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3 Tips for Hurdling the Language Barrier without Technology

By |2019-04-29T14:05:51-05:00June 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Translation, Travel|

Chef Michael by Sharon Schweitzer Recently I spent 3 weeks in France, where we spent 7 nights on an Abercrombie & Kent canal barge cruise. Our travels started in Paris and continued to Champagne. We then boarded a cruise to Beaune with dear ones celebrating a friend’s milestone birthday. One morning, [...]

Go – Green or Go Home: 5 Eco-Tips on Being more Green at Work

By |2019-04-08T12:01:18-05:00April 16th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Earth, Environment, Global, Lifestyle, Travel|

Moss by Pexels April 22nd marks International Earth Day, the official celebration of the modern environmental movement which started in the 1970s. Global Warming is a critical issue today and as inhabitants of this planet, it is our duty to take care of it. Make green action a priority both personally and [...]

Passover: How to Be The Best Guest at a Seder

By |2019-04-09T16:06:09-05:00April 10th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Hosting duties, Interfaith, International Observances, Lifestyle, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness|

Passover Candles by Pixabay It is that time of year again, the temperature starts rising, flowers start blooming and that only means two things, Spring and Passover are right around the corner. If you’re like most people attending their first Seder, you may have some culture questions about the customs and what [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Tips on How to Survive being a Dockless Scooter Driver

By |2019-02-19T14:20:16-05:00February 19th, 2019|Austin, Cross-Cultural, Culture and Commercialism, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel|

Congress Rides by Vienna Raglin  Dockless scooters are the latest phenomena ~ in case you haven’t experienced them, electric scooters function through an app on your smartphone. Once downloaded, you enter your personal and credit card information, then you are able to unlock, ride and lock the e-scooter. The app charges by [...]

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 [...]

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