Ending the Presentation (Adv)


Students will learn how to close a professional presentation.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Presentations

Warm Up (5 mins)

What are some of the reasons for giving a presentation e.g. to inform, to motivate?

Do you think a successful presentation leads to change in the behavior or thinking of the audience?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

Why does the speaker say a good closing is important for an effective presentation?

What does "giving the audience a call to action" mean?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Summarize in your own words some of the tips for effectively closing a presentation.

Conversation Skill (10 mins)

The Rule of Three

Conversation Skill Point: 

"The Rule of Three", also known as "The Power of Three" is a speaking and writing principle that suggests that presenting things as sets of 3 is more effective than other numbers of things.

The following are some examples of well known phrases and quotations using the technique.



A "Mars" a day helps you to work, rest and play.

Chocolate bar TV commercial.

Stop, Look and Listen

Public road safety slogan.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

The Olympic motto.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen.

The beginning of a speech from Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar".

Our priorities are “Education, Education, Education”.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“The good, the bad and the ugly”

Title of a famous cowboy movie.

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people”

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (speech).

Slip (on a shirt), Slop (on some cream), Slap (on a hat)

Australian skin cancer prevention campaign.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Old proverb.

Think about some advice that you would like to give a friend or colleague.

Brainstorm with your instructor how this advice could be given, using the Rule of Three.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

to speakto showto ask

Role Play (15 mins)


Case Study (15 mins)

Think of a public issue that concerns you.

How would you like people in your community to change their behaviour to address the problem.


Road safety Telephone and internet fraud The environment
Consideration for the elderly Animal welfare Workplace discrimination

With your instructor, brainstorm a few key points that you could discuss relating to the topic.

Prepare a 5 minute presentation and deliver it to your instructor.

Try to include the "rule of three" principle in your presentation ending.

Also try to include a "call to action" in your presentation ending.

Extension Activity

"...Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country. "

The above is a famous "call to action" line from the conclusion of a speech made by John F. Kennedy in January 1961.

What do you think Kennedy meant? Do you think he wanted to change people's behaviour?

Can you think of any inspiring speeches in movies or in real life? What made them so memorable?

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !