Traveling in Latin America

You’ll find dozens of articles and tips about traveling abroad. Some are applicable to our business travel as well as for pleasure. While most tips will focus on Europe, the cultures of Latin America have a deep European influence and can be a source of valuable tips when traveling for work. Here are a fewContinue reading “Traveling in Latin America”

Love the one you’re with . . . ;-)

You will see a common theme when doing business in Latin America: Relationships! To be successful in the Latin American market, you must be present – both physically and emotionally – to maintain your clients’ trust and loyalty. Do not assume previous positive business dealings will ensure a long-term relationship in business. If something newer, flashier,Continue reading “Love the one you’re with . . . ;-)”

Global Commerce: It’s tricky business!

When conducting business or hosting social events with people from various cultures it is important to learn the “do’s & don’ts”.  Each culture is unique; what is required in one setting may be offensive in another. This is a quick at-a-glance infographic reference to nine different countries created by a company named Zendesk that we found at Entrepreneur.com.  LookingContinue reading “Global Commerce: It’s tricky business!”

Spanish? Hispanic? Latino? Ay, Dios Mío!

When working with people from a Spanish-speaking background it is important to understand that they are a diverse people. It can be offensive to assume someone’s ethnicity. Asking someone if they are “Spanish” or if they speak “Mexican” is more common than you imagine and extremely insensitive. Spanish = nationality referring only to people who are from Spain,Continue reading “Spanish? Hispanic? Latino? Ay, Dios Mío!”

What’s your passion?

Last October, I sat in my principal’s office feeling that there was something bigger waiting for me. “I love teaching Spanish, but I feel like I have met every goal, every milestone. What can I do to keep this up for another 15 years?” I asked. Her powerful response, “What are you passionate about? Find yourContinue reading “What’s your passion?”

I need to help . . .

I feel a calling.  Again. Last month, I spent five days helping to run a camp in the Dominican Republic. I need to do more.  Now I know. I need to go back. These kids, this community, they touched me. When I was in high school, I knew I needed to go to Mexico – to live,Continue reading “I need to help . . .”

How can I bridge the gap between cultures?

The challenge in doing cross-cultural and diversity training is that there are no absolutes. We can make generalizations and observations about cultures – stereotypes exist for a reason – but, they are not valid for every individual of that culture. Inevitably, if you make a statement about a specific group of people, it can offend or contradict someoneContinue reading “How can I bridge the gap between cultures?”