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The language of presentations
Non-native speakers of English have to consider not only the content of their presentations but also the language to use. In this issue of POSTSCRIPT, we look at how to make reference.

Referring to visuals

Look at these phrases for referring to visuals:

I'd like you to look at this ...
As you can see from this ...
As this ... shows, ...
Let's look at this ...

bar chart
Graph 1
graph
Graph 2

Making reference

Non-native speakers of English have to consider not only the content of their presentations but also the language to use. In this issue of POSTSCRIPTwe look at how to make reference.

Look at these presentation phrases and decide whether they:
refer backwards, refer forwards, refer to visuals or deal with interruptions.


1. This graph indicates...
2. As I said earlier, ...
3. This leads me to my next point.
4. Taking this into consideration, ...
5. As this bar chart shows, ...
6. If you don't mind, I'll deal with questions later on.
7. Going back to a point I made earlier, ...
8. Sorry, could I finish first?
9. I'll deal with this point again later.
10. I'll give you some more information on this in a moment.


Refer backwards

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Refer forwards

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Refer to visuals

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Deal with interruptions

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Linguarama skills books

Also available: Writing Skills
Meetings
Negotiations.
Linguarama Publications, the publishing division of Linguarama International, has produced a new series of books to help you with a range of practical business skills.

If you have to give presentations in English, you will find the Presentations book a value aid. Topics covered are:
  • Preparing your presentation
  • Thinking of your audience
  • The stages of a presentation
  • Preparing and refering to visuals
  • Summing up
  • Dealing with questions
  • Closing the presentation
Contact your local Linguarama centre for more information or e-mail us at postscript.
   


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