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  • Books To Improve Business and Conversational English

    The Business Communication Coaches and Experts at Authentic Journeys refer to many books and sources to foster your journey to better English communication across global borders. Let's take a look at a few books and resources we recommend you to get your hands on for your own personal and professional communication and soft-skill development.Read more » Jennifer Kumar can be contacted at authentic...

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  • Strikes in India - How It Impacts Life, Work

    Strikes in India, as in other places, happen mostly due to political reasons. Sometimes political parties cause drama, or particular events get politicized causing panic or outrage. Sometimes the public transport workers (bus drivers, auto drivers, taxi drivers, others) go on strike to try to get higher wages or for other reasons. Sometimes, the strike happens out of support to an injustice that h...

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  • Guest Blog Guidelines

    Are you looking to submit guest blogs to a well-reputed, well-trafficked blog?  From time to time, Authentic Journeys accepts guest blogs. Here are some of the guidelines for guest bloggers to keep in mind if you contact us for submitting your pieces: Word count: 500-600 words Submit up to 2 images with credit Up to 2 links to your business blog/profile Must have a writer/company bio No remunerati...

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  • Top 5 Guest Blogs of All Time

    The first guest blog was posted to the Authentic Journeys' blog in April 2011. Since then, a total of 40  guest blogs have been submitted by 17 authors. Let's see what the top ten guest blogs have been over the years. Read more » Jennifer Kumar can be contacted at authenticjourneys@gmail.com. Thank you for your time and interest.

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  • 3 Uniquely American Phrases You May Hear at Work

    As an American born and raised, there are certain English phrases that, while I know can be habitual, I realize are uniquely American after having lived and worked in Kerala, India for the last six years. Though some of these phrases could be regional, from the Northeast of the U.S., I have had many of my Indian clients who have visited various places in the U.S. also ask me about these phrases. S...

  • What is a Social Security Card?

    According to the Social Security Administration, "Unless you are a non citizen who wants to work in the United States, you probably don’t need a Social Security number." While this is true, the process for applying for a Social Security Number (SSN) does vary per visa type (immigrant vs. non-immigrant, J1, J2, F1, F2, H1B, H4, etc.).  To learn more about the paperwork and documentation you need to...

  • 21 Ways We Learned To Impress American Clients

    After attending the U.S. business culture training - Meetings with U.S. Clients from A to Z, participants noted these 21 ways they improved their client facing meeting skills.   How to schedule meetings How to prepare for the meetings Making sure we are starting 5 minutes early and ending 5 minutes early (Time Management) How to write a good agenda How to use questions instead of statements Need t...

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  • Presidents Day – A February Holiday

    This “floating Monday” holiday, which falls on the third Monday of February, is officially known as Washington’s Birthday. However, as Washington’s Birthday (February 22) and Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12) fall close to each other, these two days were combined into one holiday colloquially known as ‘Presidents Day.’  Presidents Day is both a federal holiday, and for most banks, a bank holiday, a...

  • What's Up with so Many 3-day Weekends?

    "The Long Weekend" seems to be as American as apple pie. Americans may not think so, as we (me included) are so used to them. But, talking to people in India who work on global teams with Americans, many find the three day weekend an alluring idea.  Of course, many of the holidays that create these long weekends are moved specifically to create the three day respite rather than having a day off mi...

  • How to Find Good Quality Insurance For Your US Visit

    When you’re heading to a foreign country, working out what sort of health coverage you need can be tricky. Local health laws, care standards and medical costs can be a mystery. Finding a health insurance plan when traveling can be remarkably easy, but finding good quality cover that won’t leave you high and dry when you need care can be more difficult.  Having previously covered what your insuranc...

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  • Get More US Clients on Your Next Business Trip to the U.S.

    “Americans are more willing to take risks, more open to new ideas and may be willing to spend more money than in other markets.” Said by a CEO of a startup company in India, these are some of the reasons Indians prefer to do business with Americans over Canadians and even Europeans. Let’s take a look at a few tips that can help you to prepare and set a good first impression in business interaction...

  • Synonyms for “Delayed”

    Are you guilty of using or overusing the following types of sentences? “Sorry for the delayed response.” “I missed the mail, hence the delay.” “The P.O. has been approved. It was because of the holiday [in Bangalore] that the payment got delayed.” The word ‘delay’ is commonly used in business communication in Kerala, India. To help you expand your vocabulary, let’s look at some synonyms for the wo...

  • US Visas and Immigration: A Primer

    People from all over the world aspire to come to the U.S. to build a better life for themselves and their families. In the video below, D.V. Venkatagiri of GLeaps in Chennai meets with Mr. K. Senthil Kumar, Managing Attorney of Murthy Immigration Services Pvt. Ltd. to discuss some basics for aspiring Indian expats who want to come to the United States of America.  Questions tackled in the video be...

  • 40+ Sentences Translated From Indian to American English

    All Englishes are not the same! In some U.S. culture and business English training programs, we look at different uses of English terms between the U.S. and India. While the sentence examples in this post were written by participants of our training programs in India, American team members can surely refer to these sentences to gain a better understanding of how English is used in India, as well. ...

  • Assessing Your Sales Team

    Dave Kurlan, CEO of the Objective Management Group (OMG), is a guru on sales and improving your sales team's performance. Recently, I have come across his profile online and checked out a webinar he gave recently titled, The 6 Sales Weaknesses That Limit Sales Results. I've taken a few notes from the video that I will share with you below. But, to make the most effective use of the notes, take a l...

  • Videos on Police Etiquette in the US

    One of the most popular questions attendees of the US Culture trainings ask is, "If I am in the US and a cop pulls me over, how do I respond?"  The below videos demonstrate some of the dos and don'ts you should follow if you are ever pulled over by the police in the US.   How to Pull Over When the Police Flashers Come On Behind You The Importance of Not Getting Out of Your Vehicle Keep Your Hands ...

  • When is... in 2018? - Corporate and Social Holidays 2018

    India & US Holiday Calendar 2018  Need for this Calendar  This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working on distributed, global teams with multiple offices in India or in the US.  As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, this calendar mainly focuses on:India-wide Government HolidaysKerala HolidaysSelect South Indian (Tamil...

  • Passport, no Visa: Which Countries Can I Go To Without a Visa?

    How many countries can I visit without a visa? This depends on the national passport you hold.  Recently, the Passport Index has released a 2016 ranking of the most powerful passports in the world. This list ranks Germany #1. German passport holders can enter 158 countries without a visa. The last ranked country is Afghanistan, with the ability to enter only 24 countries without a visa. Let’s look...

  • Veterans Day: A Patriotic Day for Americans

    Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars. It replaced Armistice Day in 1954. How does Veterans Day impact global teams? Let's see.  What is Veterans Day? This short video below made by the History Channel sheds light on the history and current approach to Veterans Day. Is Veterans Day a Federal Hol...

  • Political and Presidential Election Small Talk Dos and Don’ts in the USA

    In Small Talk training programs in India, Indian professionals are divided on whether or not talking about politics is acceptable at work. While my personal experience as an American working in India has shown me in general that Indians are more comfortable talking about politics at work, there are definitely certain people, even in India, who prefer to keep their political opinions out of the off...

  • Fall Back - Small Talk about the End of DST at Work

    "What kind of small talk can we make about daylight saving time? Can we ask how is daylight saving time?" This insightful question asked after a US culture training on small talk left me speechless for a moment, with an answer of, "Well, we do make small talk about the end of day light saving time, but not quite like that.... give me a second..." Questions to use for "fall back" (First Sunday in N...

  • My Clock Didn't Change for Fall Back - What Happens?

    Because not all time pieces reset automatically when traveling over time zones or on the weekends of spring ahead or fall back, some people wonder, "Will I be on time or late for work on Monday if I forget to adjust my clock on for the November time change?"  The November time, change, also known as 'fall back, ' forces the time to move back into time by one hour. Because we "gain" one hour, if we...

  • What is Kerala Piravi & Facts about Kerala

    What is Kerala Piravi? Kerala Piravi (Kerala Day) is the birthday of the state of Kerala is Southwestern India.  When was the birthdate of Kerala? November 1, 1956. As of 2016, Kerala turns 60! (Note: India’s Independence Day/Date is August 15, 1947.)  How do we wish someone on this day? In Malayalam: Ellarkum ende sneham nirannya Kerala Peeravi ashamsakal. This translates into English as: Heart...

  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans

    Mardi Gras is a traditional holiday celebrated across many Christian cultures and in the southern regions of the United States. It is particularly famous in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The festivities include elaborate and colorful parades, family picnics, costumes, music, and amazing food. Mardi Gras literally stands for “Fat Tuesday”, in French.  When is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras follows th...

  • Declining a Holiday Party Invitation from American Colleagues, Professors or Friends

    One of the most common questions people who go to the U.S. ask me about is, "How can I politely tell my American friend/counterpart/professor I can't come for the Thanksgiving/ Holiday/ Christmas/ Birthday/ Other/ Wedding party?" For Some Saying No was a GOOD Problem to Have!In a few cases, a few people even mentioned the reason they had to say no was because they had multiple invitations! Actuall...

  • Republic Day - A Patriotic, National Holiday in India

    This week in India, small Indian flags are being sold along every street in preparation for Republic Day. What is Republic Day? India became independent from British rule on 15th August 1947 (Independence Day) and it wasn’t until three years later that India’s constitution came into force, thus completing the country’s transition to an independent and democratic republic. On the 26th of January 19...

  • Avoid Immigration Scams in the US

    In pre-departure cross culture training programs, we talk to prospective business travelers to the U.S. about immigration scams; how to avoid being scammed and what to do about it. Note that all advice in this blog is not to be substituted for legal advice. If you need immigration legal assistance in the U.S. get in touch with a bona-fide immigration attorney. For career professionals, contact you...

  • Adapting to the U.S. as an Indian Student

    “Life is about making compromises to achieve your goals and dreams.”  This was expressed to me by an international student from India in the U.S. who had been struggling for months trying to balance her cultural identity with Americanizing herself. After interacting with, mentoring and coaching many overseas students in the U.S., I would like to share some of their insights that may also help you ...

  • Virtual Resume and Company Profile for Authentic Journeys in 2016

    Thank you for making 2016 a memorable one! In 2016, 669 people actively participated in Authentic Journeys sessions, which brings the total participants since 2011 up to 3,522!!   It's hard to believe that I have met and facilitated sessions for almost 3,500 people! (Authentic Journeys has several other trainers on staff that work with teams as well.)  If you are curious to see some the Authentic ...

  • Business Dress Code Dilemmas

    By Yolanda M. Owens for Authentic Journeys  January 2, 2017   If you’re looking for a way to stir up a debate conversation with American colleagues, bring up the topic of business attire. Depending on what generation the person subscribes to, you’ll find varying opinions on degrees of appropriateness. And with employers adapting to more “relaxed” work culture environments, knowing what’s a workpl...

  • A Cross-Cultural Approach to Learning and Teaching: US & India Comparative Study

    “What does Freedom mean to you?” Going for field work in Chennai as part of my Master's in Social Work program.This was the first topic I was asked to weigh in on during the first few hours of studying at Madras Christian College. As the only American and foreigner in a class of South Indians, this exercise was both a culture shock and an initiation. From my US cultural lens, it appeared Indians s...

  • Avoid Mistakes When Working With Europeans

    In July 2016, I had the opportunity to present a guest lecture to a class, Doing Business in Europe, taught by Dr. Vishal Gupta at the Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur (IIM-K).  This session, which was conducted over Skype on a Sunday was a good and interactive experience for all 30 or so in attendance. I would like to share the PPT of the session, below.  As my primary focus is on U.S. - ...

  • Reasons Start Ups May Surge Ahead of Large Indian IT Firms in the Outsourcing World

    Anyone who has heard anything about the Indian IT outsourcing world has heard of the big 10 IT outsourcers which include high stakes players such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Accenture, Wipro, Cognizant, and Infosys. A recent Business Standard article, Indian IT firms face uphill task for new contracts up forrebid, also reflected on this topic. Though I have no personal experience working f...

  • How to Minimize Cross-Cultural Risk Factors in Offshore Outsourcing

    Do you know that cross-cultural factors impact productivity and overall outcome of the delivery in offshore outsourced projects?? Listen to the video above to learn about some of the top cross-cultural mishaps that impact Indian businesses interacting with American clients, counterparts and colleagues. The tips and remedies you are looking forward to hearing more about are based on real-life and ...

  • Travel Insurance For US Business Trips

    In this increasingly globalized world we are seeing an expanding number of people going to the US either for pleasure or for work. Some of us will go for extensive training, others will go for short business trips, while others still will go for short-term assignments or a vacation with our family. Regardless of the length of time spent in the US, there is one thing anyone going to the US needs to...

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  • How to Make a Good First Impression

    ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’ as the old saying goes. In this article we’ll look at how to make sure that you make a good first impression on a US colleague.The key is for the person you’re meeting to feel that they would enjoy and value working with you. Coming across as a relaxed, confident colleague will help them to relax and be confident with you, making all of yo...

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