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Presentation techniques: Signpost Language

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How to 'signpost' your presentation effectively to give structure to your presentation.

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Presentation techniques: Signpost Language

  1. 1. ‘Signpost’ Language
  2. 2. ‘Signpost’ language 1. Introducing the topic 2. Overview (Outline of the presentation) 3. Finishing a section 4. Starting a new section 5. Analysing a point and giving recommendations 6. Giving examples 7. Summarising and concluding 8. Paraphrasing and clarifying 9. Invitations to discuss / ask questions
  3. 3. 1 Introducing the topic The subject/topic of my talk is ...
  4. 4. 1 Introducing the topic The subject/topic of my talk is ... I’m going to talk about ...
  5. 5. 1 Introducing the topic The subject/topic of my talk is ... I’m going to talk about ... My topic today is…
  6. 6. 1 Introducing the topic The subject/topic of my talk is ... I’m going to talk about ... My topic today is… My talk is concerned with ...
  7. 7. 2 Overview I’m going to divide this talk into four parts.
  8. 8. 2 Overview I’m going to divide this talk into four parts. I'd like to begin/start by ...
  9. 9. 2 Overview I’m going to divide this talk into four parts. I'd like to begin/start by ... First of all, I'll... … and then I’ll go on to …
  10. 10. 2 Overview I’m going to divide this talk into four parts. I'd like to begin/start by ... First of all, I'll... … and then I’ll go on to … Finally/ Lastly ...
  11. 11. 3 Finishing a Section That's all I have to say about...
  12. 12. 3 Finishing a Section That's all I have to say about... We've looked at...
  13. 13. 3 Finishing a Section That's all I have to say about... We've looked at... So much for...
  14. 14. 4 Starting a new section Moving on now to …
  15. 15. 4 Starting a new section Moving on now to … Turning to...
  16. 16. 4 Starting a new section Moving on now to … Turning to... Let’s turn now to …
  17. 17. 4 Starting a new section Moving on now to … Turning to... Let’s turn now to … Let's look now at...
  18. 18. 5 Analysing a point and giving recommendations Where does that lead us?
  19. 19. 5 Analysing a point and giving recommendations Where does that lead us? Let's consider this in more detail...
  20. 20. 5 Analysing a point and giving recommendations Where does that lead us? Let's consider this in more detail... Why is this important?
  21. 21. 5 Analysing a point and giving recommendations Where does that lead us? Let's consider this in more detail... Why is this important? The significance of this is...
  22. 22. 6 Giving examples For example,...
  23. 23. 6 Giving examples For example,... As an illustration,...
  24. 24. 6 Giving examples For example,... As an illustration,... To give you an example,...
  25. 25. 6 Giving examples For example,... As an illustration,... To give you an example,... To illustrate this point…
  26. 26. 7 Summarizing and concluding To summarise...
  27. 27. 7 Summarizing and concluding To summarise... To conclude...
  28. 28. 7 Summarizing and concluding To summarise... To conclude... I'd like now to recap...
  29. 29. 7 Summarizing and concluding To summarise... To conclude... I'd like now to recap... If I can just sum up the main points...
  30. 30. 8 Paraphrasing and clarifying In other words...
  31. 31. 8 Paraphrasing and clarifying In other words... So what I’m saying is...
  32. 32. 8 Paraphrasing and clarifying In other words... So what I’m saying is... To put it more simply...
  33. 33. 8 Paraphrasing and clarifying In other words... So what I’m saying is... To put it more simply... To put it another way...
  34. 34. 9 Invitations to discuss and ask questions Any questions?
  35. 35. 9 Invitations to discuss and ask questions Any questions? Does anyone have any questions or comments?
  36. 36. 9 Invitations to discuss and ask questions Any questions? Does anyone have any questions or comments? Please feel free to ask questions.
  37. 37. 9 Invitations to discuss and ask questions Any questions? Does anyone have any questions or comments? Please feel free to ask questions. If you would like me to elaborate on any point, please ask.
  38. 38. For more presentations, visit: resources for teachers and learners of English

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