International protocol is an essential education and skill for companies that are active globally, as well as for networking.
-Principal Mari Cecilia Murata-
The InterCultural Protocol Academy – ICPA (Tokyo, Director: Mari Murata Cecilia), operated by ICPA International Protocol Co Ltd, has conducted International Protocol Beginner Level Executive Training for Toyoda TRIKE Corporation, President Misasa Toyoda, Vice President Hiroyuki Toyoda and Asia Development Capital Corporation, President Ansem Wong.
The International Protocol Academy – ICPA is the only Japanese organisation to receive exclusive international accreditation from the Leading Etiquette and Protocol Schools of the World, the world’s leading association of protocol executives, and is affiliated with the founding organisation of a former member of the British Royal Family.
- Feedback from participants received from this training
- The first contact
- Preparation for training
- Training hours
- Training content
- Training 1 day International protocol basics
- Training Days Two to Five International Protocol, Culture and Business
- Participants changing from day to day
- Feedback after the end of training
- Greater strength comes from persevering
- Feedback from participants received so far
- Corporate Training of ICPA
Feedback from participants received from this training
- I found it absolutely essential for companies with a global presence aiming to become a super top-tier company.
- I felt that it was a must skill to acquire if you are a company executive.
- I understood that it is necessary to understand the differences between Japan and the rest of the world in today’s global society, and to behave and think in a way that is appropriate for the other party.
- I also understood that it is not so much the “way of doing things” that is necessary but rather the evidence, and that knowledge is acquired through experience.
- I had the opportunity to meet the Malaysian Prime Minister and the Royal Family of Thailand, and I was not certain how I should behave at those occasions.
- I am convinced that having international standards of behaviour, knowledge and thinking is of paramount importance when doing business with China in the future.
Video Interviews (English subtitles)
In this article, we will discuss this international protocol officer training.
-How it began
-What the content was about.
-What results it achieved.
The first contact
Initially, we received applications for online interviews for the general public.
We received an application for an online interview for the general public, but as we realised that the future of the company was at stake, we immediately prepared a proposal, brought it with us and visited the company at the appointed date and time.
President Ansem Wong is a global leader and had clear objectives and wishes for the course. The meeting ended in one hour.
This time, in order to be able to meet Mr Toyoda’s upcoming business trip to China, we made a proposal for an irregular special training course with a tight schedule before he left the country, and the contract was signed immediately the next day.
In this way, the InterCultural Protocol Academy – ICPA is able to flexibly and flexibly adjust the training schedule, etc., to suit the objectives, requirements and schedule of the course.
Preparation for training
This time, we prioritised Mr Toyoda’s desire to finish the project in time before his business trip to China, shortened the preparation period, which normally takes one month, to two weeks, and adjusted other schedules to accommodate him.
The International Protocol Academy – ICPA’s executive and corporate training is based on thirty, sixty and one hundred and twenty hour courses.
After careful listening and verification of the client company’s target audience at the pre-training meeting, the training content is strictly selected and combined from a variety of topics, as follows.
International protocol basics The importance of protocol. Executive behaviour (filming). International dress code protocol International etiquette and protocol International body language basics Diplomatic protocol and full course table manners (filming). Global Executive Image Dressing for the Global Executive Basic guest etiquette
Training 1 day International protocol basics
Start fulfilling the company’s objectives
‘Making the impossible possible. Changing the future for businesses and individuals.”
This international protocol training started with these words. The following is a verbatim extract of the lecturer’s (Director Murata) remarks during the said training.
The assumption that you know everything is dangerous. That is because it prevents you from learning anything. The important moment is when you realise you did not know.
You probably do not know as much as you believe you do. Take our examinations and you will learn all about the current state of your knowledge. The poorest learners are those who pretend to know.
It is also an important part of character, culture and behaviour for a company executive not to be overconfident that ‘I know everything I should know without having to learn it’, but to be wise enough to utter ‘there are things I do not know’ with dignity.
In International Etiquette and Protocol classes, learners learn not only international education, but also ancient languages to understand the way of thinking. The ‘learning’ from the three ancient scholars is enormous.
The wisest of them all is the saying ‗I know nothing’. Socrates. The stupidest of them all say, ‘I know everything’. Many people today live in an information society.
You have made a step forward just by deciding to attend this training. Your value as a man is not determined by your outward status alone. It is how you behave that counts.
Corporate training exists to fulfil the company’s purpose. Participants spend a great deal of time in training because they want to make a difference. The key to success is the degree to which the participants understand their own business and share their own objectives.
Time is life. It is not money. You are sitting here with your precious lives at stake.
In this way, each participant is encouraged to think about how he or she may transform his or her own life as well as that of the company.
How to change not only the company, but also their own lives.
These are the key points of the lecture.
The lecture also included brain science and the emotions that people have when they purchase products.
International Protocol is more than just etiquette lessons. It is an important network management tool that connects the organisation of a company. It is synonymous with the computer term “protocol”. International Protocol is an essential tool for networking.
Training Days Two to Five International Protocol, Culture and Business
The course included a look at the differences between Japanese and continental cultural structures, international protocols for greetings, introductions and handshakes, the reasons for doing so, seating positions and the accompanying science of psychology and brain science.
The table etiquette section also required the students to dress up (formal attire).
In diplomacy and business, table etiquette is also a matter of tactics. It’s not just about how you behave, it’s about the politics of business and diplomacy. It is at the dinner table that you can best pick up on people’s opinions, express yourself and deepen relationships.
Global people are used to doing business at the dinner table, therefore it is best to assume that your culture will not be accepted at this table.
The lecture included such topics as table etiquette in the UK, France, continental Europe and the USA.
Participants changing from day to day
Comparing the first day of the course with the last day of the course, their mood and language changed drastically. The difference is obvious and can be seen in the video above.
The video above shows how important it is to understand what you cannot see in terms of behaviour, thinking and dress, to acquire knowledge, and to use techniques to put this knowledge into practice. The importance of these factors was also demonstrated.
Feedback after the end of training
International protocol applied on a business trip to China.
International protocol applied on a business trip to China.
“We will Report you from China!”
After completing the course, the two students left for China with the bare minimum of essentials and other small items. On arrival, they were welcomed by the Chinese government and received a first-class welcome with fireworks, concerts, lion dances and a video call.
They said they had a clear understanding of why they were doing what they were doing and had put it into practice in many areas, such as executive behaviour, dress, the position of the hands and how to greet people.
When we heard that they had received such a tremendous welcome in China, we thought that they were exceptional. I am confident that the lessons learnt will help the company to develop into a leading global company, expand its business and achieve even greater success.
Greater strength comes from persevering
International protocol can be learnt once. It is not such an easy study. As with any learning, if you fail to continue, you will soon forget and revert to your old ways.
I hope that Toyoda and his colleagues will continue to learn. If you feel like you are falling back, that is a sign that you have not learnt enough. It still requires three years for it to become a habit and take root.
You cannot rely on books or information on the internet.
People try to learn about etiquette and protocol from books and the internet.
However, in this way, you will inevitably make your own judgment of what is necessary and unnecessary, and will not be able to reach the background and meaning of what you really need to learn, and will not understand why you are learning it. This will not lead to a good knowledge of the subject and will not lead to self-belief.
Feedback from participants received so far
I could not have made it this far without the guidance of Ms Murata!
She is completely different from the other coaches! She is a true master who truly transforms you!
Being ‘authentic’ is very important for company leaders, directors and executive candidates.
ICPA’s training programmes provide the knowledge, culture and skills that are essential for corporate executives.
The InterCultural Protocol Academy – ICPA offers corporate training, instructor training and personal coaching in global communication both in Japan and overseas.
We also offer courses for interviews and trial sessions, so please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
We look forward to hearing from companies and individuals who have expressed an interest in International Protocol.