An Interactive 5-Day Online Training Course

Best Practices for
Protocol Officers

Strengthening Knowledge, Skills & Capabilities

Course Introduction

A high-performing protocol officer must be a good facilitator, negotiator, researcher, conversationalist, networker, and event organiser. They can communicate clearly, analyse and report on situations, remain calm under pressure, treat people with respect and dignity and multi-task, when representing their organisation in cross cultural settings.

This Oxford Management Centre’s Best Practices for Protocol Officers online training course is designed to enable you to boost your personal and interpersonal skills when you represent your organisation nationally and internationally.

This Oxford Management Centre’s online training course highlights:

  • How leaders expect protocol officers to support their organisation nationally and internationally
  • The five key roles of protocol officers and the capabilities needed in each role
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills for effective diplomacy
  • Step-by-step approach for planning, delivering, and evaluating both formal and social diplomatic events
  • International behavioural expectations for conduct and etiquette


By the end of this Best Practices for Protocol Officers online training course participants will be able to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge, and behaviours:

  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative research, analysing results, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations
  • Building relationships with and between others based on trust and respect
  • Asking good questions and listening to answers, checking understanding and reframing
  • Drafting diplomatic documents including letters of introduction, event invitations, briefings, and emails
  • Reading and understanding complex and technical diplomatic documents, summarising, and explaining key points
  • Structuring presentations so key points are understood and remembered
  • Creating and delivering events that support a positive reputation for their organisation

Training Methodology

This online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted Online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of any location of your choice.

Organisational Impact

Participants will return to their organisations able to fulfil the responsibilities of a protocol office including:

  • Research to detect potential issues and conflicts, plus advice on how to respond
  • Building strong relationships with external stakeholders, both individuals and organisations
  • Delivering formal and informal events for diplomats and country leaders that strengthen relationships with other countries and organisations
  • Supporting public relations and reputation management activities
  • Administering protocol processes and procedures so these are efficient and effective

Personal Impact

Participants will hear and discuss latest protocol and diplomacy strategies and hone their skills in:

  • Conducting research, analysing data, drawing conclusions, making recommendations, and presenting to their executives and leaders
  • Event management including planning, implementation, and post-event evaluation
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication via face2face, phone, email, and social media
  • Administrative functions including arranging travel, visas, and accommodation

Who Should Attend?

Individuals whose capabilities and performance will improve when they attend this online training course include:

  • Protocol officers, PR officers and event organisers in the oil & gas industry, telecommunications, finance and healthcare
  • Protocol officers, PR officers and communication officers in government departments, government agencies and major public bodies
  • Personal assistants and executive assistants in the oil & gas industry, telecommunications, finance and healthcare
  • Protocol officers, PR officers and event organisers in embassies, consulates and high commissions

Course Outline


Understanding the Purpose of Protocol & Diplomacy

  • Creating conditions for beneficial relations and business to develop
  • Showing respect, building trust, facilitating decision making at executive levels
  • Developing successful long-term co-operation between nations and global businesses
  • Creating a safe environment for relationships to flourish
  • Ensuring representatives follow the international rules for conduct and procedures in formal situations.


The Role of a Protocol Officer

  • Conducting research and advising executives and leaders
  • Facilitating relationships between organisations and governments
  • Managing events and issues
  • Public relations and reputation management
  • Administering travel, visas, and accommodation


Essential Communication Skills

  • Active listening – accurate note taking and minutes, questioning skills and feedback
  • Reading – understanding and analysing complex or technical literature
  • Writing – letters of introduction, briefings, invitations, responding to letters and emails
  • Speaking – conversations and presentations
  • Facilitation – problem solving, creating collaboration and consensus
  • Social media – posting, commenting, and sharing information online


Planning & Managing Events

  • Planning and managing a visit, conference, or social event
  • Liaising with the other side to agree itineraries, agendas, and travel arrangements
  • Greeting guests and receiving lines, titles, and terms of address
  • Order of precedence, flags, anthems, etc
  • Dining and seating
  • Giving and receiving gifts


Essential Etiquette

  • Codes of conduct
  • Phone handling etiquette
  • Email etiquette (netiquette)
  • The art of conversation: verbal diplomacy
  • Action planning


Oxford Management Centre e-Certificate will be provided to delegates who successfully completed the training course.




All Training Courses delivered by Oxford Management by default are eligible for CPE Credit.

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5 Days
Choose the date that suits you:
16-20 Oct 2023
Fee: $3,950
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