Andrew Loeb Shoenig—Associate Director for The Congressional Study Group—is the 2017 Winner of our National Protocol Officer’s Week “Protocol Memories of a Lifetime” Photo Contest

PSOW Staff - Monday, May 1, 2017

As any protocol officer who plans and orchestrates ceremonies, gift exchanges, presentations, international visits and special events knows, the most important thing to remember is to make a guest feel welcome. But what happens when something goes slightly off track? As the winner of our “Protocol Memories of a Lifetime” photo contest, Andrew Loeb Shoenig—associate director for the Congressional Studies Group—relays what happened after experiencing a gift exchange mistake with a foreign dignitary and how effective protocol practices helped save the day.  Read more


Picture Perfect Protocol – The Eye of the Beholder

Guest Blogger - Thursday, March 30, 2017

When we think of something as picture perfect, we typically envision it as completely flawless, exactly right, ideal. In common usage, “picture perfect” typically refers to the end result or what people see and/or experience – as if one were looking through a camera lens and seeing a flawless composition. Picture perfect results don’t just happen – they are born of mindful planning. And true mastery comes when, during the planning and execution phases, we accept and embrace the idea that perfection is subjective and is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. We all have different “lenses” through which we see and interpret the world around us, and flawless execution demands that we consider these myriad perspectives.  Read more


Picture Perfect Protocol - Drama.No.

Guest Blogger - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My initial Protocol Officer Training in May 2016 helps me daily here at USAID. Without hesitation, my favorite aspect of protocol is never quite knowing exactly what I will be asked to assist with, resolve, mediate, mitigate, or plan each day! No two are the same in my work life. I am tasked with new and different challenges regularly, and no matter what, I know I have a network of experts and references to look to for guidance - a network I nurture carefully.   Read more

Picture Perfect Protocol - Drama.No.
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Former President Ronald Reagan’s Inauguration “Redo”

Guest Blogger - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In 1985, the January inauguration was historically cold. In fact, DC had to cancel several of the participating groups (50 high school bands and other sponsored events, etc.), which was a big disappointment for many organizations (many of whom were operating partners and/or customers of Disney), including President Reagan, who commented on national TV that he wished the tradition was to do it “someplace warmer…like Florida!”  Read more


New Kid in the Sandbox - Picture Perfect Protocol

PSOW Staff - Monday, March 27, 2017

Do you remember when you were a child and had to play with new kids in a different sandbox? This is how I felt the first time I supported a HQs US Air Force (USAF) event. The Global Air Chiefs Conference (GACC) was held on April 23-25, 1997, in conjunction with the USAF’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas. (Yes, it’s true, our military used to be able to host events there). It was nearly 20 years ago!  Read more

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