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Business presentations (I)

In this lesson, we are going to start a new topic, the topic of business presentations. When you work for a company, you will undoubtedly, at some stage in your career, be asked to carry out a presentation. Often people find presentations difficult and nerveracking because they have to talk in front of large groups of people and they don't have this type of experience. In this lesson, we are going to show you how to overcome these nerves by looking at how to make a good presentation. We are then going to introduce you to Assessment 3 where you will be required to carry out a short presentation. At the end of the lesson, we will enter into the planning stage of your first presentation in English. Let´s begin!


How to give a good presentation


A. Think about good and bad presentations that you have watched in the past. Write answers to the following questions (own answers).

  1. What made the good presentations good?
  2. Why were the bad presentations bad?
  3. What makes a good presentation?


B. Here are some important stages in preparing for a business presentation, put the stages in order.

  • Carefully organise your information into sections
  • Choose your topic
  • Practice
  • Prepare your visual aids (Power point slides) to match your presentation
  • Work out exactly what you want to say 


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Listen to the following information about how to make a good presentation.


Sonido 1


When giving a presentation just remember the Three Ps!




During the presentation:

  • Keep eye contact with your audience
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Be friends with your audience

After the presentation:

Once you have finished your presentation, ask the audience if they have any questions.


C. Decide if the following statements are True of False. Correct the False statements using your own words.

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1)You don't need to have answered all of the questions in the planning stage before you move onto the preparation stage.
2)When you use information from a specific source, you should always reference it.
3)You should always write your presentation out in full.
4)The audience should ask questions during your presentation.
5)You should practice you presentation in front of a window.
6)During the presentation, it is a good idea to speak as quickly as posible.
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D. Match the English to the Spanish translation

  • Bibliography
  • In full
  • Waste of time
  • Handwriting
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Research
  • Source  


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Introduction to Assessment 3






We are now going to start the planning stage.


A. Fill in the following information about your chosen company in note form. This information will help you when you decide on what exactly you are going to say.

If you are not sure about some of the information then try to find the information by looking at their website. Of you still can´t find the information then leave a blank.




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