Opening a presentation - 12 - English at Work helps you start the right way

Narrator: Hello, welcome to the offices of Citr us Ventures! It's a big day for Anna, she's about to present Tip Top Tradin g's new Imperial Lemon to Mr Lime and his colleagues. This must not go wrong.

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Narrator: How are you feeling today Anna?

Anna: Scared! I want to do really well. If I mess up and Citrus Ventures doesn't place an order, I'll be so upset.

Narrator: You're well prepared, that's the main thing. Remember that the beginning of your presentation is especially important. Explain clearly how your presentation will be organised.

Anna: OK. Oh dear, I didn't think of the very beginning. Can you give me examples of what I should say?

Narrator: After you've introduced yourself, you could say: Today I'm going toand explain. Then say: I'll start byAnd then I'm going to move on to discussAnd finally

Anna: OK, like this: Today I'm going toI'll start byAnd then I'm going to move on to discussAnd finally

Narrator: Exactly.

Anna: Right, thanks, I'll try. Everything will be fine. I feel relaxed now. Mr Lime: Anna!

Anna: Mr Lime! Mr Lime: How lovely to see you. You look absolutelyI've been looking forward to this for days! Everyone is waiting in the meeting room. Come this way....

Anna: Oh gosh. Mr Lime: Everyone in Citrus Ventures is very excited about this new Imperial Lemon, so I allowed a few extras to come an d watch, I hope you don't mind. All your equipment has been set up so you can begin!

Anna: Hello, I'm Anna of Top Tip TradingI mean, Tip Top Trading, sorry! I'm very unhappy to be here.

Narrator: Anna- focus!

Anna: I mean, I'm very happy to be here.

Narrator: Anna, breathe deeply, then say: Today I'm going to

Anna: Today I'm going toToday I'm going to present our revolutionary, new Imperial Lemon. I'll start by tellin g you a bit about Tip Top Trading and some of the exciting new developments at our company. And thenI'm going to move on to explain how the Imperial Lemon is designed and what makes it so revolutionary. And finally, you will all have a chance to see it close up for yourselves and ask questions. So, let's begin. This picture shows

Narrator: Well, as usual, Anna seems to be turning a difficult situation into a success. She used the phrases we discussed, which made her opening clear and well-structured. She said: Today I'm going toI'll start byAnd then I'm going to move on to discussAnd finallyBut that's just the beginning, now sh e's got to get through the rest of the pitchhow will that go?

Anna: …this picture shows….oh no, why isn't it working…I should just click on this….oh, what's wrong with this stupid computer!

Narrator: Uh oh! It was all going so well but now Anna's got computer problems. What is she going to do? We'll find out next time. Bye!

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