We’ve been reading about the intense social protocol and cultural sensitivity training the US Olympic team received before the games commenced last Friday. No hugging their Chinese hosts. No improper chopstick spearing of food. No loud, inebriated bar scenes. Seeing our better-conditioned, more-disciplined American selves on the world stage these past few days has prompted inner-office discussion among Greteman Group team members. What impression do we create when we travel abroad? Or closer to home, when we attend public events such as the upcoming Kansas State Fair? (You ARE going, right?)
You have decorum suggestions?
Allow us to start the ball rolling with a few.
- Don’t push. Your turn will come.
- Smile. It’s universally understood.
- Cover up. Leave something to our imaginations.