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General overview and basic tips on preparing and giving presentations.

Useful Phrases

Welcoming your audience

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen
Good morning, gentlemen
Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman
Good afternoon, everybody

Introducing your subject

I am going to talk today about…
The purpose of my presentation is to introduce our new range of…

Outlining your structure

To start with I’ll describe the progress made this year. Then I’ll mention some of the problems we’ve encountered and how we overcame them. After that I’ll consider the possibilities for further growth next year. Finally, I’ll summarize my presentation (before concluding with some recommendations).

Giving instructions about questions

Do feel free to interrupt me if you have any questions.
I’ll try to answer all of your questions after the presentation.
I plan to keep some time for questions after the presentation.

Starting

I’d like to start by…
Let’s begin by…
First of all, I’ll…
Starting with…
I’ll begin by…

Finishing one subject…

Well, I’ve told you about…
That’s all I have to say about…
We’ve looked at…
So much for…

…and starting another

Now we’ll move on to…
Let me turn now to…
Next…
Turning to…
I’d like now to discuss…
Let’s look now at…

Analysing a point and giving recommendations

Where does that lead us?
Let’s consider this in more detail…
What does this mean for ABC?
Translated into real terms…

Giving an example

For example,…
A good example of this is…
As an illustration,…
To give you an example,…
To illustrate this point…

Dealing with questions

We’ll be examining this point in more detail later on…
I’d like to deal with this question later, if I may…
I’ll come back to this question later in my talk…
Perhaps you’d like to raise this point at the end…
I won’t comment on this now…

Summarising and concluding

To conclude,…
Now, to sum up…
Right, let’s sum up, shall we?
So let me summarise/recap what I’ve said.
Finally, may I remind you of some of the main points we’ve considered.
In conclusion,…
I’d like now to recap…
Let’s summarise briefly what we’ve looked at…
Finally, let me remind you of some of the issues we’ve covered…
If I can just sum up the main points…

Ordering

Firstly…secondly…thirdly…lastly…
First of all…then…next…after that…finally…
To start with…later…to finish up…

Thanking your audience

Many thanks for your attention.
May I thank you all for being such an attentive audience.

Inviting questions

Now I’ll try to answer any questions you may have.
Can I answer any questions?
Are there any questions?
Do you have any questions?
Are there any final questions?

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