intercultural competence

Understanding Intercultural Competence and Uncertainty Reduction

By |2019-03-04T12:04:50-06:00February 28th, 2019|Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Self-Awareness|

Alex Matveev 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 is Russian and I’m part Czech. I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

UN Day: Potential in (Workplace) Diversity

By |2018-10-11T14:54:38-05:00October 23rd, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, global competency, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Observances - Monthly & Daily, October celebrations|

Consider implementing inclusivity trainings or diversity workshops to maximize what your diverse team can achieve together.

World Standards Day: What the World Agrees On

By |2018-10-11T14:54:39-05:00October 12th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, intercultural competence, International Protocol, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, October celebrations, Relationship Building|

The theme for 2017 is “Standards Make Cities Smarter.” If you want to participate in events that celebrate World Standards Day, here are four fun activities you can engage in to make your mid-October more enjoyable.

Global Diversity Awareness Month: 3 Tips for the Workplace

By |2018-10-11T14:54:40-05:00October 5th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Culture, global competency, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Office Culture, Relationship Building, Workplace Diversity|

The U.S. is considered to be a huge melting pot by many. If you want to strengthen your cross-cultural and intercultural awareness, follow these 3 tips to demonstrate your commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Love Your Translator: How Translation Can Boost Your Business

By |2018-10-11T14:54:42-05:00September 29th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Culture, global competency, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Networking, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

When conducting business abroad, breaking the language barrier takes time, commitment, and intercultural competence. To ensure that nothing is left unsaid or lost in translation, consider hiring a professional translator to facilitate successful cross-cultural exchange.

5 Culture Tips for Successful Negotiation in China

By |2018-10-11T14:54:54-05:00April 6th, 2017|China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Global Celebrations, intercultural training case, International Protocol, Relationship Building|

As a cross-cultural business trainer and the author of Access to Asia, consider these five culture tips for successful negotiation and building lasting business relationships in China.

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