Language and Culture

5 Tips for Professional Dress This Summer

By |2019-04-29T14:19:07-05:00May 28th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Wardrobe, Women in Business, Women in the Workforce, Workplace Etiquette|

Dressed to Impress by Pexels Style goes hand-in-hand with professionalism just as heat goes with summer. But put the two together and the outcome can be disastrous for both men and women alike. Your wardrobe is pivotal in establishing a positive reputation in the workplace; however, staying cool in the scorching temperatures [...]

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 [...]

The Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion

By |2019-04-04T12:52:18-05:00April 2nd, 2019|diversity, Inclusion, Intercultural, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Diversity|

Travelers by Pexels Our team was stumped - we just couldn’t find a unique approach that wasn’t cliché or corny for a new proposal. I looked around the room and realized our team was homogenous in gender, race, and age. Luckily, we were in the midst of the hiring process and one of our [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kwanzaa Explained

By |2018-12-11T13:34:13-05:00December 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 [...]

Unconscious Bias: Halloween Edition

By |2018-10-17T10:58:13-05:00October 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 [...]

Canadian Thanksgiving

By |2018-10-11T14:54:16-05:00October 8th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness|

Alberta, Canada by Pexels Oh, sweet Canada! So sweet, people know you as the the land of Maple Syrup. Famous for its beautiful scenery, warm hearted people, spectacular ski slopes, and freezing cold winters. Canada is a culturally diverse country that shares English and French traditions, the best of both worlds. Although [...]

Avoid Cultural Appropriation on Halloween

By |2018-10-11T14:54:17-05:00October 2nd, 2018|Business Etiquette, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Diversity|

Ancient Art by Pexels At the end of October, without fail, there will be public outcry about a Halloween costume that one of a number of notables or celebrities wore for the Hollywood party circuit. In fact, many publicists in Los Angeles, California intensely dislike the holiday for just that reason. [...]

International Translation Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:17-05:00September 28th, 2018|Business Etiquette, Language and Culture, Translation|

Language Learner by Pixabay As we celebrate International Translation Day on September 30th, we also highlight the 2018 theme, Translation, as chosen by the International Federation of Translators (FIT). In their description, translation promotes cultural heritage in changing times. This includes intangible cultural heritage, described by UNESCO as knowledge, beliefs, and [...]

Load More Posts