Does giving a presentation make you feel a little nervous?
Well, you’re not alone.
According to Forbes, giving a presentation makes 80% of us feel nervous!
The good news is that feeling nervous might be a good thing. This feeling pushes us to prepare ourselves better, and as long as you’re well prepared, you’ll do just fine.
So then, let’s take a look at how we can prepare ourselves to give amazing presentations in English. Today, we’re going to focus on the business English phrases you can count on (depend on) to make your presentation go more smoothly from start to finish.
But first, here are some tips to use when preparing for your presentation.
The Top 3 Tips for Preparing Your Business Presentation in English
Have a Plan
Always have a plan. Spend some time thinking about not only what you’re going to say but how you’re going to say it.
If English isn’t your native language, it’s very important that you think about what language you’re going to be using. Think about all the vocabulary, phrases and grammar that will make your message clear and easy to understand.
What are the big ideas you want to explain for your presentation? Which words will express these ideas best?
As part of your planning, be sure to write down your ideas and points and rehearse (practice saying) them well. If you do write out your whole speech, avoid memorizing or reading it as it’ll make you sound like a robot: stiff and boring.
Instead, use your notes as a guide and speak naturally.
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Keep It Short
Keep your presentation short and to the point. Use your notes to keep you on track and within the time limit. Your notes will also keep you from repeating yourself and going off topic.
So now that you have these tips in hand, let’s look at the top 25 business English phrases that you can trust to help you transition smoothly from the beginning to the end of your presentation.
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Greeting Your Audience
You’re now standing in front of your audience. Before you begin your presentation, start by greeting your audience, welcoming them to the event and introducing yourself.
1. Good morning/afternoon/evening, everyone.
2. Welcome to [name of event].
Sample sentence: Welcome to our 3rd Annual Sales Leadership Conference.
3. First, let me introduce myself. I am [name] from [company].
Beginning Your Presentation
After you have given an introduction, you are ready to begin speaking about your topic. Use these phrases to get started.
4. Let me start by giving you some background information.
Use this phrase to give your audience a brief overview of the topic you’ll be discussing. This is a good way to give them an idea of what’s going on and to bring them up to date.
5. As you’re aware, …
If you’re bringing up a topic that your audience already knows about or is aware of, then you can use this phrase to introduce this known topic.
Sample sentence: As you’re aware, the CEO of DHL Express has often said that globalization is here to stay.
Transitioning to the Next Topic
Before you move on to your next point, be sure to make it clear to your audience that you’re now starting a new topic. Let them know exactly what that new topic will be. The two phrases below are very similar in meaning, and they can both be used for transitions.
6. Let’s move on to…
Sample sentence: Let’s move on to our second sales strategy.
7. Turning our attention now to…
Sample sentence: Turning our attention now to the results of our 2016 customer survey.
Providing More Details
Use these phrases to tell your audience that you’ll be giving them a more detailed explanation of the topic. Both the words ‘expand’ and ‘elaborate’ mean to explain more fully.
8. I’d like to expand on…
Sample sentence: Now I’d like to expand on my point about increasing our market share.
9. Let me elaborate further.
Linking to Another Topic
When making reference to a point you made earlier, or to remind your audience about something you said before, use these phrases to that link.
10. As I said at the beginning, …
This phrase lets you remind your audience about a point you made earlier. It can also be used to emphasize a point or theme.
Sample sentence: As I said in the beginning, we’ll see an increase in profit if we follow these five steps.
11. This relates to what I was saying earlier…
This phrase will help you make connections between ideas in your presentation. It shows that two different ideas are connected.
Sample sentence: This relates to what I was saying earlier about increasing production to meet the year-end demand.
12. This ties in with…
Sample sentence: This ties in with the way we’ve been doing business for the past 20 years.
Emphasizing a Point
Use these phrases to draw attention to an important point that you want your audience to note.
13. The significance of this is…
The word “significance'” is similar in meaning to “importance.”
Sample sentence: The significance of this is, if we complete this project on schedule, we’ll have more people available to work on the next project.
14. This is important because…
Sample sentence: This is important because any marketing effort we put in now will help to boost demand for our products in the long run.
15. We have to remember that …
Sample sentence: We have to remember that people are our most important resource.
Making Reference to Information
Very often, you may need to support your discussion points by drawing attention and making reference to information and data from studies, reports and other sources.
16. Based on our findings, …
Sample sentence: Based on our findings, 74% of our market is made up of teenagers who find our clothing line stylish and upbeat.
17. According to our study, …
Sample sentence: According to our study, 63% of working people in this city go directly to the gym after work.
18. Our data shows …
Sample sentence: Our data shows that more than 23% of men in this town who used to drive to work now prefer to save money and the environment by cycling instead.
To present a clearer picture of your point, you may show your data, information or examples in the form of visuals such as charts, tables and graphs.
19. I’d like to illustrate this point by showing you…
The word “illustrate” means “show,” usually with examples, data or visuals.
Sample sentence: I’d like to illustrate this point by showing you a chart of the number of people in each age group who prefer to shop online.
20. This chart shows a breakdown of …
A “breakdown” refers to the detailed parts or figures that make up the total picture. A breakdown is often used in a presentation to show all the smaller parts behind something bigger.
Sample sentence: This chart shows a breakdown of the ingredients we use in our gluten-free products.
Restating Your Point
Sometimes in order to emphasize your point, you have to state it in a way that’s easier for your audience to understand and remember. This often involves rephrasing, simplifying or clarifying your point.
21. In other words, …
Use this phrase to rephrase or reword your point in another way.
Sample sentence: In other words, we need to change our current design to make it more attractive to older children.
22. To put it simply, …
Use this phrase to simplify points that are complex or difficult to understand.
Sample sentence: To put it simply, we’ll need you to work harder at making this launch a success.
23. What I mean to say is …
Use this phrase to explain your point in a way that’s easier for your audience to understand.
Sample sentence: What I mean to say is that we need to change the way we market our products.
Concluding Your Presentation
This is the very end of the presentation. You have said everything you need to say, and now you need to finish it nicely. You may also have some time for questions. If there is time for questions, invite your audience to ask any questions they have.
24. In conclusion, let me sum up my main points.
As part of your closing statement, “sum up” (summarize, state briefly) your speech by mentioning the main points of your speech.
25. Thank you for your attention. Now I am happy to answer any questions you might have.
End your presentation by thanking your audience and offering to answer their questions.
So with this, you’ve mastered the 25 most commonly used phrases used in presentations.
Once you learn them, you’ll find them very useful to you in any presentation.
Become familiar with them and I promise you’ll feel much less nervous in your next presentation.
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