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2019 Guide to Holiday Tipping- Sharon Schweitzer

By |2019-11-18T17:24:49-06:00November 18th, 2019|Lifestyle, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States|

Worldwide, the holiday season is filled with a sense of giving. No matter where you happen to be, you may be swept up in this spirit of generosity. The concept of holiday tipping can be a challenge for the present day tipper. With the ever changing standards, and different rules for each job position, it’s [...]

3 Tips for Hurdling the Language Barrier without Technology

By |2019-10-29T08:08:04-06:00June 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, [...]

5 Communication Tips for Your Travels Abroad

By |2019-04-29T14:16:31-06:00May 9th, 2019|Cross-Cultural, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

Lost by Pexels For many English speakers, the linguistic challenges to traveling abroad are reduced due to the prevalence of English as a widely spoken lingua franca. However, language is not all there is to successful communication. Here are 5 non-verbal tips to consider for your travels abroad: Body Language: Body language [...]

5 Cross-Cultural Business Tips for the Holy Month of Ramadan

By |2019-04-08T13:11:08-06:00May 2nd, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Intercultural, International Observances, Ramadan, Travel|

Abu Dhabi Arches by Pexels Approximate 2019 U.S. Ramadan dates: the evening of May 5 to the evening of June 4 This May, Muslims worldwide share in fasting, festive dinners, and faith. Ramadan is crucial to  Islam, so we share key information that will be helpful when conducting business with Muslim counterparts [...]

Celebrating Japan’s Golden Week: 4 Official Holidays 2019

By |2019-04-29T12:52:50-06:00April 29th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Japan, Travel|

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan by Pexels One of Japan’s most cherished celebrations, Golden Week spans April 29 - May 5th. This week is a special time when the entire country celebrates cultural traditions by observing four historical holidays. Companies close their doors and employees enjoy a week of paid vacation. Global business [...]

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

By |2019-04-08T12:01:18-06:00April 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 [...]

8 Ways to Celebrate International World Happiness Day

By |2019-03-21T13:19:25-06:00March 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, International Holidays, Travel|

Access to Asia Signing by Sharon Schweitzer Happiness is a fabulous state of mind - many of us can remember the days and times that have brought us the happiest memories. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be happy for the majority of your life? Believe it or not, happiness can be influenced [...]

Introducing Intercultural Competence

By |2019-02-21T10:18:05-06:00February 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 |2019-02-19T14:20:16-06:00February 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 [...]

How to Build a Cross-Cultural Career: 8 Tips from an Attorney Turned Coach

By |2019-01-10T18:09:52-06:00January 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 [...]

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