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Top Tips for Business English
Teaching presentation skills
by Rosemary Richey

Activities

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Introduction

Giving a good presentation in English requires careful attention to the right language. The following activities will help you learn and practise words and phrases that deal with presentations. Use the Macmillan English Dictionary when completing the exercises and checking your answers.

Activity 1

Read these sentences that talk about presentations. Mark them with T for True, or F for False.

a _T_ Presentations are typically used in sectors such as banking, tourism, engineering and law.
b ___ For any type of business, the only intention of a presentation is to make a deal.
c ___ The introduction of a presentation is used to outline the issues that will follow.
d ___ The main points in a presentation need to be transparent and obvious to follow.
e ___ The summary of a presentation should bring up new selling points.
f ___ In engineering, people make presentations to talk about findings from research.
g ___ Team leaders in engineering often use presentations to give an update on the status of a project.
h ___ Speaking in a monotone in a presentation makes the audience very attentive.
i ___ Engineers rely on visual aids to support and to document information.

Activity 2

Look up the underlined words taken from activity 1 in the dictionary. Write a synonym or short explanation for each.

a sector
a part of a country's economic or business activity____________
b intention
_______________________________________________________
c to make a deal
_______________________________________________________
d to outline
_______________________________________________________
e transparent
_______________________________________________________
f obvious
_______________________________________________________
g to bring up
_______________________________________________________
h findings
_______________________________________________________
i research
_______________________________________________________
j update
_______________________________________________________
k monotone
_______________________________________________________
l attentive
_______________________________________________________
m to rely on
_______________________________________________________
n to document
_______________________________________________________

Activity 3

Look at the words taken from activities 1 and 2. Form new words then check the forms and meanings of these words with the dictionary.

a attentive attentively, attention
b to document  
c intention  
d obvious  
e rely on  
f research  
g transparent  

Activity 4

Complete these sentences with words or phrases from activities 2 and 3. Make sure you use the correct form of the word.

a His presentation was transparent and easy to follow.
b In her presentation the project manager informed the audience about the latest ________ of the team's ________ .
c The figures presented were considered disappointing and ________ .
d The audience listened _________ during the entire presentation.
e It is our _____________ to give you the highest quality engineering services.
f They both work in the engineering ___________ .
g The aim of the presentation was to ___________ with the clients.
h His presentation was supported by evidence well ___________ .