Sophie Echeverry

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 |2019-01-10T13:07:38-06:00February 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, [...]

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 [...]

Quiz: What your friends want you to know about Presidents’ Day in the U.S

By |2019-02-03T15:46:35-06:00February 12th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Politics, Quiz, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

  Four Former Presidents by Whitehouse.gov If you are living and working in the U.S.A., it’s important to know about our national holidays. When we visit other countries, it is always fascinating to learn about other cultures. In the U.S., Presidents’ Day was originally known as Washington Day and celebrated on February 22 [...]

7 Dining Etiquette Tips to Master a Business Meal

By |2019-01-10T12:16:11-06:00February 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 [...]

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 [...]

4 Tips for Clean Out Your Inbox Week Don’t be a hoarder! Just get your Inbox in Order

By |2019-01-18T15:01:50-06:00January 28th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, US Observances|

Inbox Cleanse by Pexels  From Google Calendar reminders to weekly newsletters from your favorite local eateries, to spam disguised as personal email, our inboxes can be overrun by unnecessary mail that can bury important or time-sensitive messages. If your inbox is flooded with superfluous spam or unwanted updates, you’re not alone: the [...]

10 Traditional Taboos to Avoid During the Lunar New Year

By |2019-01-10T13:38:36-06:00January 24th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Holiday Season, International History, International Holidays, Travel|

Chinese New Year by youranwo on flikr  The Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the “Spring festival” (chunjie (春节)) starts the first day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In 2019, the Year of the Pig, the New Year begins on February 5th and is celebrated for a [...]

Walk a Day in my Shoes: World Hijab Day

By |2019-01-14T12:58:42-06:00January 21st, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, Interfaith, Travel, Women in the Workforce, Workplace Diversity|

Women of Business by Pexels  This February 1st will count as the seventh annual celebration of World Hijab Day. Ms. Nazma Khan, the founder of this movement has encouraged women worldwide to experience observing Hijab for a day. It is an all inclusive celebration for non-Muslims and non-hijab Muslims to “walk a [...]

4 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King

By |2019-01-10T16:02:47-06:00January 15th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, International History, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Politics, Relationship Building, US Observances|

Martin Luther King Jr. Speech by NPS.Gov  In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 21st is a significant day for U.S. Americans. This is due to its struggle toward civil rights and vision of a country free from discrimination and oppression. Dr. King’s courageous stance against systemic racism made him [...]

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