Throughout her book Diplomatic
Gail Scott provides a number of pointers on embassy protocol.
Below are just a few examples taken from Appendix 3, "Protocol:
Diplomatic Do's and Don'ts."
Foreign ambassadors are like
visiting royalty. Today, many have private e-mail but it's seldom
on their calling card.
If they do give it to you, it's an invitation to use it, not
unlike someone giving you their private car phone number, reserved for family and close friends.
But, keep it to yourself and use it judiously/carefully.
Since today's top diplomats lead hectic lives, they cherish their
—From Office Emails That Really Click
ADDRESSING AN AMBASSADOR…
If you are not already on
a first name basis, always use the proper salutation. Let them
invite you to use their first name.
Your Excellency or My Dear Mr./Madame Ambassador
In person or on the phone:
Your Excellency or Ambassador (Surname) or
DO'S & DON'TS
- Don't expect the ambassador always
to be a male
- Do remember that "casual" in diplomatic circles simply
means "not formal."
- Don't dress more elaborately than the ambassador or
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