International Protocol Consultant

Did you know in Brazil pulling at another person’s earlobe is a sign of appreciation? Or talking with your hands in your pockets in South Africa is considered rude?

If you knew these social customs, an International Protocol Consultants may be the business for you. An International Protocol Consultant instructs business travelers on customs and quirks of foreign cultures. These soft skills are now considered business intelligence and many positions requiring international relations are required to have international protocol fundamentals. At many global companies, a lack in international protocol skills will prevent you from being hired.

This is a fast growing industry where you train employees at companies to work in other cultures, or provide expert social customs consulting to companies who wish to do business with an unfamiliar part of the world.

How do I get started as an International Protocol Consultant?

You should have some experience with foreign cultures or proper training to have success as an International Protocol Consultant. There are a number of things you will need to understand how to do in the culture you are targeting for consulting. These social customs or norms include:

  • Business entertainment procedures
  • Receiving lines
  • Invitations
  • Business cards
  • Host duties
  • Guest duties
  • Seating guidelines
  • Napkin and silverware placement
  • Hand placement while eating
  • Eye contact
  • Greetings and handshaking
  • Conversation skills
  • Appropriate electronic communications
  • Toasting
  • How to make an introduction
  • Tipping
  • Forms of service
  • Importance of rank and status
  • Appropriate business attire
  • Office protocol

Each country and culture has a unique way of performing business and as an international protocol consultant, you will help others be successful in another country.

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