Language focus Introducing yourself and your talk
Greeting, name, position
Good morning. My name's (...). I'm the new Finance Manager.
Ladies and gentlemen. It's an honour to have the opportunity to address such a distinguished audience.
Good morning. Let me start by saying just a few words about my own background. I started out in ...
Welcome to Standard Electronics. I know I've met some of you, but just for the benefit of those I haven't, my name's (...).
I'd like to talk (to you) today about...
I'm going to
present the recent...
explain our position on ...
brief you on...
inform you about...
focus of my presentation
topic paper (academic)
speech (usually to public audience)
We are here today to
The purpose of this
talk is to update you
put you in the picture about...
give you the background to...
This talk is designed
to act as a springboard for
start the ball rolling.
I shall only take (...) minutes of your time.
I plan to be brief.
This should only last (...) minutes.
I've divided my presentation into four parts/sections.
The subject can be looked at under the following headings:...
We can break this area down into the following fields:
Firstly/first of all...
Thirdly/and then we come to ...
Finally/lastly/last of all...
I'd be glad to answer any questions at the end of my talk.
If you have any questions, please feel free to interrupt.
Please interrupt me if there's something which needs clarifying. Otherwise, there'll be time for discussion at the end.
to the audience
I can see many of you are...
I know you've all travelled a long way.
You all look as though you've heard this before.
Language focus Linking ideas