Tips for presenting effectivelyTips for presenting effectively

Presentation tips

Over the following pages you will find some useful phrases to provide you with the basic skeleton for a presentation in English.

Tips for presenting effectively

  • Give yourself plenty of time to prepare the presentation and to familiarise yourself with the topic. Practice your presentation in front of a live audience such as colleagues or friends.
  • Structure your presentation logically, and briefly summarise your presentation in the introduction to make it easier for your audience to understand. Sum up the most important points in your conclusion and leave a few minutes at the end of your presentation to answer questions from your audience.
  • Use visual aids such as PPT slides to highlight or demonstrate the main points of your presentation. But don’t overload the slides with information as this will detract the audience’s attention from what you are saying.
  • Involve your audience by asking them questions, or drawing on examples that are familiar to them.
  • Be aware of your body language. If you look relaxed and make eye contact with the audience you will come across as confident and your audience will feel relaxed too. Use hand gestures and facial expressions to emphasise your message and don’t forget to smile!
  • Your voice is your most important tool. By varying your tone of voice you can engage your audience. Speaking in a monotone will make the presentation tedious whereas varying the pitch and speed at which you talk will give your presentation energy.
  • Don’t be afraid to be nervous! You will inevitably be nervous the first time you present in front of a large audience. Remember that this is perfectly natural, and try to channel your nervous energy into an exciting presentation!

Helpful phrases for a presentation

The following is an overview of useful presentation phrases to provide you with the basic structure of a presentation in English. Feel free to use them in your presentation.

  • Introduction

    • On behalf of Company, I would like to welcome you here today.
    • My name is John/Jane Smith and I am the CFO of Global Travel.
    • Hi, I’m John/Jane and I am the head of markteing of Global Travel.
    • Good morning/afternoon/evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is John/Jane Smith and I am delighted to be here today to talk to you about…
    • I’d like to introduce my colleague John/Jane Smith.
    • Hi everyone, I’m John/Jane from Accounts and today I’d like to talk to you about…
  • Introducing the topic

    • Today I am here to talk to you about…
    • As you all know, today I am going to talk to you about…
    • I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about…
    • I am delighted to be here today to tell you about…
    • Today I would like to outline…
  • Structuring the presentation

    • My talk is divided into x parts.
    • I’ll start with…/First I will talk about…/I’ll begin with…
    • I will look at…
    • next…
    • and finally…
    • I will be glad to answer any questions that you may have at the end.
  • Beginning the presentation

    • I’ll start with some general information on…
    • I’d just like to give you some background information about…
    • Before I start, does anyone know…?
    • As you are all aware/As you all know…
  • Changing the topic/speaker

    • Right, let’s move on to…
    • This leads me to my next point, which is…
    • I’d now like to look at/consider…
    • Now I will pass you over to/hand it over to Joe Bloggs
    • Does anyone have any questions before I move on?
  • Inviting questions

    • Does have anyone have any questions?
    • I will be happy to answer your questions now.
    • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
    • If you have any further questions, I will be happy to talk to you at the end.
  • Summary and conclusion


    • To sum up…
    • So to summarise the main points of my talk…
    • Just a quick recap of my main points…


    • I’d like to conclude by…
    • That brings me to the end of my presentation, thank for listening/for your attention.
    • Thank you all for listening, it was a pleasure being here today.
    • Well, that’s it from me. Thanks very much.

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