Technical and Vocational Education Training

If it is truly time for TVET, then ensuring that every training programme includes 'Communicating Clearly and with Confidence' is vital. Most of life, including the world of work, is spoken. Most of education, including technical education, is written (which includes being entered by keyboards).

In the contemporary world, effective skills are your necessary passport to success. To succeed at this time, you have to become an outstanding communicator. Somebody whose body language conveys confidence and who portrays a positive self image. Somebody who speaks effectively in meetings, presentations and at interviews. Somebody who can effectively influence others. If this is not you, then it's time to act.

A quick Google-guided stroll will readily reveal the range of opportunities and the necessary details:

Individuals keen to enhance their spoken communication skills should consider joining a Speakers Club such as those affiliated with Toastmasters International. Some companies and organisations allow/sponsor such clubs specifically for their own employees and members. As they grow in confidence and competence they may care to enter the various contests that these organisations run. And, if they want to try something different and rapidly proliferating, they may like to explore, for instance, the World Online Debating Championships or the World Online Speech Contest (the WOSC).

Experienced speakers may gain further experience - as well as performing valuable roles - as public speaking and debating coaches and judges in schools, colleges and with groups such as the Young Farmers. They are also in great demand as after-dinner speakers to various organisations such as Rotary and U3E.

A variety of short courses are available in such areas as Advanced Presentation Skills together with spoken communication workshops leading to the Training the Trainer BTEC Professional Award.

There is now a Diploma in Spoken Communication: a 300-hour university-level online programme covering advanced theoretical and practical skills for the outstanding communicator. Guided by a personal tutor, students cover issues ranging from Vocal Development and The Language of the Body through Metaphor and Rhetorical Devices and That Serious Issue of Humour to Effective Meetings and 'Speaking and the Media'. There are also Masters programmes in Corporate Communication and, of course, in Public Relations.

With modern smartphones, learning can take place anywhere; on the train, plane or riding in a rickshaw. There is no shortage of quality mobile applications to help develop your communications skills. Most of them are free. Free Mobile Apps

Time for TVET to speak up!

Comments and queries may be addressed to Vince Stevenson on 07731-876304 or email:vince@collegeofpublicspeaking.co.uk.