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EFFECTIVE PRESENTATIONS 2

Adapted from: Wallwork, A. (2010) English for Presentations at International Conferences. New York, Dordrecht, Heidelberg and London: Springer.http://sam-ritchie.com/engpresentation.htford University Press. Wallwork, A. (2010) English for Presentations at Int

01 USEFUL PHRASES AND STRATEGIES

INTRODUCTION

  • Presenting the outline/organization/structure of your presentation
  • Sequencing
  • Timing
  • Handouts
  • Questions
  • Welcoming and greeting the audience
  • Introducing yourself (name, position, responsibilities)
  • Saying what your topic/title/subject is
  • Explaining why your topic is relevant for your audience
  • Stating your purpose/objective

Amazing facts

Did you know that . . . ? According to a new study . . . . Statistics show that . . . . I read somewhere the other day that . . . .

A story

You may have heard about . . . . Have you ever been in a situation where . . . ? I remember when . . . . It turned out that . . . .

A problem

Suppose . . . . How would you . . . ? Have you ever wondered why it is that . . . ? You have? Well, if I could show you . . . would you be interested?How many of you have ever . . . ? Do you think that's possible?

EFFECTIVE OPENINGS

THE MIDDLE/MAIN PART OF THE PRESENTATION (SIGNPOSTING)

Before I move on, I’d like to recap the main points. Let me briefly summarize the main issues. I’d like to summarize what I’ve said so far...

Summarizing a point

This brings me to the end of my first point. So much for point two. So, that’s the background on... That’s all I wanted to say about...

Indicating the end of a section

In this part of my presentation, I’d like to talk about... So, let me first give you a brief overview...

Saying what is coming

THE MIDDLE/MAIN PART OF THE PRESENTATION (SIGNPOSTING)

As I said/mentioned earlier, ... Let me come back to what I said before... Let’s go back to what we were discussing earlier. As I’ve already explained,... As I pointed out in the first section,... Can I now go back to the question I posed at the beginning?

Adding ideas

In addition to this, I’d like to say that.... Moreover/Furthermore, there are other interesting facts we should take a look at.

Going back

This leads directly to my next point. This brings us to the next question. Let’s now move on to/turn to... Let’s now take a look at... Okay, let me now turn to the issue of..

Moving to the next point

THE MIDDLE/MAIN PART OF THE PRESENTATION (SIGNPOSTING)

What conclusion can we draw from this? So, what does this mean? So, where do we go from here?

Explaining terminology

…occupational hazards, that is to say dangers which apply to certain job. …occupational hazards, in other words dangers which apply to certain jobs. What I mean by occupational hazards is dangers which apply to certain jobs

Rhetorical questions

I’d like to look at this in a bit more detail. Can I develop this point a bit further? Let me elaborate on this point. Let’s look at this problem in a bit more detail...

Elaborating a point

02 INTRODUCING VISUALS

Highlighting information I’d like to stress/highlight/emphasize the following points. I’d also like to draw your attention to the upper half of the chart. If you look at it more closely, you’ll notice there are several surprising developments. I’d like to point out one or two interesting details.

Explaining a visual First, let me quickly explain the graph. As the graph/table shows/indicates.... I’d like us to focus our attention on the significance of this figure here. From Table 1 we can see/conclude/show/estimate/calculate/infer that...

Introducing a visual Let’s now look at the next slide which shows... Now, let’s look at/let’s have a look at/take a look at/I’d like you to look at... To illustrate this, let’s have a closer look at...

03 CONCLUSION

Thank you for your attention. Before I stop/finish, let me just say..And now I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Close

Let me just run over/through the key points again. To conclude/In conclusion, I’d like to... In short/In a word/In a nutshell/In brief/To sum up/To summarize, it is generally/widely accepted/argued/held/believed that...

Summarizing points

I’m now approaching/nearing the end of my presentation. Well, this brings me to the end of my presentation/talk. That covers just about everything I wanted to say about...

Indicating the end of your presentation