Presenting in English - Simple Cloze 1

Article and voice by David Harper


Activity by Steven Starry - (Alcorcón, Villaviciosa, Leganés)

Choose the correct missing words from the list, then press "Check" to check your answers. You can also click on "[?]" for a hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! After this activity click on "Next Activity" above.
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Have you ever been asked to make a presentation in English? Being able to present professionally in English can give your career a and propel you up the corporate ladder.

Surveys have shown that to capture and then to keep an audience's attention the most important thing is how you and how you move your body (body language); the second most important is how you talk; the third most important (in fact, the least important) is what you say. It is too easy to concentrate all your efforts on the content of your presentation the 'performance' aspect of it.

So, the first thing you have to do is to be . OK, that's easy, you just have to buy a new outfit at El Corte Inglés. Now, what about body language? Well, try to face the audience; don't look at your Powerpoint presentation when you're speaking; use your hands; move around; make eye with members of the audience. Don't put your hands in your pockets or look at the floor. Keep them on their .

Next thing. How you talk. Don't talk too quickly. Stress important words or phrases for emphasis and pause to ensure the audience understands the significance of the points and have time to absorb them. Use repetition and contrast opposing points again for emphasis. Ask rhetorical questions, the ones that you know the audience would want to ask themselves. This makes it easy for the audience to follow the presentation and to differentiate the main subject matter from contextual content. Listen to the way that politicians speak.

The actor John Wayne once said: “talk low, talk slow and don't talk too much”. this in mind when you are planning your presentation and you'll be starting off on the the right .