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Honor & Respect

“A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronouce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.
— Henry David Thoreau  1817-1862: A Week in the Concord and Merricmack Rivers, 1849

Ensure proper address with the new, authoritative resource Honor & Respect: The Official Guide to Names, Titles, and Forms of Address . Certified by the Protocol School of Washington®, this is the indispensable reference for everyone who demands correct comportment.

Honor & Respect The Official Guide to Names, Titles, and Forms of Address by Robert Hickey

“One doesn’t need to update this type of reference often, but this one is made to last and well worth the price. An essential purchase for all libraries” — Library Journal

… This work is The Protocol School of Washington’s first attempt at compiling such a guide, and it is well worth the wait. Hickey, deputy director of the school, has written the most extensive guide to honorifics and titles available ….
…. The organization is clear, the layout is clean with plenty of white space, and each entry heading is in large, bold type with adequate spacing between entries.
Although most library patrons will have little use for information on the correct forms of address for foreign dignitaries, the tips on the use of badges and place cards, letters, and introductions are of general interest. Brides-to-be, of course, will seek out the instructions on preparing social and inside envelope addresses for private citizens and professionals.
BOTTOM LINE One doesn’t need to update this type of reference book often, but this one is made to last and well worth the price. An essential purchase for all libraries.
— Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend
——-(Reviewing for Library Journal print and on-line editions)

“Need Guidance on Proper Forms of Address or Making Formal Introductions?”

You are sure to find answers to your questions within the Library’s new reference book “Honor & Respect: The Official Guide to Names, Titles, & Forms of Address.”
The book gives specific formulas to follow for both business and social situations, including best forms for addressing federal, state, and municipal officials; corporate executives; professionals and academics; clergy; tribal officials; and members of the armed services. Clear guidelines are provided on writing proper salutations, addressing envelopes for social correspondence or invitations, writing place cards or name badges, and choosing the best phrases when making formal introductions.
Come on by and check it out!
—–— North Carolina Legislative Library, Raleigh

“If it took him seven years to write it I think it may just take me 14 years to learn it!”

I approach Robert Hickey’s book with a profound respect for all of the knowledge it contains and wonder if I will ever grasp all of it! I have committed an hour each day to studying and am energized by what I am learning. If it took him seven years to write it I think it may just take me 14 years to learn it.
——— Trina Sams-Manning, Protocol Consultant, Washington, DC

“This book is an essential to anyone who works with government or military personnel.”

Although e-mail has replaced hand-writing personal letters for many occasions, formal events and professional relationships often call for the resurrection of time-honored forms of communication. Written by the Protocol School of Washington®, this book provides specific examples of what to do, and what not to do, when speaking to federal, state, and municipal officials, military personnel, and international dignitaries. It provides guidance on how to address envelopes and write invitations for formal events such as weddings or balls. It can help you to select the best phrases when making introductions, as well as when referring to titled officials in conversations. This book is an essential to anyone who works with government or military personnel.
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

“… a must-have reference for all organizations with international affiliations …”

Comprehensive and covering a full scope of correspondence and conversational-related guidelines, it is a must-have reference for all organizations with international affiliations.

Indeed, Honor & Respect is more than just a reference book for those interacting with local officials or foreign heads of state. It is a collection of knowledge, which enables one to ascertain information on terms and definitions, as well as complete instructions for using appropriate styles, correct salutations, and proper closings for all correspondence. Useful in both business and social situations, this easy-to-reference format provides instruction for those who want to put proper protocol and forms of address into practice.
— Sara Ahmed, NCIV Network News, November 2008
National Council for International Visitors, Washington, DC

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“if you want a detailed, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to names, titles, and forms of address—one that does not begin and end with the standard U.S. officials—there is no better source than Honor & Respect.”
— American Association of Law Libraries

… It is, in fact, an excellent guide to names, titles, and forms of address for all kinds of officials: not only government, military, and diplomatic officials, but also religious, academic, and business officials. This guide is the most complete and up-to-date one I was able to find, especially concerning foreign and international officials.
…. Hickey includes a chapter on each of the following: Canadian officials; Australian officials; British officials, royalty, and nobility; international officials; and tribal officials. A section titled “Country Names & Officials” lists every country on earth and includes information on its high officials and how they should be addressed. Other useful features of the book include an extensive glossary, a chapter on performing introductions, and a detailed table to help determine the relative precedence of a wide array of officials.
… if you want a detailed, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to names, titles, and forms of address—one that does not begin and end with the standard U.S. officials—there is no better source than Honor & Respect.
——-— Sarah Yates, University of Minnesota Law Library.
——-(Reviewing for American Association of Law Libraries print and on-line)
——-Link to the full review from AALL

“a helpful guide … intricately researched”

For diplomats looking for advice on … how to address the brand-new U.S. president and other protocol conundrums — “Honor & Respect: The Official Guide to Names, Titles & Forms of Address” by Robert Hickey of the Protocol School of Washington is a helpful guide. How much can you say though about addressing letters and greeting people? The intricately researched tome runs more than 500 pages!
——-— Anna Gawel, “The Diplomatic Pouch”, The Washington Diplomat

“Robert Hickey’s book … is an invaluable resource”
— PDI-POA, Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association

Of course, it goes without saying that you should pay extra careful attention to any country-specific protocol surrounding titles, ranks, honorifics, and post-nominals. For instance, don’t assume that every national-level parliamentarian from a British Commonwealth country uses “the Right Honourable” as their honorific. Great Britain and Canada do; Australia and New Zealand use only “the Honourable.” Robert Hickey’s book “Honor & Respect: The Official Guide to Names, Titles & Forms of Address” is an invaluable resource in this arena.
——-— Chris Young, President, PDI-POA
—-_—Former president, Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association

“I recommend this book to every law firm, bank, university, and especially, government contractor, with whom I consult”

I implore my business etiquette students to do their research prior to an important dinner or event for many good reasons, the most important being honor and respect. As Robert Hickey’s comprehensive new book so adeptly illustrates, the complexities of compiling an accurate Precedence List are multifaceted and culturally diverse.  The ranking of military honors may not translate equally to all services and honorifics may vary even within a shared commonwealth. Honor & Respect puts all of these variables into perspective and makes research logical and systematic.  I recommend this book to every law firm, bank, university, and especially, government contractor, with whom I consult. Regardless of the social, business, or diplomatic application, Hickey’s long overdue book gives all of us the tool to become protocol experts.
—–— Susan Fitter Sloane, Manners, Etiquette, Protocol, and Social Skills Consultant

“I keep it at arm’s length an refer to it whenever I need a clear definitive solution to an important question”

Honor and Respect, the newest book on the complex art of correct protocol, has been an invaluable tool for me. I keep it at arm’s length at my desk and refer to it whenever I need a clear definitive solution to an important question concerning a form of address. It has saved me on more than one occasion with an answer which at once is both simple and surprising. Thanks for answering that ‘who knew?’ quandary!
—–— Jay H. Remer, Jr.
—–Corporate International Protocol and Etiquette Consultant, St. Andrews, New Brunwick, Canada

“The bible of protocol/etiquette”

The Protocol School of Washington® is probably the most well respected protocol and etiquette school in the United States. The school’s deputy director Robert Hickey is the author of the book Honor & Respect: The Official Guide to Names, Titles, and Forms of Address. Many people consider this book to be the bible of protocol/etiquette.
—–— Tallulah, the Traveling Twilly

“This book can be your guide to doing it correctly”

What’s His, Her, Their Title? Traveling for business outside the US and know you’ll be making introductions? Writing a letter to an elected official? Received a letter and can’t understand the title of the person who sent it? Help is here. Robert Hickey’s new book Honor & Respect (www.formsofaddress.info) is a guide to the correct usage of names, titles and forms of address for any occasion.  While you may never have to introduce a King or Queen to your mother, you are likely to introduce colleagues, clients and prospects and this book can be your guide to doing it correctly. Whether you need information for Sri Lanka, Lithuania or Los Angeles you’ll find something useful here.
—–— Lanie Denslow, former president of the Protocol Officers Associaiton (PDI-POA)
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