Shit, isn't there a South African Embassy that's supposed to deal with this crap?
Oh. There is one in Oman. If you're from the South African Embassy in Oman (and how sweet a deal must THAT be!), maybe get your finger out of your ass and give them a response? It is, like, your job.
We are a soft skills training provider from South Africa who may have an opportunity to visit Oman in the near future with a delegation from SA.
We specialize in customer care, front line training for receptionists, secretaries, Personal Assistants etc. We do time management, stress management, interpersonal skills, conflict management, communication, supervisory training etc.
My questions are the following:
Is there a demand for this kind of training?
If one goes on a delegation like this, does the delegation have access to departments like "The Chamber of Commerce", government departments, private companies etc to assist you to meet potential business customers? Supposedly these are all arranged in advance so we would not be walking in cold when meeting on the first day. I would like to clarify that this is in fact the norm.
Would one walk away with business in hand at the end of such a delegation and interaction with the people above? I am not sure how quick such decisions are made and if one actually meets with the decision makers in a situation like this. It would be nice to know if there would be a return on investment when making a trip like this.
How are women perceived in an environment like this?
How are women accepted as facilitators of training in what I presume is mostly a male dominated work force?
What is the level of English like on different levels?
Is there a specific etiquette that needs to be followed? I know dress code is one of them but there may be many others Are there any tips you can give me that may assist us if we do embark on this opportunity?
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. We have so much to offer, but we do need to know that we are doing the right thing.
Thanking you in anticipation for assistance and advice.