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Better Not Shake Hands!
July 27, 2020 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

THE DEMISE OF THE HANDSHAKE As the Founder of IPIC, I have given countless presentations on the art of the handshake. It is the only physical greeting acceptable in business, or perhaps I should say, the most powerful greeting that conveys “who you are” in a matter of seconds. COVID-19 HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING Due to

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The Gulf Today
October 14, 2018 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson DUBAI: Dubai’s chance to shine on the world stage! The Government is expected to spend $7 billion on infrastructure, a plan that is already in motion.  Hotels and the Tourism Industry will benefit enormously from this spectacular event. It is projected as a boon to the already lucrative real estate market. Dubai forecasts 25

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Business Protocol Matters!
October 5, 2018 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

WHAT WENT WRONG? Delayed business decisions, breakdowns in negotiations, offended business partners, missed opportunities, misunderstandings in communications, at a loss for what went wrong, wasted time and effort and financial consequences. These are but a few of the outcomes experienced from breakdowns in the business of protocol.  IN-HOUSE PROTOCOL SUPPORT ADVISOR In an ideal world,

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Protocol helps build business relationships
September 19, 2018 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

Saudi Gazette BUSINESS Protocol helps build business relationships Layan Damanhouri JEDDAH – Adopting international protocols can play a long way in building relationships between two parties, according to international protocol specialist Marie Betts-Johnson who directs the International Protocol Institute of California and carries more than 30 years of expertise in international relations. “Protocol helps you

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Small Talk is big business!
September 5, 2017 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

  SMALL TALK IS A WASTE OF TIME? Who has time to make small talk? Why bother you ask?  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. “85% OF JOB SUCCESS COMES FROM HAVING WELL-DEVELOPED SOFT

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Isolation in a Connected World
May 17, 2017 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

CAUSE FOR CONCERN Isolation in a Connected World!  What are the effects of technology and how will it impact younger generations?  Extreme competition, lack of human interaction and an 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

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We are all diplomats!
July 24, 2016 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

IS DIPLOMACY STILL EFFECTIVE? Young people all over the world feeling disillusioned, disenfranchised and frustrated with the status quo.  They ask if diplomacy is still the most effective way to solve the multitude of today’s global issues. WE ALL HAVE A ROLE IN DIPLOMACY Diplomacy is the place to start.  When we think of diplomacy,

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Del Mar Times
July 13, 2016 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

Carmel Valley resident leads International Protocol Institute of California By Lois Alter Mark9:09 a.m.July 11, 2016 “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.”

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Promoting the Economy of the City of San Diego, CA
January 12, 2016 Uncategorized Marie Betts-Johnson

City of San Diego, CA – Protocol in International Affairs International Protocol Institute of California Provides Training Program on Professional Presence, Protocol & International Affairs for the City of San Diego, CA  Over eighty officials and representatives from various departments of  the City of San Diego attended an international protocol training course led by Marie Betts-Johnson,

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