COVID19 PANDEMIC !

Good morning .I trust we are all keeping well, and I trust that we are observing recommendations from notable sources on social distancing, frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers, face masks, etc etc etc

I want to draw to your attention the need to also be very security conscious this period

2020 has been a very trying year. A lot has happened back to back. A large majority of individuals who earn a living by riding motorcycles and tricycles lost their jobs and have been having a hard time and now the economy is shutting down, with a possibility of a lockdown happening any moment from now.

No provision is being made for the welfare of the lower class

A lot of the security forums I belong to are predicting a sharp rise in crime… armed robbery, theft, kidnapping, molestations, etc. Simply because people are suffering. A lot of people no longer have a viable source of income. They have tried borrowing, begging and may now resort to stealing.

Please ensure you take necessary precautionary measures to secure your loved ones, homes and properties!
Here are few tips to help us out!

At home:
-Ensure proper lighting.
-Ensure doors and gates are properly locked at night. Never lock a gate using a padlock from outside at night.
-Those that can tolerate guard dogs, get a few.
-Those with security fences, ensure they working.
-If you can get CCTV systems in place, please do (The fear of being caught is often one of the greatest deterrents to crime).
-Limit late nights.
-Be aware of your surroundings. Take note of parked cars, individuals loitering, etc
-Those in estates, ensure you have an emergency response plan (what happens if you or your neighbors are under attack? do you have a way of rapidly alerting the estate security?).
-Ensure all your domestic workers are properly vetted.
-Get an insurance plan
-If your car has an alarm system, always sleep with the remote by your bedside. If you have cause to suspect that someone is trying to forcefully gain entrance into your home, activate the alarm. In a residential environment, this is usually very loud and hopefully will scare the criminals away.
-Be your neighbors keeper. Look out for them. If you have information or observe something that can help, please speak up.

In Transit:
-Try as much as possible to get home while it’s still light outside
-Be observant of vehicles and individuals around you
-Reduce the use of mobile phones, tablets and laptops in traffic (especially if you do not have tinted glasses)
-Do not keep bags, wallets or any valuable item on the chair. This also applies when parking in a public place.
-Keep your car doors locked at all times. This also applies when parking in a public place
-While driving home, lookout for cars following you, look out for cars parked too close to your gate, watch out for unfamiliar individuals in your neighborhood.
-Reduce the use of third party individuals to handle the transportation of your loved ones
-Do not allow your drivers/gatemen know your travel/daily itinerary
-Do not make unscheduled stops in questionable areas. If you have a flat, manage the car to a properly lit place. Worst case scenario is that the the (which usually costs between N10k and N100k) gets damaged.

Personal Lives:
-Be very wary of having business discussions around drivers, especially those that concern money, projects, affiliation with known individuals, etc
-Ensure you carry out comprehensive background on existing and new domestic staff hires
-Reduce road trips. Always travel by air if the option is available
-Always let your loved ones know where you are and when you should be expected home.
-Always know the whereabouts of your loved ones and their itinerary. Get frequent updates and act immediately you feel something is out of place.
-Avoid excessive and public show of wealth
-When giving, as much as possible, do so anonymously

May God continue to keep us all. Amen.

THE ART OF INTRODUCTION IN OFFICIAL, BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SETTING

THE ART OF INTRODUCTION

“Introductions are a necessity, because, in a curious way, until someone is introduced into a group, socially they only half exist,” says John Morgan. Introduction brings class, poise, social competence and confidence to all in a setting. We come across people all the time in different types of social and business context or situations, what are our dispositions? Do you forget to make Introduction in your encounters? Mannerisms displayed when we meet and how we greet people in those instances, go a long way to leave indelible impressions that could pave way for either a productive or unproductive encounter. There is always no second time to make good first impressions. It is rare anyway! This brings us to the nitty gritty of the art introduction as a topic.
Why is introduction important? It is because it s a forerunner to more information about anyone. It puts the maker of the introduction in good light, removes indifference, conveys a level of respect amongst all parties, removes discomfort embarrassment and self pity.
Most people are either shy, do not have the courage to introduce themselves to a person they have never met or known, except it is done by third party who know both of them. Friends, there is always a first time, just do it yourself in any social or business function. Sometimes in parties one finds guest sitting in one corner wallowing in self pity or feeling supposedly cool with no one to talk to, warm to him or her and make an introduction, and a beneficial conversation may follow. Or you can introduce the person to someone who shares same profession, likes, same ideology or language if you know both of them, especially when you are the Host or hostess.


Shades of introduction:

There are two basic types of introduction. Business and Social introductions.
Business  Introduction in business is not based on gender, but on career status, in all occasions.

Persons of lower authority are introduced to persons of higher authority. The person to whom the introduction is made is mentioned first and the introduced last. For example, Mr. or Mrs. Lower personality meet Higher personality. However, a customer or client must be regarded as “higher authority” over anyone in your organization. The same process of introduction occurs.
Some examples of order of prestige in introductions are shown below:   

A customer and person working in your company

Example: Mr. Chukwuemeka, this is Mrs. Atata, our Accounting Officer. Mr. Chukwuemeka is our customer from Nnewi. The customer is more important. The customer is the one keeps you in business!         

A non-official to an elected official. Example: Honorable Bob Manuel, allow me to introduce David Hastrup from the Post Express.
Always introduce anyone from the press to a public official fully for very obvious reasons, for he could be speaking on record.


Social Introductions:

The meaning is obvious and different totally from the business one which is more uptight.


Introducing World Personalities at social functions:

.Precedence is the language of protocol. Rules of international diplomatic protocol states persons should be presented to the Pope, presidents, royalty, ambassadors, ministers, dignitaries of the church, without regard to age or gender. Outside the above, gender, age, social status can now be considered in other social  introductions. No rules to introducing age group.
Other introductionsRelatives should be introduced with a good clarification to their relations with you, in order to ward of misrepresentation.
Introductions should not end in just names alone, but a piece of information about the persons may  be added.
A conversation may roll in because of that unique  information.
Good introduction of yourself, and carriage can make you a star performer especially in the business arena. Here are some tips .
How to make an entrance and work in the roomThis refers to your entrying a room with confidence without butterflies in your stomac, mingling abilities, including the art of introductions and conversation expertise.Also, one should dress to match the occasion. note: it is how you are dressesd that you will be addressed!
All the same, at the venue one alights from the car and heads to the door. At the doorway, you can scan the room,  full  beautiful, corporate and intelligent people you have  never met before, butterflies now develop in your stomach and your heart skips, while your legs wobble a bit. What is your next action? With your confidence gone, you  now  heads sideways until someone you  know either comes around;  you remain there until the occasion comes to an end. Could  you have attended a party or business/social function? No!.However the appropriate thing to do when you make an entrance walk straight through to the centre of the room with confidence and meet your host. If you are not alone introduce the persons you are with to your host.
Introducing yourself:You can say hello or use the form of greeting you want to adopt to people you meet on the way to meet your host. With a thin smile on your lips your host will introduce you to four or five persons having a chat close by.
On the contrary you find yourself alone and feeling low, just go over to a group of people discussing (not two people engrossed in a conversation) just smile and when someone amongst them acknowledges your presence or as soon as there is a pause in their conversation, smile, offer to shake hands maintain eye contact introduce yourself telling them your name without any prefixes and concisely state your relationship with the host and if a business function, describe yourself in terms of what you do and ask if you may join them. This should be modesty done with common sense. You can equally introduce yourself to just the closet person to you too  in the manner above
Sometimes the host may be too busy greeting guest, so he may appoint other guest, representatives of the company if it is a business, function to be greeters. In this case the greeter introduces him/herself and accompanies the guest to the host  for introductions to the host and other guests or taken the bar to have drinks
Introducing othersWhen introducing a group pf people to each other, always use first names and surnames. This help to distinguish person who share the same first names. It s however important to use a little in the introduction if, the person is a doctor, in the military, clergy, engineer or a lawyer.
Your husband should be introduced in this manner to a friend “I d like you to meet my husband Patrick” (or “Patrick Kagua)’ do not refer to him as “Mr. Patrick” or Dr. White. This introduction takes the same order when you are being introduced by him too.
In some societies, some married women like to retain their maiden name. examples include Benezier Bhutto of Pakistan, Late MEE of  then classique magazine, Onyeka Onwenu and many others. When introducing a woman of such and her husband, it should be in this order “this is Doris Day and her husband bassey Okon”. When introducing an unmarried couple living together, say thus “I like you to meet Philomena Emmanuel and her companion Nelson White.” It is not your business  to mention they are co habiting.
In a formal introduce introduction, “How do you do,” a salutation, not a question, followed by the peson’s name is the response. When someone greets you, “How do you do, your response should be same.
In our culture, older persons and bosses are always respected. When for example you want to introduce your wife to your boss, always add his prefix to his name. “Dr. Nwachukwu, I’ d like to introduce my wife Stella to you. Stella this is Dr. Nwachukwu, our chairman/Managing Director.
Never repeat a peson name when introduced to you in an informal meeting. Just reply with a simle ‘helow’ or “ I’ve heard a lot about you,” if is true. Times have changed. Not the usual “I am pleased or delighted to meet you.
You could be taking a walk with a friend and another friend of yours stops to say hello. Learn to introduce the persons you are with. It is saucy to ignore his presence. In a restaurant, you find someone you know siting with friends, just say hello and pass by. Do not stop to chat. It more or less destabilizes every body, from his friends to waiters etc.
A speaker at a banquette or some officall  function should be introduced with his full names, “it gives me great  pleasure to present Paul Nimyel Okaka.”
Posture when introducedWomen and men should stand up when introduced to a member of the clergy, elderly persons, dignitary and guest of honour. Host and hostess always stand up to greet each guest who enters the party room. A man should always stand up when being introduced to a woman. The latter can it if she chooses except the person is very much older  than her. When being introduced to a stranger always shake hands.
Once you have been introduced to somebody you always acknowledge him wherever you meet. This  is because  selective social memory is a charmless.
Shaking hands and the social kissYour handshake speak a lot about you. A firm one indicates a confident, courageous and daring person. In our culture a woman should wait for a man to extend his hands first especially if he is older. A younger person does not extend his/her hand to greet an elder. Although, some traditions  expect the woman to make the move, it is the woman’s right to accept the man any. When dealing with amputees always extend your right hand even though they do not have one.
Greeting members and close allies. When this is to be done, go for the right side of the left one depending on your mood anyway. Most Europeans usually do this too. Have you watched Presidents when receiving foreign visitors?