About This Week’s Guest
Jean Paul Wyers
Jean Paul Wyers is the founder and director of Protocolbureau, an organization based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Most people associate protocol with etiquette and Royalty, but the official definition of protocol is “how meetings with officials should be organized”.
In a modern translation, the method of protocol is also used by Protocolbureau to manage meetings and events with VIP’s, large clients and other important stakeholders.
Protocolbureau supports organizations at official occasions and in less formal situations such as networking events, fashion shows, and even dance events.
“We like to describe protocol as staged personal attention. In our hectic digital society personal attention has become scarce.” says Jean Paul. “Most organizations are aware of the need of a good network and thus to know the right people, but they struggle to find the best way to manage their personal attention.”
“Protocol is about how meetings with officials should be organized”
His tips to become more culturally competent is:
- Experience helps a lot. Experience gives you a frame of reference that you can use in other cultural situations.
- This experience will lead to: Awareness. That’s where it all starts.
- Prepare. If you’re prepared for new things you will do better. Look what is coming in advance. If you need a clue for that you can look in the past for any predictions or lessons.
Links that are mentioned in this episode:
- Website: http://www.protocolbureau.com/
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I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.