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The Introduction


Good morning\afternoon ladies and gentlemen


I plan to say a few words about

I’m going to talk about

The subject of my talk is

The theme of my presentation is

I’d like to give you an overview of



I’ve divided my talk into (three) parts

My talk will be in (three) parts

I’m going to divide




In the first part

Then in the second part




My talk will take about ten minutes

The presentation will take about two hours


Policy on questions\discussion

Please interrupt if you have any questions

After my talk there’ll be time for a discussion and any questions


The main body

Ending the introduction

So that concludes the introduction

That’s all for the introduction


Beginning the main body

Now let’s move to the first part of my talk, which is about

So, first

To begin with



There are three things to consider. First…

There are two kinds of… The first is…

We can see four advantages and two disadvantages. First, advantages…

One is… Another is… A third advantage is… Finally

On the other hand, the two disadvantages. First…Second…

Linking: Ending parts within the main body

That completes/concludes…

That’s all (I want to say for now) on…


Linking: Beginning a new part

Let’s move to (the next part which is…)

So now we come to…

Now I want to describe…



There are (seven) different stages to the process

First/then/next/after that/then(x)/after (x) there is y, last

There are two steps involved

The first step is… The second step is…

There are four stages to the project.

At the beginning, later, then, finally.

I’ll describe the development of the idea.

First the background, then the present situation, and then the prospects for the future.


The end of the presentation

Ending the main body of the presentation.

Right, that ends (the third part of) my talk.

That’s all I want to say for now on…


Beginning the summary and/or conclusion

I’d like to end by emphasizing the main points.

I’d like to finish with…

- a summary of the main points

- some observations based on what I’ve said

- some conclusions/recommendations

- a brief conclusion.



There are two conclusions/recommendations.

What we need is…

I think we have to…

I think we have seen that we should…

Inviting questions and/or introducing discussion

That concludes (the formal part of) my talk. (Thanks for listening)… Now I’d like to invite your comments.

Now we have (half an hour) for questions and discussion.

Right. Now, any questions or comments?

So, now I’d be very interested to hear your comments.


Handling questions

Understood but difficult or impossible to answer

That’s a difficult question to answer in a few words.

It could be…

In my experience

I would say

I don’t think I’m the right person to answer that. Perhaps (MR Holmes) can help.

I don’t have much experience in that field.


Understood but irrelevant or impossible to answer in the time available

I’m afraid that’s outside the scope of my talk/this session. If I were you I’d discuss that with

I’ll have to come to that later, perhaps during the breaks as we’re short of time.


Not understood Sorry, I’m not sure I’ve understood. Could you repeat?

Are you asking if…?

Do you mean…?

I didn’t catch (the last part of) your question.

If I have understood you correctly, you mean…? Is that right?


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