Business Presentations in English That Work – 5 Top Tips

Even if your English is very good, you are likely to have some English language concerns. Fortunately, with some simple tips & techniques, anyone can improve their business presentation in English. Below are some tips that will help you succeed:

  1. Tell people what you are going to speak about

    This means people will know what to expect and will retain information better because they will be actively waiting for it.

    Try:

    ‘Today’s presentation is in 3 parts. Firstly I’m going to talk about, secondly I’m going to talk about and finally…….’

  2. Keep your sentences shorter and slow down

    When giving lots of information, it is better speak more slowly than you usually do. Use shorter and less complex sentences so the information is easier to say. Short sentences are also easier for the audience to remember. Silence is also very effective. When we are nervous we tend to speak too much. Pause between points to let the audience digest information. By using regular pauses you will also appear more relaxed, confident and in control since you will not be nervously talking all the time.

  3. Summarise regularly

    When you summarise, you give the audience another chance to understand the information before moving on and it is a great way to link between your last point and your next point. Use language like this:

    ‘So far we have seen that…’

    ‘So, to summarise, last year we…’

    ‘It is clear from what I’ve said so far that…’

    ‘As we have seen…’

    Then:

    Next, we’re going to focus on…

    Moving on, we will see…

    Now, let’s move on to…

  4. Use great words and phrases that will make your English sound natural and professional

    Introduction:

    ‘On behalf of Webstar, I’d like to welcome you to today…’

    ‘Good morning everyone. I’m Howard Brent and today’s presentation is about…’

    For charts and figures, consider the present perfect tense which we use to describe how things have changed until the present time:

    ‘Sales have grown by 10% since 1995′

    ‘There has been no change in temperature for 5 years.

    Conclusion.

    ‘To conclude’

    ‘It’s clear that…’

    ‘To finish, it’s apparent that…’

    ‘If no-one has any further questions, that concludes my presentation. Thank you for listening.’

  5. Practice with a native English teacher

    This is very valuable because a teacher can give you help with the tips here – but also your intonation, pronunciation and language. Think about how much more confident you will be if you have worked on your presentation with a personal tutor first. Ensure your English teacher has some business training or experience so they are not just helping you with your English but understand the key elements of a business presentation and can guide you with your style and content and structure. This way you will know you have a great presentation and will excel in front of an audience.

    A good presentation in English is easy to achieve with a bit of preparation and practice. Good luck!