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BT Launch Free Facebook App called Talk Gym

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

BT and the Communication Trust have launched a free Facebook app called Talk Gym to help young people develop their communication skills.

The idea is to make sure young people aged 14-19 can express themselves more efficiently in preparation for life after school.

Julie Hindley, BT Learning and skills manager, said: "Young people are constantly told that they need good communication skills to succeed in school, in the workplace and in life.
“Talk Gym can raise awareness of good communication - we created the app so young people can easily engage via a social network they are familiar with."

The Talk Gym app gets users to check their ‘talk fitness’ by asking six questions about themselves and then asking the same questions of a friend or relative.

The answers appear anonymously in a graph and the app uses the responses to assess the person’s communication ability. The feedback gives tips on being clear, listening, talking in groups and being interviewed.

Talk Gym was developed as part of BT’s sponsorship of the Hello campaign, run by the Communication Trust in partnership with Jean Gross, the government’s communication champion for children.

Talk Gym resources are available to download for free.


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