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Business Presentations: Referring to Visual Aids (Useful Language)

29 Jun 2022

presentationsIt is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is certainly true of business presentations in which a graph, table or image can present a clear picture of what you want to say. Many people find it easier to understand information when it is presented visually, and visual aids are essential to most business presentations.

To create an effective presentation, it is important to strike the right balance between text and graphics. Text should be brief, and organised into bullet points for easier reading. You should use a combination of different kinds of graphics, such as images, graphs and pie diagrams, to keep your audience’s attention.

Every image or graph should be relevant to your topic. Never use an image just to brighten up your presentation.

You should also familiarise yourself with the operating system and projector well before your presentation, so that you do not have any technical difficulties during your presentation.

In this newsletter, we will look at how to use specific words and phrases to deal with persistent callers.


Business Presentations: Referring to Visual Aids (Useful Language)

(includes lesson notes, sample dialogues, audio lesson + interactive practice exercises)

Referring to Slides and Graphics

Let’s take a look at the next slide.

Moving on to the next table…

As you can see from this graph…

As this diagram shows….

As this bar graph illustrates...

This chart indicates that…

Linking Visuals to Topic

As we saw in the previous slide…

This leads me to my next consideration.

The next slide will give you more information on this.

We’ll come back to these statistics later.

This point is illustrated by the diagram in front of you.

To demonstrate this point, I’d like to show you…

Using Prepositions to Describe Graphs

Sales peaked at…

From January to April,…

In the third quarter of the year…

Between the conception of the product and the launch…

There has been a rise in sales since November.

Turnover fell by ten per cent during....

Describing a Visual

Overall, the graph shows that…

The most striking pattern in the table is that…

As you can see, the percentage of production went up sharply.

As you can see from this bar chart…

Handling Interruptions During a Slideshow/Presentation

If you don’t mind, I’d just like to finish with this first.

I’ll give you more information on that in a moment.

Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll get to it in a moment.

Let me just finish with this point first.

If you don’t mind, I’ll take questions at the end of this section.

Sorry, can I just finish with this point first?

Ending your Slideshow/Presentation

Thanks very much for your attention.

That’s all we have time for. Thanks for your attention.

That’s about it from me. Could we have the lights back on, please?

That about sums it up.

Inviting Questions

I’d be happy to take questions now.

I’m sure you have questions for me.

Can I answer any questions?

Would anyone like to ask a question?

Does anyone have any questions?


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