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Business English Lesson plan- Giving a Presentation (ESA Framework)

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Type of Lesson: Integrated skills (Listening integrated to speaking, pronunciation and vocabulary using authentic material. Theme: giving presentations)

Aims: To identify the characteristics of a good and bad presentation To introduce vocabulary related to presentations To review sentence stress and intonation patterns for effective presentations.

Outcome: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to give a sales presentation about their companies’ new product.

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Assumptions: Students have a wide range of vocabulary related to the business field. They are able to articulate full sentences using complex and compound sentences. They are aware of how important intonation is when delivering a message. They are able to differentiate intonation patterns. They will already know many adjectives that are used to describe the product they sell at their company, as they will have used them in their own language while performing sales pitches. They have prior experience in giving presentations in their own language and have given presentations in previous ESL classes. They are familiar with the structure of a presentation: introduction, overview, state points, state results and conclusions, summarize, and close.

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Students background information: Students are to give a sales presentation about their companies’ new product at a business conference. They are well established sales people in Japan and this will be their first time presenting their product in an overseas environment.

Anticipated Problems and Solutions: Students may not be able to recall some ‘great speakers’. In this case, the teacher will suggest people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, etc. They may have difficulty using proper intonation in certain phrases; this will be solved by demonstration and drilling. They may also have problems with some pronunciation in the intonation exercise. The teacher will be around to assist students with their individual needs.

Aids/Materials: YouTube video “Enhancing Your Presentation Skills”; a vocabulary presentation worksheet; stress and intonation worksheet; Steve Jobs iphone 2007 presentation YouTube Time: approx. 150 minutes

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Aim: to introduce the topic of giving presentations and to outline skills and characteristics that lead to a good presentation. Techniques used: questionnaire; discussion; brainstorming Skills: speaking and listening Interactive Pattern: SS Time: 10 minutes

Aids/Materials: handouts with questions/board

Put students into pairs and have them discuss the following questions:

1.                  What are the characteristics of a great speech/presentation? 2.                  Who are the greatest speakers that you can think of? 3.                  Who do you need to give presentations to as a part of your job? What are they about?

Once students have finished discussing in pairs, have an entire class feedback and have students brainstorm the characteristics of a great speech are.  (Examples of ideas that will be elicited: eye contact, clear voice, positive body language, etc.).

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Step 1: introduce words and phrases related to giving presentations Techniques: Gap-filling Skills: Reading and speaking Interactive Patterns: T-S; SS Time: 5-10 minutes

Aids/Materials: Vocabulary: Presentation Language worksheet.

Students will be given a ‘Vocabulary: Presentation Language’ worksheet that uses words and phrases suitable for presentations. They are to work in pairs in order to fill in the blanks of the passage. After students have completed this activity, the teacher will take it up as a whole class and discuss any vocabulary words they were unsure of.

Vocabulary: Presentation Language

Complete the following presentation excerpts using the words below.

after that                     finally                          illustrate                                  outline to start with                 then                             describe                                   specifically purpose                        sum up                         thank                                       tell you

Good morning, everybody. I hope you are all doing well today and I’d like to _______ you all for being here. Today I am here to __________ about our latest product, and more _________ about how it works and what it does. I’d also like to __________ the products’ features and __________ inform you about where you can get it and how. ____________, I’d like to briefly __________ our current marketing policy in Canada. ________, I’ll __________ some of the problems we have encountered in our market share. ___________, I’ll ________ our progress this year and continue on with our main _______ for being here; the product.

Answer Key: thank, tell you, specifically, illustrate, finally, to start with, describe, then, outline, after that, sum up, purpose

Step 2: To identify how important intonation is in delivering a sound presentation Techniques: Elicitation Skills: Listening and speaking Interactive Patterns: T-S Time: 5 minutes Aids/Materials: Vocabulary: Presentation Language worksheet

The teacher will read the excerpt twice. T will ask the students to listen carefully and identify the differences. The first time, T will read it using proper sentence stress (stressing content words: nouns, main verbs, adjectives, adverbs), intonation and tone of voice. The second time, T will read it in a monotone voice. Then T will elicit the difference and which one is more effective and why: T: “Which speech was more effective?” S: “The first one” T: “Why?” S: (Possible answers) “You used expression, your voice changed, you sounded enthusiastic. In the second reading, your sounded dull, boring.”

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ACTIVATE – Business English Lesson Plan

Aim: Practice intonation patterns Techniques: reading aloud Skills: speaking and pronunciation Interactive Patterns: SS Time: 10 minutes

Aids/Materials: “Good and Bad Stress and Intonation” from

The teacher will hand out the worksheet “Good and Bad Stress and Intonation”. Students will work in partners to practice saying the sixteen sentences with both good and bad intonation. The back of the worksheet provides helpful tips in how to express the sentences in the best and worst ways possible. Once students have finished practicing with a partner, they will go over each sentence as a whole class. The teacher will correct them where necessary

Step 1: Aim: to identify characteristics of effective presentations. Technique: note-taking, listen for main ideas Skills: listening and speaking Interactive patterns: S and SS Time: 10-15 minutes Aids/Materials: YouTube video “Enhancing Your Presentation Skills- Killer Presentations” by Doug Jeffries. (about 7:18 minutes)

The teacher will play the video twice to ensure students have a full understanding of the content. Students are responsible for noting at least five presentation skills that Doug Jeffries mentions in the video (Making your audience comfortable, establishing eye contact, ‘power of the pause’, body language/gestures, effective content). They will then go over and discuss the importance of each point as a whole class. For example:

T: “Why is establishing eye contact important when giving a presentation?” S: “It engages the viewer and allows them to know that you are speaking directly to them”

The teacher will now ask students if they know who Steve Jobs was and what he was responsible for.

T will tell the students that they will now watch a presentation by Steve Jobs and they have to discuss the following questions:

–          Can you identify any of the presentation skills described by Doug Jeffries in Steve Jobs’ video?

–          What makes Steve Jobs’ iphone 2007 launch presentation effective? (Possible answers: visuals, timing of speech accompanied by visuals, clear voice, confidence, knowledge of product).

–          How does he keep the audience engaged? (Possible answers: movement, gestures, tone/pitch, humour, repetition (“re-invent, revolutionary”)

T will ask students to take a closer look at Steve Jobs’ presentation. T will direct them to identify any words they think made his presentation effective; words he repeated, words that they think helped to describe/promote his product. Students should pick out certain adjectives such as revolutionary, life-changing, re-invent, magic, etc. T will write students’ answers on the board and then ask them to think of other vocabulary words they could use to sell a product, focusing on a product that the company they work for sells. “If you were to sell your company’s new product in a presentation like Steve Jobs’, what type of words would you use to engage the audience and make them want to buy your product? Come up with as many adjectives as you can to promote your product.” Students will compile an individual list. Once they have finished their lists, they will discuss their adjectives together as a class. T will write their ideas on the board, adding to the list that we compiled from Steve Jobs’ presentation and give the students time to copy any of the adjectives that they wish to use for their presentations into their notes.

Aim: Students will create a presentation with the assistance of ICT tools (PowerPoint/Camtasia) to sell a product to their classmates using appropriate vocabulary and body language. Techniques: collaborative writing and discussion Skills: Speaking, listening, reading and writing Aids/Materials: computers with Camtasia program and Microsoft PowerPoint Interactive Pattern: SSS Time: approx. 50 min.

For the final stage of the lesson, T will tell students that they are going to create a presentation, much like the one they viewed in the Steve Jobs video, using ICT tools (Camtasia or Powerpoint) to sell a product of their choice. The product must be something they are fully aware of as they will not have much time to research.

T will briefly go over the main stages of a presentation. Students’ presentation must  follow this format: introduction, overview, state point, state results, summarize, and close.

Other points to remember to use in their presentations are: -use of vocabulary (adjectives and phrases) to describe the product -body language, gestures and intonation -synchronization of their speech with the slideshow presentation

After each student presents, the rest of the class will give them feedback regarding their presentation (both good and bad) and what they need to work on for a real life sales presentation scenario.

Adapted from lesson plan by 120-hour TEFL certificate graduate.

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Give a Great Business English Presentation 📈 Tips From a Business Coach

Public speaking makes almost everyone nervous. It isn’t surprising to learn that a lot of people are afraid of spiders, snakes, or heights. All three things can be dangerous to humans, so those fears make sense. However, public speaking isn’t physically dangerous – our brains just trick us into feeling like it’s dangerous . If this sounds like you, keep reading for my tips on developing your business English presentation skills .

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How to Give a Great Business Presentation in English

I used to be terrified of public speaking. And I gave presentations in English, as a native English speaker.

My voice and hands would shake. My face and neck would turn red. I couldn’t think very well – or at all – when I spoke. I would often make simple mistakes because I was so stressed.

And I hated it, but I had to give business presentations at university. As a business student, my final year required three to six presentations every month! Luckily, after I stood in front of my classes about ten to fifteen times I figured out how to practice and each presentation became easier. By the time I graduated, I was comfortable standing in front of people. At my first full-time job, they even sent me to give business presentations and workshops as a representative of my company – and I had fun!

What helped me? Finding some transition phrases that felt natural, a specific type of practice, learning to breathe and slow down, and figuring out how I best deal with questions .

If I can do it, you can do it!

Use simple business English presentation vocabulary and grammar you’re comfortable with…

If you’re already nervous about giving a presentation in your target language, now is not the time to use new vocabulary or complex grammar. If you keep things simple for yourself, it can help you in more than one way.

Help your audience understand you

In the second part of the Globish articles , one suggestion that helps you to be easily understood by everyone makes a lot of sense. In every meeting or business English presentation, “[adapt] your speech to the lowest level” in the room . This is true for all public speakers, whether they are native or non-native presenters.

So, in order to be clear in your presentation, use simple business English vocabulary and phrases that you – and your audience – are comfortable with .

Stay relaxed

Using simple language also stops extra stress. Trying to use unfamiliar grammar will make everything more difficult than necessary.

Use transition phrases to move between topics

What’s the purpose of a business presentation? To give information to your audience. The purpose isn’t to entertain your audience, however, you don’t want them to stop listening because it is too complicated or boring.

Therefore, you should keep things as simple as possible while connecting to your audience. It’s easy to make your transitions feel smooth and less awkward. Use a few simple phrases before you start new slides or topics to help your audience follow along.

Transition phrases

“Are we ready to get started?”

If you need to officially start the meeting, this is a gentle way to stop other conversations happening.

First, Next, Then, Finally

An easy way to start each slide is by ordering them out loud. This helps your coworkers keep track of the information.

Now that we know ___, we can ____.

If you’re presenting the solution to a problem, this is a great fill-in-the-blank formula for helping your audience understand the logic of your solution.

I’d like you to…

When you’re ready to end the presentation, you can re-state the most important information or ask your audience to do something .

Practice with and without notes

The most important step to getting completely comfortable with any presentation is to practice the words you’ll say. You should practice the same way you’ll speak on presentation day – without notes.

However, if you memorize every word of your speech and then get interrupted or distracted, you might forget your most important ideas, facts, or statements. The easiest way to smoothly handle distractions is to only memorize the most important things .

Here is my process for practicing:

Read your notes out loud

When you begin to practice your presentation, read everything out loud to make sure you’re comfortable with the words and the order of your slides. You only need to do this three or four times.

As soon as you’re happy with how it sounds, you can start memorizing the very few phrases or details that are the most important .

Repeat your main points until you don’t need your notes

If I needed to give a business English presentation about this blog post, I would memorize only the outline of my main points:

Memorizing the outline is a good way to make sure you say everything in the correct order, while sounding natural throughout the rest of your presentation.

Give the full presentation to your mirror

The next step is to talk through your entire presentation – at least three times! – while looking at yourself in the mirror, without your notes.

You’ll probably talk about your supporting information a slightly different way each time you practice. That’s good! Most speaking coaches will tell you that it’s natural to use different words or phrases each time – unless you’re an actor with a script.

During the presentation, take deep breaths and remind yourself to slow down

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received about presentations was this: Nobody else notices if you pause to take a breath.

And they were right.

When you’re nervous, your heart beats faster. You might forget to breathe, or you might breathe too fast. Don’t get dizzy – that makes business English presentations much too difficult! Instead, take a deep breath to stay calm and steady whenever you need to:

Stop at each new slide or topic

Transition phrases help your audience understand the flow of information. If you pause to breathe after the transition, that will help both you and your audience.

Speak slower so you can think slower

Sometimes I make mistakes during my presentations because I start talking so fast that I can’t remember what I want to say next or say something I didn’t mean to say.

Decide how you’ll deal with questions about your business English presentation before you start

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I personally prefer to give workshops instead of presentations. I can teach and answer questions during a workshop instead of giving a full speech without interaction from my presentation audience.

So I encourage questions. Answering questions makes me less nervous in general. But does it make you more nervous? This is a personal preference – it isn’t a good thing or a bad thing. But you’ll feel more comfortable if you decide before you stand up in front of people.

Let your audience know you like questions

If you prefer taking questions during the presentation, simply say, “I’m happy to answer questions as we go along.”

You can also say, “Feel free to ask questions.”

These phrases give your audience permission to raise their hands or speak out.

Let your audience know you like to answer questions at the end

If you prefer getting through your presentation and then answering questions, simply say, “I’ll have a few minutes at the end to answer your questions.”

This lets your audience know that they should remember their questions, since you’ll be taking them after the presentation. Since not every business English presentation is the same, it makes the audience’s job easier if you let them know what to expect.

Finally, trust your preparation

After all your hard work, the best – but most difficult – thing to do is to relax and trust your preparation. It’s the same advice that I give in my book, 8 Steps for Interview Prep . Keep in mind that you’re giving a presentation because you know things your colleagues – or customers – don’t know. You’re giving them valuable information!

When you make a mistake, just remember: nobody is perfect . Your coworkers understand that even native speakers make mistakes!

About the Author: Tina Crouch is a writer and Business English coach who started and published 8 Steps for Interview Prep: How English Learners Can Confidently Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ and Other Questions . She has a unique perspective on language learning after years of studying Italian and loves helping students improve their communication skills.

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Imagine this:  You’re standing in front of a PowerPoint display, with several colleagues looking at you. Your boss is there, too. It’s time to give a presentation.

How do you feel nervous or confident.

Presentation skills are essential for the modern workplace. If you can’t present your work clearly and confidently in English, then you may be holding your career back.

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Why do presentation skills matter?

Whether you head up a multinational company or just starting out, you’ll need presentation skills. Being able to share information, offer an analysis and lead the conversation are all crucial capabilities for the business world.

In fact, 70% of employees surveyed by Prezi, a presentation software tool, said that presentation skills were essential to success. Another 20% said that they would do almost anything to avoid speaking in public. Which group do you think is more likely to achieve their goals?

Presentation skills might even be the key to your next job. According to a 2020 survey by the Ministry of Manpower, these are the top transferable skills that employers want:

Public speaking demonstrates all of these skills. 

When you give a business presentation, you use your leadership abilities to hold people’s attention. Your communication skills help you to convey information efficiently.   You can demonstrate your capacity for innovation, analysis and development through the ideas you share. 

Finally, if you can put together the research and slides for a presentation, then you’ve also shown that you have digital skills . And presenting is an excellent way to demonstrate your English proficiency!

How presentation skills can advance your career

As we’ve seen, presentation skills are very attractive to employers. However, they can be useful for more than just career advancement. Learning how to present your thoughts clearly can also have personal benefits.

Feeling confident in high-pressure life situations, such as a business negotiation, can help increase your confidence in other areas. As you practise interacting with an audience, you’ll develop your emotional intelligence and learn how to make a powerful impression.

Careers website The Balance points out that presentation skills also include chairing meetings and dealing with feedback. This experience trains you to think on your feet and solve problems in real time. It’s also valuable practice in guiding conversations and setting the tone for business meetings.

3 ways to improve your presentation skills

If you want to improve your presentation skills and master public speaking, here are a few ideas you can try. 

Like any other communication skill, the best way to improve your presentations and business English is to practise, practise and practise again. It’s often a good idea to practise with friends or a class, so that you can get instant feedback and support. 

Before you book a class, spend some time thinking about the specific presentation skills you need. Do you attend a lot of conferences? Do you have to give weekly progress reports, or lead negotiations with other businesses? Some professional skills courses are designed for specific industries or expertise.

For example, the British Council in Singapore uses personalised teaching content for different students. This means that you can immerse yourself in the specific presentation style that works for your goals. The British Council courses also include access to networking events, so that you can practise your skills with other professionals.

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63 Must-know business presentation phrases to have prepared

Greeting your audience and starting your presentation, give the topic of your presentation , introducing yourself, give a roadmap for the presentation , question policy and any rules, starting the main body of your presentation, beginning a new section of the main body, useful words for listing, introduce your visual aids, ending the presentation, involving the audience in the discussion, check in with the question asker, thank your audience and close your presentation, 1. research your presentation, 2. plan your presentation  , 3. learn useful phrases beforehand, 4. prepare some visual aids, 5. practice, practice, practice  , 6. anticipate questions, 7. consider your body language, 8. try to manage your nerves, a brief afterword, here are 63 business presentation phrases to help you structure your next talk for maximum impact. we’ve also set out eight steps to help you plan and deliver a speech you’ll be proud of. .

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No matter what field you work in, at some point you will have to give a presentation. This can feel very nerve-wracking at first, if not downright frightening. One study found that 80% of us get the jitters at the thought of public speaking, and even that sounds a bit low! 

The good news is that anxiety motivates thorough preparation… and thorough preparation is the key to a great presentation! 

In this article, we have pulled together 63 business presentation phrases to help you structure your next talk for maximum impact. We’ve also set out eight steps to help you plan and deliver a speech you’ll be proud of. 

63 Must-know business presentation phrases

Here is a list of natural-sounding phrases which you might like to use in your next business presentation. They won’t all be useful to everyone, but they will give you some building blocks to structure your presentation around. 

Open your presentation with a greeting and thank people for coming. Here are some opening statements, ranging from formal to informal:

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Your audience knows why they are there, but it is helpful to re-state it briefly. 

Briefly tell the audience who you are: give your name, company, and position. You can touch on any other information which explains why you’re well-placed to give this presentation. 

10. My name is Kenny Jones , and I am The Head of Marketing here. 

11. First of all, a little bit about my background. I am the Head of Marketing at Lego, and I have been with the company for seven years. Before that, I used to work for where I…

12. To introduce myself, my name is Kenny and I am the Head of Marketing at Lego. 

13. By way of an introduction, my name is Kenny and I head up the Marketing department at Lego.  

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Even if your presentation is short, it’s helpful for the audience to know what you plan to discuss. It’ll keep you focussed, and ensure that they hear facts, rather than an endless stream of information.  

14. My presentation will take about 45 minutes and is divided into four sections. Section 1 is going to discuss…

15. Since we only have 45 minutes to discuss this huge topic , I’m going to keep things brief. This talk will be divided into four sections. To start off…

16. I thought it would be helpful to share a road map of what I’m planning to cover. This talk will be divided into four sections. 

17. I’m going to look at four different aspects of CPC advertising in today’s presentation. Number one…

What do you want from your audience? Do you mind being interrupted, or will it distract you? State your expectations and you won’t have any surprises. Consider whether you need to announce any other rules about audience behavior. 

18. If you have questions about anything, please kindly wait until the end of the presentation to ask them. We’ll have ten minutes for an open discussion at the end. 

19. Feel free to interrupt if you have any questions.

20. If anything isn’t clear, put your hand up and I’ll do my best to answer your question. 

21. I’d be happy to answer any questions at the end of my talk.

22. Unfortunately, photography isn’t allowed during this presentation.  

23. I would appreciate it if you could all put your phones on silent, or turn them off for the duration of this talk. 

Your audience now has a good idea of who you are and what to expect. Now there’s a roomful of eyes waiting to hear your expertise. It can help to start by turning the topic into a question. 

24. So, what is CPC advertising?

25. Let’s start at the very beginning. Many people ask…

If that’s not suitable for you, then try any of the following phrases to show that your introduction is over, and the main body will shortly begin.  

26. Without further ado. 

27. Let’s get started. 

28. I’d like to start by talking about…

29. Let’s kick things off. 

Once you’ve made your first point, try to sum it up in one sentence. Then you are ready to start a new phrase. Here are some options for that:

30. Okay so that’s Facebook ads. But what about Google ads? Well…

31. Now let’s turn to Google ads. 

32. There’s a lot more to learn about that but since we’re pushed for time, let’s move on to Google ads.

33. Next up: Google ads.

34. Part two: Google ads.

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In Ancient Greece, rhetoricians (professional public speakers) developed tricks to hold an audience’s attention. One of them was to number their ideas on their fingers, so that the audience had a visual aid to follow along with. Luckily, this works even better when showing bullet points on a PowerPoint! Here are some ideas for how to list your points: 

35. There are five main advantages to this approach… firstly, … secondly, … thirdly, …

36. There are three main reasons why people choose Google ads. It’s primarily because…but another key factor is…some people choose them because…

37. There are five stages of the process. You start by… then, you should…after that,

It’s best to give your audience something to look at to reinforce your points. Here are some phrases to show people what you want them to notice. 

38. If you look at this graph, you will see…

39. From this chart, we can understand how …

40. As you can see from this infographic, our research indicates that…

41. This chart shows our findings of a recent experiment we undertook. The y-axis represents… while the x-axis stands for…

Business presentations usually end with a summary. You can use this to reinforce your main points (in case anyone dozed off!) or to return to the question you discussed. 

42. That’s it on CPC advertising for today. In brief, we’ve covered …

43. Well, that’s just about all we’ve got time for today, unfortunately. I hope you have learned something about CPC advertising. 

44. Well, that concludes my presentation today. To refresh your memory, the main takeaways are the following. Number one…

45. That brings me to the end of my presentation. I hope you’re a little clearer on what CPC advertising is and when to use it. 

46. So to draw all that together, next time you think about CPC advertising , consider the following factors…. That’s all from me! 

You’ve said your piece, and the audience is full of new information. Thank them for their attention and, if you feel able to, invite them to ask you for clarifications. 

47. Thank you for listening. We have five minutes left over. Are there any questions? 

48. Thank you for your attention, I hope you’ve found this session useful. I’d be happy to answer any questions. 

49. Thank you for listening. I’d now like to open up the floor to questions, so just raise your hand if there’s anything else you want to know. 

When you receive questions, don’t feel you have to leap into the answer straight away. You can buy yourself an extra few seconds with one of the following phrases.

50. Thank you for your question, Mike.  

51. That’s an interesting question.

52. I’m glad you asked me that. 

If you aren’t sure how best to answer a question, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification as to exactly what information the asker is looking for. It’s also perfectly professional to admit when you don’t know something. 

53. Could you clarify what exactly you mean by that, please? 

54. Are you asking about my experience or data from the industry in general? 

55. I’m afraid I don’t have those figures off the top of my head, but if you give me your email address at the end, I can follow up with you later. 

56. Unfortunately, that’s slightly outside of my area of expertise. However, I think you could almost certainly find more information on that by…

57. That’s a great question and I have to say, I don’t know for sure, but my best guess would be that…

To really demonstrate your expertise, check that your question has impressed the audience member who raised it.

58. I hope that makes sense. Is that the kind of answer you were looking for? 

59. Does that answer your question?

60. Feel free to come and grab me afterward if you want to discuss this further. 

61. Thank you very much for your attention.

62. Thank you all for coming, I really enjoyed speaking to you today and hope this session has been useful. 

63. Thanks for listening, do feel free to contact me via my website or email if you think of any further questions. 

8 simple steps to put together a killer business presentation

Here’s how to create a presentation that will make your clients want to buy from you, and inspire your colleagues! 

If you’ve been asked to give a presentation on a topic, then it’s probably within your area of expertise. However, there might be areas where you need a little more knowledge. It’s important to figure out what they are early, rather than get an unpleasant surprise later. 

To test this, break the subject of your presentation into smaller questions. For instance, if you are presenting the impact of social media in the previous quarter, you might consider: 

When you break your presentation into chunks, your approach will become more organized. Plus, you can clearly see what data and information you’ll need to back up your points. It might also be worthwhile to speak with colleagues who can give you effective feedback.

Taking a systematic approach to research is a great way to avoid missing anything important! 

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Now you probably have far more information than you could reasonably ask your audience to remember! It’s best to strip everything back to basics: and start with making a very simple plan. Begin by writing down your introduction, and the three to four main points you want people to take away from the talk. From there, you can add sub-points, and decide how much time to spend on each section. 

Whether English is your second language or not, it’s helpful to write a script of what you intend to say. You probably won’t stick to it, but it will help you clarify your ideas. To make your speech sound natural, use simpler language than you usually would when writing for business. 

If you want to plan, practice, or generally improve your business English, then why not try learning with a business English tutor . A tutor can help you with any consistent errors that you make, and send you key vocabulary that you can then save and practice outside the classroom. Try Preply’s search filters and you can even find a tutor specialized in your industry or role.

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Now you’ve written a simple script, it’s time to start rehearsing! Unless you really need to, don’t memorize the whole thing word-for-word.

If you do, forgetting a single word might throw you off balance. It’s safer to learn only your key phrases, rather than stuffing your brain full of too much information.

If you lose your way, it will be easier to skip ahead to the next point and resume your presentation. Depending on the situation and the length of your presentation, you might also be able to get away with holding a piece of paper with your phrases on it.

If you’re about to present to the board, your manager, or a client on their finances, check out our blog post on the most common English for Accounting vocabulary .

These days, most people use a slide deck when presenting business ideas . If you have this option, it’s a great way to keep your audience’s attention. Some people prefer to make their slide deck before even writing their presentation script.

Whichever order you choose to prepare in, don’t overcrowd your slides: you are the presenter, the slides are just something to look at! Try to keep them to bullet points with the main points you want people to remember. 

It’s also a great idea to signpost your argument with graphics and pictures. According to one experiment, when an audience hears new information, they’re likely to remember only 10% of it three days later. However, if a relevant image is paired with those same facts, they remember 65% three days later . 

The more you can rehearse your presentation, the more confident you will be on the day.

Try recording yourself giving the presentation a few times and watching it back. It will probably feel a little embarrassing, but working through this embarrassment can prepare you well to deal with the fear of presenting! 

When you watch yourself back, listen carefully to your accent. Are there any words or phrases that you find difficult to pronounce? Try looking them up in an online dictionary with an audio facility, like If it’s an issue in several places, then you could also check out our article on how to improve your pronunciation . 

If the presentation is very important, you could ask a colleague to watch it through and offer constructive feedback. However, if you’re more worried about sounding natural and fluent than the presentation’s contents, a few sessions with a Preply business English tutor can work wonders. 

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Even if you don’t have a dedicated section for questions, you should expect one or two at the end of your presentation. This is a good thing: questions are a sign that your audience was listening! Try to come up with a few ideas people might ask, and research the answers in advance. Better yet, have a colleague watch your presentation and make some suggestions. 

If you are planning to have a question and answer section at the end of your presentation, you should also have a backup plan in case the audience is quiet. Prepare one or two “questions” for yourself to get things started. You might say something like:

Don’t worry if your audience says nothing — you might have covered all they need to know. It’s good to be prepared with a few extra points, however, just so your presentation doesn’t end in awkward silence! 

When rehearsing your presentation, don’t just read it while you are sitting at your desk. So much of human communication has nothing to do with words. Try to practice what your body will be doing during the talk.

Also consider what you will do with your hands — some people gesture a lot when they become nervous, and this can be distracting. Put anxious hands to good use by using a pointer to indicate ideas on your slide deck. You could also try holding your notes, or even a bottle of water. 

You’ve done everything you can to prepare for your presentation. Now, the only thing left is to present it with confidence! Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, especially if you’re presenting in a second language. Try some of these “tricks” to manage your anxiety. 

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Hopefully, you now feel ready to deliver a presentation that will leave your audience speechless! Or at least, impressed with your professionalism and flair. 

Remember: if one of the reasons you’re worried about your presentation is because English is a second language for you, a few sessions with a Preply Business English tutor can work wonders. If you would rather take corporate English training to learn with your colleagues at work, discover Preply Business.

A tutor can help you write the best possible speech, and suggest more conversational options for unnatural phrases. Preparation is the key to success, but pair it with expert advice and you’ll take your presentation skills to a whole new level!

Candice Benjamine

Candice Benjamin is an English teacher with more than 6 years of online teaching experience. Candice has taught English to children and adults alike of various levels, ensuring that each achieves their respective goals. Candice specializes in the IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge exams and creates courses and strategies specific to the needs and goals of each student, to help them achieve their desired grade. Candice is patient and determined to produce significant results for her students.

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