How to Close Your Presentation in English Powerfully
This lesson has been updated from its original posting in 2016.
You’re giving your presentation in English. You have just two minutes left. And it’s time for the conclusion …
Did you know most people only remember the first and last things you tell them? It’s true.
If you are giving a presentation in English, then you definitely want people to remember what you say at the end. And this means your closing must be powerful!
You’ve worked hard on your presentation. You searched for information online. You couldn’t sleep at night. You felt nervous about making mistakes. You spent hours preparing. You reviewed the grammar and vocabulary. You worried about someone asking a question. You practiced and practiced and practiced.
And now it’s the last two minutes. This is the last opportunity for your audience to hear your key points. It is the last chance you have to help your audience remember your comments.
A closing in a presentation should be short and clear. It should summarize your key points. And, most importantly, it should be powerful.
In today’s lesson, you’re going to learn about 3 ways to make your closing more powerful. Plus you’ll learn useful key expressions you can use in your presentation.
3 steps to a powerful closing in your presentation.
Lesson by Annemarie
“A closing in a presentation should be short and clear. It should summarize your key points. And, most importantly, be powerful.”
3 Strategies to Close Your Presentation Powerfully
Use these 3 strategies in your conclusion to:
- recapture your audience’s attention
- get your audience to focus and remember your key points
- help your audience connect with you and your topic
- end your presentation powerfully
One: Include a Call to Action (CTA)
Is there something you want your audience to do or think after your presentation. Do you want them to take action? Tell your audience exactly what you want them to do with a Call to Action.
Here’s my example:
“After you finish today’s lesson, please take 2 minutes to leave a comment about your experience with presentations. You can share your thoughts or ask questions in the comments section at the bottom of this lesson – it’s the perfect place to join a discussion on this topic.”
A couple useful expressions to help you introduce your CTA is:
- To close, I’d like to ask you to do this one thing…
- And finally, before you leave the conference today, please take two minutes to…
Two: End with a Powerful/Inspirational Quote
Is there one thing you really want your audience to remember? Or is there a specific feeling you want your audience to have after your presentation?
Using a powerful quote can help you do that. You could introduce a great quote or interesting statistic with:
- I’d like to finish with this powerful/interesting/wonderful/inspiring/ quote from …
- And finally, let’s finish up today’s discussion with this surprising/useful/shocking/hopeful statistic …
Here are some example quotes that might help people be prepared to take action or to think differently.
But remember! Always match the quote or statistic to your topic:
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell
Three: Add a Surprising Fact or Statistic
Is there something you’d love for your audience to think about after your presentation? Is there a statistic or fact that will help someone remember your key points?
A surprising fact can also help re-engage your audience, it will snap their attention back to you.
Did you know that the human brain’s capacity is limitless – that’s great new right? BUT … did you also know that a person is likely to remember only 25% of a presentation after 24 hours?
Uh oh. That is why it’s SO important to have a powerful ending! Remember: the key is to find a statistic or fact that connects directly to your topic.
Useful Langauge to Close Your Presentation
Summarize Your Key Points & Close Your Presentation
- That brings us to the end of the presentation. I’d like to summarize by saying …
- That concludes my presentation. However, I’d like to quickly summarize the main points or takeaways.
- And on that final note, that concludes my presentation.
- To quickly recap, I’d like you to remember these key points …
- To summarize …
- In conclusion …
- I’d like to bring this presentation to a close with …
- I’d like to close this talk with …
- So, this concludes the focus of discussion today. To end, I’d like to highlight …
- This concludes [name/title of the section] so let’s move on to the final comments.
Thank Your Audience
- I sincerely appreciate your attention today/this evening/this morning.
- And that brings us to the end. I’d like to thank you for your time and attention today.
- Thank you so much for your interest and attention.
- At this time, I’d like to have my colleague speak so I’ll finish up by saying thank you for your attention.
- I can see that our time is just about up so to finish I’d like to say thank you.
- I sincerely appreciate that I’ve had this opportunity to present to you.
- If there is one thing I would like you to remember from today’s presentation it’s …
- If anyone has any questions, I’d be happy to open up the discussion.
- If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask now and I’ll do my best to answer.
- Would anyone like to ask any questions?
- I would now be interested to hear from you with your thoughts or questions.
- Now let’s move on to some Q&A. (Q&A = Questions and Answers)
Provide Next Steps or Contact Information
- If you would like more information, here is a list of useful resources/websites.
- If anyone who like more information or has questions, please feel free to contact me at: [include contact info]
- Here is a list for further reading on this topic. (Include the list of books or websites.)
Get the complete Presentations in English Series:
Part 4: How to End Your Presentation Powerfully
After you’ve watched the video and reviewed the lesson, I’d love to hear from you!
Tell me about the best presentation you ever heard. Who gave the presentation? And why do you remember it? Share what you remember in the comments section below.
And for the bonus question!! Have you given a presentation in English? What tips or advice would you like to share with others? You can add your advice in the comments section.
Thank you so much for joining me!
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