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How To Mix & Match Holiday Seating Arrangements

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 19th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Coffee, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Hosting duties, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Tea Etiquette, Wine Etiquette|

Be creative with holiday seating arrangements. It makes all the difference in fostering a happy holiday dinner party!

All Your Canadian Boxing Day Questions Answered

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 15th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Cross-Cultural, Culture and Commercialism, Customer Service Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

The day after Christmas, December 26th, is an annual holiday known as “Boxing Day” celebrated in several countries in the British Commonwealth.

Corporate Telephone Etiquette: A Wake Up Call for Millennials

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 12th, 2017|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Customer Service Etiquette, global competency, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, intercultural competence, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Networking, Office Culture, Phone Etiquette and Protocol, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Diversity, Workplace Etiquette|

In an era when everyday communication methods involve GIF keyboards, Snapchat filters, and group messaging, young professionals are poorly trained on verbal telephone conversations. If you fall into this category, consider these 5 guidelines for corporate telephone etiquette.

A Travel Guide for Appropriate Road Trip Behavior

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 11th, 2017|Gracious Living, Hosting duties, Millennials, Modern Manners, Networking, Relationship Building, Relationships, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

Many of our readers have asked about ways to prepare for long-distance road trips and proper vehicle behavior for being a good roadtrip passenger. Wherever your holiday travels may take you, implement the following 6 tips to be the best travel buddy.

3 Tips for Eco-Friendly Gift Giving

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00December 8th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, gift-giving, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Networking, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel, University Students|

When planning this year’s holiday gifts, consider your environmental impact, here are 3 tips to help you soften this blow on Mother Nature without having to sacrifice your gifting aesthetics.

Gifts and Goodwill: Your 2017 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00December 7th, 2017|Business Etiquette, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Relationship Building, Religious Celebrations, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

This holiday season, consider these 8 tips for a thoughtful and successful experience.

Five Common Handwashing Mistakes in the Workplace

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00December 1st, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Coffee, Customer Service Etiquette, Gracious Living, Houseguest Etiquette, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Office Culture, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

The winter months are prime time for many common illnesses. If offices work together to promote thorough handwashing, employees might avoid strep throat or the flu.

Global Gift Giving in Southern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00November 30th, 2017|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Central America, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Italy, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Absorb wisdom and educate others about global gifting tips to increase your cross-cultural understanding of the world.

Global Gift Giving in Northern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 29th, 2017|Cross-Cultural, Europe, Finland, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Ireland, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Relationship Building, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

While gifts are not traditionally exchanged between business associates in this region, the holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude and goodwill with a culturally-appropriate token.

Global Gift Giving Customs in Central & Eastern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 28th, 2017|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Europe, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Networking, Relationship Building, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

As part three of cross-cultural gift giving worldwide, let’s explore the different implications when giving and receiving gifts in Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs), as defined by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The countries included in CEECs are Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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