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The Art of Making Conversation as We Return to Socializing

By |2022-05-02T15:03:24-05:00May 2nd, 2022|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Culture, Gracious Living, Houseguest Etiquette, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Office Culture, Relationship Building, Relationships, Social Etiquette, United States, Workplace Etiquette|

  Photo by fauxels from Pexels by Sharon Schweitzer, Culture & Etiquette Coach As more folks are headed to work mixers, neighborhood cookouts, and soccer games with the kiddos, we are receiving questions about making conversation. What are the best ways to introduce yourself and others in a social or work gathering? How [...]

Galentine’s Day 2022

By |2022-02-05T10:15:37-06:00February 6th, 2022|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Lifestyle|

Image: Screenshot: courtesy NBC, Parks and Recreation YouTube. Hearts: stock.adobe.com By Vitaliy “What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year…ladies celebrating ladies.” – Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation Last year we talked about Galentine’s Day, and this year it has grown to be even bigger. On February 13th, the day [...]

Top 6 Etiquette Tips for Dating in 2022

By |2022-02-04T14:16:14-06:00February 4th, 2022|Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, Social Etiquette|

Image by Katerina Holmes 1. Consider a low-key coffee, tea, a walk, or a drink instead of dinner Instead of meeting for dinner on the first date, choose an activity that is potentially shorter, and more relaxed like a walk or a coffee. That way, if you realize after 45 minutes that you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Texas Wine Month & Wine Sommeliers 2021

By |2021-10-26T19:04:05-05:00October 26th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Dining, Social Etiquette, Wine Etiquette|

Image by Tim Bigger from Pixabay In honor of Texas Wine month, let’s close October by celebrating Texas sommeliers and wine. Many folks don’t realize that our Texas wine region is the second largest in the U.S., right behind Napa, California. Texas expert Drew Hendricks, co-founder of the Texas Sommeliers Association offered his opinion [...]

Celebrating Czech American Heritage Month 2021

By |2021-10-20T15:24:03-05:00October 20th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Czech Republic|

Image: The Commissioners Court of Bexar County, The State of Texas and Governor Greg Abbott, The City of San Antonio and Mayor Ron Nirenberg As a second generation Czech American living in Texas, I’m delighted to share this blog in response to readers and followers who have been inquiring about recent developments. On [...]

A Novel Education – E.S. Alexander

By |2021-10-17T16:21:00-05:00October 17th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, book recommendations, Culture|

Image: Cover design by Adrian Cheah (Penang) Headshot by Matt Brandon (Penang) October is National Book Month, a month-long celebration that focuses on the importance of reading, writing, and literature. In honor of this important month, it is fitting to invite E.S. Alexander, my co-author for Access to Asia, to return and write [...]

Thanksgiving in Canada: Customs, Origin & Tradition

By |2021-10-05T11:57:15-05:00October 8th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Culture, Holiday Season|

Photo by Daniel Joseph Petty from Pexels Canada, oh, sweet Canada! Many people refer to this vast country as the land of Maple Syrup. This nation is famous for its stunning scenery, fabulous people, spectacular ski slopes, and frosty winters. Be careful not to let the similarity of the Canadian Hofstede cultural dimensions [...]

Culture Coffee & Connections: Enjoy International Coffee Day

By |2021-09-28T12:47:04-05:00September 28th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Culture|

Photo by Jason Villanueva from Pexels We owe a debt of gratitude to an animal herder named Kaldi for the discovery of coffee in the Kaffa region in Ethiopia. According to the story, he observed that his goats were rejuvenated after eating the red beans from the coffee plants on the plateau over [...]

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