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Small Talk is Anything but “Small”

Who has time to make small talk?  Why bother?  Small talk is “Conversation 101,” and is a lost art for business professionals, who were weaned on immersion in the alternate reality of technology and acute individualism.

However, this critical “soft” skill is essential for life-success.  According to research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center, it was concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills).  skill.http://www.nationalsoftskills.org/research-publications/

Small talk is NOT “Small:” It is the content of small talk that is big!  It makes you sound intelligent, impressive and memorable.  Mastery requires an attitude of what you can bring to the event, forethought on who will be attending, research on topics outside your area of expertise and being prepared to “work” at “Networking” events.  For the shy and introverted, this strategy cuts down on the anxiety induced when walking into a room full of strangers and being perceived as a polished professional.

What does small talk mean internationally?

Networking is an American concept, where people introduce themselves or are introduced by others, having little or no prior background information…hence an informal attitude and a goal of meeting as many people in the shortest time, emerging with copious amounts of business cards.

In the rest of the world, one has to be introduced and one does not simply walk up to a person and introduce oneself as it will be viewed as strange or impolite…hence, the first contact is on a different level as the introduction has already been made and the initial small talk expected is on a higher plane.

Unlike the informality practiced in the United States, Asians’ idea of small talk are questions regarding your company and your position.  Middle Easterners will ask about your flight or accommodations and will genuinely be interested in your well-being as they pride themselves in hospitality…it will further be appreciated to discuss local history and famous sites. Europeans, especially Northern Europeans and Germans are formal/direct cultures where “measured, weightier” small talk will be expected…be prepared to discuss art and culture or it will appear as if you are wasting their time on frivolities. 

When considering “Cultural Small Talk,” the most important aspect is to remain (at least initially) formal, research whom you will be meeting with, their culture, history, traditions and current events. Above all, being polite, maintaining a degree of formality, avoiding slang and using proper grammar are as important as what you say.  Being overly-familiar in an attempt to put them at ease will be viewed as disingenuous, even in the United States and jokes don’t travel well.

Small talk is anything but “small,” and is necessary all over the world. Unfortunately, the word “small” minimizes its importance as the crucial first step in building relationships…without which, there will be no business!

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Train to be an International Protocol Specialist in San Diego

Join us in San Diego for our upcoming, exclusive program:

Train to be an International Protocol Specialist:

5- Day Certification Program

 

 

 Impact the world of diplomacy!

You are invited to join the International Protocol Institute of California’s power-packed 5-Day Certification Program: Train to be an International Protocol Specialist.  You will be trained by the President of I.P.I.C. Ms. Marie Betts-Johnson, who has over twenty years’ experience cultivating best protocol, international relations and diplomacy practices worldwide.  She has delivered hundreds of programs to corporations, organizations and has trained executives, Chiefs of Protocol, diplomats and entrepreneurs across all industries.  I.P.I.C. is based in San Diego and Dubai, U.A.E.

September 18 – 22, 2017

San Diego, California

The program is a unique blend of attributes, knowledge and critical skills required of the Protocol Specialist from; professional presence and influential leadership, to diplomatic event coordination.   You will gain the expertise to:

  • Deliver real-time international protocol seminars and training programs.
  • Manage complex protocol and diplomatic events.
  • Develop professional presence, competency and diplomatic leadership.
  • Navigate the world of International relations and protocol.
  • Develop polished presentation skills and powerful media image.
  • Learn strategic cross-cultural fundamentals that influence business decisions and negotiations.
  • Become the in-house protocol and cross-cultural expert within your company or build a rewarding protocol specialist career or business.
  • Stand out for fast-track promotion in your industry.

Certification:

Upon completion, graduates will be certified as “International Protocol Specialists” and will be licensed to use the copyrighted, expertly designed materials (9 modules + power point presentations, assessment, quizzes and exercises) developed by the International Protocol Institute of California®.

Investment:

US$5,450.00 (Fee includes Certification as an International    Protocol Specialist, 5-Day classroom training, access to complete study material, lunch and snacks)

Location:     

Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 11915 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

Register:  http://mbjprotocol.com/register/

  

 

 

 

 

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Train to be an International Protocol Specialist

Join us in San Diego for our upcoming, exclusive program:

Train to be an International Protocol Specialist:

5- Day Certification Program

 

 

 Impact the world of diplomacy!

You are invited to join the International Protocol Institute of California’s power-packed 5-Day Certification Program: Train to be an International Protocol Specialist.  You will be trained by the President of I.P.I.C. Ms. Marie Betts-Johnson, who has over twenty years’ experience cultivating best protocol, international relations and diplomacy practices worldwide.  She has delivered hundreds of programs to corporations, organizations and has trained executives, Chiefs of Protocol, diplomats and entrepreneurs across all industries.  I.P.I.C. is based in San Diego and Dubai, U.A.E.

September 18 – 22, 2017

San Diego, California

The program is a unique blend of attributes, knowledge and critical skills required of the Protocol Specialist from; professional presence and influential leadership, to diplomatic event coordination.   You will gain the expertise to:

  • Deliver real-time international protocol seminars and training programs.
  • Manage complex protocol and diplomatic events.
  • Develop professional presence, competency and diplomatic leadership.
  • Navigate the world of International relations and protocol.
  • Develop polished presentation skills and powerful media image.
  • Learn strategic cross-cultural fundamentals that influence business decisions and negotiations.
  • Become the in-house protocol and cross-cultural expert within your company or build a rewarding protocol specialist career or business.
  • Stand out for fast-track promotion in your industry.

Certification:

Upon completion, graduates will be certified as “International Protocol Specialists” and will be licensed to use the copyrighted, expertly designed materials (9 modules + power point presentations, assessment, quizzes and exercises) developed by the International Protocol Institute of California®.

Investment:

US$5,450.00 (Fee includes Certification as an International    Protocol Specialist, 5-Day classroom training, access to complete study material, lunch and snacks)

Location:     

Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 11915 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

Register:  http://mbjprotocol.com/register/

  

 

 

 

 

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7 Essentials in the “State of Etiquette”

The following are 7 essentials in the “State of Etiquette.”

 

 

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What to do when this message appears in your inbox from LinkedIn and Facebook “Congratulations on a work anniversary or Happy Birthday”.  You have no idea who these people are and you wonder who knows your birth date?

BETTER IDEA Go to your settings and remove your birth date.

Civility is on Rocky Ground:

Everyone has an opinion!  That is a good thing.  However, when someone doesn’t agree with your opinion, be okay with that…this is a free country!  No matter who is in power, Democrats or Republicans (religion and politics are off limits in conversation to begin with) you may not agree with a particular issue.  Where does it state that you have to agree with everything that one party has to offer?  That is the beauty of democracy!

BETTER IDEA:  HAVE your opinion, KNOW WHEN and WHERE to share it and if someone has another opinion, that’s entirely their business!

Cancelling a Meeting: Your breakfast meeting was cancelled at short notice because the “meetee” decided you’re just not that important. 

Receiving a text message at 8 am from a business contact you were supposed to have breakfast with at 9:30 am, stating “I have a fever and cannot meet you this morning.”  This sounds more like they don’t feel like it (which is all too common in an individualistic society) or who did not get enough sleep the night before.  

BETTER IDEA: It is fine to cancel a meeting if it is necessary and unavoidable.  If you must cancel, call, text or e-mail that person the night before.  Most importantly, set up a time to meet later on in the week or as soon as possible.  Otherwise, it will seem like something more important came up. That behavior may come back to haunt you when you need to contact that very person for a reference or to help you out in a particular situation.

Networking:  “Your achievements are outstanding, I will email you with ideas and introduce you to people to contact.”

The joys of networking!  I’ve had a colleague look at me with “Why would you want to do that look”, on overhearing me in conversation with a recent graduate where I offered to send her resume to people who may be in a position to interview her.”

BETTER IDEA: Ask yourself “Why not?”  When you meet someone who is in process of changing their careers or just starting out, consider how can you help them?  The payoff is that you feel good about helping someone out and who knows, “what goes ‘round, comes ‘round.”

You’re shy when meeting people: 

Networking is work…netWORKING!  Who feels like it?  I don’t, but it is necessary.  There are numerous studies proving how advantageous it is to meet someone in person as opposed to throwing Resumes into the job-website-ozone.

BETTER IDEA:  Change your attitude from “Must I go to another event this evening?” to “What is this meeting about.  Who will be there and how can I perhaps be of help to someone else?”  It all depends on attitude adjustment.  Secondly, when you meet people, REALLY LISTEN to what they have to say…be more interested in them than yourself.  Finally, the “coup de grace”…introduce those people you’ve met to new people you meet and act as HOST…you will be star of the show!

Interviewing Strategy:

Standard procedure is for interviewers to ask “Do you have any questions for me?  Research the industry thoroughly, formulate questions leaving some for the end of the interview.

BETTER IDEA:  Even if all your questions were answered, pull out your pad from your quality Portfolio (where you’ve written down your questions) and go through them saying “Looking through my research and the questions I had for you, seems you’ve covered them all.” Makes you look prepared, intelligent and interested.

I Phone Basics:

Please, please pay attention to one another.  It is never okay to take out your IPhone (unless in an emergency, where you forewarn the person you are with, that you will be checking your IPhone periodically as you are expecting a call) in any situation where the intent is get to know someone and to foster a relationship.

BETTER IDEA: Just don’t do it!

 

CIVILITY IS NOT DEAD…IT’S JUST GOOD BUSINESS!

 

 

 

 

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Isolation in a Connected World

Isolation in a Connected World!  As a parent, I constantly listen to what millennials are saying because their futures cause me great concern. Extreme competition, lack of human interaction and the endless barrage of electronic communication…hence distraction and isolation, (hundreds of friends on Facebook is not a sign of popularity), leads to a world where there is zero privacy (the theory being that transparency is the way to go…that certainly has its advantages in theory, but the dark side is that it will leave them vulnerable to inappropriate uses of that information, as we’ve recently witnessed with a cyber-attack bringing down an entire healthcare system in England).

Extreme individualism, lack of connection and empathy directly result in a breakdown in civility. Having never been a fan of imposing ideas and in particular, religious ones, I now make a case for it as it did provide a road-map on how we should treat each other (although in its fundamentalist form, it is definitely not the answer). What has replaced it? It seems that the nebulous laws of the internet have taken the place of wisdom and values. Yes, they should be instilled in the home, but…i-phones at the dinner table often takes the place of conversation.

There has been a sharp rise in bullying and cyber bullying and we have to be aware of what is going on in their lives. We must intervene and engage and come up with a way forward that will meet them where they’re at and convince them that, although technology has its place in society, it is not everything and will never replace emotional intelligence, ability to build life-long friendships, handle conflict, communicate effectively in College, in business and ultimately take their place at the table of diplomacy as future leaders of the world.  http://mbjprotocol.com/young-adults/

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World Leaders who impress as having the highest level of Business Etiquette

GlobeThe highest form of etiquette in business or otherwise is respect!  When we come from a place of mutual respect, respect for all humanity and nature, etiquette is the natural conduit to transmit that message. Business Etiquette encompasses every aspect of leadership from meeting, greeting and social skills to competence, communication and integrity.  It is simply a higher form of communication.  Examples of leaders who possess business etiquette excellence are:

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.   He is a success because he is genuinely, uncompromisingly, invested in his employees, his global sources, suppliers and customers. The acceptance of Starbucks as an international brand is proof that relationships can be forged over a good cup of coffee anywhere in the world.  Starbucks provides the backdrop to building those international relationships.  “The most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart.” Howard Schultz.

Ban Ki-moon – Secretary General of the United Nations

Ban Ki-moon is the leader of one of the world’s most prestigious organizations because of his unflappable personality and innate wisdom.  He is always impeccable and engenders natural respect just by his mere presence.  His unquestionable vision for the future is a bright spot in an otherwise very chaotic universe. “Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.” Ban Ki-moon

Rasha Al Danhani, Founder of “Brandnoise Advertising LLC., Dubai, UAE.   She is a powerful representative of the millennial generation of women leaders.  She was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine as “Forbes 200 Most Powerful Arab Women, 2014.” The new business etiquette requires vision and an attitude of team effort, egalitarianism and gender equality, to attain success.  “Her undying passion to grow with her employees is what keeps us going.” Rasha Al Danhani.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook is a prime example of the knowing what to do and when to do it.  Operating in an atmosphere of casual computer intelligence, where jeans and t-shirt is regarded as business attire, he had the etiquette skills to both show respect and be respected during his meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea. For the occasion, Mark donned a sharp business suit and tie…now that’s business etiquette at its best!  “Building something that actually makes a really big change in the world.” Mark Zuckerberg.

Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi for 17 years.  She manages a corporate family of 300,000 employees and her philosophy hinges upon strong communication skills in both speaking and writing.  This cannot be emphasized enough as communication is what brings us together and divides us in equal measure.  She is the epitome of excellence in business etiquette and has demonstrated that competence, leadership and communication skills are the most powerful aspects of all that business etiquette entails. “What is performance without purpose?”  Indra Nooyi.

Business etiquette is the common thread that binds these giants of innovation and their ultimate goal is connectedness and operating at a higher level.  Cliché as it sounds…making this world a better place.

Author: Marie Betts-Johnson, Director, International Protocol Institute of California®

 

 

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We are all diplomats!

man holding Earth high upA refugee problem of biblical proportions, a coup in Turkey, one of our key allies in the fight against ISIS, Great Britain leaving the European Union, catastrophic carnage in Nice, France, an ax-wielding Afghan refugee destroying the lives of innocents on a train, young people all over the world feeling disillusioned, disenfranchised and frustrated with the status quo.  What is the answer to this world of unspeakable disruption?

Diplomacy is the place to start.  When we think of diplomacy, we see secluded embassies surrounded by high walls of multi-layered security defenses.  Yes, this is where global deals are brokered and bilateral agreements are initiated, but diplomacy is within all of our power and we, as individuals, have a role beginning at the grassroots level.A refugee problem of biblical proportions, a coup in Turkey, one of our key allies in the fight against ISIS, Great Britain leaving the European Union, catastrophic carnage in Nice, France, an ax-wielding Afghan refugee destroying the lives of innocents on a train, young people all over the world feeling disillusioned, disenfranchised and frustrated with the status quo.  What is the answer to this world of unspeakable disruption?

As a citizen, we can reach out to those cultures and nationalities that are trying to integrate into this great country.  Why should you?  The answer is that it is the right thing to do along with having the effect of dispelling the fear of differences and the erroneous perceptions perpetrated by the media. There are many studies showing that a single act of kindness can change the attitude of a multitude of people.  When we see a policeman giving socks to a homeless person on the subway, it is beamed out all over the world as a rare act of kindness…this instantaneously releases the innate humanness within us all to reach out and help each other.  Hence, citizen diplomacy.

Business diplomacy is when we take our values and innovative efforts into the business world, have a higher intention for our employer / employees, goods and services and share in successful enterprise for all concerned, particularly, the global economy.  A prime example is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where they have helped innumerable organizations all over the world, especially Africa.  You may say that’s all well and good but why Africa?  What we do for anyone, anywhere, anytime reverberates and with the Middle East as a prime example of instability, a stable continent behooves us and our future economic growth and security.

Educational diplomacy is where we plant the seeds and utilize the creativity of universal brain power.  When HIV/AIDS, Ebola and the Zika virus emerged, scientists and medical experts from many nations got together and joined in the fight against the epidemics.  Astronauts living for months at a time on the International Space Station must get along in what, I imagine, are cramped conditions, then why can’t we do likewise and share in the goodness that we have in such abundance in the United States of America where there should not be even one homeless person.  Yes, there is a diplomat in all of us, so let’s use citizen, business and educational diplomacy to do our part…all it takes is the power of one!  Marie Betts-Johnson, Director, International Protocol Institute of California®

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Carmel Valley resident leads International Protocol Institute of California

Marie Betts-Johnson (fourth from left) with Dr. Ahmad Tahlak and participants in the "Train to Be an International Protocol Specialist" certification program in Dubai. Courtesy photo
Marie Betts-Johnson (fourth from left) with Dr. Ahmad Tahlak and participants in the “Train to Be an International Protocol Specialist” certification program in Dubai. Courtesy photo.

“In many ways, ‘protocol’ is just another word for ‘hospitality,’” said Marie Betts-Johnson, founder and director of the International Protocol Institute of California. “Diplomacy would be a much more daunting challenge without the existence of the rules of protocol.”

Originally from Tipperary, Ireland, one of the most naturally hospitable countries in the world, the Carmel Valley resident and renowned expert in the field of international protocol and business etiquette will be offering a five-day certification program, “Train to Be an International Protocol Specialist,” in San Diego from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5. 2016

Designed for anyone who does any work internationally – from business executives and hospitality industry professionals to city government and entrepreneurs – the program offers participants a comprehensive road map to understanding international relations and the impact of protocol on successful negotiations. It also gives them the systems and skills to manage complex protocol and diplomatic events for visiting dignitaries and delegations to promote the economy in their cities, states or countries.

“Many people think protocol is about having a cup of tea with your pinky in the air,” laughed Betts-Johnson. “There are so many more levels than that, and protocol can send a lot of messages without you ever opening your mouth.”

As an example, she cited recent trips to Italy and France by President Rouhani of Iran. In Italy, they covered up nude statues out of respect for his cultural beliefs. The Italian citizens and press were furious.

In France, however, they refused to give up wine with lunch even though it went against his beliefs. The French citizens were proud but the Iranians ate separately and the diplomatic discussions didn’t go well.

So, which country was right?

“In my opinion, when in Rome …,” said Betts-Johnson. “However, it depends on your agenda. What do you want to achieve and how much are you willing to give? This is where protocol becomes a powerful strategy.”

Betts-Johnson got her start while on the staff of the late King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan, where she interacted with dignitaries and royalty from around the world, including Princess Diana and Prince Charles, all of whom she described as “lovely.”

“It was an amazing period of my life and was the catalyst for what I am doing now. I had absolutely no clue how to deal with these people in such high positions!” she admitted. “I watched what everyone else was doing and learned literally on the job. As an Irish person, I’ve had hospitality ingrained in me since I was a child so it was very natural. It’s all about making people feel comfortable and respected.”

According to Betts-Johnson, the rules of protocol were established in 1815 at the Congress of Vienna when Italy and Spain almost went to war during a royal procession in England over whose carriage would go first.

“Without knowing precedence – where people should sit – whether the entertainment and menu are appropriate, which flags are on display and how they are displayed, who gives the toast and what they will say, it would be disastrous,” explained Betts-Johnson. “The protocol specialist does all the groundwork to research cultural traditions and make sure no one feels disrespected.”

She pointed out a couple of examples which had the potential to set off international incidents. There was the untrained limousine driver who picked up the Ambassador to Singapore at the airport and ran over to her, asking, “Are you the little lady from Singapore?” There was the woman on the receiving line of a group of Muslim dignitaries, shaking hands with her left hand which, in the Islamic culture, is considered unclean.

“Although neither of these acts were intentionally disrespectful, that’s how they came across to the guests,” said Betts-Johnson. “Things like that are so easy to prevent if you understand protocol.”

Etiquette is an important part of protocol, and it goes well beyond knowing where to place a fork.

“What if you’re using chopsticks?” asked Betts-Johnson. “In Asia, if you stand your chopsticks in the rice bowl, it’s like being at a funeral. The people you’re with are not going to be happy. If you drop them, it’s bad luck. If you try to cut fish with them and it turns over, it means the fisherman’s boat is going to turn over. There are all kinds of superstitions that go along with chopsticks.”

Betts-Johnson has worked with companies and organizations such as IBM and Gucci, City Offices including the Mayor’s Office in San Diego, the United Nations and the Washington Diplomatic Corps, and taught protocol to people all over the world. She has partnered with Dr. Ahmad Tahlak and Levenbert Consulting Services for ongoing training programs in Dubai – where attendees have included Chiefs of Protocol from all over the Middle Eastern region – and believes protocol is “the backdrop to peace.”

“As the world gets smaller and smaller, it is essential to be adaptable and to be able to work with people of all different cultures,” said Betts-Johnson. “Americans are infamous for not being patient and for believing time is money and relationships come later. It’s totally the opposite in almost 100 percent of the world, where they believe relationships come first, time is time, money is money. Without relationships, no business will transpire.”

Because of this, Betts-Johnson is also developing “Diplomats in Industry and International Affairs,” a program for recent graduates and young people starting out in any industry.

“We live in uncertain times and young people must understand that diplomacy is the answer, whether it’s business diplomacy, citizen diplomacy, cyber diplomacy, humanitarian diplomacy or diplomatic diplomacy,” she said. “It all begins with a single interaction, no matter what industry, organization, non-profit, non-governmental organization or embassy. Diplomacy is the key to building international relationships.

“Unfortunately, so many young people lack the social skills needed for business because they’re used to doing everything online,” she added. “They need to learn how to interact in person. Plus, they will walk away from this program with a certification in “Master Class in International Relations and Protocol,” which will add immeasurably to their resume and absolutely give them an edge in getting a job.”

For more information, visit mbjprotocol.com.

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What Brookings Experts are saying about Brexit

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What Brookings experts are saying about Brexit

(REUTERS/Neil Hall) Participants hold a British Union flag and an EU flag during a pro-EU referendum event at Parliament Square in London, Britain June 19, 2016.UPDATED, 6/28/16

Voters in the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. British PM David Cameron has resigned. The choice in favor of “Brexit” will have significant economic and political consequences that Brookings scholars have been analyzing and commenting on. Here is some of what they are saying.

Ben Bernanke: “Even more obvious now than before the vote is that the biggest losers, economically speaking, will be the British themselves. … In the United States, the economic recovery is unlikely to be derailed by the market turmoil, so long as conditions in financial markets don’t get significantly worse: The strengthening of the dollar and the declines in U.S. equities are relatively moderate so far.” Read more »

Richard Reeves: “Brexit was an unnecessary referendum staged to settle an internal Tory party squabble. David Cameron was playing with fire. And now the whole house is burning.” Read more »

Matteo Garavoglia: “A rather homogenous socio-demographic group of white, poor, uneducated, elderly, and rural Englishmen have pulled the rest of Britain outside the European Union. … Europeans, meanwhile, have to catch up on the time they spent dealing with 40 years of British foot-dragging. Great opportunities are out there to be seized.” Read more »

David Dollar: “Brexit has little direct effect on the Chinese economy though it does increase the risk of financial volatility. In the long run it is hard to see it as anything but a plus for China as the West continues to decline and China continues to rise.” Read more »

Michael O’Hanlon: “… after acknowledging such real, if finite, concerns, we should take a deep breath and relax. … it is true that we need to take seriously the skepticism about globalization that UK voters have just voiced in a powerful and emphatic way. But the postwar global order is hardly falling apart.” Read more »

Steven Koltai: “The historic vote in the UK to leave the EU, is nothing short of the beginning of the end of these institutional frameworks [e.g., the EU, World Bank, and IMF] that have by and large, created the longest and most prosperous period of sustained peace in modern human history.” Read more »

Mireya Solis: “Brexit is not the final indictment of globalization, and our futures are not yet destined to be ruled by the politics of grievance.” Read more »

Philippe Le Corre: “Now, the shots will be called from Berlin, Paris and Brussels. Ironically for such a proponent of free trade and free markets, London will no longer have a voice. Between the U.S. and the ‘new U.K.,’ everything will need to be reinvented.” Read more »

Constanze Stelzenmüller: “… Britain has severed its ties with the E.U. for a delusion of sovereignty and control. For the average German — we share borders with 10 other countries, and our prosperity rests on world trade — this is just bizarre.” Read more »

David Wessel: “It might be an inflection point in globalization and the institutions that have served us—by my view—pretty well since the end of World War II and particularly since the fall of the Berlin Wall.” Listen on NPR »

Thomas Wright: “Hard as it is, the EU should adopt a generous approach and try to make Brexit as smooth as possible, which includes ensuring good relations with Britain after it leaves, even if it takes considerably longer than two years.” Read more »

Fiona Hill: “Like the fall of the [Berlin] wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fallout from Brexit could have momentous consequences. The U.K. is of course not the USSR, but there are historic links between Britain and Russia and structural parallels that are worth bearing in mind as the U.K. and the EU work out their divorce, and British leaders figure out what to do next, domestically and internationally.” Read more »

Elaine Kamarck: “The Brexit vote was a severe jolt to Britain, to the European Union and perhaps to the global economy. However, it is wise to take a deep breath before concluding, as Donald Trump was from his golf course, that it means a Trump victory in November.”Read more »

Homi Kharas: “If Brexit is an isolated event it can be contained. If it is the start of a more pronounced backlash against globalization, we should all worry, most of all those of us who are concerned with the lives of the poorest people on our planet.” Read more »

Josh Meltzer: “The animating idea behind the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU) was been based on the premise that the U.K. will be better off, that it will have more freedom to act when not constrained by its membership in the EU. This is a myth that at its heart failed to understand the nature of sovereignty in a globalized world.” Read more »

Greg Clark: “London’s position as global city will not necessarily be substantially threatened by the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, but it will require some very important adjustments and confident negotiations, starting right now.” Read more »

Bruce Jones: “… a dramatic day in Britain, a momentous day in Europe and, one fears, a portent in the broader debate about the West’s relationship to a globalized and open world.” Read more »

Constanze Stelzenmüller: “I know my friends are dismayed … everybody here [in Berlin] wanted Great Britain to stay. For us, Britain has always been a force for good in Europe, an important beacon for liberal trade policies, defense policies, an ancient democracy, and I think people here are just devastated.” Listen on NPR »

Richard Reeves: “Immigration played a role in the Brexit campaign, though it seems that voters may not have made a clear distinction between EU and non-EU inward movement. Still, Thursday’s vote was, at heart, a plebiscite on what it means to British.” Read more »

David Wessel: “The onus is now on those elites, on the leaders of U.S. companies, on academic and think-tank scholars, on internationally aware politicians (including, especially, Hillary Clinton)—all those who fear that Brexit portends a turning point in the post-World War II and post-Berlin Wall world order—to come up with something more than a modest expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance. If ever there were a time for bold proposals, it’s now.”  Read more »

Kemal Kirişci: “Let us hope for the time being that the ‘politics of fear’ that brought about the Brexit result does not spin out of control, and make Europe (foremost Britain) regret its decision to reject the wisdom of Schuman, Adenauer, and Monnet—and all the others who’ve chosen to walk in their path.” Read more »

Bill Galston: “In the short to medium term, this is bad news for both Britain and Europe. And it is bad news for the United States as well.”  Read more »

Justin Wolfers: “In response to the British vote to leave the European Union, the American stock markets have moved more than they have in response to any presidential election over the past 60 years.”  Read more »

“It does appear we are at a tipping point in terms of the future of our politics. … Does it continue to be a politics that is generally outwardly focused, focused on an open global economy and opportunity and optimism? Or is it one that is nationalistic and more inward looking and more about closing countries off?
— Senior Fellow Thomas Wright on “All Things Considered,” 6/22/2016

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Dubai – Successful launch of 5-Day “Train to be an International Protocol Specialist”

Train to be an  “International Protocol Specialist”

Dubai, UAE – April 23 – 28, 2016

San Diego, CA: July 11 – 15, 2016

5-day Intensive Training Program covering International Protocol, Diplomacy and Cross-Cultural Relations successfully launched in Dubai, 2015

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SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH  – DUBAI, UAE, DECEMBER, 2015 IMG_5332

Dubai, UAE (Dec 6-12, 2015) – International Protocol Institute of California (based in San Diego) in partnership with Levenbert Consulting, successfully launched its first international protocol certification program, ‘Train To Be An International Protocol Specialist’ from Dec 6-12, 2015 at The Address Hotel in the Dubai Mall with excellent reviews and feedback from delegates of reputed organizations which included: Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Office (MBZO), DP World, Abu Dhabi Terminals, SHUROOQ, Thomson Reuters, etc.

International Protocol Institute of California (IPIC) and Levenbert Consulting have partnered to bring forth an unmatched level of excellence and create International Protocol Specialists in the Middle East and Africa Region. With an aim to of introducing these programs and expanding into the entire region of MENA, IPIC and Levenbert are planning to launch region specific International Protocol Training programs to cater to government corporations, private organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals. IMG_5346

IPIC is a recognized leader in the International Protocol industry since 1989. It has designed and delivered hundreds of customized programs on international business protocol, cross-cultural communications, international relations and social diplomacy,  to top corporations, entrepreneurs, organizations and individuals  in the US and Middle East who aspire to a higher level of confidence and business success.

 

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