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15 Business English Phrases for Power Packed Presentations

January 4, 2019

The benefits of Phrases in a Presentation:

• helps to create an impact
• brings structure
• communicate with clarity
• helps express your ideas / accurately

My name is Piyush Bhatia and I am the Founder and CEO of BM English Speaking Institute Pvt. Ltd. With me, we have Vishal Lazarus who is a trainer with BM English Speaking and also a Corporate Soft Skills Trainer.

Hi Vishal…

We welcome you to the Season 2 of BM English Speaking Radio Channel. BUSINESS ENGLISH.

Today is this 8th episode of Season 2 which is titled

15 Business English Phrases for Presentations

1. WELCOME ATTENDEES: At the beginning of each presentation, you should welcome your audience. Depending on who you are addressing, you should extend a more or less formal welcome.
a. Good morning/afternoon/evening, ladies and gentlemen/everyone.
b. On behalf of “Company X”, allow me to extend a warm welcome to you.
c. Hi, everyone. Welcome to “Our Monthly Meeting”

2. INTRODUCING THE SPEAKER: The level of formality of your welcome address will also apply to how you introduce yourself. Customize it to match your audience.
a. Let me briefly introduce myself. My name is “David Smith” and I am delighted to be here today to talk to you about…
d. First, let me introduce myself. My name is “Piyush Bhatia” and I am the “Founder & CEO” of “BM English Speaking Institute”.
e. I’m “John” from “Company Y” and today I’d like to talk to you about…

3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR QUESTIONS: To ensure that a presentation is not disrupted by questions, it is advisable to answer questions at the very end. Inform your audience about this by using these phrases.
a) There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
b) I’ll gladly answer any of your questions once we complete the presentation.
c) I’d be grateful if you could ask your questions after the presentation.

4. SETTING UP THE STAGE: After the welcome address and the introduction of the speaker comes the presentation of the topic. Here are some useful introductory phrases.
a) Today I am here to talk to you about…
b) What I am going to talk about today is…
c) I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about…
d) I am delighted to be here today to tell you about…
e) I want to make you a short presentation about…
f) I’d like to give you a brief breakdown of…

5. TRANSITION: Use one of the following phrases to move on from one chapter to the next.
a) I’d now like to move on to the next part…
b) This leads me to my next point, which is…
c) Turning our attention now to…
d) Let’s now turn to…

6. PROVIDING EXAMPLES: Frequently, you have to use examples in a presentation. The following phrases are useful in that respect.
a) For example…
b) A good example of this is…
c) As an illustration,…
d) To illustrate this point…
e) For instance….

7. REFERENCE TO SOURCES: In a presentation, you frequently have to refer to external sources, such as studies and other data for example research reports, spreadsheets, white papers. Here are some useful phrases for marking these references.
a) Based on the research done by WHO….
b) According to the report…
c) Consumer Data in the white paper indicates…

8. GRAPHS AND IMAGES: Presentations are usually full of graphs and images. Use the following phrases to help your audience understand your visuals.
a) Let me use a graphic to explain this situation…
b) I’d like to illustrate this point by showing you a chart.
c) Let the pictures speak for themselves regarding the market survey
d) I think the infographic perfectly shows you the increase in revenue 
e) If you look at this table/bar chart/flow chart/line chart/graph, you can see that…

9. TO LAY EMPHASIS ON: There are certain points in your presentation, which you want the audience to pay full attention to hence you should emphasize these points. Here are some suggestions.
a) It should be emphasized that…
b) I would like to draw your attention to this point…
c) Another significant point is that…
d) This is important because…

10. PARAPHRASE: At times it might happen that you expressed yourself unclearly and your audience did not understand your point. In such a case, you should paraphrase (restate) your argument using simpler language.
a) In other words…
b) To put it more simply…
c) What I mean to say is…
d) To put it in another way….
e) To express my point differently….

11. INVITING QUESTIONS: Questions are an integral part of a presentation. Use these phrases when you want to invite questions in a presentation.
a) I am happy to answer your questions now.
b) If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

12. FOR CLARITY: After answering a question from the audience, to check that the addressee has understood your answer and is satisfied with it.
a) Does this answer your question?
b) Did I make myself clear?
c) I hope this explains the situation for you.

13. UNFAMILIAR QUESTIONS: It may happen that you do not have/be expected to have an answer to a question. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Simply use one of the following phrases to address the fact.
a) That’s an interesting question. I don’t actually know off the top of my head, but I’ll get back to you later with an answer.
b) I’m afraid I’m unable to answer that at the moment. Perhaps, I can get back to you later.
c) That’s a very good question. However, I don’t have any figures on that, so I can’t give you an accurate answer.
d) Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to answer that.

14. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION: At the end of the presentation, you must summarize the important facts once again. You can use these phrases to summarise.
a) I’d like to conclude by…
b) Weighing the pros and cons, I come to the conclusion that…
c) In conclusion, let me sum up my main points.
d) Thank you all for listening. It was a pleasure being here today.
e) That brings me to the end of my presentation. Thank you for listening/your attention.
f) Well, that’s it from me. Thanks very much.
g) That brings me to the end of my presentation. Thanks for your attention.

15. HANDING OVER: If there is a speaker after your presentation, you can hand over to somebody else by using one of these phrases.
a) Now I will pass you over to my colleague ‘Jerry’.
b) ‘Arun’, the floor is yours

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