This review was published in the 'PDI-POA: Protocol Officers Association Newsletter, December 2016'. The review was submitted by Kathleen Montalvo, member of PDI-POA and working at the office of the Executive Director, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA , Arizona.
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As a member of the Education Committee, one of the best things I get to do is update our Member Resource list. Which means I get to read the latest and greatest books in protocol and etiquette. Recently, I had the pleasure of reading a wonderful book entitled An Expert’s Guide to International Protocol, Best Practices in Diplomatic and Corporate Relations by members Gilbert Monod de Froideville, the former Master of Ceremonies of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Director of the consulting company Protocol International and Mark Verheul the Head of Protocol of the City of The Hague.
An Expert’s Guide to International Protocol is a must for every Protocol Officer’s bookshelf. The authors discuss everything from precedence to proper attire for men and women. Each chapter ends with a delightful essay or interview from a variety of experts sharing their experience within the world of protocol.
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You will read an interview with Mr. Martin van Pernis, former President of the Board of Siemens, the Netherlands, and a brief essay by Professor Olivier Arifon, Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles in charge of the chair in communication, “Diplomatic language and formal language: A code with a double meaning,” to name a few.
These fascinating insights provide a real sense of the far reaches protocol has within many industries and organizations throughout the world. The diagrams throughout the book are the best I have ever seen. For those of us who get their left and right and right and left mixed up, you will love the diagrams for seating whether at a dining table, conference table or in a car. Proper flag placement – don’t worry, turn to Chapter 4. Needless to say, my book is full of Post-its marking each for quick reference. The holidays are just around the corner, so add this book to your wish list.
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