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When you want to make your next point, you ‘move on’.

  • Moving on to the next point.

When you want to change to a completely different topic, you ‘turn to’.

  • I’d like to turn to something completely different.

When you want to give more details about a topic you ‘expand’ or ‘elaborate’.

  • I’d like to expand more on this.

When you want to talk about something which is off the topic of your presentation, you ‘digress’.

  • I’d like to digress here for a moment and just say …
  • Digressing for a moment, I’d like to say a few words about …

When you want to refer back to an earlier point, you ‘go back’.

  • Going back to something I said earlier, the situation in Chicago is ...
  • I’d like to go back to something I said earlier.

To just give the outline of a point, you ’summarize’.

  • If I could just summarize what I have just said…

To repeat the main points of what you have said, you ‘recap’.

  • I’d like to quickly recap the main points of my presentation.

Stating your purpose

talk about = to speak about a subject

  • Today I'm going to be talking to you about ecotourism.

take a look at = to examine

  • First, let's take a look at the first document

tell you about = to speak to someone to give them information or instructions

  • Then, I will tell you about the drawbacks of…

show = to explain something by doing it or by giving instructions.

  • This example shows the importance of ecotourism.

outline = to give the main facts or information about something.

  • I'd like to outline the social tourism policy in France
  • Now I will give you a brief outline of my presentation

give an overview of = to give a short description with general information but no details.

  • Firstly, I would like to give you a brief overview of the situation.

highlight = draw attention to or emphasize the important fact or facts.

  • The results highlight our strengths and our weaknesses.
  • I'd now like to go on to highlight some of the advantages that these changes will bring.

discuss = to talk about ideas or opinions on a subject in more detail.

    • I'm now going to go on to discuss the implications of this situation.
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