In our class on Sales, we get some practice describing visuals in a presentation or meeting, like charts & graphs that show what is happening with our sales: movements and trends like rising, plunging, fluctuating and remaining steady.
Here are some podcasts about this topic. The audio is free, although you might have to pay for extra resources like transcripts etc.
ESL Pod: intermediate level
Business English Pod: Upper-Intermediate to advanced level
Update 2015-12-11: Added BEP 102c
In a presentation, signposting is giving the audience information about where they are in the presentation and where they'll be going.
In presentations, a transition is the action / process of finishing one topic and moving to another.
(See this post of mine for a video on signposting and transitions: Presentations: Video with Signposting and Transitions )
Here are some links with useful vocabulary, articles, audio and exercises for signposting and transitioning in presentations.
For an upcoming class on presentations and how to add emphasis in presentations, I wanted to find more info & useful links for students on auxiliaries for emphasis.
I found an excellent page: good information, different examples, well laid-out, even with exercises! And then I realized the page was on Blogspot, a blogging platform completely blocked in China by the Great Firewall.
If you can access the page (e.g. using a VPN) here's the link:
Random Idea English: Emphatic do, does, did and other auxiliaries
If you can't access the page, I saved it as a PDF here on my website.
Emphatic do, does, did and other auxiliaries (PDF, 102kb, without answers)
Download the one above and try doing the exercises. Then download the version below to check your answers.
Emphatic do, does, did and other auxiliaries WITH ANSWERS (PDF, 104kb, with answers)
There are many different kinds of visuals we can use in presentations, especially different kinds of graphs & charts. But I didn't realize just how many until I saw this page for a program, called SmartDraw, for making visuals. They claim their software can produce 70 types!
Click on the menu on the left of their page to see more on the different types of visuals.
Online book site Booktrope sometimes offers free books, and at the moment they have a free online book:
Learn how to give the best sales presentations to the most important people for the biggest sales.
(Navigate with left/right arrow button at bottom of page, or chapter list at right.)
2016-10-24: I recently found out that the service I've been using to share the presentation file, Slideshare, is now blocked in China. I've added a direct download link now, which isn't blocked.
In our class on Culture today, one section talked about how to handle giving a presentation in a foreign language.
I'd like to give you a deck I made with tips on giving a presentation in English, which I originally made for my university students at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla.
Here's the link:
Below is the direct download link, for students in China.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
Some tips and links on learning English.