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Com mon Ph rases for Business Le tters Reques t for inf orma ti on I am writing to inquire about . . .

I am writing in reference to . . . I read/heard . . . and would like to know . . . Could you please send me . . . at the address below/above Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to hearing from you. Res po nse to request Thank you for your interest/inquiry Enclosed is the information you requested. You can learn more about this at . . . If you have further questions, If you require assistance, please contact: If I can be of more help, please feel free to contact me at . . . Sam ple Sente nces : Req uests Could you please send me your most recent brochure? Could you fax me the results of the market survey? I would like to order ten copies of the book, Touchy Situations. I would be very grateful if you could send me this information. Please return the enclosed envelope with your payment. Sam ple Sente nces : Go od wi ll Thank you for your hospitality. I enjoyed having lunch with you last week while I was in New York. Congratulations on your promotion to General Manager. I want(ed) to congratulate you on your new position. I was happy to hear that contract negotiations went well. Sam ple Sente nces : Intr odu ct io n of Pr odu ct /Se rvi ce. I am writing to tell you about . . . (Our new product) is coming out next month. This product/service is designed to (help you) . . . Sam ple Sente nces : Ref erence I am writing in regard to . . . I am writing in reference to . . .

Please refer to the enclosed invoice/brochure. I hope you have had a chance to look over the materials we sent. Sam ple Sente nces : Con firm ati on I am writing to confirm . . . I would like to confirm what we discussed last Friday. I would just like to confirm the main points we discussed . . . Sam ple Sente nces : No tifi ca tion I am writing to let you know that . . . Please be aware/informed that . . . I would like to inform you of a recent policy change. I am happy to inform you that . . . Your request for funding has been approved. Sam ple Sente nces : Of fer ing Assis ta nce We would be happy to . . . If we can be of assistance, please dont hesitate to ask. Sam ple Sente nces : Co lle cti on According to our records . . . Our records show that . . . Your monthly installment is past due. Please send payment as soon as possible. ask for call (s) up cool (s) down fall down get up keep on look at put (s) on set (s) up stand for talk over turn (s) on request, seek information telephone become less stressed collapse, drop from a higher to lower position arise from bed continue focus on something visually place clothing on the body 1) arrange 2) entrap represent discuss deeply start a machine or something electric assault severely, attack, act violently, hit 1) take responsibility for 2) prefer, like reduce intake of food put information in a blank or space on paper enter a bus, train 1) grasp 2) endure disappoint expect escape register assume control 1) refuse an invitation 2) reduce the volume

beat (s) up care for cut down (on) fill (s) in get on hold on (to) let (s) down plan on run away sign up take over turn (s) down

ask (s) out calm down come over fall apart get into keep away (from) look (s) over pile (s) up run (s) over sit up talk with turn in back (s) up carry on drive (s) away follow up (on) go ahead knock (s) out look into plan for run out (of) sort (s) out take apart turn (s) over

invite someone for a date relax, reduce stress come to where I am lose control or consistency take an interest in something stay at a distance peruse or read generally, skim make a heap, stack or collection drive over something with a vehicle have good posture when sitting discuss an issue with someone 1) retire to bed 2) submit 1) move in reverse 2) support continue repel or push strongly away check to see that someone has completed a task move forward make someone unconscious investigate, explore prepare for the future use up the total supply separate into categories dissemble 1) give control of 2) flip onto the other side make a general inquiry; survey a number of people shout, say loudly surprisingly fulfill or achieve be gullible, or innocently believe a deception throw away expel consider something to be of lower value connect an electrical device to a socket start a trip disperse or scatter begin a new hobby or pastime 1) rotate 2) reverse inquire, investigate, question, interview fulfill or finish a plan lower the temperature diminish or lessen return to what one was doing; return a call

ask around call out come through (with) fall for get rid of kick (s) out look down on plug (s) in set out spread out take (s) up turn around ask about carry (s) out cool off fade away get back to

head for light (s) up phase (s) out rip (s) off slip away stop by walk into add (s) on buy (s) out dish (s) out fall through go about jump into look away pick up on see to stand down strike back vouch for act (s) out carry (s) away cut back (on) fall into give (s) out keep (s) back loosen up pull (s) off save (s) up sneak out talk back (to) walk in on beef (s) up button (s) up complain about fall behind get with hold (s) off lie about peek in(to) rise up (against) shake (s) down stem from toss (s) out black (s) out

move toward a goal 1) make brighter 2) ignite a cigarette reduce over time steal remove oneself discreetly visit spontaneously enter a situation increase, include something extra purchase the complete or remaining supply distribute fail to achieve a plan proceed as normal begin immediately refrain from looking at something catch the meaning take care of a task yield hit in retaliation recommend someone pretend, pantomime, show something imagined take something to another place reduce the supply conform or adapt emit or discharge maintain one's distance relax succeed keep money for a future purchase exit secretly speak rudely or disrespectfully unexpectedly interrupt someone involved in an activity increase, augment, add to, enlarge fasten buttons on clothing express discontent become behind schedule pay attention wait, delay tell untruths look discreetly rebel extort or extract money by threats or fear originate from discard or throw away darken, cloud, cut off electricity

butter (s) up cross (s) off dig (s) up feel up to grow out of keep to pay (s) up put past separate (s) from squeeze out (of) subtract from

flatter, praise, compliment draw a line through a listed item discover through research consider oneself fit for a task become too big for one's clothing hold to oneself give money for what is owed don't expect someone to behave in a certain way divide force information out take something away

Apo lo giz ing Im sorry. I made a mistake. Please accept my apologies. Im sorry. I didnt mean to . . . (Im) sorry. I didnt realize that . . . . Thats okay. No problem.

Prefac ing b ad news Im sorry (I have) to tell you this, but . . . I hate to tell you this, but . . . I dont know how to tell you this, but . . . I have some bad news.

(Forma l) wri tten a po lo gies We regret to inform you that . . . Regretfully, . . . Unfortunately, . . .

Aski ng for Help Could you . . . . (for me) ? Would you please . . . ? Would you mind V+ing . . . .? Could you possibly . . . ? Okay, no problem. Sure, Id be glad to. Sorry, Im (kind of) busy now. Im sorry. I dont have time right now. Do you have a minute? Can you spare a few minutes? Could you do me a favor? Could I ask you a favor? Can I ask you to . . . ? I need some help (if you have time). (If youre not busy) I could use your help.

Infor ma l This is my boss, Mr. Stratford. Jared, this is my secretary, Barbara. Good to meet you. Nice to meet you too. Id like you to meet my co-worker, Collin Beck. Collin, this is Susan Palmer. Nice to meet you.

My pleasure. Have you met, Jason? Jason, this is Teresa.

Hi, Im Jill Watson. I dont believe weve met. Im Greg.

Form al Id like to introduce you to my dear friend, Mrs. Pleasant. Allow me to introduce myself/my colleague, Ms. Winters Let me introduce you to my colleague, Dean Richards. Mr. Richards, this is David Porter from Aerospace Inc. How do you do? How do you do? Its a pleasure meeting you. Com pa ny Desc rip ti on What company do you work for? Which company are you with? Who do you represent? I work for ABC Company. Im with ABC. I represent (the) XYZ (company). What is the name of your company? Where are you located? The name of our company is . . . . Our company is located in . . . . Our headquarters is in . . . What (type of business) do you do? What business are you in? We are in the computer business. Were in computers We sell . . . We produce . . . We manufacture . . . Our major products are . . .

Desc rib ing B usiness Ac ti vit ies What do you do at ABC Company? I am in charge of marketing. Im responsible for sales. I program computers. I recruit and train employees. What does your company do? We design software. We build storage units. We produce small appliances. Were in the insurance business

Describing Jobs What do you do? What do you do for a living? What is your occupation? What type of work do you do? Where do you work? Im a salesman. (job-general) Im in sales. (general) Im in the toy business. (industry) Im a contractor at JBX. (specific) Im a consultant for YXL. What company do you work for? I work for Bellwest. (company name) I work at Wellbest. (general) Im with Westbell. (industry) What do you do there? What do you do at Bellwest? Im a software engineer. (job title) I work in the sales department. (place in company) Im in customer service. (general area) I work as an instructor. I build houses. (specific job) I clean the restrooms.
Desc rib ing Pr od uc ts

Tell me about (this product) What can you tell me about (this product)? Can you give me some information/details about this? What is special/unique about this? What are the specifications?

Let me tell you about . . . This is our (newest) product. This is one of our latest designs. It is made of . . . It can be used for . . . You can use it to . . . You can . . . with it This has/contains . . . This one features . . . This comes with . . . This is equipped with . . . This particular model . . . This is priced at . . . This costs . . . Desc rib ing Pr oje ct s What are your current projects? What are you working on (at present)? What are your major initiatives in this area?

We are currently working on . . . We are in the process of . . . We are developing . . . We are designing . . . We are building . . . We are marketing . . . Ex pla inin g Can you explain . . . Can you tell me why . . . Why . . . What happened . . .

Well, . . . Let me explain. Let me tell you why . . . Heres what happened: Theres a (good) reason for this: The reason is . . .

Im sorry. I cant tell you that (right now). Can I get back to you on that? Ill explain (a little) later. Well come to that later. Well get to that in a few minutes. Can we save that until later? An aly zin g Pr oble ms

Focusin g on t he ma in pro ble m/issue What is the main problem? What is the real issue (here)? (I think) the major problem is . . . Our primary concern is . . . The crux of the matter is . . . (As I see it), the most important thing is . . . The main problem we need to solve is . . . We really need to take care of . . . It all comes down to this: Aski ng for inpu t What should we do about it? What needs to be done? What do you think we should do? What are we going to do about it? Do you have any suggestions? Any ideas? Makin g R eco mmen da ti ons I recommend that . . . I suggest that . . . I would like to propose that . . . Why dont we . . .

Asking for Information Information about company What does your company do? What is your specialty? What do you specialize in?

What is your main line of business? We produce marketing materials. We specialize in art and design. What are your major products? What services do you provide? We produce office machines. We design software. We provide technical support. Information about products Could you give me some (more) information on this? What can you tell me about this (product)? Tell me about this one/model. This is one of our top brands. Its our best selling refrigerator. This one is the best in its class. Were really pleased with its performance. Its an excellent computer. I highly recommend this one. This model comes with several features. This particular one has two components. Information about Price What are you asking for this? What does this sell for? How much is it? How much does it run? This (one) sells for $5900. This one goes for $2900. This one is priced at $9695.
Cl osin g a C onv ersa ti on Pre -cl osin g

Its been nice talking to you. Its been great talking with you. I really enjoyed meeting you. It was nice meeting you, Mr. Brown. Im sorry, but I have to go now. Im afraid I have to leave now. Thanks for the information/ the tour/ your time. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Foll ow up Ill give you a call. Ill send you an e-mail. Ill put a packet in the mail for you. Well send out that information right away. Ill have my secretary schedule an appointment. Could you send me a brochure/some more information? Could I contact you by e-mail/at your office? How do I get in touch with you? How can I reach/contact you? Cl osin g I look forward to seeing you again. Well see you on Friday. See you next week. Let me give you my business card. Heres my e-mail/office number. Lets keep in touch by e-mail. Well be in touch. Call me if you have any questions. E-mail me. Cus to mer Sur vey ( Rest au rant )

What types of food do you like to eat? What types of food do you not like to eat? How often do you go out for a meal?

On what days of the week do you usually eat out? Which meal(s) (breakfast, lunch, dinner) do you eat outside of your home? How much do you spend on a typical meal? Do you go out alone, as a couple, or in groups? What are your main criteria in choosing a restaurant? What are your main reasons for not going out to eat? What is your primary means of transportation? What area of the city do you live in?

Demographics Age Gender Income Other 0-12 Male 13-18 Female 19-25 26-40 41-60 61 and over

Marketing Director Dymon Publications 2201 South Maple Street Salt Lake City, UT 84797 U.S.A. Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to order ten (10) copies of the book, Touchy Situations: A Conversation Text for ESL Students. I recently came across this book at a local teachers conference and was very impressed by its format and contents. Could you please send the books by express mail? I need them for class next Monday. Also, would you mind sending your latest catalog or brochure? Thank you for your prompt attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best regards, Trent Chang

___________________________________________________________ **** Sample Letter Block Style **** Dymon Publications 2201 South Maple Street Salt Lake City, UT 84797 U.S.A. April 21, 2001 Trent Chang 56 Somerset Lane Kai Tak, Kowloon Hong Kong Dear Mr. Chang, Thank you for your order of Touchy Situations: A Conversation Text for ESL Students. I sent the books by RedFex on April 20. They should be arriving within a few days if they are not there already. Please let me know if there are any problems with the shipment. As requested, I am enclosing a brochure, which provides information about our other products. You may also check out our web site at http://www.dymonbooks.com. If you have further questions, please dont hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Alan Gordon Dymon Publications Enc: brochure
Help ful Hints for Bus iness Letters Before writing a business letter, consider the following: Objective(s) Why am I writing this letter? What do I hope to accomplish? What action do I want from my reader? Your Audience Who will read this letter? How can I appeal to the readers interest?

What attitude might the reader have toward this information? Will the reader consider this good news or bad news? Organization What information should be included first/last? What details does the reader need to know? Does my conclusion motivate the reader to do something? Do I end the letter in a positive and polite manner? Professionalism Do I use a professional business letter format? Do my language and style show a positive attitude toward the reader/the company/the product/the information. Will my reader be offended by anything in the letter? Proofreading Are there any spelling errors, typos, etc.? Is the format of the letter appropriate? Have I signed my name? Presen ta tion Tip s

Know Yourself Strengths Weaknesses Talents Feelings Opinions Nervousness Motivation

Present Yourself Dress Posture Voice Gestures Body Language Confidence Enthusiasm

Know Your Audience Demographics Purpose Interests Commonality Individuality

Present to Your Audience Positive Polite Interesting Informative Thought-provoking

Know Your Stuff Knowledge of Subject

Present Your Material Organization

Research Personal Experience Preparation Rehearsal Beginning a presentation

Clarity Visuals Language Volume

It is common to greet the audience and introduce yourself when giving presentations: Good morning,/afternoon/evening Im _________, the new Finance Manager. My name is ________ and I represent _______ Let me take a minute to introduce myself. Let me start by telling you a little about our company. Ive already met some of you, but for those I havent , Im ______ Introducing the topic Im here to talk about . . . Today, Id like to say a few words about . . . Im going to give you an overview of . . . The main reason Im here today is . . . The focus of my remarks is . . . Id like to introduce . . . Time consciousness Thank you for your time Thank you for taking the time to be here I will probably take about . . . minutes This should last only a few minutes I hope to be finished by . . . Showing organization Ive divided my topic into three sections/parts. They are This presentation can be divided into the following subtopics: First, First of all The first point is . . . Second Secondly The next point is . . . Third Thirdly Next, we come to . . . Finally Last The final point is . . . Sequencing Lets move on to . . . Lets move on to . . . That brings us to . . . Giving Reasons This is why . . . The main reason is . . . Therefore, So, Generalizing Generally, Usually, As a rule, Most of the time, In most cases,

Highlighting Actually, In fact, As a matter of fact, In particular Particularly Especially Giving Examples For example, For instance, Such as Summarizing To sum up To summarize In brief Concluding To conclude, In conclusion, Follow-up Are/Were there any questions? We have just a few minutes for questions In tro duc ti on (Good morning, afternoon, evening) Im happy to be here. Im glad to have this opportunity to . . . Today, Id like to talk (to you) about . . . My topic today is . . . The focus of my remarks is . . . Id like to share some thoughts on (topic) Main p oin ts Let me start by . . . First, let me tell you about . . . Ive divided my topic into (three) parts: (They are . . .) Givin g exa mples For example, For instance, Let me illustrate,

To illustrate, Conc lusio n In conclusion, To conclude, To summarize, To sum up, Ex pressing A ppre cia ti on Thanks. Thank you. I appreciate it.

Thanks for the tour. Thank you for the nice gift. I appreciate your hospitality. I appreciate your lending me the chain saw. Forwar d- Lo okin g St at emen ts What are your plans for the future? What are your projections for the next quarter? What do you expect to achieve (in the near future)? What are your (sales) projections for next six months? What are your goals for the coming year?

We expect . . . We plan to . . . We project . . . We hope to . . .

We should . . . We will be (V+ing) . . . If all goes as planned, Our projections are . . . According to our projections, In vit at io ns

Infor ma l: Would you like to . . . Were going to . . . . Would you like to come along? Theres a . . . . (tonight). Would you like to go? How about (V+ing) . . . ? Do you want to . . . ? I wonder if you would like to . . . I was wondering if you would like to . . .

Form al : Id like to invite you to . . . If you have time, Id like to invite you . . . Would you like to join us for (event) at (time) ? Wed be glad to have you accompany us . . . Wed be delighted/honored to have you as our guest at . . .

For Con versa ti on p ract ic e: Speaking Situations: Inviting See also: Speaking: Accepting and Refusing

Jo b R es po nsib ili ties What do you do (in your job)? What is your main job? What are you in charge of? I I I I I I Off erin g am in charge of training employees. am responsible for watering the plants. take care of corporate accounts. usually answer telephones. mainly write reports. repair jet engines.

Infor ma l Cigarette? Would you like some coffee? How about a glass of water? Here. Have a/some . . . Would you like one of these? Can I get you something? What can I get you something to drink? Form al Would you care for some . . . Would you like to try . . . Let me offer you . . . Let me get you a/some . . Reques tin g Infor ma l Please . . . Would you . . . Could you . . . No thank you Yes, please. Sure. Thanks. Okay. Thanks. I really shouldnt. No. Thanks anyway. Juice would be fine.

Would you please . . . . Could you possibly . . . Would you mind (V+ing) . . . Could you do me a favor? Form al

Could I ask you to . . . Would you mind if I asked you to . . . Would you be so kind as to . . . Terms of Payment

Id like to pay (in) cash. Ill put it on my credit card. Can I charge it? Could you put that on my bill? Could I put that on my account? Could you send me an invoice? Could you bill me (for that)? Can I put it on lay-away?

May I Pay in cash Pay by check Pay by credit card Pay with a credit card Pay in installments

Pay in one lump sum

Could you deliver it to my office? Do you charge for shipping? Do I need to pay for postage and handling? How long will it take? Usin g Tense Ap pro pri ately in B usiness Descr ip ti ons

Use simple past tense to describe something that wholly occurred at a specific time in the past: I graduated from NYU in 1998. NOT: I have graduated since 1998. (Thats when the ceremony occurred.) (Incorrect!)

(Specific time) (Incorrect!) Use present perfect tense to describe something that has been in effect from a certain point in the past until now. Be careful! Some verbs are used for specific actions; others are used for conditions that cover lengths of time. (Specific I met Mr. Flinders last year at a Convention in Little Rock. time) I have met him since last year. (Incorrect!) I have known him since last year. (Correct!) Use simple present tense to describe facts. I work for IBS Corporation. Hes a sanitation engineer. I am responsible for orienting new employees. She answers company correspondence. Use present progressive tense to describe ongoing projects. I am developing new software. She is teaching the hearing-impaired. We are building a new mall in East Heights. I finished the Hollins project last week. I have finished the Hollins project last week.

Welc omin g Visi to rs

Welc omin g Welcome to Cando Enterprises.

Welcome to London. Im John Taylor.

Mee tin g some one you do n t kno w 1. Patricia Murphy? Yes. Hi, Im Kevin Chen of Myotex Industries. Welcome to Taiwan. 2. Are you Mr. Blanks? Yes, I am. Im Jane Placid. (We talked by telephone.) Welcome to Sydney. Its nice to meet you in person. Nice meeting you too. How was your flight? Okay, but very long. 3. You must be Ms. Terius. Thats right. Its a pleasure to meet you. Im Brad Wilson. Welcome to Suntech. Thank you Did you have any problem finding this place? No, your directions were very clear.

Dis cussing Agen da It ems Lets start with . . . Lets start by . . . The first item on the agenda is . . . We need to discuss . . . Lets look at item number one. Lets move on to number two. The next item on the agenda is . . .

Whats next on the agenda? Does anyone have any comments? Any comments? Are there any comments on that? What do you think? Good idea. Good point. Does everyone agree on that? Makin g A pp oin tmen ts Id like to make an appointment with Dr. Bill. Id like to schedule a meeting with Ms. Terry. Could I schedule a time to meet with Mr. East? What time is best for you? When would be a good time for you? Would 9:00 on Thursday be okay? Hell be in on Tuesday. His schedule is open all day Monday. Shes free any day but Wednesday. Dr. Itup will be away until Friday. Will Mr. Rodgers be in tomorrow? Is he available next Wednesday? Does he have any openings on Tuesday? Does she have any time on Thursday? Sorry, her calendar is full on Monday. She will be out on Wednesday. He doesnt have time on Tuesday. How about Friday at 4:00? Thursday at 10:00 will be fine. Friday at 11:00 sounds good. Okay. Tuesday morning at 9. Monday at 8:00 is not good for me. Wednesday is not possible. Mee tin gs an d Discuss ions

Ge tting sta rt ed

Lets get started. We need to discuss . . . We need to talk about . . . Tal king ab ou t dis cussi on ite ms The first thing we need to discuss is . . . The first item on the agenda is . . . The first thing on the list is . . . First, we need to talk about . . . Presen tin g Op tio ns We have several alternatives: We have two options: We could either . . . or . . . Moving o n Lets move on to Item 2. Lets move on to the next topic. We need to move on. The next item (of business) is . . . We need to go on to the next item. Shall/Should we move on? Sta llin g the Discussi on Before we move on, I think we should . . . Wait a minute. We havent discussed . . . Dont you think we need to . . . Not so fast. We havent (yet) . . . Aski ng for Cl ar ific at io n What to you mean by . . . . I dont quite follow you. I didnt get what you meant by . . . Could you clarify that? Could you elaborate on that? Makin g a Sugges ti on /Pr op osa l I think we should . . . Maybe we should . . . I suggest . . . Why dont we . . . How about . . . We could . . . Givin g F eed ba ck (I think) thats a good idea. You have a good point. Good idea/point. I agree. I disagree. I think . . . Sorry. I dont agree with you. You have a good point, but . . . Thats not such a good idea. I dont think thats a good idea. Aski ng for Opin ions What do you think, George? Whats your opinion on that, Martha?

Any thoughts on that? Any ideas? Che ckin g for Consensus Do we all agree (on that)? Does everyone agree? Sum ma riz ing In summary, The conclusion is . . . So, weve decided to . . . Were going to . . . (then) Cl osin g the mee tin g Thats all for today. Thats it then. (informal) The meeting is adjourned. (very formal) Wri ter s Check list

For Bus iness Letters 1. Receiv er (Who are you writing this to?) Someone you know (friend, colleague, business partner, group, company) Some one you dont know (To whom it may concern, Dear Sir/Madam) How do you expect the receiver to respond? 2. Sen der (Who are you?) What is your relationship to the reader/receiver(s)? What role are you assuming in the letter? (friend, colleague, etc.) 3. Cont ext (What background information does the reader need?) Bring the reader up to date first. Establish a connection As requested . . . It was nice meeting you in Toronto last week . . . I read your article in Vague Magazine . . Supporting details Time frame (sequence of events) 4. Mess ag e (What do you want the reader to know or do?) What do you hope to accomplish with the letter (inform, persuade, initiate action) I am writing to inquire about . . . Could you please send me . . . Polite requests

Please . . . Would you mind . . . Could you please . . . Would you be so kind as to . . . 5. Me dium (What is the appropriate format?) Fax, e-mail, formal business letter, memo, informal note 6. Tone (What tone do you wish to convey?) informative polite business-like friendly humble assertive urgent irate 7. Other reci pient s (Are there others who need to be informed of this communication?) cc: courtesy copy

Spe ec h Prepar atio n Choose Topic

Gather Information








Types of Cha rts Pie chart Bar chart/graph Line graph Desc rib ing M ovemen t Increase Decrease Recover Recovery Go up Go down Jump Slump Rise Fall Surge Plummet Improve(ment) Declined Reach (a point) Approach

Types of Mov emen t Slight Slightly Gradual Gradually Sharp Sharply Dramatic Dramatically Major Mino r

Movemen t over T ime There was a gradual decline in sales. Sales declined gradually Enrollment increased by 4% in 1997. There was a 4% increase in enrollment in 1997. Immigration rose to 800,000 in 1999. (to a point/number) (noun usage) (verb usage)

Immigration rose by 20,000 in 1999.

(by increment)

There was a 20% rise in immigration. (percentage) Taxes remained the same from 2000 to 2001. Taxes continued at 15% for two years. Sta ti c (n on- movement ) Desc rip ti on Sales stood at $1,400,000 in 1998. Profits were $27,000 in 1999. There was a loss of $21,000 in 2001. Thinkin g Pos it iv ely a bo ut Present ati ons

People often become nervous or fearful when giving presentations. Here are some phrases you can keep in mind when preparing for and giving a presentation.

About Yourself Im happy to be here. Im glad to have this opportunity. I (really) want to tell you about this. I have something interesting to tell you. (Smile) (Turn nervousness into enthusiasm.)

About Your Audience This is something I think you should know . . . This is important (to you) because . . . You will be interested to know that . . . You will benefit by knowing this . . .

About Your Subject/Material The information is as follows: A. B. C. First, I will tell you about . . . These are the main points/supporting ideas . . . The best way to understand this information is . . .

Look at this. It will help you understand my topic . . . This shows (you) . . .