modern manners

Tips On How To Pick This Year’s Halloween Costume

By |2019-10-29T18:39:13-05:00October 28th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Painted Pumpkins by publicdomainpictures Guest blog by Sunny Kim Halloween can be an exciting time to celebrate our love for funky costumes, such as the Twilight series, Dracula, or a ghoul. However, one careless mistake can also cause serious damage to your professional reputation. Whether that’s selecting an inappropriate costume, making an insensitive [...]

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 [...]

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.

The Ghost Gala: Obon Festival

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20-05:00August 10th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Gala Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Japan, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel|

The Obon (or Bon) Festival, widely known as the Festival of Souls, commences on August 13th and ends on August 16th this year. This annual Japanese Buddhist three-day festival is dedicated to celebrating Japanese family heritage. The origin begins with a disciple of Buddha, Mokuren (Maha Maudgalyayana), who used his powers to peer [...]

Asking for Job References: Modern Manners Q&A for Millennials

By |2018-10-11T14:54:22-05:00May 23rd, 2018|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Millennials|

It’s that time of year when reference requests quadruple. As an employment attorney, business etiquette expert and avid blogger, young readers often solicit advice about how to ask for professional references when they don’t have a tremendous amount of experience. We offer our responses to common questions from curious job seekers as a [...]

Modern Manners 2018: Graduation Gifts

By |2018-10-11T14:54:22-05:00May 22nd, 2018|gift-giving, Graduation, Millennials, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, University Students|

Spring is in the air and May has arrived! For graduates this means a major life transition as they take their next steps. Whether receiving their high school diploma, undergraduate, or masters - graduates have achieved a major accomplishment. Loved ones may celebrate with dinners, parties, and yes, gifts. Graduation gift etiquette raises [...]

Modern Manners 2018: Mother’s Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24-05:00May 1st, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Global Celebrations, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Whether it’s your mom, stepmom, aunt, grandmother, longtime mentor, or a cherished friend, mothers are often our loudest cheerleaders, our strongest support, and our greatest inspiration. On May 13, families across the U.S. come together to honor and appreciate all the women who sacrifice their time and energy for our wellbeing and success. While some [...]

Refresh Your Desk: 10 Tips for a Tidy Workspace

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30-05:00January 8th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Gracious Living, Interview Etiquette, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Office Culture, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Stay focused and organized with everything you need at your fingertips. Save yourself the headache of a disorganized workspace and refresh your desk with these practical 10 tips.

Volunteer in the New Year: Find Your Cause

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30-05:00January 5th, 2018|avoiding international blunders, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Networking, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel Etiquette, University Students, Volunteering & Mentoring|

For those with a goal in the New Year to give back and get involved, deciding on a volunteer commitment can be tricky. Five tips, find your perfect match for volunteering in 2018.

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