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17 steps to better presentations vocabulary guide

  1. 1. Making Better Presentations in English by Andrew D. Miles Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  2. 2. 1. SIGNAL THE START <ul><li>Start your speech with a phrase that catches the public’s attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Right ladies and gentlemen </li></ul><ul><li>Shall we begin? </li></ul><ul><li>Fine everybody. Let’s get started </li></ul><ul><li>OK Guys. Are you all ready? </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  3. 3. 2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF <ul><li>Mention your name, position and where you come from. </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like to introduce myself. I am Steve Platt, Chief of Maintenance for Motorway Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>I am Dr. Jack Smith from Barcelona. I work as a research assistant in our R&D facility. </li></ul><ul><li>My name is John Styles. I run Riversoft’s European operations. </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  4. 4. 3. …OR SOMEONE ELSE <ul><li>Always ask people how they would like to be introduced. </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like you to meet Dr Grant. She’s the Head Surgeon at Houston Memorial Hospital. </li></ul><ul><li>Let me introduce John Oats. He comes from the Helsinki branch and will be joining our sales team. </li></ul><ul><li>This is Arthur Spleen, from Marketing. </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  5. 5. 4. EXPRESS PURPOSE <ul><li>St art by saying why you’re here. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m here today to… </li></ul><ul><li>What I’d like to do is… </li></ul><ul><li>My objective is to… </li></ul><ul><li>My aim now is to… </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  6. 6. 5. LIST TOPICS Make a list of the points you’ll talk about. <ul><li>Firstly </li></ul><ul><li>To start </li></ul><ul><li>Secondly </li></ul><ul><li>Initially </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily </li></ul><ul><li>Then </li></ul><ul><li>Next </li></ul><ul><li>Last but not least </li></ul><ul><li>Finally </li></ul><ul><li>To end </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  7. 7. 6. INTRODUCE TOPIC ONE <ul><li>Open every topic with an introduction . </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like to review… </li></ul><ul><li>I want to go over… </li></ul><ul><li>We are going to analyse… </li></ul><ul><li>I plan to examine… </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  8. 8. 7. LINK EFFECT TO CAUSE <ul><li>Use these expressions if you want to highlight the effect over the cause. </li></ul><ul><li>The loss was due to negligence. </li></ul><ul><li>The loss was caused by negligence. </li></ul><ul><li>The loss resulted from negligence. </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  9. 9. 8. LINK CAUSE TO EFFECT <ul><li>Use these expressions if you want to highlight the cause over the effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Mismanagement led to losses. </li></ul><ul><li>Mismanagement resulted in losses. </li></ul><ul><li>Mismanagement caused losses. </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  10. 10. 9. EXPLAIN GRAPHS <ul><li>Use these expressions to describe graphic aids . </li></ul><ul><li>I ´d like you to see this graph. It shows… </li></ul><ul><li>Please observe this matrix. You’ll see that… </li></ul><ul><li>Have a look at this model. What’s wrong with it? </li></ul><ul><li>Let me show you a chart that summarises… </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  11. 11. 10. DESCRIBE TRENDS Use these expressions to talk about <ul><li>Increase </li></ul><ul><li>Accumulate </li></ul><ul><li>Boost </li></ul><ul><li>Escalate </li></ul><ul><li>Hike </li></ul><ul><li>Raise </li></ul><ul><li>Rise </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot up </li></ul><ul><li>Swell </li></ul><ul><li>Decline </li></ul><ul><li>Diminish </li></ul><ul><li>Dip </li></ul><ul><li>Drop </li></ul><ul><li>Plunge </li></ul><ul><li>Shrink </li></ul><ul><li>Sink </li></ul><ul><li>Slip </li></ul><ul><li>Descend </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  12. 12. 11. EXPRESS PROBABILITY <ul><li>Use these expressions to express certainty. </li></ul><ul><li>Surety : sure, definite, doubtless, inevitable, without question, unmistakable, certain. </li></ul><ul><li>Likelihood : Probable probable, likely, seeming, expected. </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility : possible, conceivable, feasible. </li></ul><ul><li>Doubt : doubtful, improbable, unlikely, questionable, remote, dubious, unsure. </li></ul><ul><li>Impossibility : impossible, unfeasible, unrealisable, unattainable, not viable. </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  13. 13. 12. COMPARE IDEAS Use these expressions to describe contrast . <ul><li>But </li></ul><ul><li>However </li></ul><ul><li>Nevertheless </li></ul><ul><li>Nonetheless </li></ul><ul><li>Although </li></ul><ul><li>Though </li></ul><ul><li>Despite </li></ul><ul><li>Despite </li></ul><ul><li>On the other hand </li></ul><ul><li>Even though </li></ul><ul><li>On the contrary </li></ul><ul><li>By contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Conversely </li></ul><ul><li>Even if </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  14. 14. 13. REINFORCE IDEAS <ul><li>Use these expressions to emphasize ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore </li></ul><ul><li>in addition </li></ul><ul><li>as well as </li></ul><ul><li>Besides </li></ul><ul><li>Too </li></ul><ul><li>Moreover </li></ul><ul><li>Additionally </li></ul><ul><li>likewise </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  15. 15. 14. EXPRESS OPINION <ul><li>Use these expressions to give your opinion. </li></ul><ul><li>My opinion is </li></ul><ul><li>I would say </li></ul><ul><li>In my view </li></ul><ul><li>It seems to me that </li></ul><ul><li>From my angle </li></ul><ul><li>I see it as </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  16. 16. 15. RECOMMEND / REJECT <ul><li>Give support </li></ul><ul><li>I urge you to approve </li></ul><ul><li>We are for the idea </li></ul><ul><li>We back your point </li></ul><ul><li>We support the plan </li></ul><ul><li>I would go ahead </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll stand by you. </li></ul><ul><li>Hold back support </li></ul><ul><li>I’d deny support </li></ul><ul><li>I would eliminate </li></ul><ul><li>We should reject </li></ul><ul><li>We must rule out </li></ul><ul><li>We ought to discard </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s refuse </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  17. 17. 16. FINISH THE SPEECH <ul><li>Use these expressions to close your presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Move to action: </li></ul><ul><li>Now’s the time to / We’d better move. </li></ul><ul><li>Refer back to…: </li></ul><ul><li>Going back to our figures / As I said before </li></ul><ul><li>Summarise: </li></ul><ul><li>To sum up / To recapitulate </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles
  18. 18. 17. CLOSE THE SPEECH <ul><li>Use these expressions to wrap up your speech </li></ul><ul><li>Asking for questions </li></ul><ul><li>Have you got any query? / Would you like to ask? </li></ul><ul><li>Thanking </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for / It’s been a pleasure to </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce the next speaker </li></ul><ul><li>Now, I’ll leave you with / I’d like to introduce </li></ul><ul><li>Say goodbye </li></ul><ul><li>Goodbye / Good afternoon, everyone </li></ul>Making Better Presentations in English by A. D. Miles

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