Making Presentations in English

  • Making Presentations

Advice on giving a presentation

✅  You owe it to your audience to prepare thoroughly, so don’t just wing it.

✅  Decide on just two or three main messages that you would like the audience to come away with.

✅  Draw on your own experience: this will give the talk greater credibility.  Through personalisation you will help your audience to relate to you and what you are talking about.  Your talk will become more memorable and you will make a meaningful connection.  Connections equal engagement and engagement means that you audience will remember you!

✅  If you are worried about anything in your talk, run it by someone you know first.  Practise your presentation and check any difficult words with an online dictionary or with a colleague who speaks English.  Remember that intonation is key.  Flat intonation will make you sound bored and boring!  Don’t send your audience to sleep with a lack of stress and rhythm.

✅  Add key words to your presentation slides to help your audience follow your main points and ideas.

✅  Arrive with plenty of time to spare if presenting in person and make sure all the equipment is set up and in good working order.  This will help to put your mind at rest before you start.

✅  Start with something to make people sit up and take notice; laughter often helps to loosen up an audience.  They want the talk to succeed and they will be rooting for you.

✅  Slow down.  Speaking slowly and clearly is always recommended when making a presentation, especially in an additional language.  Remember that speed does not equal fluency.  Breathing and taking your time is very important.

✅  Provide a handout.  A summary of your key points in simple language is an excellent idea.  You could even include a glossary of key terms.  Presenting in another language can be a nerve-wracking experience.  Plenty of practice will help you feel more comfortable and confident.

Grammar Goat Glossary 🐐

wing it                         INFORMAL to do something without preparation or plans

come away with sth   leave a place with new knowledge or ideas or a particular impression.

Draw on sth                use experience, knowledge, or a supply of sth that you have gained over time.

Run sth by sb              tell sb your ideas so that they can give their opinion.

Time to spare             more than enough time

Set sth up                   make a piece of equipment ready to use

Put sb’s mind at rest  stop sb feeling worried

Make sb sit up            do sth surprising or impressive that makes sb pay attention to you

Loosen sb up              make sb more relaxed

Root for sb                  support and encourage sb in a competition or a difficult situation.

Nerve-wracking          causing stress or anxiety


The Language of Presenting

1 Greeting People ✅   Good morning/afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen/everyone.
2 Introducing your topic ✅   Today I’d like to talk about……..

✅   The subject of my/our presentation today is……

3 Introducing a point ✅   To begin with I would like to look at (TOPIC) ……
4 Moving onto the next point ✅   Moving onto my next area which is (TOPIC)…..

✅   The third area to look at is  (TOPIC)

✅   The next area I want to cover is…..

✅   Finally,  (TOPIC) ………..

5 Giving an example ✅   For instance…..

✅   An example of this is/was…….

✅   A typical case is….

6 Developing a point ✅   Let’s look at this in more detail.

✅   So what does this really mean?

7 Adding Information ✅   In addition…

✅   Furthermore….

✅   Moreover….

8 Reaching the end of a point ✅   Finally,..

✅   So reaching the end of this point we can see….

9 Concluding ✅   Let me finish by saying….

✅   To sum up…..

✅   So in conclusion……

10 Finishing ✅   That’s the end of my/our presentation. Thank you for listening

✅   Thank you for your attention

✅   Are there any questions?