How to: use Presentation language 1 – greeting, introducing yourself and engaging the audience



Giving a presentation in English – whether online or in a face-to-face meeting, can be a challenging task. Preparation and practice is the key to a confident and clear presentation. Here is some advice to help you review the structure of a presentation and some of the language you can use at each stage. In this section we look at language you can use at the beginning of your presentation.

Greet your audience, introduce yourself and engage the audience

Ranging from more to less formal, here is some language you can use at the beginning of your presentation:

1) Welcome/greet the audience and introduce yourself

Good morning/afternoon,
– Hello everyone, thank you for attending this presentation.

– Hello, It’s very nice to see you all today.

– Thanks for coming/joining me everyone.

– My name is XXX and I’m the XXX of XXX

– I’m XXX and I work for XXX in XXX…

2) Engage the audience

– Before I begin my presentation I’d like you to think about this

– I’m sure you’re all ready to learn something new today and I hope
that this presentation will provide that opportunity

– I hope you’ve all had some coffee or tea and can stay alert for this
presentation – I have some interesting information to share!

Don’t forget, whichever context you are presenting in – online or in a real life face-to-face situation – you need to engage with your audience. As well as speaking you can use non-verbal communication too, such as smiling, using hand gestures and looking at your audience.

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