery of coffee in the Kaffa region in Ethiopia. According to the story, he observed that his goats were rejuvenated after eating the red beans from the coffee plants on the plateau over [...]

8 Tips to Avoid Grammar Blunders in Business Email

By |2021-08-15T23:14:15-05:00August 26th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Email Etiquette|

Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels Whether writing to upper-level management or to a first-time client, crafting an error-free email can be tricky even for the most educated professionals. Certain grammar mistakes are common, while others are subtle. Any of these errors will make a less-than-positive impression on your reader. Proofread your business [...]

Navigating Vaccine Conversations

By |2021-08-04T16:06:49-05:00August 4th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

  Image by hakan german from Pixabay With free COVID-19 vaccines readily available to any person over 12 years of age in the U.S., and not everyone choosing to partake – it is a tricky conversation to navigate. With the Delta variant surging and the general unpredictability of the virus, it’s become downright awkward navigating this conversation with colleagues, [...]

8 Culture Tips for Doing Business with Poland

By |2021-07-10T16:05:16-05:00July 6th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, intercultural competence, International Protocol, Poland|

Krakow Poland Image by Sharon Schweitzer As an industrial powerhouse of Central Europe, Poland attracts the attention of businesses and investors worldwide. The economic forecast for Poland for 2021 and 2022 reflects steady growth according to the May 2021 European Economic Forecast. Poland’s economy is projected to grow by 4.0% in 2021 and 5.4% in 2022, with [...]

9 Etiquette Tips for National Cell Phone Courtesy Month 2021

By |2021-06-24T14:43:28-05:00June 30th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Gracious Living, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

  Image by Leo_65 from Pixabay Mobile phones are an integral part of our everyday life and leaving home without them can leave us feeling naked and even anxious. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on our mobile habits. Let’s maximize the benefits of our [...]

7 TIPS FOR MINDING YOUR VACCINE ETIQUETTE

By |2021-06-23T19:01:29-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Global Etiquette, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

  Image: pixabay.com/torstensimon With vaccines readily available to any person 12 years of age and older in the U.S., and not everyone choosing to partake – it can be a tricky topic to navigate. With new variants and the unpredictability of the virus in general, it’s understandable if you feel awkward navigating this [...]

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