Signposting Your Presentation

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Signposting your presentation is essential in order to give your talk good structure. You will need to use signposting to indicate the flow of your presentation to your audience. Signposting your presentation will therefore help your audience follow your talk.

These nine signposts cover the main rhetorical functions and help give structure and coherence to your presentation:

To recap /  To digress /  To summarize /  To expand on /  To move on /  To turn to /  To go back  / To conclude /  To elaborate on

EXERCISE 1:  Match each of the phrases above with a description below. 

1. When you want to go on to the next point. _________________
2. When you want to look at another related topic. _________________
3. When you want to return to something you said previously. _________________
4. When you want to go over the most important points again. _________________
5. When you want to provide a broader view of something. _________________
6. When you want to go into something in more detail. _________________
7. When you only want to state the basic points. _________________
8. When you want to move away from the central topic for a moment. _________________
9. When you want to finish the presentation. _________________

EXERCISE 2:  You need to make sure that you can use these signposts naturally from memory. 

To test your memory of how to use the signposts, cover your answers in Exercise 1 above and see if you can remember them.

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