Blog

image
Popular Articles on US and Expat Culture on Our Blog

With over a half a million hits in 2015 alone, the Authentic Journeys’ blog has surpassed 1,000,000 hits in July of 2015. Thank you to all the fans and loyal readers of the blog. Feel free to scan the top 10 posts of 2015 for your reading pleasure!  The first part of this blog lists […]

image
“Thanks a Lot” – Avoid Saying It, How to Respond to It

Saying Thank You is important to Americans. When saying it the right way, you can never go wrong. Not saying or saying it in the wrong way, however, can cause problems, whether with business associates, friends or near and dear.  While there are many ways to appropriately say “thank you,” the phrases “thanks a lot” […]

image
Before Visiting India From the US, Do These Things

Checklist of Things to Do Before Leaving Your House in the US for Long Trips Inform your landlord.  For those who travel abroad for more than a month at a time, inform your landlord, especially if your landlord is not your trusted friend or family member watching the house. We wouldn’t want our landlord to […]

image
Dos and Don’ts for Putting Customers or Clients on Hold

When working in processes that require calling clients or colleagues, there will invariably be a time when he or she will have to be put on hold. How can we put someone on hold in a professional way? This post will explore some tips to polish call handling skills through discussion and video examples.   […]

image
Christmas Phrases in American English

Let’s take a look at some common English phrases that refer to Christmas.  “What are you waiting for… Christmas?”  Have you heard this question and wondered what it meant? Probably if someone is made to wait a really long time, especially in anticipation or excitement, they would ask, “What are you waiting for… Christmas?” It’s […]

image
Christmas Celebrations at Work in India

Office-going professionals across India celebrate Christmas at work.  While some companies may display the Christmas Crib (nativity), others prefer to try to keep the celebrations more secular. I, on behalf of Authentic Journeys had fun participating as a judge in the Christmas competitions at UST Global in Kochi recently.  This was the first year I […]

image
Responding to Invitations from US Clients and Colleagues

In the U.S., expect formal invitations from those inviting you to parties. Whether the party is a wedding, a Christmas or Holiday party hosted by your team or office, or your neighbor’s Fourth of July BBQ, it’s critical to respond to the invitation by RSVP.  What is an RSVP?  RSVP stands for Répondez, S’il Vous […]

image
Relationship Building: Checking In with US Counterparts Before Vacations

Do you work on offshore client projects? Do you work in long term projects, say more than four or five months at a stretch where building rapport with the client or colleague is important?  If the answer is yes, I would like to share a tip that can help you to build instant rapport with […]

image
Swimming, Drowning and Buried in Work? What does it mean?

“We are swimming in approvals over here. Can you help us out?”  “I’m drowning….I just can’t seem to make it to the surface.”  “Accounting has requested us not to ask for any new P.O.s until next month as they are buried with approvals from last month that haven’t been processed yet!”  What do these statements […]

image
Christmas Friend: Xmas Gift Exchange in India

Christmas Friend is a secret gift exchange activity that is a part of holiday and Christmas office parties in India. While the Christmas Friend activity in India is similar to the Secret Santa gift exchange in the U.S., there are several key differences that should be discussed to help provide context for foreign clients or counterparts […]

Categories

Related Posts