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COGUK 5-Minute Key Speaking Skills Survey

Public Speaking Survey for Osteopaths

Public speaking and the ability to communicate confidently and clearly is increasingly an essential skill, both in osteopathy and in healthcare more generally. How do you prepared are you for being asked to speak to a GP group practice or a patient group or even for a Press interview? 

Completing our quick survey will help us to gauge the feelings of osteopaths around public speaking and help identify areas where practitioners could benefit from training in these essential skills.

We offer Speaker skills leadership coaching for practice teams, regional societies, or even individuals – looking to enhance their communication skills and boost their confidence in the world of educating others about Osteopathy!

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    Your Role

    How useful would you find speaking and communication skills training as part of your CPD (1 = not at all, 5 = very much)

    Which of the following have you spoken to for the purpose of promoting osteopathy and your practice? (tick all that apply)

    And which would you be interested in speaking to?

    Have you had any training in key speaker skills for your role?
    i.e. any training on speaking and presenting more effectively, whether in public, to colleagues, patients, etc.

    If so, when? (tick all that apply)

    How involved are you with health promotion and health education within the community?

    Is this something you would like to be more involved in?

    How much does speaking in public make you feel (1 = not at all, 5 = very much)?




    At Ease

    How do you prefer to present your talk? (1 = completely false, 5 = completely true)

    I prefer it when the material has been provided for me by an organisation

    I prefer to present my own work or research

    I prefer to have all material on slides ready to present

    I prefer to use very minimal notes or none at all

    How do you handle questions from your audience? (1 = completely false, 5 = completely true)?

    I prefer to only take questions at the end

    I'm happy to answer questions as they arise

    I find taking questions to be stressful

    How comfortable I am taking questions depends on the audience I'm speaking to

    How challenging would you find it to give a presentation to the following groups? (1 = very easy, 5 = very difficult)?


    Other Osteopaths

    Other AHPs in general



    Non-medial audience (patients, community group, etc.)

    When considering how you present osteopathy and your work as an osteopath AHP how challenging do you find the following? (1 = very easy, 5 = very difficult)?

    Following ASA and GOsC* guidelines for scope of practice fully
    * or equivalent advertising/professional regulatory body

    Keeping the level of information you cover at the right level for the audience

    Being pressed above your level of knowledge or expertise

    Concerned you are not able to answer questions about the approaches of other MSK Professions

    How important are these speaker skills in communicating with the public in the field of health promotion? (1 = not at all, 5 = very much)?

    High-level knowledge

    Confidence in concept

    Listening empathy

    Good people skills

    When presenting in public or to colleagues what is your greatest concern (1 = not at all, 5 = very much)?

    Sounding boring

    Not enough knowledge

    Handing questions badly

    Running out of time

    How often AFTER a meeting online or in person do you wish you had... (1 = hardly ever, 5 = very often)

    Asked a question

    Voted differently

    Reflected more

    Challenged more

    Diversity and Inclusion

    How conscious are you of embracing diversity when you have a speaker role?

    Do you feel there is still more work to do in making people feel their participation and contribution is equally valued regardless of their identity?

    What would you most like help with in your speaker skills growth?

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