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Conversation is a well-played Game of Tennis!
February 18, 2024 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

Conversation is a tennis game! Since conversational skills are included in our corporate etiquette and executive presence programs, I automatically listen and observe other people in conversation…what makes one person a vibrant conversationalist and another the invisible man or woman? The following are tried and true guidelines to ensure you are memorable: WARM UP BEFORE

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Protocol Officers – The Unobtrusive Diplomats!
November 30, 2023 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

Protocol Officers are the ultimate diplomats—the choreographers who direct the dance of diplomacy, which in turn, affects all aspects of public perception.  The overarching goal for any event whether diplomatic or international business, is to portray the home country or company in a positive light.  When we consider protocol, there’s a common misinterpretation that it

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Diplomatic Protocol – The Well-Placed Couch!
June 9, 2023 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

In 1993, during the Bush administration, talks between Israel and Jordan were initiated in Washington D.C. Palestinians were included as members of the Jordanian delegation, but due to the ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, this was not acceptable to either party. The situation reached an impasse, and the interim solution was that the

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World Protocol Magazine
February 1, 2022 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

World Protocol Magazine Protocol above and beyond: The International Protocol Institute of California Guest Author: Marie Betts-Johnson, Founder and Director of the International Protocol Institute of California® Worldprotocolmagazine Marie Betts-Johnson_InternationalProtocolInstituteofCalifornia Date: 3 December 2021 Reading time: 4 mins As the World Protocol Magazine Editorial Board, we take enormous pride in keeping this platform open to all

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Virtual Challenges for the Global Negotiator!
April 2, 2021 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

The negotiator, in the age of a global pandemic, is at a distinct disadvantage in that it is not possible, to meet face-to-face.  Hence, the next best form of meeting is via virtual communication.  This robs them of the opportunity to build rapport and establish relationships of trust, which opens the door to having a

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The well written Thank-You note for all occasions!
December 29, 2020 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

THE WELL-CRAFTED THANK-YOU-NOTE Christmas has passed and now is the time to start writing those Thank-You Cards.  It may seem old fashioned but the well-written Thank-You Card is the least one can do to show appreciation for the gifts received.  BEGINNING, MIDDLE & END Begin by thanking the giver for their gift.  In the middle,

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Diplomacy – I Don’t Have the Right to Change Your Mind!
November 19, 2020 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

Benjamin Franklin warned us: “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” Thankfully, we all still have the right to free speech and in my opinion, the day we lose that will be the death of democracy.  The purpose of this article is for us to do

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