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“Protocolumn” is primarily written by author, Gloria Petersen. However, guest columnist are welcome. Submit your idea via our “Contact Page.” This column shares insights and knowledge covering professional presence, business etiquette and protocol (domestic and cultural).

International Protocol and Etiquette Tips

by Horst Kniesel, Advisory Board Member and former First Vice President at JP Morgan Chase Bank As part of my job working for a prominent American bank, I was required to travel frequently to many countries in Western Europe, including England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands. In fact,

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The Japanese Way of Tea

Popularly known as the Japanese tea ceremony, CHANOYU, the Way of Tea, is a spiritual discipline based on integrating the principles of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility into one’s everyday life through the simple act of making and sharing a bowl of tea. Harmony is the oneness of host and guest, of the interplay of […]

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Knowledge Speaks?Wisdom Listens

Wisdom is described as the quality or state of being wise and as having insights that go beyond the average person’s knowledge base. It comes with age; and it comes with experience. It is achieved by trying the unknown, learning from missteps, and valuing differing opinions. Wisdom is about learning from errors and recovering—not dwelling […]

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The Mysterious Number 13

It is the year of the number 13. For some this is considered “unlucky,” and for others it is “lucky.” The number 13 has many meanings and interpretations in different religions and cultures around the world. It is what you want it to be. Why has the number 13 evolved as unlucky? When is the […]

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Holiday Tips for Greeting, Gifting, and Partying

Has time gotten away from you? In your “busyness” have you forgotten to show appreciation throughout this past year? It happens to all of us, and that is why the holiday season is the perfect time to reach out and show your appreciation—and you can do this effectively as a gesture or in the form […]

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The Determining Protocols: Honor and Respect

The person who is president of the United States holds the highest and most powerful position in the world. Since 1776, the United States has felt that social manners, behavior, and attitude are so important to the business of our government that a team of top experts constantly advise our president in these matters. One […]

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Mingle Your Way into Networking Success

by Gloria PetersenDo you feel that your networking efforts are going nowhere? That might be because there are steps that keep getting skipped! For many the concept of in-person or online networking to secure job opportunities or achieve success is not readily understood or comfortable.

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