Bridging the Cultural Divide

Chuseok: How to Celebrate the Korean Way

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19-05:00September 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, South Korea|

If your business travels in early October take you to Korea, knowledge of the following Chuseok customs will prepare you to engage in intelligent conversation about this traditional harvest festival.

Lessons from FLE: Overcoming Intercultural Communication Roadblocks

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30-05:00January 19th, 2018|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Culture, France, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture|

Since the age of Babel, teachers have been seeking ways to overcome the hurdle of language barrier and give students practical skills to navigate new lingual and cultural waters. This challenge becomes much harder when the teacher doesn’t speak their student’s native language, or when each student speaks a different language or dialect. Sound impossible? [...]

Catalonia & Spain: 4 Cultural Differences

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30-05:00January 16th, 2018|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Calalonia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, global competency, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Music, Spain|

As the Catalonian referendum continues to make international headlines, people around the world are asking about the cultural distinctions between Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain, and the rest of the Spanish territory. During my business travels to Barcelona, Spain, the phrase ‘Catalonia is not Spain’ has not only been heard, but viscerally experienced during [...]

Arabic in the 2018 Business World: Three Reasons to Learn Arabic

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 13th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, global competency, Global Traditions, International Protocol, International Travel Tips, Language and Culture, Middle East, Middle East Culture, Relationship Building, Travel|

The U.N. Arabic Language Day is celebrated on Dec. 18 every year, the following 3 reasons will not only inform you, but encourage you to consider learning Arabic in 2018.

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.

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.

Art of Conversations in the Millennial Age

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00December 4th, 2017|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Culture and Commercialism, Customer Service Etiquette, global competency, Interview Etiquette, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Networking, Office Culture, Phone Etiquette and Protocol, University Students, Workplace Diversity, Workplace Etiquette|

To dispel this stereotype and strengthen millennial interpersonal skills, avoid these four modern communication mishaps.

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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