A resource For You

Wear Your Pearls Day, A Protocol Metaphor

December 14, 2022

December 15 is national Wear Your Pearls Day in the U.S. Far from a frivolous salute to a gem that is the unofficial symbol of the protocol profession, the day has a deeper meaning whose symbolism correlates nicely with what…

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A Resource For You

July 29, 2022

I have a great resource for you. It’s the protocol officer’s association, an amazing organization for special events planners, chiefs of staff, people who work in government relations, international affairs, for hospitals, corporations, the military, who manage official residences, and…

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Vulgar Language Demeans Our Society

June 30, 2022

The January 6 House Select Committee hearings have yielded shocking revelations, but one of the biggest disappointments for me is learning that many of our highest-ranking officials and their staffers have extremely limited vocabularies. I’m talking about the ubiquitous use…

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George Washington

Happy Birthday to the Father of American Protocol

February 22, 2022

  Tuesday is George Washington’s birthday and while most things many Americans assume to be true about him are not (no, his false teeth were not made from wood and he didn’t chop down the cherry tree), there is one…

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Prince Philip’s funeral

Ceremonies Mark Milestones

April 19, 2021

According to the BBC, 13.6 million people in the UK paused their lives to watch Saturday’s televised funeral service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. They were joined by another 7.5 million people globally who watched online. The interest shows…

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Can We Talk?

March 31, 2021

  Being cooped up in my World Headquarters (aka my home office) has made me thoroughly sick of videoconferencing, texts, and e-mails. Can we just talk? A simple phone call would solve most communication needs and have the added benefit…

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Parliamentarians Know the Rules

March 3, 2021

Last week Americans got a lesson in the important role parliamentarians play in ensuring that organizations do things according to their established rules. Elizabeth MacDonough, parliamentarian of the U.S. Senate, ruled that a proposal to raise the minimum wage could…

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Revoking A Recognition

February 2, 2021

Revoking an honorary degree is a very serious and highly unusual occurrence but that is exactly what Middlebury College, an elite private school in Vermont, did in January. Rudy Giuliani, the college’s commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient in 2005…

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The Mace Was Missed

January 25, 2021

Eagle-eyed ceremony planners no doubt noticed a traditional symbol was missing from the platform at President Biden’s inauguration. The Mace of the Republic which symbolizes the authority of the House of Representatives was not present. On a typical inauguration day,…

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Resolve to be Civil

January 13, 2021

January had already begun and I hadn’t decided on a New Year’s resolution. After last week’s violence in Washington, D.C., I now know what it is: To conscientiously practice civility. I believe the uncivil, nasty, screaming, name-calling, suspicion-building, “cancelling” devolution…

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