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Planning the perfect presentation

Presentation at a workplace

A presentation is a means of communication that can be adapted to various speaking situations, such as talking to a group, addressing a meeting or briefing a team. At work you may be asked to present to colleagues on a topic you are knowledgeable about.

Presentation format

The structure of the presentation is important so that the audience can follow what is being said. You should include:

  • Introduction – this informs the audience what you will be talking about
  • Main body of presentation – Use this section to go into detail about the points you would like to make
  • Conclusion – sum up the points you have made to leave a lasting impression on the audience


Plan a presentation on a topic of your choice. The headings below might help.

Remember to:

  • Use formal language
  • Write in full sentences
  • Think about spelling, punctuation and grammar


Introduce yourself and your chosen topic. Make this as punchy as possible to hook your viewers from the start.

Main body of your presentation

Write down three points you’d like to make in your speech. Make sure you take time to explain each point using examples, stories or statistics.


This is a chance to leave a lasting impression on the audience. What would you like them to take away? Keep this short and punchy.