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Making Better Presentations in English by Andrew D. Miles. 1. SIGNAL THE START. Start your speech with a phrase that catches the public’s attention. Right ladies and gentlemen Shall we begin? Fine everybody. Let’s get started OK Guys. Are you all ready?. 2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

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Making better presentations in english by andrew d miles

Making Better Presentationsin Englishby Andrew D. Miles

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


1 signal the start
1. SIGNAL THE START

Start your speech with a phrase that catches the public’s attention.

  • Right ladies and gentlemen

  • Shall we begin?

  • Fine everybody. Let’s get started

  • OK Guys. Are you all ready?

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


2 introduce yourself
2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF

Mention your name, position and where you come from.

  • I’d like to introduce myself. I am Steve Platt, Chief of Maintenance for Motorway Inc.

  • I am Dr. Jack Smith from Barcelona. I work as a research assistant in our R&D facility.

  • My name is John Styles. I run Riversoft’s European operations.

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


3 or someone else
3. …OR SOMEONE ELSE

Always ask people how they would like to be introduced.

  • I’d like you to meet Dr Grant. She’s the Head Surgeon at Houston Memorial Hospital.

  • Let me introduce John Oats. He comes from the Helsinki branch and will be joining our sales team.

  • This is Arthur Spleen, from Marketing.

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4 express purpose
4. EXPRESS PURPOSE

Start by saying why you’re here.

  • I’m here today to…

  • What I’d like to do is…

  • My objective is to…

  • My aim now is to…

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5 list topics make a list of the points you ll talk about

Firstly

To start

Secondly

Initially

Primarily

Then

Next

Last but not least

Finally

To end

5. LIST TOPICSMake a list of the points you’ll talk about.

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


6 introduce topic one
6. INTRODUCE TOPIC ONE

Open every topic with an introduction.

  • I’d like to review…

  • I want to go over…

  • We are going to analyse…

  • I plan to examine…

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


7 link effect to cause
7. LINK EFFECT TO CAUSE

Use these expressions if you want to highlight the effect over the cause.

  • The loss was due to negligence.

  • The loss was caused by negligence.

  • The loss resulted from negligence.

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


8 link cause to effect
8. LINK CAUSE TO EFFECT

Use these expressions if you want to highlight the cause over the effect.

  • Mismanagement led to losses.

  • Mismanagement resulted in losses.

  • Mismanagement caused losses.

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


9 explain graphs
9. EXPLAIN GRAPHS

Use these expressions to describe graphic aids.

  • I´d like you to see this graph. It shows…

  • Please observe this matrix. You’ll see that…

  • Have a look at this model. What’s wrong with it?

  • Let me show you a chart that summarises…

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10 describe trends use these expressions to talk about

Increase

Accumulate

Boost

Escalate

Hike

Raise

Rise

Shoot up

Swell

Decline

Diminish

Dip

Drop

Plunge

Shrink

Sink

Slip

Descend

10. DESCRIBE TRENDSUse these expressions to talk about

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


11 express probability
11. EXPRESS PROBABILITY

Use these expressions to express certainty.

  • Surety: sure, definite, doubtless, inevitable, without question, unmistakable, certain.

  • Likelihood: Probable probable, likely, seeming, expected.

  • Possibility: possible, conceivable, feasible.

  • Doubt: doubtful, improbable, unlikely, questionable, remote, dubious, unsure.

  • Impossibility: impossible, unfeasible, unrealisable, unattainable, not viable.

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


12 compare ideas use these expressions to describe contrast

But

However

Nevertheless

Nonetheless

Although

Though

Despite

Despite

On the other hand

Even though

On the contrary

By contrast

Conversely

Even if

12. COMPARE IDEASUse these expressions to describe contrast.

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13 reinforce ideas
13. REINFORCE IDEAS

Use these expressions to emphasize ideas.

  • Furthermore

  • in addition

  • as well as

  • Besides

  • Too

  • Moreover

  • Additionally

  • likewise

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles


14 express opinion
14. EXPRESS OPINION

Use these expressions to give your opinion.

  • My opinion is

  • I would say

  • In my view

  • It seems to me that

  • From my angle

  • I see it as

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15 recommend reject

Give support

I urge you to approve

We are for the idea

We back your point

We support the plan

I would go ahead

I’ll stand by you.

Hold back support

I’d deny support

I would eliminate

We should reject

We must rule out

We ought to discard

Let’s refuse

15. RECOMMEND / REJECT

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16 finish the speech
16. FINISH THE SPEECH

Use these expressions to close your presentation.

  • Move to action:

    Now’s the time to / We’d better move.

  • Refer back to…:

    Going back to our figures / As I said before

  • Summarise:

    To sum up / To recapitulate

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17 close the speech
17. CLOSE THE SPEECH

Use these expressions to wrap up your speech

Asking for questions

Have you got any query? / Would you like to ask?

Thanking

Thank you for / It’s been a pleasure to

Introduce the next speaker

Now, I’ll leave you with / I’d like to introduce

Say goodbye

Goodbye / Good afternoon, everyone

Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles