Cross-Cultural

3 Tips for Hurdling the Language Barrier without Technology

By |2019-04-29T14:05:51-05:00June 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Translation, Travel|

Chef Michael by Sharon Schweitzer Recently I spent 3 weeks in France, where we spent 7 nights on an Abercrombie & Kent canal barge cruise. Our travels started in Paris and continued to Champagne. We then boarded a cruise to Beaune with dear ones celebrating a friend’s milestone birthday. One morning, [...]

12 Tips for Productive Summer Friday Afternoons

By |2019-04-29T14:02:49-05:00June 13th, 2019|Cross-Cultural|

Agenda by Pexels As the countdown to the weekend begins, summer Friday afternoons in the office can feel endless. Each new Instagram notification is a temptation at your fingertips, the clock seems motionless, and the extra bit of dark chocolate didn’t deliver its normal punch of motivation. While it’s easy to [...]

5 Communication Tips for Your Travels Abroad

By |2019-04-29T14:16:31-05:00May 9th, 2019|Cross-Cultural, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

Lost by Pexels For many English speakers, the linguistic challenges to traveling abroad are reduced due to the prevalence of English as a widely spoken lingua franca. However, language is not all there is to successful communication. Here are 5 non-verbal tips to consider for your travels abroad: Body Language: Body language [...]

Celebrating Japan’s Golden Week: 4 Official Holidays 2019

By |2019-04-29T12:52:50-05:00April 29th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Japan, Travel|

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan by Pexels One of Japan’s most cherished celebrations, Golden Week spans April 29 - May 5th. This week is a special time when the entire country celebrates cultural traditions by observing four historical holidays. Companies close their doors and employees enjoy a week of paid vacation. Global business [...]

National East Meets West Day

By |2019-04-23T11:42:39-05:00April 23rd, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global, International Observances, Self-Awareness|

Cassowary Colorizations by Elbe Day on flikr National East Meets West Day - also known as Elbe Day - is observed on April 25th and commemorates the 1945 day when the Soviet Allied force and U.S. troops met at the Elbe River that runs near Torgau, Germany. Photographs were taken two days [...]

Passover: How to Be The Best Guest at a Seder

By |2019-04-09T16:06:09-05:00April 10th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Hosting duties, Interfaith, International Observances, Lifestyle, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness|

Passover Candles by Pixabay It is that time of year again, the temperature starts rising, flowers start blooming and that only means two things, Spring and Passover are right around the corner. If you’re like most people attending their first Seder, you may have some culture questions about the customs and what [...]

National Humor Month 2019

By |2019-04-08T10:12:12-05:00April 4th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Workplace Etiquette|

  Contagious Laughter by Richard Foster on Flickr Cracking a joke can prove tricky to execute overall, especially within a professional environment. Navigating the concept of comedy at work, can be a challenge. Comedy within a work space of varying cultures, is an even greater challenge. In honor of April as National [...]

8 Ways to Celebrate International World Happiness Day

By |2019-03-21T13:19:25-05:00March 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, International Holidays, Travel|

Access to Asia Signing by Sharon Schweitzer Happiness is a fabulous state of mind - many of us can remember the days and times that have brought us the happiest memories. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be happy for the majority of your life? Believe it or not, happiness can be influenced [...]

10 Tips for Home Organization for Spring Equinox

By |2019-03-05T10:44:35-05:00March 19th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural|

Spring Greetings by Pexels As the first crocuses and daffodils begin to peek out of the ground and the days grow warmer, it’s important to prepare for the coming summer months ahead. March 20-21st marks spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. On this day, the sun shines directly onto the equator, and the length [...]

10 Tips for Successfully Handling the Cultural Implications of Smartphones

By |2019-03-19T12:15:10-05:00March 18th, 2019|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Lifestyle, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette|

Forced Perspective by Pexels A recent study by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that smartphone use undermines the benefits and enjoyment of real world, face-to-face interactions. In an age of all things digital, how do we balance the utility of technology with real life engagement? We dove into the research [...]

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