Sample Presentation: How to start and end a presentation in 2 minutes 37 seconds [VIDEO]

by Carl Kwan on September 11, 2012

Sample English PresentationWhat is the ideal amount of time to give an effective presentation? If you’ve ever watched a Ted video, you’ll have seen that some of the presentations are very short. In fact, some of them are only about three minutes or less. However, those presentations are highly effective and often very memorable. I’ve never given a presentation at Ted, but I have given a short presentation in the past. So this week, you’re going to see a sample presentation of me giving a real presentation that is only two minutes and 37 seconds long. But to make this more helpful for you, I’m also going to include an analysis of what I said and the key expressions that I used.

Here’s the presentation…

If YouTube is unavailable in your area, click the following link to view or download the video: How to start and end a presentation in 2 minutes & 37 seconds (Length 2:37!^^)

English presentation example: Start a Presentation

Here’s the analysis broken down into the beginning, the middle, and the end

(Dramatic voiceover) “In the beginning…”

I start this presentation with a very direct overview of what the audience can expect. Nothing fancy, just to the point and fast.

“Today we’re going to be talking about how to analyze your presentation script.”

The next thing I tell the audience is the first purpose of my talk. Notice that I am telling them that I will help them to do something. This is something that you must always consider… How your information is going to do something for the audience. And here’s what I said:

“Now the purpose of this is to help you find the absolute core, the core message of your presentation.”

And in the middle…

Starting at the 22 second mark, I tell them exactly what we are going to be doing to achieve the first purpose.

“So what we’re going to do… I’m going to teach you guys to analyze your presentation so that you can find the keywords or key phrases in your presentation.”

After that, I move right into the second purpose.

“And what we are going to do today, too is we’re going to help you to figure out, “Okay, how do I get into the mind of my audience and understand the audience.”

From there, I go into explaining they need to do three things to achieve the two purposes. I just simply say…

“The very first thing you’re going to need…”

“The second thing you need…”

“And the third thing you’re going to need…”

But it’s not the end…

This presentation was about something I wanted people to do. I gave them an overview of what they had to do. To end my presentation, I tell them what they need to be careful of. I say to them…

“The important thing is that during this exercise you have to be very, very strict; otherwise, this entire thing does not work.”

Here’s how it all ends…

Finally, I tell them what the big picture is, what the ultimate achievement for them will be.

“So what this is gonna do is help you to start thinking like the audience member…”

And last but not least, I give them the first thing they must do. In other words, I give them a call-to-action.

“So that’s basically it. We’re going to take the next few steps that I’ve outlined in the handouts there. Okay? And we are going to get going with that.”

In summary

To do something like this, you must first be well prepared, organized, and know your stuff. But you also have to keep in mind the basic structure of a presentation: Beginning, middle, and end. In the sample presentation, the structure I’ve followed is…

  1. The beginning to introduce
  2. The middle to explain the details
  3. The end to give a call-to-action

Question time…

What do you think makes people the most nervous when giving a presentation?

Let me know what you think by writing your answer in the comments section below.

As always, let me know if you have any questions about presentations or this particular topic by leaving a comment below or using the contact page.

Thanks and see you again soon.


PS Don’t forget to check out Liam’s presentations book available on for FREE until Sept. 12/12: How to Make a Great Presentation

{ 168 comments… read them below or add one }

joryau October 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

sir,im going to give a presentation about samsung galaxy s3…can u help me….how to start?

Carl Kwan October 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Thanks for your question… To help you, you’d have to provide many more details. Who is your audience? What do they know about your topic and why should they listen? Why are you giving the presentation? What is the purpose? How long do you have to speak? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can think about what will get your audience’s attention and that will be how to start :)


NIKHIL October 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

Respected sir,
I am going to give a presentation on M.TECH dissertation (project)….i want to know how i can start my presentation infront of my all senionr teachers with an excellent introduction of self.

Carl Kwan October 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thanks for your message!

Instead of focusing on yourself, start your presentation by focusing on what would get your senior teachers’ attention. They already know who you are, so if you want to start your presentation strongly, think about grabbing their attention first. What do they want to hear?

You can introduce yourself after. There are videos here about introducing yourself.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

All the best,


NIKHIL October 19, 2012 at 4:03 am

Thank You So much Sir……..!!!

hanane November 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

hi sir i’m gonna talk about how to reduce exam stress it’s a sort of some tips that help to aviod exam stress please show what i begin with

hanane November 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

hi sir i’m gonna talk about how to reduce exam stress it’s a sort of some tips that help to aviod exam stress please show me what i begin with

Carl Kwan November 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm


Thanks for your question! You could ask/tell the audience about the kinds of exam stress they feel and the consequences of doing poorly on their exams. But don’t wait for an answer. Just ask the questions and keep talking. For example…

“I’m sure you have all felt some exam stress. Maybe you felt nervous and your hands were shaking. Maybe you were worried that if you got a bad grade you won’t pass the course. Maybe you were so stressed your mind went blank once the exam started. I know you’ve all felt some kind of exam stress, so I’m going to share some tips for avoiding exam stress.”

Good luck!

hanane November 25, 2012 at 12:52 am

thanks alot sir :)

hanane November 25, 2012 at 4:19 am

hi sir could u help me in some grammar cources??

simon December 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Hi sir,
I really need Your help! Tomorrow I am going to give a presentation for an oral exam in English about Human Rights. The whole last week I was searching for Information. It’s such a shame that I found Your great videos only now..
We have the task to do research on the following eight rights and be prepared to explain them in our oral exam:
3)believe in an practise religion
4)equality of males and females
5)free speech/demonstrate peacefully
6)safety from violence
7)express sexual orientation

Only one topic is going to be tested, and I haven’t got so much time to prepare myself for it. Please give me some advice!

Carl Kwan December 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

Hi Simon,

Thanks for your message. Yes, it’s a little to get help with your exam, but hopefully it went well.

The best thing you can do for your situation is to use the situation, challenge, consequence, solution pattern. First you briefly describe the situation or background. Second, talk about the major challenge(s) facing that situation. Third, you explain the consequences of not resolving that situation. And fourth, you describe a solution to resolve the situation.

You can use the same pattern to talk about pretty much anything. Hope that helps.


Tehreem December 14, 2012 at 2:20 am

im not good in english at all…..would u help me?and would u tell me the opening and ending of a presentation what ever the topic is?

simon December 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Thank You Carl!
Yes, it went well. Just a (B+) but I’m happy :)

Carl Kwan December 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Hello Tehreem,

Thanks for your message. Please search for starting a presentation or ending a presentation here on the site. There are many examples for you.

Good luck :)


Carl Kwan December 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

That’s great! Thanks for letting me know! :)

sandeep December 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

hi sir,
am going to give an interview in infosys company so i want tips how to get them (self introduction)……………………………………plz reply

Carl Kwan December 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Hi Sandeep,

Good luck with your Infosys interview. Great company! How long do you have to speak? What kind of job? Is it the final interview or first? Please have a look at other posts on the site about introducing yourself. They should help.


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Vickie January 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hi Carl! I am having my presentation about experience gained of industrial training. how should i start

Carl Kwan January 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Hi Vickie,

Thanks for your question.

My usual question is: Who is your audience?
Second: What do they want to hear?
Third: What is the goal/purpose of the presentation?

However, if I were to give you an idea… Start in the middle of a situation you were involved in, then tell how your training helped you overcome the problem/challenge you faced. For example, you could say, “So there I was looking down at (a problem/challenge). My instincts told me ____. But there was a little voice telling me ____. If I didn’t ____, it would’ve meant ____. So I had to act. But what was I to do?”

This will immediately capture the audience’s attention because they will be curious about what you’re talking about, especially if you include the consequences of not acting, as in my example. One thing though… Do not reveal the outcome until later. If you do this, they’ll be anticipating the answer. But it better not be something predictable; otherwise, they won’t care.

Good luck.


Fatima January 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

Hello Sir..I am first time in here, i´v found very useful information and advices about presentation.
Near these days i have my presentation on the theme of ¨debate in the classroom¨.
i have enough information, but the problem is how to make a speech to the audience. i have no enough experience on this field, can you give me some advices how to begin my to stand front of to remember my speech…how can i loose my fair on the stage..
thank you in advance.

Carl Kwan January 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

Hi Fatima,

Thanks for your message and question. Gaining experience as a presenter and overcoming the fear is not easy at first. The big thing is being very well prepared. Do you know your audience and what they want to hear? Do you have examples to back up your points?

When starting your presentation, try to start with a challenge or problem related to your audience and topic. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you practice over and over. As far as standing in front of others, use a video camera to give yourself feedback and to get used to seeing yourself. Make sure you make good eye contact with the audience and remember to smile.

Remembering your speech comes from practice, but also in how you structure your presentation. You could divide your presentation into three acts, like in a play. Act I is the background and introduction of any problems or challenges. Act II is showing how bad the problem is, how you or others struggle to find a solution. Then Act III is your resolution. If you can keep a simple structure like that, it will make it easier to remember what to say.

Also, make sure you do put everything onto a PowerPoint slide and read from it. That’s a guaranteed way to bore your audience and give a bad presentation.

Let me know if this helps and if you have any other questions.

Good luck.


cini January 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hello sir….I am doing my B.E 2nd yrin civil engineering….I am going to give my first presentation on “Rehabilitation and restoration of a structre”…though I have enough information ,I dont have any idea how to start and end the presentation..It is one of the competition in our civil department…Also please give some advice how to perform well infront of all my seniors and staff…..

Carl Kwan January 24, 2013 at 5:22 am

Hi cini,

Thanks for visiting. Please do a search for how to start a presentation or presentation introduction. There are several videos that can help you. One in particular is “Presentation Lessons From A 37 Year Old Fish Movie” (

You can also visit my YouTube Channel. There are two presentations playlists that will help you.

As for how to perform well in front of your seniors and staff… The best advice is to prepare your content to match what they want to hear, to be very well prepared, and to practice A LOT.

Good luck.


Sumon January 25, 2013 at 5:05 am

How can i start the beginning of a presentation in a school?

Sumon January 25, 2013 at 5:09 am

What should be the opening addressing to the junior audience?

Carl Kwan January 28, 2013 at 1:54 am

Thanks for your question, Sumon. I’m not sure I understand your question. Are you asking how to start a presentation for students? If so, it depends on your audience, your presentation topic, many things. Please provide more details about your audience and presentation.


Monojeet Roy January 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Respected Sir,

Is it necessary for us to maintain the time frame while presenting our topic.It may happen that we go beyond the time limit.So, how to manage at that time?

Carl Kwan January 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Hi Monojeet,

Thanks for your question. It is absolutely necessary to keep the time limit. Absolutely essential. Going over time is an indication of poor preparation and not knowing what you’re doing or talking about. It reeks of unprofessionalism and disrespect for the audience’s time. There is no managing it at that time. The presenter must be prepared and know exactly how long his/her presentation will be.

Good luck.


Damon January 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Hey Carl I’m a student of B.B.A and I have been asked to make a presentation on defining MANAGEMENT and this is my First time to make a presentation and I don’t know anything about it. Its after 5 days and I have to speak atleast 5 min so please kindy help me. Waiting for your reply. Thank you

Carl Kwan February 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hi Damon,

Thanks for your message and question. Who is your audience? Once you answer that, ask yourself why they would want or need to know the definition of management. Then think of examples from real life situations you could use. The worst thing you could do is make it sound like a Wikipedia copy and paste. Here’s one suggestion…

Get management quotes from famous business people and explain how to apply what the person is teaching in their quote. You probably only need one really good one for a 5 minute presentation.

One more thing… Next time, start preparing earlier :)

Good luck. Let me know how it goes.


DAMON February 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Hey Carl

My audience will be the students of my class, some juniors and teachers who gonna give me marks.
And how should I start means by giving my introduction ? Or direct start the topic introduction ?

Jeffrey Goh February 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Hello Carl. I’m a student of a high school, and I wish for your assistance.

So, I’m not sure if ‘elocution’ is going to be as same as ‘presentation’. If not, what are the differences? Because I’m going for an elocution competition a few months later, and I’m writing a script about “Manglish- Malaysian English” right now. Is kinda hard to give out a head start on how to introduce my topic, and harder to explain the main points in both breiefly and detailed.

I’m very appreciated if you do help solve my problem within this moment of time.

Carl Kwan February 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Hi Jeffrey,

Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been travelling and couldn’t get to my messages sooner… Having too much fun :)

If you look up elocution in the dictionary, it’s basically the same thing as a presentation.

As for your script… Great to hear you’re starting your preparation early! Make your introduction fun and your topics fun, too. Who is your audience? If they are familiar with the topic, then start by showing some funny or unusual ways Manglish is used. As for your topics, you could talk about the pros and cons of Manglish and then give ideas on how to fix any problems encountered with Manglish.

It’s funny, every Asian country seems to have some kind of English mixed with the local language. In Korea, it’s Konglish and in Singapore, they have Singlish. It’s great! :)

Good luck.


Adil Yacoob February 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Hi Carl,

Need your help for a presentation I need to do for a new Developer company regarding real estate, and have to give them a presentation about the importance of sales as a basic foundation and how to help the company grow if i was given a prosition of sales manager for a new company.
So could you give me a few tips and point how o make the presentation and make it something short and sweet but effective.

Thank you.

Waiting for your reply.

Carl Kwan February 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Hi Adil,

Sorry for the late response. I’m on vacation at the moment so I’m a little slow in checking/replying to messages.

For your presentation, is the topic you mention, the importance of sales as a basic foundation, fixed? The reason is that I believe a developer would already know that sales was important and that your purpose would be to show what they could achieve by hiring you. Show them what life is like without you (current market situation, challenges, consequences) and what your plans would be to help them make money (their most important goal, I’m guessing).

Could you tell me more about the audience (position, status, knowledge of the topic) and why they are looking for a new sales manager?

Hope that helps!


sandile February 13, 2013 at 5:35 am

Hi mr I’m a 15 year old boy who is in grade 11 tomorrow I have a very important presentation the given topic is Corruption is the order of the day in nowadays honestly speaking I’m clueless I saw u mentioned the importance of a succesful presentation is al about who are you addressing and what they want to hear I’m new in grade 11 most of my class mates are relatively older than me I think the maximum oldest people in my class are 21 so I’m clueless on what that kind of group might be interested to hear please help me regards sandile

saurabh February 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

respected sir,
Tomorrow is my presentation on storage tech. so can u give me some tips to get attention of audience(students) and impress my teachers as they already know about the topic. and how to not get nervous at the presentation time.
please help me.

Carl Kwan February 14, 2013 at 2:04 am

Hi sandile,

Thanks for your message. I appreciate you taking the time to ask for help. However, if your presentation is tomorrow, you should have started preparing much sooner. You say that it’s a very important presentation? Well, a very important lesson in giving presentations is preparation.

Your topic is on corruption, but what is the purpose of the presentation? The easiest structure for a presentation is background, challenges and solutions. Other than that, there’s nothing else I can help you with.

Good luck.


Carl Kwan February 14, 2013 at 2:06 am

Hi saurabh,

Thanks for your message, it’s much appreciated. However, if your presentation is tomorrow, then you are far too late in preparing. I have videos about getting the audience’s attention. Please search for those here or on YouTube.

Good luck.


sandile February 14, 2013 at 6:49 am

Thank you very much sir to my advantage it was prosponed to friday I will work hard to ace it and hopefully I shall give u constructive feed back again thanx I’ll do my homework again thank u

ronit February 20, 2013 at 12:01 am

Hi Carl,

i m having a presentation round in front of my big bosses in my office.

i need to give a presentation on digitization.

so how can i start, and what are the main points which i include in my presentation.

and very important that how to finish the same.

Quah February 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hi Carl,
I plan to have a prsentation with a few freight forwarder to tell them the region we are going to and the requirement we need.
I also choose top five of forwarder to give them certificate, how should I do? Thank you.

Carl Kwan February 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi ronit,

Thanks for your question. I’d like to help, but I know nothing about your topic, why you’re giving the presentation, and most importantly, who your bosses are and what they want.

My apologies for being blunt, but…Since it is for your job, I’m surprised you are asking for help in regard to the main points to include.

There are multiple videos on the site and on YouTube from me about starting and ending presentations. Please refer to those, or get back to me with more information.

Good luck.


Carl Kwan February 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Hello Quah,

Thanks for your message. I need more clarification from you before I can advise you… What industry/business are you in? Why are you giving a presentation to explain regions and requirements? Is this for a sales or marketing presentation?


sumer March 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hi Carl
I need your help for a presentation I need to do about Enactus ,it’s my first and I need your help to get an effictive script ,how to start ? and how to end my presentation??
thank you

Carl Kwan March 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

Hi sumer,

Should be a great thing to talk about!

Before you begin…

You need to clearly identify who your audience is and what they want to hear.

As for how to start and end, that will depend again on who the presentation is for. You can also check out the other videos here about starting a presentation. Search for how to start a presentation or starting a presentation.

The ending is usually best when you summarize what you said. If you have a message you would like your audience to remember or some kind of call-to-action, you can end with either of those.

Let me know if you have any other questions after identifying your audience and checking out the other videos.



sonya March 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

hi.. Carl.. I am going to talk about a poem cycle of a russian poet.. Plz help mw with the introductory part..

Fatima March 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Hello Carl!
I have a presentation, about analysing the article of Debra, “Marked Women, Unmarked Men”, please could You help me on this field, how can I start and finish,
to what should i give more intention,
Thank You in advance.

Carl Kwan March 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi sonya,

Thanks for your question.

Please answer the following questions. It will help both you and I to understand your talk.

1. Who is the audience?
2. What is the purpose/goal of the talk?
3. Why are you giving the talk?
4. Why should the audience care about your talk?

If you can answer these questions, you will have a better understanding of how to do the introduction. Your introduction should get the attention of your audience and help you fulfil the talk’s purpose.

Hope that helps.


Carl Kwan March 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi Fatima,

Thanks for your question. Please read my reply here:



Fatima March 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Dear Carl,
Thank You very much for your respond, in honestly, I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided me.
And one important thing I am very grateful to You for your previous advices on my presentation on the theme of ¨debate in the classroom¨.
The presentation was perfect!

Best Regards,

P.S. To all of you, who created this website , from all the names I send a quarter century’s worth of thanks!!!

AMINU ABDULLAHI March 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Hello, I have a presentation in my college tomorrow about “Bilingual Education”, I extremely need your guidance, Thank you.

Carl Kwan March 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hi Fatima,

Wow, thank you!! I’m so happy to hear the presentation went well! And I’m so grateful for your kind words :)

Thanks again and all the best.


sonya March 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

thanks carl for you response..
My presentation is completely academic, and it is part of my curriculam.
my audiences are professors of literature..i have to show the work later in written form..they will asses me for my presenation..its mid -term exam.. then the paper is submitted..

Carl Kwan April 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hi sonya,

Sorry to keep you waiting. You could begin with something from the poet or about the poet’s work. Even though it is academic doesn’t mean it shouldn’t grab the listener’s or reader’s attention. Something like, “Someone once said that so and so poet… There may be some truth to that, but what I want to explore is…”

Hope that helps :)



Mandi April 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Respected Sir,
I am going to have a presentation tomorrow about” Information Technology and its Innovation” So, I really need your help to details about this topic.

Thank You

Carl Kwan April 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

Thanks for your message, Mandi.
Good luck with your presentation. Next time, if you’d like some advice, start your preparation early.

Sandra April 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Respected Sir, I am a student and I am going to have a presentation about another culture country with at least three points. My lecture ask that presentation last from 4-6 mintues. This is my first presetation, so I do not know that how to introduce my impressional introduction and conclusion so that I get high score in my learning. Besides, time is very short, therefore I also do not what I have to do in my body of presention. So I really need your help to details about this my topic.
Thank you very much.

Carl Kwan April 8, 2013 at 1:43 am

Hi Sandra. Thanks for your message. I recommend that you do a search for introduction, presentation topics, starting a presentation and ending a presentation. You will find videos that will help you go from start to finish. If you need to know what to say, you can search for expressions. You can also subscribe to the site and get a free ebook with essential presentation expressions.

Thanks and good luck.


sonu April 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

hello sir,
i am a student pursuing my engineering…i ‘ve a presentation on acoustic localization of aircraft next week.. i wanted to know what can be my introductory statement for this topic to give a good start… and how do i end it…

sigsins April 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Hello sir, i will giving a presentation about a new housing project to Gambians in France. Please direct me on what to do.

rahul April 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

I have to give a presentation on performance appraisal methods. But I am in a group of 6. I m the 3rd one. how should I start and end. I have to cover the techniques of appraisal.
thank you.

Carl Kwan April 16, 2013 at 9:50 am
Carl Kwan April 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hi sigsins,

Thanks for your message. What exactly do you need help with?



Carl Kwan April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am


You should thank the previous speaker before you speak. Then when you are done, you should introduce the next speaker and what he/she will talk about.



anil April 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

how to give impromptu speec & presentation

kamakshy April 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hi Sir, I am a student and I am going to have a presentation about leadership… but i dont know how to start it…
i want few introduction about this topic… pls help me…..

chitra April 21, 2013 at 12:32 am

Dear Sir,

Tomorrow i am going to do presentation on social crime, help me what points i have to talk? give me idea

Carl Kwan April 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Best advice is…Know your topics well, be well-read and up-to-date. Talk about problems, challenges and solutions.

Carl Kwan April 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm


Thanks for your question. If you search for introduction or starting a presentation on the site, you’ll find plenty of examples. Use those examples to help you. Once you’ve come up with your own introduction, I’d be happy to give you some feedback.

Good luck.

Carl Kwan April 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Hi, thanks for your question. The only idea I will give you is to start your preparation early, tell me what you want to talk about and for who, and then maybe I can help. Otherwise, you’re on your own.

Fatima April 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Hello Carl!
As usual I need your help :)
I know that you will find the most reliable solution for us.
This week I have a presentation, I have to find any article on the sphere of technical writing and show the technical features of this article..

How can I present the article, especially to what should I give attention, AND
How can I win my fear on the stage?

Sandra April 24, 2013 at 12:48 am

Respected Sir, I am a frist-yesr student and on this saturday, I have a presentation with six members in my group and we will talk to brain drain in Vietnam. Hence, I do not know that how to organize so that all people in group can say in presentation but it is not boring audience. Each part in presentation has 2 members state together or each part has only member state. How do you think which is better way? Besides, do you know reliable documents about my topic because after presenting, we will write a assignment about it. Moreover, could you help me so that I can create pleasantness in this topic?
I really need your help to details about this my topic.
Thank you very much.

Keerthi April 25, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Hello Carl!

Am very happy to know that you directly or indirectly helped nearly 75 members of my class who will be appearing for their end semester presentation. I should say that all the videos and the Q&A in this site has helped me. I would also like you to know that my friends felt extremely useful for all the stuffs posted here. Am getting varied response from them for sharing the link. Your doing amazingly well. Keep going.

Sunny Gaur April 28, 2013 at 3:25 am

Sir , i am going to give a presentation to a potential sponsor for my college team .
we are building an all terrain vehicle for a baja race.
How Should I start the presentation and what should be my strategy. Please help ASAP

Sunny Gaur April 28, 2013 at 3:30 am

Sir, I have to give a presentation to a potential sponsor for our college team.
our team is building an All-Terrain-Vehicle for a baja event. How should I Start my presentation. And what should be my strategy. Need Help ASAP

Tina April 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

Sir i have a presentation for IS outsourcing decision making approach it’s going to take 5 minutes i don’t how to start can u help me out please

Carl Kwan April 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Hi Fatima,

Sorry for the very late reply. It’s been a very hectic week with work and my son being sick.

Anyway, hope your presentation went well. The answers to your questions begin and end with who the audience is, what the purpose of the presentation is, and what the audience will want to know about.

Overcoming fear comes from being very well prepared and knowing your topic inside-out. Then it’s about practice. Then it’s about recognizing why you’re afraid and dealing with that. It’s a process. There isn’t a magic cure. Just remember that fear is natural and may not be completely overcome, but instead, it can be used as a source of energy.

Hope that helps.

Good luck.


Carl Kwan April 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your message. Very busy here lately so couldn’t answer until now.

I think it’s better if each person speaks individually. However, don’t have everyone standing together. When one person is speaking, the other 5 should be off to the side and behind the speaker, if possible.

As for information about your topic, you could examine brain drain in other countries. Then you could compare to Vietnam and maybe offer ideas or solutions to reducing the problem in Vietnam. I think that will also help with making the topic more pleasant. People like to hear solutions to problems.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Btw, I’m thinking about visiting Vietnam this year but not sure, yet :)

Carl Kwan April 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Wow, thank you! So happy to hear that!! I hope to one day shake yours and all 75 members’ hands and thank you for watching my videos :)

Carl Kwan April 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Thanks for your message. I honestly don’t know how you should start, exactly. You have to know your audience and what would capture their attention. Your main strategy should be showing them how great life will be for them if they sponsor you. It’s not about facts, but benefits and emotion.

Good luck!

Carl Kwan April 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi Tina,

Please see my answer here to Sunny Gaur. It applies to your situation, too.

Good luck.

Sandra May 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for your help. Presentation of my group was successful and my group was 95/100. We am happy about this :)
In our presentation, we organized a workshop about the brain drain in Vietnam. Each member in group undertook each different role such as MC, economic analyst, doctor, audiene,… Apart form MC and audience, the rest members are guest who participate in workshop.
I hope that you will visit to Vietnam in the next time. Vietnam always welcome you. :)

Saber May 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hi Carl!
Tomorrow I have a presentation about Attendance Management System in my college. We have a group of two including me. there will have friends and some teachers who will give marks us? How can I start ? How my partner start in middle. I need your help. Plz help me.
Waiting for your reply.

Carl Kwan May 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Great job! Congratulations! Thanks for letting me know.

Looking forward to one day visiting Vietnam! :)

Carl Kwan May 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi Saber,

Thanks for your question. Please search this site for introductions, how to start and introducing another speaker. Good luck.

ishan singh shahi May 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Respested Sir;
I am going to have my presentation on implementation of windows and linux desktop deployment(project)..I want to know how can i start my presentation in details intoducing myself…what are the benefits points and how to present it infront of my seenior’s..

ishan singh shahi May 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Respested Sir;
I am going to have my presentation on implementation of windows and linux desktop deployment(project)..I want to know how can i start my presentation in details intoducing myself…what are the benefits points and how to present it infront of my senior’s..

Carl Kwan May 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

To be honest, everything you are asking can be found by searching this site. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and to leave a comment but you need to do the work yourself.

Kajal May 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Hi sir,
i really need ur help dis is my 1st presentation nd before dis i have never ever given a presentation so i dnt knw hw to start a presentation? How to end a presentation? Nd my presentation topic is computer hacking plz plz help me out tomorrow is my presentation nd i m afraid of giving it plz help me out i vl really be thankful to receive help from u nd i hope u vl guide me.
Eagerly waiting for ur ans,

Zarmina May 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I’ve a presentation on robot’s leg .. I’ve to tell the features an detail about it! Can you help Me Please!

Carl Kwan May 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thanks for your comment. Not sure how I can help you. I don’t know about the robot legs you want to talk about. If you’re looking for help with content, please search this site and for several videos on content, presentation structure, starting and ending a presentation. If you’re looking to hire myself or Liam as a consultant, please let me know who you would like to work with and I can provide contact details for you.

Thanks and good luck.

Erina June 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

hey!! could you help how to prepare my presentation on the IMPORTANCE OF RHYME IN POEMS??????….i got stuck here coz i have no idea about this please

Carl Kwan June 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thanks for your question, but I think you’ll have to work on this yourself. Answering these questions will help: Who is your audience and why would they care about rhyme in poems? What is the purpose of your presentation? What do you want people to do with the information you will share with them? What does your audience already know and what would they like to know about rhyme in poems?

Hope that helps.

Good luck.

hafsa wanyama June 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hi sir.This sartuday im having a competition
on coffee making.we have 2mins introduction time strictly,my audience are my director,trainer,judges frm out and fellow staffs.this is my first time to talk in public and im abit afraid.plz help me on what to say for the 2mins

joanna June 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Respected Sir,

I am a senior student and I have presentation about bakery’s business in next 5 days,before my school re-opens. It was my first time having a presentation and I don’t know where to start and also how do I end my presentation? I need your help and hopefully,you could give me the details along with some advice from you. Please direct me on what to do.

Thank you very much,

Lewis Rice June 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm


in two weeks time i am to give a 12 minute blind presentation for promotional purposes. i will not know what the topic of the presentation shall be, nor the roll playing audience until 45 minuets before, where i shall be given a written brief.
i will be judged on my planning and implementing, confidence and resilience and finally effective communication. i will be monitored by two persons, who will most likely know the answers, as such i will not be able to blag it.
any advice that you can give regarding how i remember to stick to a certain format would be greatly appreciated.
i am also not allowed to take in any notes what so ever and will be given the use of a flip chart if needed. i am Dyslexic, and as such both my handwriting and and spelling are less then desirable, as is my memory for certain facts such as percentages and key words.


lewis rice

zoha June 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

hi , i need ur help, i need to give presentation on reduction in customer dissatisfaction, this is my first presntaion in my life and i need to know what to speak and how to represent my team , i am team leader and this a team work presentation,

Carl Kwan July 1, 2013 at 2:44 am


Sorry for getting back to you so late. I hope your presentation went well. Everything you needed to prepare your presentation can be found here on the site. Hope you found the help you needed.

Carl Kwan July 1, 2013 at 2:49 am


Thanks for the message. I think a key thing for you will be to follow a simple structure. Like this…

1. Talk about a problem/challenge.
2. Talk about consequences if the problem/challenge is not resolved.
3. Talk about how to solve the problem/challenge using the topic or product they provide you.

Stick to one key message and use it throughout. This will hopefully make it easier to stay organized and speak clearly.

Good luck!


Carl Kwan July 1, 2013 at 2:52 am

Thanks for your message. I know your first presentation can be a challenge. However, I don’t know your topic, your audience or why you’re giving the presentation. So I have no idea what to tell you to say. I recommend searching this website for help. There are many videos that will help you. You can also visit my YouTube Channel at to find videos that will help you.

Good luck.

Ishan July 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Hi Carl,
Sir I have a presentation about MOTHER SHOULD STAY AT HOME TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN (agree) what can be the Introduction…i cant make it….Can you help me pls.

Carl Kwan July 15, 2013 at 3:05 am

Honestly, I don’t know. It could be anything… it depends on your audience and the purpose of your presentation. There are several videos here and on my YouTube Channel about introductions. Please watch those.

Good luck.

Taha August 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Sir I m going to give presentation about Computer Viruses and my audience will be students and teacher….plz help me with it i n confused what should i say in the beginning.

Carl Kwan August 19, 2013 at 12:45 am

Thanks for your message. I suggest you have a look at the other videos here or on my YouTube Channel at to learn how to start your presentation. I’ve made several videos that will help you. Please search for “starting a presentation” or “how to start a presentation.”

One thing you need to be clear about is the purpose of the presentation. Use that as a basis for starting your presentation.

Asmaa August 27, 2013 at 2:03 am

Hi Carl,
i was asked to make a 2 minute presentation about any subject and i had never do this before i dont know what to do and i dont know what subject i can talk about
can u help me plz

Carl Kwan August 27, 2013 at 11:55 am


Thanks for your message. However, there’s really nothing I can do. My suggestion is to watch my videos on presentation content either on my YouTube Channel or on my website. There you’ll find lots of ideas for what you should do.

If you really do need help, I work as a presentations consultant. I’d be happy to give you a consultation. My fee is US$200/hour and you can contact me at

jane August 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

hi good day!! just want to ask help I am going to present the topic about WORK/LIFE BALANCE, what should be my introduction?,Objective?
thanks I hope you can help me on this.

farah August 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hi carl,
I have a question regarding how to do practice at home to give presentation in front of audience or in a classroom as a lecturer?also what could we do to make our board work better..?

ERAJ September 3, 2013 at 2:03 am

hi, carl. i m feeling difficulty in giving my topic is how to write a report.this topic have not so much matter.?what should i do so that i can make it a 8 minute speech?

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kuldeep chauhan October 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

sir, i am final year student ,, 3th oct 2013 ,, is my presentation date ,, plz tell me how can i start my presentation easily

Arun October 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Hi carl, please give me some topics on jam session. I have attended many interviews but i didnt sucess my interview so please provide imformation on some topics on corruption. Unemployment, poverty,

kendra October 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Hi,please I have a presentation to make,titled what is engineering all about,please help me I need some key points to use.tnx

aliza October 26, 2013 at 6:32 am

hello Mr. carl

i need your help! i have a presentation next week and i have stage phobia what should i do to manage it?like i have felt panic during presentations :( ang i get nervous easily please help me. one more thing i can’t speak up in front of audience because i dont speak good english and my mouth becomes dry while giving presentations. please help

Carl Kwan October 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Hi Aliza,

Thanks for your question. It’s very common for people to get nervous when giving presentations. Even experienced presenters get nervous. The most important thing is to very well prepared and know your material perfectly. Then practice with people around, practice with a camera filming you, practice as much as possible. You will still likely be nervous but just remember that a presentation is an opportunity to show who you can be. I’m not sure where your stage phobia comes from so really can’t say what else you should do but just realize that we all have to give so-so presentations before we can start to give good ones. Good luck.

sabra November 4, 2013 at 6:36 am

you are Mr Hill Managing director of lLoyds bank. Write an introduction of a presentation to the following subject.

Julia November 5, 2013 at 4:11 am

Hi, I have to do a presentation on myself. It has to start with, Hello my name is… but i dont know how to end it? can you help? Also I’m extremely nervous.

amit November 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Hi,please I have a presentation to make,titled what is accountant all about,please help me I need some key points to use. tnx

priya November 17, 2013 at 3:18 am

hello sir,
i am a student and i have to give a presentation on the topic which is mixture of maths and biology. this is my first time and i don’t know how to start the topic , keep myself there and end the presentation. so please guide me.

Bashar November 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Very nice article. Its very useful. Thanks.

arun November 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

i m b.tch final yr student,, & i hv a project in nxt week so pls assist me,,,tht hw i can strt mi speech in starting with my intro.
pls CARL write some lines in ur reply for me,,which i can speak in my presentation…………

arun November 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

pls,,, carl rply……hurry!!!!

Carl Kwan November 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hi arun,

Thanks for your message. There are several videos about starting a presentation here on the site. Please watch them and prepare your work from those videos. I’m sorry but I won’t write some lines for you. If you write them and ask me for feedback, I could do that. But I won’t write it for you.

sara November 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

hello sir,,
i really need an advice,, i’ll have to present abt my topic “doodling and colour significations , and some body language (gestures)” im in my freshman year, and its going to be presented to different students from different faculties! and i have 5 minutes! any advice.. tip.. how to grab their attention and not to tremble while talking!?

Carl Kwan November 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm


It’s always great to learn presentation skills when you’re in school. Perfect time to make mistakes, learn and get better before heading out into the workforce. So it’s natural to be nervous and tremble when talking. Everyone goes through it. Consider this a learning experience. It is not the last presentation or opportunity you will have.

I don’t exactly know what you’re presentation is about but 5 minutes will fly by. I suggest using an example to demonstrate your points. If you can tell a story using a real life example or personal experience, that would be great. Then you need to practice and just go for it.

Good luck.


eray December 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Hi Carl,
I’m going to prepare a presentation about my company but dont know how i should make the outline. In general what should i tell and how should be the order(i mean introduction, history, staff etc)? Most difficult part for me is to make outline. If you could help me, it will be great.
thanks in advance.

Lucas Phan December 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Dear Sir,

Hope this find you well,
I’m going to have a short presentation in a conference next month and my audience are my colleagues from other countries, we’will have first meet together and they all have no ideas about me. So please advise what the important things should I focus on starting and ending the presentation…

Many thanks for your advise in advance,

iqra January 17, 2014 at 12:37 am

hi.. sir tomorrow is my presentation. my topic is juvenile delinquency. would u tell me some introduction how can i start my presentation like self introduction , about juvenile delinquency etc? please help me

iqra January 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

hi..sir tomorrow is my presentation. my topic is juvenile delinquency. would u tell me some introduction how can i start my presentation like self introduction and about juvenile delinquency etc? please help me

iqra January 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

hi..sir tomorrow is my presentation. my topic is juvenile delinquency. would u tell me some introduction how can i start my presentation like self introduction and about juvenile delinquency etc? please help me.
thanks in advance

Hani Ahmad January 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Hi Sir,
I had a work interview next week for a Quality Assurance Specialist position where they requested to prepare a presentation for a topic that they will choose on the same day of the interview, they will give me one hour to prepare it and 15 minutes to present it.
For such kind of interview what to focus on? They will allow me to use internet or not? Shall i start with a brief introduction on myself and then what?
Please provide me with your advice and tips to get the job, and not being nervous.
Thanks a lot

haya February 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

hello sir..!
i want to give presentation on topic string ?
will you please tell me the good way how to start ??

Hannah February 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Hi sir! I’m on grade 9 and i’m going to present my baby thesis about a price list in visual basic. How can i start? I mean how can i get their attention? Can you pls give me an example? Thanks sir

Hannah February 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Can you also help me sir on how can i give an introduction about technologies and visual basic? :) Pls sir. This is my requirements. I am going to have my presentation the day after tomorrow. Thank you sir

Hannah February 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm

What do i say sir? :) I hope you can answer me sir. My groupmates don’t help me. That’s why i’m focusing on this because it is an individual score. Thanks again sir

Carl Kwan February 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Hi. It’s great you’re taking responsibility for your part of the project. However, I cannot help you do your homework. If you look at my YouTube Channel you will find several videos on starting a presentation and getting the audience’s attention. Thanks again and good luck.

Thao March 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

thank you so much

Latoya makhene March 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Hi Sir can you kindly help me.i have an assignment requiring me to prepare a presentation on what attributes one needs to have as a potential entrepreneur of a new venture.Please assist me on the layout as its not gonna be audience based.its due this wednesday.

Vidi March 11, 2014 at 2:32 am

Hi Sir

I have an interview with an airline an I have a 5 mins make a presentation of my choice which I really don’t know what to talk.

Please help me

Rauna March 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

hello sir i am having my presentation about the giving the major reasons Human Resource Planning my audience will be students of my class and lecturer.How should i start and end my presentation.

varsha March 24, 2014 at 5:25 am

hello sir,
i am giving a presentation on vespa scooter. so please can u give me some tips how to start the presentation

ghufran April 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I am going to give a presentation can you tell me the best topic??? please

Sethunya Mopako April 15, 2014 at 1:28 am

Hi sir
tomorrow am having my presentation is about a job interview made for a post of being a systems analyst. i need your help with the introduction

Hizbullah Watandost April 20, 2014 at 5:52 am

Hi sir .
I saw your directions about preparation of presentation . It was really unique to prepare a presentation , Every one is thankful and grateful from you.
Dear sir , after one week , I have a presentation a bout “parents do not understand how tough it is to be a ‘ child ‘ these days.”
the headline of this presentation is very confusing to me , I’ve tried a lot , but unfortunately I couldn’t prepare it as effective and interesting , so , sir , could you help me about this please? , and give me a little information about my presentation headline , what is it’s objective and purpose , what is important point to mention about this presentation , …. I will wait for your information.

Hizbullah Watandost April 20, 2014 at 6:10 am

please hurry dear Carl kawn , I am waiting to your information about my presentation . please don’t forget.

Thuy Linh May 9, 2014 at 1:31 am

Sir, I’m going to have a presentation about improving the HR training and development but I don’t know how to start and end my presentation. Can you help me? Thank you so much!

Dulanjalee June 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Hi Sir,
Can you give me some tips on on to start a presentation on, EU enlargement and practices please?

Eds June 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hi Sir,
Can i ask some advice from you regarding my presentation tomorrow? I will discuss more on Sap system to sales. Since i am one of the core members i was given a task to do the presentation to sales on how to check the inventory, buying and selling price, etc. Your response is greatly appreciated.

Carl Kwan June 23, 2014 at 10:52 am

Hi Edna,

Thanks for your question. It’s a little late to be asking for help :(

Hope the presentation goes well, though.

sumon June 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

Hi sir!

i have to give a presention and perform as if the characters in a short play.but i have no idea how to introduce my group members as if the characters to the audience.

sumon June 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

plz give me some advice to give a flowery introduction to the audience.

Carl Kwan June 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm


Interesting presentation concept! I think it’s great!

How to do it? You won’t introduce the characters at the beginning like a presentation. One idea is to provide a playbill, a document that lists the characters and who will play them. It also provides a synopsis of the play.

Have fun with this one and it should turn out just fine.

Good luck.

Carl Kwan June 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Please see the posts about giving an introduction. Lots of ideas there.

rajni July 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

i have a ten mins presentation an it is about having confidence in yourself i was thinking if you could write the presentation for me please

King July 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

Please post some presentation scripts or sentence while taking presentation.
eg: Let me introduce myself first , I think all of you know about this subject, Please feel free to ask me if you have any doubts etc…..

sumon July 31, 2014 at 1:53 am

Thank you for your advice,sir.i failed to respond to ur email.i m so sorry,sir.On that day,i tried my best.firstly,i introduced my group members.Secondly,we performed as if we were performers in a plot.Finally,we gave our opinion on this plot with ur question ‘”what do u think…”.it’s very useful and i drew the attention of the audience.I was very grateful to u.i watched ur movies how to attract the audience but i missed ur would be a good idea if i put a synopsis as u suggested.

Mohamed waheed August 3, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Sir i am going to present about hiv and its myths. Pls help me to make this 5 minute presentation

angel sucayan September 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Hi sir,
Can I ask some sample of presentation speech because we a little program in speech communication in Tuesday. Thank you

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other specialists of this sector don’t notice this.

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Elaine October 10, 2014 at 5:10 am

Hello Carl

Could you please advise how to start and end a presentation? Talk about the of II Kings…I did all my research getting as much information as I could but the issue is, I don’t know where to start and maybe able to end it.

Fakafetai lasi (Appreciated)

yusof October 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

sir, can you give me an example for MUET presentation tomorrow.

Swetha October 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

myself swetha i have poster presentation on tomorrow i dnt knw how to make presentation properly so can u help me sir nd give me one interesting topic sir that how to start nd end tel me some important tips for it..

jashan November 24, 2014 at 2:00 am

sir plz help me out….i want to present my project on topic-impact of human activities on weather asnd climate….under dat husk burning is d main activity i have choosen…..

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