English Presentation Skills

May 6th, 2015
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At some time or other, most of us will have to give a presentation. The idea of speaking in public can be frightening enough if you're a native English speaker, but it's even more so if English is your second language.

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English presentation skillsAt some time or other, most of us will have to give a presentation. The idea of speaking in public can be frightening enough if you're a native English speaker, but it's even more so if English is your second language.In this first article on presentation skills, we show you how to take the stress out of giving presentations with eight tips to help you plan a perfect presentation. 1. Know your audienceTo give an effective presentation, you need to know something about your audience. How good is their English? How much do they know about the subject of your talk? Why will they be interested in listening to you? Its a good idea to find out who is attending your presentation so that you can make the information relevant and interesting to them. For example, a presentation on your companys financial results to financial analysts will focus on results, reasons and analysis. A presentation on new auditing software will focus on the benefits and features of the software.Also ask yourself what you want to achieve from your presentation. Sales presentations are different from information-giving presentations, for example. Its always a good idea to work out what you want your audience to think or do at the end of your talk, as this will help you focus on the language and content of your presentation.2. Use a strong opening statement or question to interest your audienceThe first minute of your presentation is crucial. In this time you shoul

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