Culture

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 |2019-01-10T13:07:38-05:00February 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 |2019-02-21T10:18:05-05:00February 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 [...]

7 Dining Etiquette Tips to Master a Business Meal

By |2019-01-10T12:16:11-05:00February 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 |2019-01-10T18:09:52-05:00January 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 |2019-01-10T13:38:36-05:00January 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 |2019-01-14T12:58:42-05:00January 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 |2019-01-10T16:02:47-05:00January 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 |2019-02-03T15:22:03-05:00January 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 [...]

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