What Makes a Good Presentation

What is the point?

  Communication Skills Overall Awareness of your audience (Who are they? What are their needs or interests? What do they expect from you?) Clear objectives (to inform, persuade, welcome etc.)
  System Planning have a clear structure and a sense of timing. Organization have clear connections between the different parts or ideas. Information make sure what you say is interesting and relevant to your audience. Impact make sure you have a strong introduction and conclusion.
  Delivery Clear, simple, and fluent. Use of natural spoken language. Use of pauses for emphasis.
  Body language Use of strong, clear gestures for emphasis. Good eye contact with the audience. Positive, confident, and relaxed manner. No distracting gestures.
  Visual aids Clear and simple messages. Efficient, professional use of equipment.


Language focus Introducing yourself and your talk

Greeting, name, position

Good morning. My names .

Im the new Finance Manager.

Good morning. Let me start by saying just a few words about my own background.

Title / Subject

Id like to talk (to you) today about .


Im going to present the recent . explain our position on . brief you on . inform you about . describe .


The subject focus of my topic talk presentation paper (academic) speech (usually to public audience)

Purpose / Objective

We are here today to decide agree learn about


The purpose of this talk is to update you on . put you in the picture about . give the background to .


The talk is designed to act as a springboard for discussion. start the ball rolling.


Ill only take minutes of your time.

I plan to be brief.

This should only last minutes.

Outline / Main parts

I have divided my presentation into four parts/sections. They are .

The subject can be looked at under the following headings: .

We can break this area down into the following fields:

Firstly / First of all .

Secondly / then / next .

Thirdly / and then we come to .

Finally / lastly / last of all


I would be glad to answer any questions at the end of my talk.

If you have any questions, please feel free to interrupt.

Please interrupt me if there is something which needs clarifying. Otherwise, therell be time for discussion at the end.

Reference to the audience

I can see many of you are .

You all look as though you have heard this before.

As I am sure you know .

You may remember .

Im sure we would all agree .

Language focus Linking ideas

Sequencing /Ordering firstly secondly thirdly then next finally/lastly lets start with lets move/go on to now we come to that brings us to lets leave that that covers lets get back to Giving reasons/causes therefore so as a result thats why Contrasting but however Comparing similarly in the same way Contradicting in fact actually Summarizing to sum up in brief in short Concluding in conclusion to conclude Highlighting in particular especially Digressing by the way in passing Giving examples for example for instance such as Generalizing usually generally as a rule


Language focus Endings

Signalling the end

That brings me to the end of my presentation.

That completes my presentation.

Before I stop / finish, let me just say .

That covers all I wanted to say today.


Let me just run over the key points again.

Ill briefly summarize the main issues.

To sum up.

Briefly .


As you can see, there are some very good reasons .

In conclusion .

Id like to leave you with the following thought / idea.


So, I would suggest that we .

Id like to propose (more formal).

In my opinion, the only way forward is .


Thank you for your attention.

Thank you for listening.

I hope you will have gained an insight into .

Inviting questions

Id be glad to try and answer any questions.

So, lets throw it open to questions. Any questions?



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