Culture

Madres, Mums and Mommies: Your Global Guide to Mother’s Day

By |2020-05-04T14:11:41-05:00May 4th, 2020|Business Etiquette, celebrations, Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Environment, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Mexico, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Spain|

Photo credits: Josh Willink/ Pexels Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days, and completely different seasons, depending on which part of the globe you call home. Regardless of the country or culture, the love of mothers’ crosses international borders. As Mother’s Day approaches, on May 10, 2020, for the U.S. and a few [...]

COVID-19 Etiquette Tips

By |2020-04-28T10:37:27-05:00April 28th, 2020|Culture, Gracious Living, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, United States|

Worldwide some of our social norms are changing based on Covid-19 or the CoronaVirus. Depending on whom you ask, advise it takes 21 or 30 days to change a habit. So our “new normal” in western cultures that use the handshake like the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, and others may see seismic shifts. What are [...]

Global Etiquette Tips for Successful Interactions

By |2019-10-28T15:40:03-05:00October 29th, 2019|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Dining, Global Etiquette|

To enjoy pleasure travel or success on a business trip, it’s important to be culturally in-tune with your counterparts. So how do you accomplish this when you are trying to pack, handle last-minute items at the office, coordinate with the spouse, house-sitter, kids and the pet? As a traveler who has worked on [...]

Tips On How To Pick This Year’s Halloween Costume

By |2019-10-29T18:39:13-05:00October 28th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Painted Pumpkins by publicdomainpictures Guest blog by Sunny Kim Halloween can be an exciting time to celebrate our love for funky costumes, such as the Twilight series, Dracula, or a ghoul. However, one careless mistake can also cause serious damage to your professional reputation. Whether that’s selecting an inappropriate costume, making an insensitive [...]

5 Cross-Cultural Business Tips for the Holy Month of Ramadan

By |2019-04-08T13:11:08-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Intercultural, International Observances, Ramadan, Travel|

Abu Dhabi Arches by Pexels Approximate 2019 U.S. Ramadan dates: the evening of May 5 to the evening of June 4 This May, Muslims worldwide share in fasting, festive dinners, and faith. Ramadan is crucial to  Islam, so we share key information that will be helpful when conducting business with Muslim counterparts [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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