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Everyday English 2
Everyday English 2

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4 Presentations

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Figure 11 Giving a presentation

There may be many times in your life when you are asked to present information. You might do so formally, for example for a training event at work, or informally, for example if you give your opinion on something at a local community meeting.

Before you present information, it is important that you are prepared and that you have done some research.

Researching is just as important as presenting. This means allowing time beforehand for thinking, reading and writing.

You should think carefully about the reasons for the presentation – what is its purpose? Thinking about the purpose helps you to focus your search for information. The usual reasons for a presentation are to:

  • share your opinion on a topic, such as on climate change
  • persuade your audience to do something, such as to donate to a cause
  • describe a place or an event, such as giving a commentary on the Second World War
  • provide information on a topic, such as a news report.

You can collect information from a wide range of sources, including websites, books and other publications, podcasts, places such as museums and libraries, and people such as teachers and historians.