USEFUL LANGUAGE FOR PRESENTATIONS

 

Speaking in public in a foreign language is very difficult. However, we are lucky when we do this because there are many standard phrases that we can use to structure and construct our presentation. This means that we can concentrate on the content of the presentation, and communicating what we need to say. The following are some useful phrases that you can use when you make your presentation.


Introduce yourself
Good morning/afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is X from Y (name of company, country etc) ...

Introduce the topic
Today/This morning I'm going to talk about/I'd like to talk about ...
The aim of my presentation is to
I'd like to tell you a little about ...

List what the stages of your presentation are
I've divided my presentation into X parts.
First, I'd like to talk about ...
Second, ...
Then, (I'll move on to/consider/deal with/focus on) ...
After that, ...
Next, ...

Introducing a new section
Let's move on to ...
Moving on to ...
This leads to ...
Let's turn to ...
Finally ...

Moving backwards and forwards
As I mentioned earlier, ...
I'll be talking more about this later.
I'll return to this point.

Using visual information
This slide/diagram/transparency shows ...
If you look at this graph it shows that
What is interesting here is ...
I'd like to draw your attention to ...

Replying to difficult questions (when you don't have an answer or don't want to answer a question)
That's a good point.
I'll come to that later if you don't mind.
I'm afraid I don't have that information to hand.
I'm afraid I'm not the right person to answer that.

How long will you speak for and do you want to answer questions?

I'm going to speak for about X minutes/hours/days.
Please keep any questions until the end.
If you have any questions please feel free to interrupt.
I'd be happy to answer any questions at the end.

Summing up
So, to summarise,
In conclusion, ...
That concludes my talk. If you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them.

LAST TIPS!
Remember: when you give a presentation there are three main parts to the presentation:

The Introduction
The Main Body
The Summary

During your presentation you should always try to re-emphasize your main point. Follow the 3X3 rule:
Say what you are going to say
Say it
Say what you've said