Making a presentation: language and phrases

This is a list of phrases to help you make a professional presentation in English.

Good presenters always use language (sometimes single words, sometimes phrases) which shows where they are in their presentation. These ‘signposts’ make it easier for the audience to:

  • follow the structure of the presentation
  • understand the speaker more easily
  • get an idea of the length and content of the presentation.

The sentences and phrases below follow the logical progression of a well-balanced presentation.

Welcoming

  • Good morning and welcome to [name of company, name of conference hall, hotel, etc.].
  • Thank you all very much for coming today.
  • I hope you all had a pleasant journey here today.

Introducing yourself

  • My name is Mark Watson and I am responsible for … .
  • My name is Mark Watson from [name of company], where I am responsible for … .
  • Let me introduce myself; my name is Mark Watson and I am responsible for … .

Introducing your presentation

  • The purpose of today’s presentation is to … .
  • The purpose of my presentation today is to … .
  • In today’s presentation I’d like to … show you … . / explain to you how … .
  • In today’s presentation I’m hoping to … give you an update on… / give you an overview of … .
  • In today’s presentation I’m planning to … look at … . / explain … .

You can also outline your presentation to give the audience a clear overview of what they can expect:

  • In today’s presentation I’m hoping to cover three points:
  • firstly, … , after that we will look at … , and finally I’ll … .
  • In today’s presentation I’d like to cover three points:
  • firstly, … , secondly … , and finally … .

Explaining that there will be time for questions at the end

  • If you have any questions you’d like to ask, please leave them until the end, when I’ll be happy to answer them.
  • If there are any questions you’d like to ask, please leave them until the end, when I’ll do my best to answer them.




Starting the presentation

  • To begin with … .
  • To start with … .
  • Let’s start by looking at … .
  • Let’s start by looking at … .
  • I’d like to start by looking at … .
  • Let’s start with / start by looking at … .

Closing a section of the presentation

  • So, that concludes [title of the section] … .
  • So, that’s an overview of … .
  • I think that just about covers … .

Beginning a new section of the presentation

  • Now, let’s move on to … .
  • Now, let’s take a look at … .
  • Now I’d like to move on to … .
  • Next I’d like to take a look at … .
  • Moving on to the next part, I’d like to … .
  • Moving on to the next section, let’s take a look at … .

Concluding and summarising the presentation

  • Well, that brings us to the end of the final section. Now, I’d like to summarise by … .
  • That brings us to the end of the final section. Now, if I can just summarise the main points again.
  • That concludes my presentation. Now, if I can just summarise the main points.
  • That’s an overview of … . Now, just to summarise, let’s quickly look at the main points again.

Finishing and thanking

  • Thank you for your attention.
  • That brings the presentation to an end.
  • That brings us to the end of my presentation.
  • Finally, I’d like to finish by thanking you (all) for your attention.
  • Finally, I’d like to end by thanking you (all) for coming today.
  • I’d like to thank you (all) for your attention and interest.

Inviting questions

  • If anyone has any questions, I’ll be pleased to answer them.
  • If anyone has any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.
  • If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask them now.
  • If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask them and I’ll do my best to answer.

Referring to a previous point made

  • As I mentioned earlier … .
  • As we saw earlier … .
  • You may recall that we said … .
  • You may recall that I explained … .

Dealing with (difficult) questions

  • I’ll come back to that question later if I may.
  • I’ll / We’ll come back to that question later in my presentation.
  • I’ll / We’ll look at that point in more detail later on.
  • Perhaps we can look at that point at the end / a little later.

Other phrases and key presentation language

[word, phrase] [meaning, function]
briefly ‘very quickly’
take a look at ‘look at’
take a brief look at ‘quickly look at’
return to ‘go back’, ‘explain again’
I’ll outline ‘I will explain’
here we can see to draw attention to a specific point on a slide
as you can see here to draw attention to a specific point on a slide
(let’s) move on to to start a new subject
(let’s) continue with to start a new subject
(let’s) continue by looking at to start a new subject
to illustrate this point when giving an example
let’s, we can, we will using ‘we’ and ‘us’ instead of ‘I’ connects you to your audience