International Protocol: Avoiding a “Sticky Wicket”Jules Hirst
Before conducting business in foreign countries, it is important to familiarize yourself with the customs and cultures of that country. What is acceptable here in the United States may be taboo in that country. By preparing ahead of time, you will lessen the risk of embarrassing yourself and sticking your foot in your mouth and potentially damaging your business relationship. President Obama is currently making his first official visit to Australia and kudos to him for taking the time to familiarize himself with some common jargon. During a speech at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, President Obama worked in Australian jargon terms like earbashing and sticky wickets while talking about the relationship between the United States and Australia. Having used these jargon terms correctly, President Obama has shown that he prides himself in preparing himself for business in other countries and hopefully this will improve our foreign policy and help get us out of our sticky economic situation.