Presentations 5

  • Clarifying
  • Responding positively
  • Referring back / forwards
  • Checking if the audience is happy
  • Handling difficult questions
  • Tennis
  • Hedging
  • Signalling the end
  • Summarising
  • Concluding
  • Support and follow up
  • Inviting questions
  • Typical questions
  • Closing


If I understand you correctly, you want to know…

You’re asking me about… is that right?

Sorry, I didn’t follow/catch the question.

Could you repeat it please?

In other words, you’re saying… 

Responding positively

That’s a good / difficult / complex / an interesting question.

Thank you for asking that question.

I’m glad somebody asked that question. It allows me to say…

I accept that. / That’s a fair point. / I agree with what you’re saying. / Up to a point, I agree. 

Referring back / forward

As I said earlier, in the first section / at the end of the second section…

Yes, I mentioned in the introduction….

I’ll come to that in a moment if I may. 

Checking the audience is happy with your answer

Does that answer your question?

Is that OK?

Was that enough information? 

Handling difficult questions

I’m afraid I’m not really the right person to  answer that. Perhaps…

That’s not really my area/field, I’m afraid. You could ask…

Sorry, I don’t have the figures with me but I will…

I’m afraid that question goes beyond the subject of today’s presentation. I’d be glad to discuss that with you personally after the presentation. 

Tennis (returning the question)

Well, let me ask you the same question.

OK. Let me ask you a question.

I can deal with that by asking you a question.


Well, that depends on what you mean by…

Well, that’s a very complicated matter…

Well, there are various ways of looking at it…


Signalling the end

OK. That brings me to the end of my presentation / talk.

Right. I think that covers everything I wanted to say about…

So, that’s all that I wanted to say today.


Just to summarise…

Before I finish, let me just go over…

To sum up then…

To sum up / summarise ….


To conclude, I’d like to say that…

I’d like to finish by saying…

That concludes my talk about x

In conclusion…

Making final recommendations

It seems to me, then, that we should…

I would therefore recommend/advise that…

My own proposal would be to…


Mentioning support and follow up

I have prepared some handouts which I will pass round.

I’ll give you my email address in case you want to follow up something I said.

Do contact me if you would like more information on this.


Inviting questions

So, do you have any questions?

Are there any questions? Yes, the person sitting there. (points)

I hope you found it interesting and useful, feel free to contact us via email or social media

Thanks for listening!

Questions for the presenter

What did you mean when you said…?

Are you saying that…?

Don’t you think that…?

Could you say a little more about…?

Could you go over that again please?

It wasn’t very clear for me.


Thank you for listening.

Thank you for your attention.

I hope that this has been useful.

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