How to give a presentation: signpost language

Signpost vocabulary

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In our last post, Love Speaking gave you 9 tips on how to make a great presentation in English. To continue on from this post, we’re now going to look at some signpost language that we use in presentations, to allow our audience to know what we are talking about and add structure.

This is important as a presentation without a clear structure will lose the interest of your audience, and you will find yourself talking to a room of people looking at their phones, playing with their hair, doodling, etc. So, next time you have to make a presentation, use some of this signpost language to help keep your audience orientated and engaged.

Starting the presentation & welcoming

Good morning/afternoon/night and welcome to [name of company/presentation/place].

What I’m going to talk about today is …

Today I’m going to discuss…

The topic of my presentation today is …

 

Introducing yourself

My name is [name] and I am from [company], where I’m responsible for..

I’m [name]. I’m a [job position] at [company].

Let me introduce myself; I’m [name] and I work at [company], where I work in [name of the department].

 

Presenting the topic

Today, I’ll be talking about/discussing [topic]

I’m here to illustrate how…

What I’m going to be talking about today is…

The purpose of today’s presentation is…

My objective is to…

In today’s presentation, I’d like to talk to you about/show you/demonstrate…

 

Outlining the content of the presentation

In today’s presentation I’m going to cover [three] points:

Firstly, I’ll be looking at…

Secondly, we’ll consider…

Then, I’ll explain how…

And finally, I’ll demonstrate how..

 

Introducing the first point

So let’s start, shall we?

To begin with, …

To start with, …

First of all, I’ll …

Let’s start by [+ verb in -ing form] …

 

Explaining graphs, images or data

This graph/image/video/data demonstrates…

I’d like to illustrate this by showing you…

 

Concluding a point

So, that concludes [name of section]…

That’s everything for [name of section]…

We’ve now covered [name of section]…

I think that just about covers [name of section]…

 

Moving on to the next point

Now, let’s move on to…

Now that we’ve discussed [previous point], I’d like to move on to/talk about…

Next…

Let’s look at…

I’d like now to discuss…

 

Concluding and summarising the presentation

To conclude, …

In conclusion, …

Well, that brings us to the end of the final section. Now, I’d like to summarise by…

That concludes my presentation. Now, if I can just summarise the main points…

I think we’ve just about seen everything now. Let’s take a look back at what we’ve seen…

 

Inviting questions

We’ve got a few minutes for questions.

Does anyone have any questions?

If anyone has any questions, I’d be happy to answer them.

Are there any questions?

 

Thanking your audience and hosts

I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has come today.

I’d also like to thank [host] for letting us be here today.

I hope that the presentation has been interesting/informative, thank you for coming.

Finally, I’d like to finish by thanking you all for coming…

Thank you for your attention/time.

I hope to see you all soon.

 

 

Now that you’ve got to the end of that, I thought you might enjoy this video. Think of it as a kind of reward… :)

 
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