How to: use Presentation language 4 – body of the presentation and referring to slides



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. In this section we look at language that you can help you present the main part of your presentation, using clear signposting words to focus on a new point, and simple phrases to introduce your slides.

Body of the presentation and indicating slides

From more formal to less formal, this language can help you to present the main part of your presentation, signalling a new focus on each point, and indicating your slides.

1) Body of presentation

– first point
– I’d like to start by talking about X..
– As mentioned the first aspect focuses on X..
– Let me start by giving you some information about X..

– second point
– I’m going to move onto my second point now which is X..
– Now, focusing on the second aspect, X..
– Let’s move onto the second part..X

– third/final point
– Finally, I’d like to look at/talk about X..
– The final aspect is X, which I’ll talk about now..
– Ok, moving onto the final part now, which is X..

2) Referring to visual aids/slides:
– For example, it can be seen that..
– As this slide shows..
– As you can see here..

Use clear signalling language when you are moving on from one point to the next allowing a pause so that the audience is able to follow the transition. Don’t read every word from the slides,only use them to illustrate your point.

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