“To Do List” for the Right to Vote as an Intercultural Communications Issue

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.  A couple of weeks ago I expressed surprise at the anticipated Civil Rights violations related to the upcoming election, and sent a call out to get some other perspectives.  Thanks to everyone who responded. Despite the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which protects the right to vote, “Americans…

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Concerns About Civil Rights Violations in the November Elections and Delegating Your Personal Communications (Not!)

 When I took over as Executive Director of a not-for-profit trade association a few years ago, I quickly uncovered some deep financial problems that preceded my arrival but demanded my immediate attention.  To fill the gap of day-to-day staff management while I focused on organizational issues, I delegated ‘being nice’ to the Managing Director.  He…

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“Harley Rider” Event Broadens Definition of Culture in Intercultural Communications

I got an unexpected lesson in Cross-Cultural Communications last week at the “Almost Home” celebration at Kegel Harley Davidson in Rockford, IL.  Looking across the field of hundreds of ‘bikers’ wearing faded Levi’s and t-shirts, I felt consciously aware of my striped Capri pants and tailored shirt.  “There are no other children here,” I also…

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Communicating Across Lines of Difference: The “Art” of Living with Parkinson’s Disease

 The term intercultural communications refers to communicating with people across lines of difference.  As the word implies that can be cultural difference, such as heritage or ethnicity, but it can also be across lines of ability. I am reminded of this as I help to prepare volunteers for an event I have planned for a…

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Using of Images of Diversity Effectively in Advertising

 In today’s “politically correct” world, many advertisers want to include people of different backgrounds in advertising for products that reach across a variety of markets.  The key is to make sure that the images are integrated into the ‘story-line’ of the ad, and to make sure they do not perpetuate stereotypes.   One ad that gets…

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Integrating Your Multicultural Programming into your Business Culture

 Reaching out to diverse audiences is often a discussion heard in the marketing department of large corporations.  For companies who have made a commitment to multicultural marketing, this can serve as a platform to promote team building and employee morale by leveraging your external goals to create internal programming.  Here’s how: If your company is…

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Marketing Hoegaarden in Dutch to Americans in the Universal Language of Beer

 As I was getting onto the Kennedy in downtown Chicago this week a billboard caught my attention.  It was a 10+ story high image of a tall, presumably icy cold, glass of Hoegaarden beer.  Sure, it caught my attention because it was really hot and the beer promised to be very refreshing.  But mostly because…

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