Cross-Cultural

10 Back-to-School Etiquette Tips for Parents 2022

By |2022-08-24T11:15:32-05:00August 24th, 2022|Cross-Cultural, Uncategorized|

Photo by Katerina Holmes By Sharon Schweitzer As a parent, it can be tough to see our children head out to yet another year. Regardless of where we are in the process, the struggle is real. Parents, it is time to brush up on your social graces when your student steps [...]

3 Cultural Considerations for Global Negotiations

By |2022-07-11T15:53:24-05:00July 11th, 2022|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Global, Global Etiquette, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Office Culture, Workplace Etiquette|

Remember that international negotiations are a marathon, not a sprint.

Global Father’s Day Celebrations 2022

By |2022-06-02T15:58:28-05:00June 2nd, 2022|Africa, celebrations, Central America, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Czech Republic, diversity, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global Traditions, Italy, Language and Culture, Mexico, Quality time, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, US Observances|

We hold an incredibly special place in our hearts for our fabulous fathers.

Graduation Gift Giving Tips for 2022

By |2022-06-02T12:15:47-05:00May 25th, 2022|celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Family time, gift-giving, Gracious Living, Graduation, Invitations, Lifestyle, Modern Manners|

Image credit: RODNAE Productions via Pexel By Sharon Schweitzer Let us help answer your puzzling ponderings about how to be gracious during graduation gift giving season.

Valentine’s Day 2022: Social Norms, Romance & Celebrating at Home

By |2022-02-04T16:04:44-06:00February 6th, 2022|Cross-Cultural|

Image: stock.adobe.com By Natalia Whether you are dating, in a new relationship, or you’ve been married for nearly 30 years like us, celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to break the bank. It’s about expressing yourself authentically in your relationship. Consider these ideas to celebrate with the whole family or your significant other without incurring great [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Global Diversity Awareness Month 2021

By |2021-10-04T15:51:04-05:00October 1st, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, diversity, Workplace Diversity|

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Worldwide, as well as within the U.S., organizations are recognizing the importance of globally diverse teams for achieving success. Although its origins are unknown, Global Diversity Awareness Month is celebrated annually in October. It is an excellent time to learn about how a culturally diverse organization builds [...]

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