Presentations 1: The Start

  1. Acknowledging the audience
  2. Introducing yourself
  3. Defining the objective
  4. Verbs to use
  5. Signposting the agenda
  6. Timing
  7. Questions
  8. Example

Some of these phrases are similar to the ones in meetings so check that page for variations.

1. Acknowledging the audience

Hello everyone, good morning / I hope you’re well, etc
I know that you have all travelled a long way.
I’m very glad/happy/grateful that you could come today.
I look forward to your comments on this.
So good of you to attend!
Thanks for attending, considering the time difference, it must be difficult!  Sorry for this timing…
I am sorry for …
I want to say sorry to …
It’s nice of you to join us today!

Why do we do this?


Ask everyone to turn off their cameras

“Can I ask all participants xxxxxx to turn on their cameras”

x = who come from France
x = who play LOL
x = who like x football team

2. Introducing yourself

Hello everyone, my name is Terry
As a short personal introduction, my name is…

As some/most of you already know, I’m…

I’m in charge of/responsible for…
I’m the new Managing Director.

GOOD: Hello my name is Andy and this is Terry.

NOT GOOD: (face to face) Hello, this is Andy

NOTE – GOOD: (on the telephone): Hello, this is Andy.

Why do we do this?

Quick Test on parts 1+2

Hello everyone, my ______ is Terry,  I’m the _____________ of blabla (company).
I’m very ______  that you could come today.

3. Objective/Benefit

Good morning, I would like to talk to you about….

Terry and I would like to talk to you about x

The aim/ topic/ objective / subject of today’s presentation is to explain/ demonstrate/ show / that x is the best solution for your business.
Today I would like to advise/explain/demonstrate how X is the best technology of 20XX

The title/subject/topic of today’s presentation/talk is…
Today, I’d like to speak about…
What I’d like to talk about is…

The objective of this presentation is to present…
The aim today is to give some background about…
For you this is an opportunity to…

Why do we do this?

4. Vocabulary

Verbs to explain objectives
focus on
look at

5. Signposting The AGENDA

What is this? What is it for? What does it make you feel?

Our talk/presentation is divided / split into / made of three parts: firstly/ secondly…

I’ll begin/beginning with

First/ Firstly  I will talk about…

Let me start by outlining the advantages of…

Let’s / let me / I will / we will begin with…


Firstly secondly thirdly

In the first part, we’ll/ let’s examine the….

then I look/ will look/ am looking at …


and finally…

I’d like to finish with

We will wrap up with


My presentation has 50 slides

My presentation has less than 50 slides

My presentation has around 50 slides

My presentation has not more than 50 slides

My presentation has only 50 slides

How do you feel about this vocabulary? Same works for timing.. sometimes it’s better not to say, or to divide and only use small figures.

6. Timing

We have x minutes, so I would like to spend x minutes on a, then x on b, ….
The presentation will take / last x minutes
I will / would like to speak for about…minutes.
I plan to speak for about…minutes.

After part X, that will leave X minutes to examine…

We only have XX so I’d like to cover…

7. Questions

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask (at any time).
Please interrupt me as we go along if you have any questions.

Please keep your questions for the end = rude!
I’ll be glad/happy to take questions at the end of the/my presentation = better


8. Example

Hello everyone, I’m Joe Higashi from FF LTD, here to demonstrate why our new technology is the best choice for today’s eSports managers. Made up of three parts, it won’t take more than an hour. Firstly I’ll go through the innovation and how it impacts teams for about twenty minutes, then we’ll be able to see the impact with a case study, and I’ll be happy to take any questions you have. That should leave us with ten minutes to finish with our pricing plans and summary.

Presentations Part II