Cross-Cultural

10 Tips for Home Organization for Spring Equinox

By |2019-03-05T10:44:35-06:00March 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 |2019-03-19T12:15:10-06:00March 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 [...]

International Women’s Day 2019

By |2019-02-26T14:11:46-06:00March 5th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Intercultural, International History, International Observances, US Observances|

Empowered by Pexels   March is a month that is jam-packed with appreciation for women, both nationally and internationally. Friday March 8, 2019 is the internationally recognized holiday known as Women’s Day. Despite what some may think, this holiday is no fad; in fact, Women’s Day is a globally recognized holiday that [...]

3 Ways to Participate in Women’s History Month

By |2019-02-26T13:20:21-06:00March 1st, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, International History, US Observances, Women in Business, Women in the Workforce|

Athena40 by Athena Global Thinkers Forum by Athena                       As a board member of both the Global Thinkers Forum and Athena40, I am passionate about sharing the message of accountable leadership, women’s empowerment, and youth development. In light of the [...]

4 Tips on Mastering Neighborly Etiquette in a Tech Society

By |2019-01-10T13:07:38-06:00February 26th, 2019|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette|

Home by Pexels  Every society sets expectations and has “social norms.” In society, can chose to follow certain rules or guidelines if we seek to enjoy a positive and comfortable relationship with others. These societal rules are absorbed and learned almost naturally from the people who surround us. In the 21st century, [...]

Introducing Intercultural Competence

By |2019-02-21T10:18:05-06:00February 20th, 2019|Author Reviews and Profiles, book recommendations, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Culture, global competency, intercultural competence, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Travel, Travel Book Recommendations|

Craig Storti, Sharon Schweitzer, and Alex Matveev by Sietar USA This 3-part blog series is a book review of Dr. Alex Matveev’s excellent book  Intercultural Competence in Organizations. Alex and I met during SIETAR USA in 2017 where we were featured as published authors. We immediately felt a Central-Eastern European bond since he [...]

5 Tips on How to Survive being a Dockless Scooter Driver

By |2019-02-19T14:20:16-06:00February 19th, 2019|Austin, Cross-Cultural, Culture and Commercialism, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel|

Congress Rides by Vienna Raglin  Dockless scooters are the latest phenomena ~ in case you haven’t experienced them, electric scooters function through an app on your smartphone. Once downloaded, you enter your personal and credit card information, then you are able to unlock, ride and lock the e-scooter. The app charges by [...]

7 Dining Etiquette Tips to Master a Business Meal

By |2019-01-10T12:16:11-06:00February 5th, 2019|Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Dining, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Dash of mint by shutterstock  Proper dining technique is an important executive skill that demonstrates modern manners. These skills make a meal more enjoyable for everyone. For individuals seeking to make a good impression at a business meal, here are 7 tips to wow your boss, gain confidence, and slay the meal-time [...]

How to Build a Cross-Cultural Career: 8 Tips from an Attorney Turned Coach

By |2019-01-10T18:09:52-06:00January 30th, 2019|Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, SXSW, Travel|

 In 2018 I was selected to be a SXSW mentor for International Business. Once the potential mentees signed up for their sessions, I contacted them via the SXSocial App and LinkedIn to inquire about their questions since preparing in advance and bringing value were crucial. More than 50% of the mentees asked “How did [...]

10 Traditional Taboos to Avoid During the Lunar New Year

By |2019-01-10T13:38:36-06:00January 24th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Holiday Season, International History, International Holidays, Travel|

Chinese New Year by youranwo on flikr  The Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the “Spring festival” (chunjie (春节)) starts the first day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In 2019, the Year of the Pig, the New Year begins on February 5th and is celebrated for a [...]

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