To achieve Step 8, individuals will be able to use visual aids to support the points they are making when they are speaking.
The focus in the last step was how to talk engagingly by using facts and examples to support the points that have been made. This step extends that by looking at how visual aids like props, drawings or written slides can help to make speaking more engaging.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
To teach this step:
This step is well reinforced when learners have opportunities to present their ideas or their work. On occasion, they could be encouraged to produce some slides and to talk about their response to a question, rather than just providing a written response.
This step can also be reinforced through computing lessons when learners can practice how to create visual aids and presentations, and then take the next step in presenting them.
This step is best assessed through a structured observation activity. For example:
This step is relevant to individuals who use verbal communication to persuade others or support them to make decisions.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through observation and reviewing feedback. For instance:
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
In education, you are likely to have many opportunities to present your ideas or talk to others about something familiar to you. Subject talks, persuasive presentations and assemblies are likely to be improved by the use of visual aids. It is important that you learn how to prepare a wide variety of visual aids to enhance the power of your presentations. The successful use of visuals requires you to consider and plan for any barriers to sharing the prompts, such as problems with technology, as well as ensuring they are engaging for the whole audience. It can be useful to pay attention to the talks of others so you appreciate the impact of visual aids that are inappropriate or excessive.
When speaking or presenting to colleagues, managers, clients or customers, the message will often be enhanced by the use of visual aids, whether a graph to demonstrate weekly sales figures, posters to demonstrate new marketing campaigns or images of new equipment. It is a useful skill to be able to use the most appropriate aid to make your point but also to be able to prepare the visual aid for yourself. Taking time to increase your ability to prepare visual aids is likely to be very useful in your future working life.
When meeting with friends, participating in social activities or engaging with people in the wider world, we are less likely to need to prepare a presentation or use visual aids to enhance our conversations. However, there may be a unique situation where a presentation is necessary, applying for funding for a charity or event, a talk at a social event or club or even presenting your holiday slides. The learnings at this step, in terms of good practise, apply to every situation including social and informal events.
To best practise this step of Speaking, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
As a parent or carer, you might be thinking about how best to support your children to build their essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help parents to build these skills, including:
There is also content for older children and young people, including short activities and reflections that they can complete alone, or with you.