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Business Presentations

Tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them.


Introduce the topic while developing interest for the audience.

  • Engage the audience's attention by involving them in your presentation. Ask a question, offer an interesting fact, use a quotation or tell a short story.
  • "Would you like to know how to turn an ipod touch into an iphone?" is a lot more interesting than "Today, we are going to talk about global communications.")
  • Provide a brief outline to your audience to preview presentation content. Elaborate on the purpose of the presentation: the problem and short-term answer and long-term solution.

The Body

Support your introduction by offering three facts or educated guesses with supporting details to illustrate your point.

Keep in mind to be organized: the more organized and focused your presentation is, the more relaxed you'll feel. When in doubt, breathe! Be clear and concise in your presentation's delivery, as you don't have all day to get your point across. Speak clearly and at an appropriate level for your audience. Likewise, utilize vocabulary that is appropriate for your audience. Explain new vocabulary words and theoretical concepts so that a primary school student could understand. As the presenter, move around from time to time to avoid the audience opting for a peaceful slumber: refrain from reading your presentation, as your audience would be better off reading in their own office. Utilize note cards instead. According to the culture the target audience is from, determine if eye contact is feasible and be aware of which type of nonverbal communication to take advantage of and what should be avoided at all costs. Allow the audience to ask questions near the end of your presentation and remember to thank your audience before introducing the next guest speaker.

The Conclusion

Restate key points without giving examples while emphasizing what the audience should remember. Finish with a recommendation, a personal thought, an observation, or a question. The closing statement should pull your presentation together and at the same time, leave them yearning for more.

Business Presentations Basic Terms
Business Presentations Basic Terms
audience a group of active listeners
body language communication through body movements
chart a sheet of information in the form of a diagram, graph or table
diagram graphical representation of a given situation
flip chart a pad of large paper sheets on a stand for presenting information
focus on concentrate on something
graph a diagram showing the relation between variable quantities
guidelines advice or instructions given to guide or direct an action
handout written information handed out to people
key point essential, focal or main points
ladies and gentlemen formal and polite way of addressing a cross-gender audience
laser pointer utilized to indicate specific points from a distance
marker a felt tip writing instrument
microphone an electrical instrument utilized to amplify one's voice
objective what ones wants to achieve: aim
outline a brief description or presentation
overhead projector a device that projects an image onto a screen
overview a short presentation of the main points
screen a flat, blank reflective surface
signposting language phrases used to focus attention
slide a small photographic transparency
summarize to make a summary of; state or express in a concise form
topic subject of a discussion or talk
transparency paper a sheet of transparent plastic or film
video projector a device that projects a video signal from computer or home theater system
visual aids anything used to visually support or facilitate comprehension
whiteboard flat white board on which to write with markers
Business Presentations Lexical Development
Business Presentations Lexical Development
Starting the presentation subject matter, argument, business, case, issue, matter at hand, motif, motion, motive, point in question, problem, proposition, question, resolution, subject, theme
Presenting purpose intention, meaning, aim, ambition, aspiration, design, desire, direction, end, expectation, function, goal, hope, idea, intendment, intent, mission, object, objective, plan, point, principle, proposal, reason, scheme, scope, target, ulterior motive, view, whole idea, will, wish
Stating the main points declare, assert, affirm, articulate, asseverate, aver, bring out, deliver, describe, elucidate, enounce, enumerate, enunciate, explain, expound, express, give blow-by-blow, give a rundown, interpret, narrate, pitch, present, pronounce, propound, recount, relate, report, say, set forth, specify, throw out, voice
Introducing the first point start, begin, activate, arouse, come into being, commence, create, depart, embark, engender, enter upon, establish, found, get going, get under way, go ahead, inaugurate, incite, initiate, instigate, institute, issue, launch, lay the foundation for, open, originate, pioneer, set in motion, set out, set up, spring, take the first step, take the plunge
Utilizing visual aids illustrate, demonstrate, exemplify, allegorize, bring home, clarify, clear up, delineate, depict, disclose, draw a picture, elucidate, emblematize, embody, emphasize, epitomize, evidence, evince, exhibit, explain, expose, expound, get across, get over, highlight, illuminate, imitate, interpret, lay out, make plain, manifest, mark, mirror, ostend, personify, picture, point out, portray, represent, reveal, show, symbolize
Moving on proceed, carry on, advance, continue, fare, get going, get on with, get under way, go ahead, go on, march, pass, press on, progress, push on, set in motion
Providing further details elaborate, expand, amplify, bedeck, clarify, comment, complicate, deck, decorate, develop, devise, discuss, embellish, enhance, enlarge, evolve, flesh out, garnish, improve, interpret, ornament, particularize, polish, produce, refine, specify, unfold, work out
Changing topics alter, change over, convert, develop, evolve, flow, grow, pass on to, progress, realign, shift, transform, transit, transmute, turn to
Referring off target return, regress, back up, bounce back, circle back, come again, come back, double back, go again, hark back to, move back, reconsider, recur, reel back, reenter, reexamine, repeat, retire, retrace our steps, revert, revisit, turn back to
Referring to prior points deviate, stray, aberrate, angle off, avert, bear off, bend, break the pattern, circumlocate, contrast, deflect, depart from, differ, digress, divagate, diverge, drift, edge off, err, get around, go off on a tangent, leave the beaten path, part from, swerve, swim against the stream, turn to, vary, veer, wander
Summarizing main points give a rundown, abridge, abstract, boil down to, compile, condense, cut, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, get to the meat, give main points, inventory, outline, put in a nutshell, recap, recapitulate, rehash, retrograde, review, run down, run through, shorten, skim, snip, sum up, summate, synopsize, trim
Conclusion finish, come to an end, close, complete, draw to a close, end, halt, stop, wind up, wrap up
Questions ask for an answer, check, cross-examine, diagnose, dissect, delve into, examine, explore, inquire, interrogate, investigate, observe, poll, probe, query, put through the wringer, reconnoiter