Here you will learn useful expressions and phrases for presentations in English:
- setting the scene
- moving on
- dealing with questions
- dealing with the unexpected
- finish your presentation
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Presentations in English - Useful Phrases
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Presentations in English - Setting the Scene
Speaker’s opening remarks to an audience:
- It’s good to see you all here.
- I’m very pleased to be here.
- I’m glad you could all make it.
- Thanks for inviting me.
- Thank you (all) for coming.
Other common phrases for starting off presentations in English:
- My name’s …
- I’d like to talk about …
- I’d like to start by saying something about …
- I’m planning to tell you about …
- Today I’d like to introduce …
Phrases for describing the structure of a talk:
- First I’ll describe …
- Then I’ll discuss …
- After that I’ll come to the main point.
- Finally, I’d like to say something about …
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Presentations in English - Moving on
Phrases for finishing off a section of your presentation:
- … that’s all I wanted to say …
- Are there any questions so far?
- Moving on to my next point.
- To summarise what I have said so far …
Announcing a new point in yout presentation:
- That leads me to my next point.
- I’d now like to move on to …
- Moving on to …
- Now I’d like to talk about …
Sometimes you can announce the next slide/topic as follows:
- So, next year’s budget …
- So, sales in Europe …
- Development plans for next years. These are …
- Study programmes, have a look at …
Presentations in English - Dealing with Questions
Useful phrases for when you don’t know the answer to a question:
- I’m afraid I can’t say …
- I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer.
- I’ll have to check this for you.
- I’m not the best person to answer that.
- You need to speak with …
Useful phrases when you can’t hear something:
- Sorry, I didn’t catch your question.
- Could you repeat the question?
- Could you say that again?
- Sorry, what did you say?
Presentations in English - Dealing with the Unexpected
Very useful phrases if you need time to check something or find something:
- Could you bear with me …
- Excuse me for a moment.
- Just a moment.
- Could you give me two minutes?
Useful English phrases if you forget what you wanted to say:
- Sorry, where was I?
- Can you/anyone help me?
- Let me think.
Presentations in English - Recapping
Useful language for recapping/summarising what was said earlier in the presentation:
- As I mentioned earlier …
- As I pointed out earlier …
- To sum up …
- Let’s summarise briefly what we have looked at.
- Here is a quick recap of the main points of this section.
- I’d like to recap the main points.
- Well, that’s about it for this part. We’ve covered…
Presentations in English - Coming to an End
Language for ending presentations in English:
- I’d like to finish by thanking you all.
- Thank you.
- Thank you for inviting me.
- Are there any questions?
- … you are very welcome to contact me …
- I’d be very happy to hear from you.
- I’d welcome your feedback.
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