RICS APC Lifeline - Top 5 Case Study Presentation Visual Aid Tips

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What is today's blog about?

Today, we will focus on our top 5 tips to perfect your case study presentation visual aid.

This is because how to get your visual aid right is a very common question we are asked by RICS APC candidates leading up to their final assessment interview. 

This is particularly important given that all UK RICS APC final assessment interviews will be online until 31 July 2020.

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Why is this relevant?

A key component of your RICS APC is the final assessment interview. 

The interview lasts 1 hour and is structured as follows:

3-4 minutes - introduction by the chairperson

10 minutes - your case study presentation, supported by your visual aid

10 minutes - case study and presentation questioning

25 minutes - assessors' questioning

10 minutes - chairperson's questioning, with a focus on mandatory competencies, ethics and Rules of Conduct

1-2 minutes - chairperson closes the interview, including your opportunity to go back to any questions - you have the last word!

What are the RICS visual aid requirements different for online interviews?

RICS will confirm instructions on how to send your visual aid across on your interview meeting request. These will then be made available to your assessors by the RICS team. Your handout must be in PDF format to be secure and readable on a variety of devices.

What are our top 5 tips for a fantastic case study presentation visual aid?

1. Make it useful, simple and clear, i.e. large, professional diagrams or figures and avoid using extensive, small text. This could include a location map, photograph and key project milestones or a comparable matrix (e.g. for a valuation).

2. Make it visually interesting – use colour and bold/italics to highlight key text or images. If you use lines on a map or diagram to label specific features, ensure that these are straight and don’t cross over. When preparing your visual aid, think about making it neat, professional looking and ‘client report’ ready.

3. Use your visual aid to enhance your presentation, rather than detract from it - ideally use a single page format split into thirds or quarters. We would advise against using slides or a flipchart format, which are likely to be harder for remote assessors to follow and may become confusing.

4. Make sure you actually refer to your visual aid during your 10 minute case study presentation - if you don't, there's not much point in using it.

5. Convert your visual aid to PDF format beforehand – if you are not sure how to do this, drop us a message using the chat box below and we can help. Then make sure you check that your visual aid opens on your screen and a variety of other devices – PDFs often seem to get corrupted and this is the last thing that you want to happen!

Your presentation visual aid is a great opportunity to show that you can communicate effectively in written and graphic/image format, so ensure that you make the most of it.

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