Stop Saying “All Protocols Observed”, It Is Wrong. Say This Instead

Are you one of those who often use the phrase “all protocols observed” when addressing a gathering? If yes then this message is for you. will school you today on why you have to stop using that phrase. The reasons are provided below;

A.This is clearly a big lie from the pit of hell.

In essence you haven’t observed all protocols. It is just a claim that the necessarily rules of decorum have been observed but we all know protocol was overlooked altogether.

Consider this carefully, if you had been asked to pass a vote of thanks, would you thank one or two people and then state “All thanks given?”

B. There are other ways you can observe protocols without having to mention each and every dignitary present.

One way is clustering: You can use a general phrase to address all that fall within a certain category – honourable delegates, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, your excellencies, my Lords etc. That way due diligence is paid.

C. It is a home-grown expression, unrecognised by the rest of the world.

Other than Kenyans, Nigerians, Ugandans and some South Africans who have become accustomed to hearing this, the expression remains totally alien to the rest of the world. Your audience will be at a loss as to what you mean; and as to why you have opted for that ‘short-cut.’

D. It is not necessary to use that expression when protocol has indeed been observed.

At times the speaker does indeed take his or her time to mention the dignitaries in the audience in order of precedence but spoils it by concluding the list with “all protocols observed.”

If protocol has indeed been observed then that will be apparent to the audience and therefore redundant to include that out-of-place phrase.

Thanks you very much for reading this article. is so grateful.

Source; Caroline Nderitu

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