Opening a Presentation (Int)


In this lesson students will practice how to open a presentation.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Presentations

Warm Up (5 mins)

How often do you make presentations?

Do you feel that making presentations is difficult? Why?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video. Complete the missing information based on what the presenter says.

1. In your opinion, what do you feel is something that _______ when you start your presentation?

2. The one thing that a lot of speakers _______ is to start with a pause.

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Think about a presentation you have given. Which of the techniques described did you use?

Grammar (5 mins)

"Wh- clauses" in imperative sentences

An imperative sentence is one which commands someone to do something.


Tell him when the project must begin.

Explain how you made this decision.

Please consider who to invite to our event.

Please discuss which option best suits your needs.

Explain you think this is the best plan
Discuss is the best time to launch an advertising campaign.
Tell us we should go to find the newest products.
Talk about we can implement your business plan.
Analyze project will generate the most profit.

Connect the phrases from columns A and B by using the best connecting word.

which where how when why


Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expressionMeaning
pointershints, suggestions
in the first placeIn the beginning, at the start of a process
from the heartHonest stories about your feelings and emotions
diversity programRecruiting people from a wide variety of social backgrounds

Complete the following sentences with the appropriate word or phrase.

I asked my teacher for some __________ on how to study more effectively.
Our company wants to employ more people with disabilities as part of our __________ .
After six years of studying for the Masters Degree she almost forgot what motivated her to enroll __________ .
In order to motivate his players, the coach gave them a speech ___________ .

Try to make original sentences using these vocabulary.

Role Play (15 mins)

Masami:Hi, Barbara. Are you free at the moment?
Barbara:Sure. Can I help you with something?
Masami:As a matter of fact, you can. I have a presentation next week with a group of University graduates and I would like to ask you for some pointers.
Barbara:OK, no problems. Have you thought about the main message of your talk?
Masami:Yes, I want to speak to them about what our company is doing for the community. Our corporate social responsibility goals, in other words.
Barbara:And do you have a list of key points to cover?
Masami:First of all I'll talk about the charities we sponsor, second I'll talk about our human resource diversity programs and finally I'll explain how we are working with other companies to promote social responsibility in the business community.
Barbara:Sounds like you've got it covered. So what's the problem?
Masami:Well I don't want to bore the audience. How can I grab their attention from the beginning?
Barbara:Let's see. Is corporate social responsibility an important issue for you personally?
Masami:It sure is. In fact it's one of the reasons I chose to join this company.
Barbara:Why don't you talk about that. Explain why the issue was important to you when you were a University graduate and why you selected this organization for your career.
Masami:Do you think they'll like that?
Barbara:Of course. Everybody likes to hear stories from the heart about what inspires and motivates them.
Masami:Alright, great. I'll practice and give it a try!
Barbara:Terrific. Good luck!

Imagine your boss asked you to give a presentation about why you joined your company.

Practice the role play again. Imagine you are asking a co-worker for advice on how to deliver the presentation.

Extension Activity

Imagine you have been asked to give a presentation about your favorite hobby.

Can you think of 3 key points to talk about?

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 !