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  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Directing
  • Creating Rapport
  • Using Facts
  • Acknowledging
  • Offering clarification
  • Checking with the audience
  • Explaining a visual
  • Focusing attention
  • Proposing
  • Explaining Advantages
  • Saying it three times
  • Neutral language

Rhetorical questions

How will this affect our company? I think it’s clear that…

What will be the result? Well, I think the result will be…

How can we explain this? Let me show you…

Is there anything we can do about this? The answer is…

Directing questions

George, I know you have a lot of experience. Could you comment?

Perhaps, I can ask Greta to answer that question? Greta?

I’d like to try an experiment. Could you ask your neighbour…?

Can I ask for a show of hands? How many people…?

How many people here have ever…?

Creating rapport

I know how you feel, 

I know nobody wants to be here so early so I’m going to make this as quick as possible

If we want to get this done, we need to work together to…

We don’t need to spend time on this.

I know what you are/were thinking.

I’m sure everyone in this room…

Interesting facts

Did you know that…?

According to a recent study…

I read somewhere that…

Statistics show that…

Believe me…

Using examples

For example

For instance

As an example

Acknowledging

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that…

I realise you all know…

Softening with diplomacy

I tend to think that…

It seems to me that…

It may be a little/bit difficult.

Offering clarification

Is that clear?

Are there any questions on that?

Let me stop there for a moment.

Introducing the visual

OK. Let’s take a look at…

The next thing I want to look at is…

Let’s move to…

Check with the audience

Can everybody see that?

Is that clear for everyone?

Is that in focus?

Explaining the meaning of the visual

This shows/ illustrates/demonstrates/refers to…

This is a graph/an organisation chart which shows…

As you can see, this is…

Here we can see…

Focusing attention

I’d like to draw your attention to…

One of the most important aspects of this is…

The key point here is…

Proposing

I suggest that we…

My suggestion is that we…

I recommend that we…

My recommendation is that we…

I propose that we…

My proposal is that we…

Explaining advantages

The main advantage/disadvantage of this is….

I think there are two main reasons why this is far superior to/ better than…

Saying it three times!

This new product is faster, cheaper and more efficient.

This supplier is friendly, customer-focused and next door!

Giving clear choices

We have to…

Either we…, or…

If we don’t…, then we will see…

We have no choice but to do…

Neutral vs emotive words

It is risky / It is commercial suicide.

This may be a problem. / This will lead to chaos.

We need this. / This is an absolute must.

Some will complain. / There will be a riot.

 

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