Ending the Presentation (Int)


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

Warm Up (5 mins)

Can you think of any mistakes that presenters sometimes make when they end a presentation?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

Complete the missing information below based on what the speaker says.

"The ending should somehow connect __________ and your main content."

"The reason why you have to do this is to remind _______ what they've heard and to make sure you have a nice beginning, __________ and end."

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Summarize in your own words how to effectively close a presentation.

Grammar (5 mins)

Asking permission with "would you mind if"

"Would you mind if..." is used for indirectly asking permission.

It is more polite than "Can I..."

Can I ...

Would you mind if ...

Can I borrow your computer?

Would you mind if I borrow your computer?

Can I sit here?

Would you mind if I sit here?

Can we reschedule today's meeting?

Would you mind if we reschedule today's meeting?

Can he talk to you next week about the report recommendations?

Would you mind if he talks to you next week about the report recommendations?

Use the "would you mind if ... " pattern to ask permission in the following situations.

1) You want to reserve Meeting Room B for your presentation.

2) You want to use a Power Point projection device which belongs to another department.

3) You want to show some report data in your presentation that was prepared by another co-worker.

4) You want to ask a customer some customer satisfaction survey questions.

5) You want to make a short presentation to the staff of a different department.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

to speakto showto ask

Match the following words into the above three categories according to their meaning.

display question
say tell
exhibit propose
query inquire
demonstrate reveal
quiz express

Use some of the words above to complete these sentences (multiple answers possible).

1) You should _____ the job candidates to find out what they know about the company.

2) The company will ______  it's new product line at the trade show.

3) The journalist would like to ______ the new CEO about his growth strategy.

4) Please watch me use the prototype as I ______ the key features of the new design.

5) In your speech, be sure to _______ your honest opinion about the business plan.


Try to make some original sentences using the above vocabulary.

Role Play (15 mins)

Naoki:Good morning, Jacqui. Would you mind if I pick your brain for a few minutes?
Jacqui:Absolutely. Sit down. What can I do for you.
Naoki:Well, I have a presentation for our Senior Managers meeting next Friday. I'm going to talk about the results of our recent customer satisfaction surveys.
Jacqui:Yes, that should be interesting.
Naoki:I think so, too. But I want to use something in my presentation closing that adds impact. I want to show that the work we've been doing on product innovation is really having good results.
Jacqui:So you want to show the other managers that our customers are delighted with our products?
Naoki:Yeah, exactly.
Jacqui:Well maybe I have something you could use.
Jacqui:Our guys conducted some video interviews with a focus group of customers recently. They are all right here on my hard drive. Perhaps you could edit a 10 second clip where one of the customers talks about the positive changes our newest products have made to his business.
Naoki:That sounds perfect. Would you mind if I take a copy of the files back to my office? I should be able to edit a few seconds of the best one and include it right at the end of my presentation!
Jacqui:Yes. I think that a customer's voice would really emphasize the results of the customer satisfaction survey.
Naoki:Excellent. Thanks for your suggestion, Jacqui.
Jacqui:Not at all. Any time.

Try the role play again.

Imagine a co-worker is asking you for advice on how to end a presentation.

Give some suggestions.

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 !