3 Tips to Favor Process Over Product in Intercultural Communications

You probably know one of each.  The one who picks up little things here and there over the course of the year, when things are on sale, and is ready for Christmas on December 1, and the one who walks the sales clerk out the door as it closes on December 24.  The result is the…

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10 Tips for Growing and Learning in Intercultural Communications

Remember the old adage ‘the best way to remember your story is to tell the truth?’  Well, it’s the same with Intercultural Communications.  The best way to interact with others is to be keenly aware of yourself…but also hyper sensitive and to the individuality and autonomous experience of others around you.  Good news?  These tips…

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Cross-Cultural Truth: No Such Thing as a Fat Barbie

With the notable first black Disney princess debuting 84 years after the first (in the Princess and the Frog, in Theaters December 11), I don’t doubt that the number of black dolls also falls well behind that of white dolls.  So it’s understandable that, as the Wall Street Journal points out, “many black parents had…

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What I learned from Marc Sims: Self Proclaimed “Pseudo Motivational Speaker”

 When Marc and I first met, I didn’t know what to think.  We were in the “Green Room,” aka the Counselor’s office at Robeson High School in Chicago, getting ready to visit classrooms as motivational speakers, as part of the Black Star Project.  “I tell them about careers in marketing, and to believe in…

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The Ultimate in Cross-Cultural Understanding: Vegan-Carnivore Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving! Ours is a  ‘mostly vegetarian’ Thanksgiving because everything is vegan, except for…come closer so I can whisper…except for the turkey in the kitchen, and it’s not the one pardoned by President Obama today. Our annual family gathering of vegetarians (nothing with a face, but will eat dairy), vegans (no animal products/no harm to animals–my mom even suggested…

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