Holiday Parties

7 Tips on how to Celebrate New Years Eve at the Workplace

By |2018-12-03T16:19:57+00:00December 11th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Career Tips, celebrations, Culture, Global Celebrations, Holiday Parties, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays|

New Years Toast by Pexels As New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday this year, some may find themselves in the office with the crush of year-end projects. If you find yourself working, keep in mind that a new beginning celebrated in the office place can increase productivity, company culture, and even [...]

US Thanksgiving Holiday Explained

By |2018-10-24T16:46:23+00:00October 24th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Dining, Family time, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Hosting duties, Lifestyle, Relationships, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States|

Thanksgiving Cheer by Pexels For many U.S. Americans Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday - the day is centered around family, feasting, and football. This week in November holds the record as the busiest time to travel in the U.S. If you are visiting, living, or working in the U.S., don’t let [...]

4 Cross-Cultural Tips for a Successful Office Halloween

By |2018-10-18T16:55:40+00:00October 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, celebrations, Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, Workplace Etiquette|

Halloween reminds us of a cardinal rule in U.S. business - to avoid mixing work and pleasure. This is why during the holiday season, there is a need for a balance between productivity and company morale. Consider these celebratory tips to enjoy a culturally appropriate holiday with colleagues and customers.

Unconscious Bias: Halloween Edition

By |2018-10-17T10:58:13+00:00October 9th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Holidays, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays|

Masquerade by Pexels Today it is common to hear the term “unconscious bias.” What exactly does that mean? Biases are positive or negative prejudices we have towards someone or something. These biases may be conscious and explicit  -- or unconscious and implicit. Unconscious and implicit means that they are instinctive [...]

Do Something Grand: 7 reasons to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00September 7th, 2018|Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, U.S. Holidays, United States|

  Photo taken from Pixabay National Grandparents Day was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Mrs. McQuade started her campaign for a day to honor [...]

The Ghost Gala: Obon Festival

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00August 10th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Gala Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Japan, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel|

The Obon (or Bon) Festival, widely known as the Festival of Souls, commences on August 13th and ends on August 16th this year. This annual Japanese Buddhist three-day festival is dedicated to celebrating Japanese family heritage. The origin begins with a disciple of Buddha, Mokuren (Maha Maudgalyayana), who used his powers to peer [...]

Celebration and Recognition: Modern Manners for an Authentic Memorial Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:23+00:00May 9th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Holiday Parties, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Memorial Day brings U.S. Americans together for a day of reflection as we honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. First initiated to remember fallen Union soldiers, Memorial Day became a national holiday after World War I, honoring all who died while defending our nation and its values. Though historically a solemn holiday, [...]

How To Mix & Match Holiday Seating Arrangements

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31+00:00December 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!

3 Tips for Eco-Friendly Gift Giving

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32+00:00December 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+00:00December 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.

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