On this episode, I chat with an English teacher about how to give better presentations. 

English Level: B2 🇬🇧🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21) 
  2. Tackle your nervousness before giving a presentation (04:00)
  3. Catch your audience’s attention with an engaging introduction (05:39) 
  4. Ways to get a bored audience engaged (14:50)
  5. Keep your presentation within an appropriate time frame (17:30)
  6. When and when not to use jargon in a presentation (20:48)
  7. Three concluding tips on how to improve your presentation skills (26:33)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Improve (verb) – (etw.) verbessern 
  2. Slightly (adv) – ein wenig, etwas
  3. Surveillance (noun) – Überwachung 
  4. Captivating (adj.) – packend, faszinierend 
  5. Certainly (adv.) – sicherlich, bestimmt  
  6. Generate (verb)  – erstellen
  7. Self-depricating (adj.) – selbstironisch
  8.  Digress (verb) – abschweifen
  9. Concise (adj.) –  prägnant, gebündelt
  10. Regurgitate (verb) – buchstäblich: hochwürgen; Bedeutung: If you regurgitate facts, you just repeat what you have heard without thinking about it

Phrases to Remember:

  1. nerve settler (ugs, noun) – etwas das die Nerven beruhigt
  2. to calm the nerves – die Nerven beruhigen
  3. to help out with – mit etwas aushelfen
  4. to be related tomit etw. zusammenhängen
  5. to get a point across – jemand anderem etwas verständlich machen
  6. to get hooked on sth – süchtig nach etwas werden
  7. to be exposed to sthetw. ausgesetzt sein 
  8. to get past sth – in der Lage zu sein, aufzuhören, sich von etwas beeinflussen, ärgern oder sich beeinträchtigen zu lassen:
  9. double-edged swordzweischneidiges Schwert 
  10. get someone on board – jemanden ins Team holen

Mistake to Avoid:

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What is Lee’s first advice on how to deal with your nervousness before giving a presentation?
  2. One of Lee’s students gave a memorable introduction to his presentation on surveillance. What did he do?
  3. What is the name of the TED Talk that Lee commends for its engaging introduction and excellent overall presentation skill?
  4. How can you deal with a bored or seemingly uninterested audience?
  5. What is the problem with using Jargon in a presentation?
  6. What can you do to improve your presentation skills?


Question to consider:

What advice would you give to someone preparing for a presentation?


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