Whether you’re an advanced student or a beginner, presenting in English can be really stressful! It’s easy to forget vocabulary and use the same repetitive transitions - especially if you’re nervous. Here’s a guide to help you deliver a clear, conversational, successful presentation in English.

Starting your Presentation

  • Thank you so much for being here! My name is ______, and today I’ll be discussing...
  • Welcome! My name is ________, and the subject/topic of my talk today is...
  • Greetings! My name is ________. Thanks for being here. Today, I’ll be talking about…
  • My name is ________. Thanks for joining me today! I’m looking forward to telling you more about…

Transitioning Between Ideas

  • We’ll now move on to the next slide…
  • As you can see on the next slide...
  • I’d also like to discuss…
  • The next topic I’d like to focus on is...
  • This connects to…
  • This ties in with…
  • This relates to…
  • Let’s turn now to…
  • Another important idea is...

Giving Examples

  • For example…
  • To illustrate this point…
  • To demonstrate this...

Concluding your Presentation

  • To sum up my main points...
  • To conclude…
  • In conclusion…
  • In summary…

Thanking your Audience

  • Thank you so much for your time!
  • Thank you for your attention!
  • I appreciate your time and attention.

Asking for Questions

  • I’ll open the floor for questions.
  • Thank you so much! I’m happy to answer any questions.
  • Does anyone have any questions or comments?

Additional Tips

The most important tips for presentations in English are the same for when you give presentations in Spanish, but they’re even more important when you’re presenting in your second language.

  1. Slow Down: Presenting in English might make you nervous, which is totally understandable! When you’re nervous, you often speak too quickly. If you speak too quickly, your pronunciation and clarity of speech will suffer. Be very intentional about speaking slowly and pausing if you need to.

  2.  Don't Memorize: It's tempting to memorize everything you need to say, but memorizing your presentation is a bad idea for two main reasons. First, you won’t speak naturally or conversationally. Second, if you make a mistake, it’s very difficult to stay on track and successfully continue your presentation. I highly recommend making an outline (in English!) of your presentation with all of your key points and specific information you’re worried you might forget.

  3. Don't Read your Slides: If you’re giving a presentation with a Powerpoint, do not read off of your slides. Your audience can read the information on their own! Be confident in your English knowledge, and try your best to keep your eyes off the slideshow.

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Written by Mariah Wika

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