Protocol Consultants International
I am ever so thankful for the friendships and business relationships I have made over the years. Thanksgiving Day is when many of us share food and give thanks for the blessing in our lives. I am honoured and privileged to work with so many fine people, and I ask that we all take time to give Thanks for what we have, and be as Kind and Giving as we can.
Sometimes a charity really resonates with me, and I feel compelled to share my excitement with friends and clients. The mission of Caritas Smile is to INSPIRE, EDUCATE, EMPOWER and instill a sense of BELIEF to Women and Children in need. It is my hope that you will consider this organization for a charitable gift in 2012.
One was to support Caritas Smile is to attend their 2nd Annual All White Masquerade Ball on November 10 in Downtown Providence at the Marriot. Tickets are available for $75, and you can order them on their website.
If you cannot attend an event in Rhode Island, please visit their website and consider donating through their Support the Happiness Movement link.
Thank you for your kind attention, and thank you for anything that you can do to support this worthy casue.
Please visit Caritas Smile
I was honoured to have been invited by my friend and colleague, Ms. Catherine Blake, CEO, Sales Protocol Consultants who teaches The Business of Sales at the Whittemore School of Business & Economics, University of New Hampshire recently. We had a fabulous afternoon and evening reviewing key topics pertaining to Professional Presence as well as an amazing catered dinner and Dining Savvy tutorial.
With the support of Dr. Tom Gruen, Dr. Nelson Barber, Dr. Kuo, Mr. John Cote, Mr. John Lilly, and Ms. Jarlene Hatfield from UNH Dining Services, the evening was quite a success! Ms. Blake has told us that more than one student thought it was one of the most memorable experiences they have had at UNH.
I would like to thank you all, for your continued terrific support of our important message. I value your positive energy and all feedback. Through the years, I have had the great pleasure of meeting and working with you and your esteemed colleagues across all disciplines. Thanks to you, I have been positioned to continually play "up" and, as a result, have grown as a person, a professional and as a woman. You have enriched my life personally and professionally and value the special friendships which have evolved. I honour your continued confidence and support and will always feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such fabulous clients. Thank you!
Please enjoy our latest addition to our Protocol Tips page - International Awareness. If you are serious about conducting business, research your target country, and know cultures, customs and traditions.
Please join me in making New Year's resolutions to not only better ourselves and our lives however, future generations and their ability to grow and prosper to have the opportunities we have always known as business professionals and Americans.
For my friends in the Rhode Island area, please tune in to AM 790 on Wednesday, December 16 at 4 p.m. as I join Patricia Raskin on the Patricia Raskin Positive Living radio show. The timely topic will be holiday workplace etiquette. Patricia is a nationally recognized multi-media radio talk show host, award-winning producer, media coach, speaker and author. She is recognized by her peers and listeners as the "powerhouse voice" behind lifestyle, health and wellness, inspirational, and personal growth talk radio.
Before entering a room or approaching any one, pause and observe. Feel the room's energy and as you enter, feel your own confidence emerge. Let others feel your energy, which you exude. Now, envision others gravitating toward you. Visualize this and it will happen. "I think therefore I am." Renee Descartes.
How did "have a nice day!" come to be 'ave a gooh wuh?' If you find yourself saying this and other modern day social colloquialisms, please know you are not alone however, professionally, others do notice and for some, in business, the impression reflected on you is not so positive. Here is a list of some more common 'isms' we have assembled to help make you more aware of knowing How to Stand Apart in all the most positive, powerful ways.
People of major religions around the world have just celebrated the highest holidays in their faith, and before we bypass theses days and begin to prepare for the upcoming graduation season and summer vacations, let us pause and reflect. How do we select heroes in our lives? Are they people of great character? Are they people with high moral standards? Are they teachers and leaders?
Have we noticed that many of our (former) sports heroes, leading political figures, religious heads and people in our everyday lives have fallen from grace and disappointed us? As we identify people to serve as role models in our lives, let's take care and recognize the characteristics that we truly wish to emulate.
At Protocol Consultants International, our call for a Day of Civility depends on your commitment and active participation. You can make that commitment, by choosing carefully, the people who you call "role models" in your lives!
When "casual day" enters our language, we lose the formality that is so important in business relationships. I contend that the English language itself has become compromised. When the media, once considered to be 'the standard,' address senior executives and even heads of state as "you guys" it is no wonder that we hear greetings such as: "hey dude, where you at?" or "hey guys, whas-up?" at work. And, how did "Have a nice day!" become "ave a goo wooh."
Let's do our part, starting today, to interact with co-workers, subordinates and seniors in a civil manner, and extend our Call for Civility in the workplace.
How we react to bad manners demonstrates our maturity; our ability to deal with an ever-escalating level of rudeness is proportional to the value we place on relationships, as well as our desire to avoid conflict. The following are three more of the sixteen points we have identified as Civility Challenges:
How do you approach these conditions? At PCI we feel that each of us has a responsibility to move the pendulum back toward civil behaviour. Your thoughts and comments will help us approach a "Day of Civility."
How did it happen that there is a need for the President of the United States to extend a call to citizens of our Country, the greatest country in the world, to be civilized? Consider these first three PCI Civility Challenges:
- bullying occurs not only among children at school but also with mothers - on the Internet!
- road rage is all too commonplace
- email, which is the most common form of communication today, can easily be misinterpreted.
At Protocol Consultants International, we have identified sixteen points which will be shared in the coming days. We invite your comments on these first three Civility Challenges.
The recent R-Rated name-calling incident in the National Football League by New York Jets cornerback, Antonio Cromartie, is and example of an adult acting inappropriately. In a recent interview, the 26-year-old "professional" had some choice words for New England Patriots' quarterback. Tom Brady.
In sports, politics and life, you don't have to like your opponent; however, you should respect them. Inherent in the activity of "sports" implies being a "good sport" or, as Mr. Webster suggests, "a person known for the manner of his acceptance of the rules of a game or of a difficult situation" - which Mr. Cromartie is clearly not.
Tom Brady shines, as always, as an athlete and a gentleman, as do his fellow comPatriots.