Culture

7 Dining Etiquette Tips to Master a Business Meal

By |2019-01-10T12:16:11+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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 [...]

Walk a Day in my Shoes: World Hijab Day

By |2019-01-14T12:58:42+00:00January 21st, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, Interfaith, Travel, Women in the Workforce, Workplace Diversity|

Women of Business by Pexels  This February 1st will count as the seventh annual celebration of World Hijab Day. Ms. Nazma Khan, the founder of this movement has encouraged women worldwide to experience observing Hijab for a day. It is an all inclusive celebration for non-Muslims and non-hijab Muslims to “walk a [...]

4 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King

By |2019-01-10T16:02:47+00:00January 15th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, International History, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Politics, Relationship Building, US Observances|

Martin Luther King Jr. Speech by NPS.Gov  In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 21st is a significant day for U.S. Americans. This is due to its struggle toward civil rights and vision of a country free from discrimination and oppression. Dr. King’s courageous stance against systemic racism made him [...]

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

By |2019-02-03T15:22:03+00:00January 8th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, global competency, Goals, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, International Travel Tips, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Self-Awareness, SXSW, Travel, United States, US Observances|

Afterglow by Pexels What You Need to Know on Human Trafficking Awareness Day When I learned that human trafficking occurs in Austin during SXSW I was stunned. How could this happen in our Texas city? Yes, our population has increased dramatically, yet I associated this problem with sprawling, urban metropolitan areas. I [...]

Exploring 4 Global Cultures for National Hot Tea Month

By |2019-01-04T10:09:33+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Travel|

Tea at Lanesborough Hotel by Sharon Schweitzer  Tea is the second most consumed liquid in the world, after water. So in honor of January kicking off the year as National Hot Tea month, we’ve explored global regions where tea is a fundamental part of culture. Read on to learn how tea has [...]

5 Tips on How To Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

By |2018-12-12T16:43:43+00:00December 26th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Self-Awareness|

Trip Plan by Pexels There is a difference of opinion about New Year’s resolutions. However The Washington Post cites statistics revealing how resolutions create a huge opportunity for self-improvement. About 40% of U.S. Americans make New Year's Resolutions every year, which is the first step to changing the negative habits we [...]

Kwanzaa Explained

By |2018-12-11T13:34:13+00:00December 17th, 2018|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Global Etiquette, Intercultural, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships|

Kwanzaa holiday by iStock Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga in an effort to form a strong community of Afro-Americans in the U.S. The holiday consists of 7 days where the family gathers and lights up one of the candles in the Kinara, the beautiful candle holder. The family [...]

5 German Christmas Traditions

By |2018-12-10T16:01:18+00:00December 12th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Germany, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Relationships|

  Christmas Market in Jena, Germany by Rene Schwietzke   In Germany, Christmas decorations appear before December 1st has arrived! It’s a beautiful scene with the snow covered Straße (streets), colorful lights, Christmas-themed markets and warm treats. Country customs make every nation unique. Enjoy reading about these annual German traditions you won't want to [...]

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