PR lessons in oral presentation

Intrigued by the story from the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority regarding ending oral GCSE language exams for being “too stressful”, I am surprised to find nothing about the topic on the organisation’s website

Indeed, the press release area on the site does not seem to link into topics that appear regularly in the media in relation to the body, instead being a rather dry list of “announcements”.

This is at odds with an attempt to be “relevant” in offering QCA announcement videos at YouTube – billed (somewhat misleadingly) as “exciting video content”.  Hard to believe that anyone really will watch these dull presentations recorded at last week’s annual review.

Clearly no-one in the PR department at QCA has thought about giving public relations training to the executives to make their oral presentations more interesting.  Or maybe they’d find that all a little “too stressful”.

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.