After organizing a meeting with external people, comes the time to present the company. One of the things most people put down as their biggest fear is having to do a presentation to a large group of people. It’s even scarier if you have to do it in another language! If you work for an international company it is quite likely that you or a member of your team will need to officially present your company to someone else at some point. You may need to present your company to visiting clients, potential investors, new suppliers or managers. Here is some useful English vocabulary to help you talk clearly and confidently about what your company does.
How to start your presentation ?
If you’re doing an official presentation about your company then at the start it’s customary to welcome everyone and tell them the structure of your talk. This can be done with some standard phrases:
- Welcome and thanks for coming everyone.
- We’re going to look at….
- First I’ll talk about when the company was founded..
- Then I’ll tell you where we are now..
- Finally, I’ll tell you our expansion plans for the future..
- Shall we get started?
Sometimes when people are nervous they start speaking too quickly so remember to speak slowly and clearly. Taking a few deep breaths before you start will help!
Introducing your company
After welcoming everyone you might want to talk about the history of your company, how long you’ve been established and what your company does:
- We were founded / set up / established in 1981.
- We’ve been trading for ….. years.
- We now have …… employees.
- We make / produce packaging material.
- We manufacture car engines.
- We supply paper products.
You’ll also want to talk about general performance and any recent developments:
- We launched a new sanitizer gel last month.
- It has revolutionised the cleaning process.
- We have pioneered new ways of reducing energy costs in household electricity bills.
- We are the market leaders in four countries.
- We’ve recently expanded into four new sectors.
- Our company has grown by two-thirds.
If it’s not confidential then talking about future plans will show off your companies continued success:
- Next year we plan to…
- We’re planning to …
- Our next campaign will be..
It’s a good idea to talk about responsibilities too:
- I report to the Marketing Manager.
- I deal with customer enquiries.
- We work closely with the sales team.
- Tom is in charge of customer accounts.
The main points
This is the main part of your presentation and it’s good to have some clear bullet points about what want to say. For a company presentation you’ll want to talk about your current successes and achievements and then draw things to a conclusion about the direction your company is going to in the near future. Some useful phrases will be:
- Lately we’ve been..
- One of our biggest achievements has been..
- In the coming months we intend to..
- I’d like to move on to talk about
Finishing your presentation
After you’ve finished your main points and you feel that everything has been said, it will be time to bring your presentation to a close:
- To sum up..
- In conclusion I would like to say that..
- That concludes my presentation.
- Thanks for listening everyone.
- Does anyone have any questions?
Don’t forget the non-language aspects of your presentation too! A good presentation should have minimal text to read (if you’re using slides) and should be clear and concise. Your body language should be relaxed and you should use hand gestures to emphasise your points. It’s worth remembering the most important aspect of a presentation – delivering it with passion and enthusiasm!
Finally, if someone does ask a difficult question at the end of your presentation and you’re not sure what to say, you should say this common phrase:
I’ll get back to you on that one.
Then you can find out the answer and let them know at a later date. Once you have finished your presentation, give yourself some kind of reward as you will deserve it!
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