Presentaties geven in het Engels. Zo doe je dat!
Presentaties geven in het Engels.
Giving a presentation to a group in your own language can be a challenge, but it is a bigger challenge to give a presentation in a foreign language.
Always remember your audience are there to learn something from you. You are the expert in your field. Below you will find some sentences and tips to help you if you have a problem. Relax, you can do it.
Prepare your presentation well. Remember to keep text to a minimum. Make use of visuals: use video clips, graphs, charts where possible but don’t overdo it.
Make sure your laptop is ready and any equipment you need is in working order. Make sure your presentation is stored on your laptop. Arrive early to check if everything is in order. Have handouts ready to give your audience at the end.
Be yourself. Speak freely.
Never read your slides word for word.
Speak with confidence: Clearly, slowly and calmly.
- Maintain eye contact
Every so often look at your audience. Look friendly and watch your body language.
(Maybe a good idea to get someone to listen to your presentation before you give it to your audience.)
- Pause often
Don’t fly through the information as your audience will need time to digest the information.
- Use your voice
Try to speak with enthusiasm and not in a monotone tone as you will lose your audience.
- Getting started.
Don’t spend too long introducing yourself and what you do, just get on with it.
- Welcome everyone
Good morning everyone. Thanks for coming.
As you know I’m K……..in charge of the……
Today I’m going to be talking about….
Can everyone see the screen?
Can you all hear me?
For those who don’t know me I’m K….I’ll just tell you a little about my background.
I’ll start off by telling you a little about…..then I’ll go on to… and finally I’ll ..
I’ve divided my presentation into three points. First I’ll give you an overview of…and then I’ll take a look at… and finally I’ll talk about…
There will be plenty of time at the end to take your questions.
Please feel free to ask any questions as we go along.
De opbouw van de presentatie
- Main body
I’ll start off by filling you in on the background to….
Giving you an overview of..
Bringing you up to date on…
Making a few observations about…
Ok, let’s move on to…
I would like to turn to…
Let’s take a look at….
Just to digress for a moment.
Let’s go back to….
- Develop a topic
I would like to expand on that.
Let’s examine this in a little more detail.
I would like to stress/emphasize that..
The main issue here is…
Let’s focus on…
- Refer to visuals
I’d like to draw your attention to ..
Let’s take a look at this slide.
As you can see on this slide/graph/table….
Have a look at this..
You can dramatically change the significance of what you say in a presentation
by stressing words which are normally not stressed.
Not: It’s the best we can do. But: It is the best we can do.
It has been difficult to…It has been difficult to…
We don’t agree with… We do not agree with…
You can make a presentation more persuasive by using simple intensifiers to emphasize your point.
There is no hope of reaching our targets. There is absolutely no hope at all of reaching our targets.
The project is underfunded. The whole project is badly underfunded.
Not: It works out cheaper to… But: It actually works out cheaper to…
There is no chance of getting into the market. Better is: There is really no chance at all …
There has been an increase in sales. There has been a dramatic increase in sales.
We’re doing well at the moment, but how can we do better? We’re doing extremely well at the moment, but how can we do even better?
- Phrases you may need
Reason and result
Because of/due to/as a result.
However/nevertheless/on the other hand.
Adding another point
In addition/moreover/on another point.
- Rhetorical questions
It is easier to involve your audience in the presentation by asking questions. It also gives you a rest if you feel you are getting tired. The longer your presentation takes the more likely you are to make mistakes. By asking questions it involves the audience and gives you the chance to recover. Nobody will be any the wiser.
Where + go. Where do we go from here?
How soon + see. How soon will we see results?
What + for. What are we waiting for?
What + looking . what type or plant are we looking for?
Where + did. Where did we go wrong?
How much + is. How much is this going to cost?
Vragen beantwoorden en afsluiten
- Dealing with questions
You may want to take questions during your presentation or at the end .
If someone asks you a question it is a good idea to think about it before you answer the question. If you don’t know the answer, say so. Never pretend you know the answer as you will only look stupid. Below are some useful sentences.
I’m glad you asked that.
That’s a very good question.
Well as I mentioned earlier the…
I think I answered that earlier.
I’m afraid I don’t see the connection.
I would like to move on.
Can I get back to you on that?
I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to that.
Sorry, I don’t have the information.
I don’t see the connection.
Sorry, I don’t follow you. What was your question again?
Could you repeat that again?
Could you speak up.
- Signal to end
Well that’s it everyone.
Right, that brings me to the end of my presentation.
Just to go over the main points again.
Just to summarize the main points again.
I started by telling you about…then I went on to talk about….after that I explained …and finally I ….
Thank you all for your time.
I’d like to finish off by saying…
I hope it has been useful.
I’ve got some handouts here.
Hiermee moet het lukken als je presentaties gaat geven. Heel veel succes met je volgende presentatie in het Engels!
(dit artikel komt uit mijn E-book) The Business English Survival Guide.
Wil je vooraf aan jouw presentatie al met enkele mensen praten? Hier lees je wat ‘small talk’ inhoudt.
Misschien zou je het artikel met anderen willen delen? Bedankt.