Presenting Your Key Points (Adv)


Students will learn how to present and expand upon the key points of a presentation.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Presentations

Warm Up (5 mins)

In your opinion, what is the difference between a "good" presentation and a "bad" presentation?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. What "body language" technique does the presenter describe?

2. Why does the presenter recommend this strategy?

3. What other "body language" tips can you think of?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

1. Explain in your own words some of the things that presenters can do to make their key points more memorable.

Conversation Skill (10 mins)

Thought Groups

Conversation Skill Point: 

In spoken English, thought groups are segments of a sentence seperated by pauses so that:

  1. The listener has time to understand and think about what you have said.
  2. Emphasis can be added to key content words.


No thought groups

Using thought groups

Why would you go to school when you could work and get paid to learn on the job?

Why would you want to go to SCHOOL / when you can WORK / and get PAID to learn ON THE JOB?

Now that I've had time to think about it and read the report I think your idea is correct.

Now that I've had time to THINK about it / and READ the report / I think your idea is correct.

Practice saying the following famous quotes using pauses to seperate the thought groups contained in each one.

"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others." - Winston Churchill
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie
"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats." - Howard Aiken

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” - Albert Einstein


Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expressionSimilar Words
to connect toto bond with, to relate to
to emphasizeto focus on, to highlight
to be dynamicto be active, to be full of energy
to be engagingto be likeable, to be appealing
to be informativeto be enlightening, to be educational

Role Play (15 mins)


Case Study (15 mins)

Imagine you have been asked to give a presentation to a large group of foreign business people entitled "How is Japan's customer service culture different to the West".

Think about these key points.

No tipping culture in Japan "The customer is God" philosophy Japanese sense of duty to one's work ("giri")
Japanese spirit of hospitality ("omotenashi") Most companies provide extensive customer service training Staff and customer interaction is usually friendly but formal in tone

Try to think of examples of some of these points.

Make a short presentation highlighting some of the points above or introducing your own.

Extension Activity

Do you think that presentation skills are important for a successful career in business?

Why or why not?

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 !