Express yourself: The importance of ‘soft skills’

School of Education seminar presented by Dave Smith, professional writer, speaker and consultant.

An ability to express oneself in a clear and confident manner is essential to fulfil one’s full potential in life.

In schools, there definitely seems to be a drop-off in the frequency that children are required to speak in front of others, whether it is reading in class, sharing work, or a whole school assembly. And sadly, this happens at the worst possible time; secondary school – almost the precise moment when young people are beginning to develop a feeling of self-consciousness. Just at the time in their lives when a massive boost in confidence and self-esteem would be really helpful, a lot of students lose the knack of self expression merely through the lack of practise. Use it or lose it.

Over the last twelve years I’ve visited over 700 schools, encouraging and training young people to express themselves on paper, and crucially, out loud.

This seminar will take place on Tuesday 8 January, 16.30-17.45 in C49 Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus. There will be a Q&A session from 17.15-17.45.

For more information, and to book your place, please visit the event page.

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