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Todays or Today’s: Which Is Correct?

By: Author Tahira Hanif

Posted on Published: February 23, 2021

Today is going to be a beautiful day. Or, if you would like to say it more informally, “Today’s going to be a beautiful day.” Apostrophes can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially when used for words that have plurality, like “todays” versus “today’s.”

In most situations, the word “today’s” is correct. The apostrophe can indicate possession or omission, but its application will depend on the context in which the word is used. The word “todays” is used very rarely and is a slightly archaic plural form of the word “today,” which should only be used in very specific contexts.

“Today” is a commonly used word that generally presents in its most basic form. But with an added apostrophe and “s,” the meaning changes very slightly. Keep reading to make sure you’re using and spelling the word correctly.

Origin of Today

The word “today” comes from Old English “ tō dæġe ,” which refers to “on [the] day” ( source ). While Dutch, German, and Swedish kept the “g” sound from the original Old English, Modern English has changed it to the root word “day.”

Since “today” is one of many older words in the English language, its usage is very common, and it can be applied in your writing as both a noun and an adverb, showing its versatility.

When “today” is used as a noun, it refers to the present day. However, when it is used as an adverb, it informs us about a specific period of time in this present day.

Todays vs. Today’s

“Todays” and “Today’s” have completely distinct usages, despite the barely noticeable difference of an added apostrophe. 

“Todays” is the plural form of “today.” This is not a common spelling of the word anymore, and we can only use it in specific circumstances.

However, “Today’s” can refer to either the phrase “today is,” which has been contracted by the apostrophe, or something belonging to “today,” such as “In today’s news….” We’ll examine these two usages and how to use them correctly in speaking and writing.

When Is Todays Correct?

With the addition of a single “s,” the word “todays” is simply the plural form, even if “today” is not something that needs to be in the plural form very often. 

Here are a few examples:

  • War heroes gave their yesterdays for our todays.
  • Value our todays, as tomorrow is unknown.

When using “todays,” the subject must be in the plural form, whether you use a noun or a pronoun. In the sentences above, “war heroes” and “our” are plural nouns and pronouns.

This usage has become archaic, though, and using “today” in its singular form is just as accurate. For example, the second sentence above can also be written, “Value today, as tomorrow is unknown.” 

For other style concerns, read Dryer’s English , an insightful guide available on Amazon that will ensure your writing is perfect every time.

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Using an Apostrophe in Today’s

“Today’s” is much more commonly used. There are two main functions of an apostrophe —  omission/contraction, omitting letters from words to shorten them, and possession, indicating who or what the object belongs to. Let’s break both down a bit more.

Apostrophe for Omission

When using an apostrophe for omission/contraction, the omitted word is always from the auxiliary verb ( source ).

  • “She would not” becomes “She wouldn’t.”
  • “They are” becomes “They’re.”
  • “Today is” becomes “Today’s.”

You can use several methods to ensure that you’re using the apostrophe in the correct space.

The easiest way to check for a contracted word is to open up the contraction and read it as the original two words. By doing so, you can check the tense and usage in the sentence. 

When using “today’s,” you have to be careful of the context in which you’re using it. Below, you’ll find a few examples showing how to use “today’s” both correctly and incorrectly.

When contracting, remember that the apostrophe should only appear in place of the missing letter(s). It is not “ca’nt,” rather it is spelled “can’t” because “no” is missing from “cannot.”

In the case of “today’s,” the apostrophe is used to replace the letter “i” from “is.” In other words, “Today is” becomes “Today’s.”

Contractions are most often used for informal writing and conversational speaking. We have become so accustomed to using contractions that not using them makes your writing and speech sound much more formal.

Apostrophe for Possession

When used to show possession, apostrophes are applied quite differently, and their rules change from those indicating a contraction.

First, apostrophes used for possession always appear near the end of the word, either added on with an “s” following or after an “s” if the word already contains one. 

Second, in this case, the apostrophe is never used to replace any other letter. We can only add it to the word, but nothing should be removed to indicate possession, in direct contrast to the contraction rule.

There are several strategies for correctly using apostrophes to indicate possession.

Generally, the subject of a sentence (in orange below) is the owner of the object, and the owner will take either an “‘s” or only an apostrophe after the last letter, depending on how the subject is spelled.

When a noun is used in its possessive form, its usage also changes. In some cases, it functions as an adjective, which qualifies the new subject and gives us extra information about it. In this case, who does it belong to?

Note that you cannot call a possessive noun an adjective, but it functions just the same. Let’s look at a few examples below. 

  • Mary walked in with her bag.
  • Mary’s bag is a lovely color.
  • James is playing with his ball.
  • James’ ball flew over the neighbor’s garden wall.

In the second example, the apostrophe appeared after the “s” because James is a name that ends with an “s.” However, this rule is not set in stone, and James’s can also be correct ( source ).

When adding apostrophes to indicate possession, the apostrophe is added to a singular or plural noun. As we’ve mentioned earlier, the word “today” is generally used as a singular noun and, therefore, it can take a possessive apostrophe when needed.

  • Today’s news was terrible.
  • Today’s weather makes me really happy.

Apostrophes are also used for possession with plural nouns. When the noun ends with an “s,” a lone apostrophe is used to indicate possession. 

  • The boys’ house is far away.
  • The cats’ eyes are so pretty.

Because the word “boys” is already in its plural form, it needs only an apostrophe. This is repeated with “cats.”

Many writers make a common mistake by adding an apostrophe to indicate that the noun is plural, which should never be the case. An apostrophe is only added to indicate the possessive form of a plural noun.

While most nouns take an “s” when they are pluralized, there are always a few exceptions to the rule.

The Oxford New Essential Dictionary is a useful resource on Amazon that will help you to identify the correct form and spelling of just about any word you can think of.

If the plural form of the noun does not end with an “s,” then an “‘s” is needed to indicate possession ( source ).

  • The oxen’s sounds reached across the prairie.
  • The children’s backyard was full of their toys.

Since the word “children” does not end with an “s,” then the “‘s” is needed to change it into its possessive form.

If you are struggling with plural forms, check out our article on class’s or class’ , which digs deep into the correct usage of apostrophes in possessive nouns.

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Today’s Tense

Since “today” refers to a specific day, it is easy to assume that any sentence using the word would be written in the present tense. That is far from accurate, and the word “today” can appear in a range of tenses ( source ).

The base form of the word, along with the possessive and contracted form, can be used in a range of tenses. So, the information that is imparted generally decides what tense is appropriate.

Today as an Adjective: Is It Correct to Say, “Today Morning”?

As mentioned earlier, when “today” is written in its possessive form, it tends to function as an adjective. However, you would not call it an adjective specifically.

When we look at words within the same semantic field as “today,” you will also encounter “yesterday” and “tomorrow.” Both words function more easily as adjectives without any change to their form.

We often say “tomorrow afternoon” or “yesterday evening,” so is saying something like “today morning” correct? The phrase technically makes sense. “Today morning” would indicate the morning of this specific day.

But on a prescriptive level, “today morning” is not correct. It is a phrase that second-language English speakers are more likely to use since many languages have versions of this phrase.

First-language English speakers will use “this morning” instead of “today morning,” as the former seems to be redundant, despite “today” and “morning” having completely different meanings.

While still somewhat awkward, if the possessive form is used, the phrase becomes grammatically accurate. By saying, “Today’s morning,” the speaker or writer indicates that the morning belongs to today. 

Needless to say, other phrases like “today afternoon” and “today evening” would also be regarded as incorrect. The word “today” cannot function as an adjective unless it takes an “‘s” after it.

“Today” is not the only tricky measurement of time. Many people struggle to use the word “years” correctly, and if you would like to check your knowledge, read “What Is the Difference Between Years and Year’s?” to know you’re using the right form every time.

Other words that can be used to replace “today” are the proper nouns for specific days or events. Therefore, phrases like “Christmas morning” or “Thanksgiving morning” are grammatically accurate. These are not the only alternatives, however.

Alternatives to Today

In your writing, the word “today” can sometimes become monotonous. There are alternatives that you can use instead, such as “nowadays” and “these days.” Both phrases share a similar meaning but are more open-ended with regards to their specificity ( source ).

Depending on their usage, however, they can be used interchangeably.

  • Today’s youth are so different from the previous generation.
  • Nowadays, youth are so connected.
  • These days, youth differ from their parents.

In all of these examples, the words “today,” “nowadays,” and “these days” are used to indicate the general times that we live in, rather than the specific day.

Final Thoughts

You should now have a complete understanding of “todays” versus “today’s,” along with their various forms and usages. The main tip to assist in using the correct form is remembering that the only two reasons for using an apostrophe are possession or omission.

Very rarely will you have to use the word “todays,” but, when in doubt, use the singular form as the chances of that being correct are far higher. Hopefully, today’s article has helped you understand the difference.

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30 Useful Sentences for a Presentation in English

Presentation in English

Following our successful post about 30 Useful Sentences for a Job Interview in English , we’re now reviewing the vocabulary and expressions you need if you’re giving a presentation in English.

If talking in front of a crowd, big or small, can be nerve-racking, having some useful sentences up your sleeves will help you stay focused.

It doesn’t matter if the presentation is on Zoom or in front of a live audience, preparing yourself for it is crucial.

So let’s get started!

Starting the presentation in English and welcoming the crowd

There are different ways to start a presentation in English. These sentences are very classic ways to welcome your audience.

1. Good morning/afternoon/evening

2. Welcome to [name of company/presentation/place]

3. What I’m going to talk about today is …

4. Today I’m going to discuss…

5. The topic of my presentation today is …

6. The aim of this presentation is…

7. My presentation today is about…

Introducing yourself in a presentation in English

You want to take advantage of your presentation in English to tell the audience about who you are and what you do.

9. My name is [name] and I am from [company], where I’m responsible for …

10. I’m [name]. I’m a [job position] at [company].

11. Let me introduce myself; I’m [name] and I work at [company], where I work in [name of the department].

Presenting the topic

Now we are getting to the real start of the presentation. You want to be clear on what you’re going to present and the goal of your presentation.

12. Today, I’ll be talking about/discussing [topic]

13. I’m here to illustrate how…

14. What I’m going to be talking about today is…

15. The purpose of today’s presentation is…

16. My objective is to…

17. In today’s presentation, I’d like to talk to you about/show you/demonstrate…

Outlining the content of the presentation

It is important to clarify the different steps you’re going to follow in your presentation.

18. In today’s presentation I’m going to cover [three] points:

19. Firstly, I’ll be looking at…

20. Secondly, we’ll consider…

21. Then, I’ll explain how…

22. And finally, I’ll demonstrate how …

23. My talk will be in [two, three, four] parts: First,…after that,… then,… finally,…

24. Firstly,… Secondly,… Thirdly,… Finally,…

25. I’ll begin by looking at… Then, I’ll move on to…Towards the end I …

Introducing the first point

Signposting is very important to make sure your audience understands the logic of your presentation in English and follows the different steps you draw.

26. So let’s start, shall we?

27. To begin with, …

28. To start with, …

29. First of all, I’ll …

30. Let’s start by [+ verb in -ing form] …

To go further with your presentation in English

There are many more expressions you need for a presentation in English: – explaining graphs, images, or data. – Concluding a point – Moving on to the next point – Focusing your audience’s attention – Referring backward/forwards – Concluding and summarising the presentation – Inviting questions – Dealing with questions

This is outside of our current scope for this blog post but definitely something to keep in mind for a successful work presentation in English.

You are not alone to prepare for your presentation in English

Do you need help with a presentation in English? We have a few options for you.

If you have to give a presentation in English in the coming days or weeks, rehearse with a private English teacher. They will help you fine-tune your presentation, your slides, the way you introduce the topic, and help you deal with things you can’t really prepare like questions from the audience. This is part of our Premium Courses .

If you don’t have a specific presentation to give but would like to get the skills and practice to be a better communicator, check out our Presenting in English workshop .

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101 Must-Know Transition Phrases for Engaging Presentations Online

By Paola Pascual on Jan 17, 2024 1:43:00 PM

Giving presentations is often feared by many professionals, but if the presentation is online  and you're not a native speaker, things get even trickier. One tip to make things easier? Learn useful phrases to help you navigate your presentation. In this article, you will find lots of helpful resources to give remarkable presentations . Listen to the episode above, download the checklist below, and learn some of the phrases we present. If we missed any, tell us in the comments below.

General vocabulary for presentations

Sometimes, the smallest changes in your presentations can make the biggest differences. One of them is to learn a few phrases that give you confidence during your speech. Here are some important verbs to get you started:

  • To highlight
  • To emphasize
  • To walk you through (*very common in business presentations!)
  • To send around
  • To carry on (similar to  continue)
  • To get carried away
  • To sum up (similar to  summarize )
  • To focus on

Vocabulary to start your presentation

Learn how to powerfully start your presentation with these 4 simple steps. Here's some vocabulary you can use:

Welcome your audience

  • Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone. Thank you for joining us today, and welcome to today's webinar.
  • Hello everyone, I’m very happy to be speaking with you today.

Introduce yourself

  • My name is Susan, and I’m part of the design team here at Globex Corporation.
  • First of all, a little bit about my background - I am the Team Lead  at [Company], and I've been in charge of [your main responsibility] for [X] years.
  • I'd like to tell you a bit about myself - my name is  Eve  I'm the Operations Manager here at [Company].

Introduce the topic and goal of the presentation

  • Today, I'd like to talk about…
  • This presentation will take about [X] minutes, and we will discuss...
  • We've allocated [X] minutes to this presentation. and I'll talk about...
  • I'd like to give you a brief breakdown of...
  • I'd like to take this opportunity to talk about...
  • The main goal of this presentation is…
  • The purpose of this presentation is...
  • My objective today is...

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Addressin questions from the audience

  • If you have any questions about anything, feel free to interrupt.
  • If anything isn't clear, please click on the 'raise hand' button and I'll do my best to answer your question.
  • I'd be happy to answer your questions at the end of the presentation.
  • If you have any questions, please kindly wait until the end to ask them. We will have [X] minutes for a Q&A session at the end.
  • Since today's audience is considerably large, we will not have time for questions, but please email me at [email protected]

Learning new English words is not easy, but you can achieve effective communication through practice and repetition. If you are a Talaera student, visit the Library to practice your vocabulary for presentations. If are not part of the Talaera community yet, learn how we can help you here .

Clear out technical issues

  • Can everyone hear me well? Let me know if you encounter any technical difficulties throughout the presentation.
  • If you are not speaking, please put yourselves on mute.
  • If you feel that the sound quality is poor throughout the presentation, please let me know.

Transition to the main topic of the presentation

  • Hi everyone, I think we might still be missing a few people but I’m going to kick things off now so we have time to get through everything.
  • All right, let’s dive right in!
  • All right, let’s jump right in!
  • Let’s get started.
  • Let’s kick things off.
  • I’m going to talk about
  • The purpose/subject of this presentation is
  • I’ve divided the presentation into 3 parts: In the first part, ... / Then in the second part, ... / Finally, I’ll go on to talk about...
  • Let me begin by looking at...
  • Let me start with some general information on...

Vocabulary for the main body of your presentation

Introduce a topic or section.

  • Now let’s move to the first part of the presentation,
  • We can see 4 advantages and two disadvantages. First,
  • On the one hand… On the other hand…
  • There are two steps involved. The first step is… The second step is…
  • There are four stages to the project.

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Transition to a new section

  • All right, let’s turn to...
  • Now we come to the next point, which is
  • Okay so that’s [topic 1], but what about [topic 2]?
  • There’s a lot more to talk about, but since we’re pushed for time , let’s move on to [topic 2].
  • This leads me to my next point, which is...

Give examples and details

  • For example...
  • A good example of this is...
  • To illustrate this point...
  • This reminds me of...
  • To give you an example...
  • Let me elaborate further on...

Describe visual aids

  • As you can see [from this infographic]
  • This chart shows
  • If you look at this graph, you will see
  • From this chart, we can understand how
  • Let me show you this [image, graph, diagram]
  • On the right/left
  • In the middle of
  • At the top/bottom of the picture

Emphasize an idea

  • This is important because
  • I’d like to emphasize that
  • We have to remember that

Repeat the same message with different words

  • In other words
  • To put it more simply
  • So, what I’m saying is that
  • Let me say that again.

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Finish your presentation and summarize

The end of a presentation, together with the opening, is one of the most important parts of your speech. Read these 5 effective strategies to close your presentation and use the vocabulary below.

  • That’s all I want to say for now about [topic].
  • To sum up, ...
  • This sums up [topic].
  • So in a nutshell, ...
  • So to recap, ...
  • In brief, ...
  • To conclude, ...
  • I’d like to conclude by emphasizing the main points...
  • That's it on [topic] for today. In short, we've covered...
  • So, now I’d be very interested to hear your comments.
  • And this brings us to the end of this presentation. I hope [topic] is a little clear after today.
  • So to draw all that together, ...

Start and navigate the Q&A session

  • Thank you for your attention. I hope you found this presentation useful, and I'd be happy to answer any questions.
  • Thank you for listening. We now have [X] minutes left. Do you have any questions?
  • Thank you for your question, [Name].
  • I'm glad you asked.
  • That's an interesting question.
  • That's a great question, I must say. I'm not 100% sure, but off the top of my head, I can tell you that...
  • Are you asking about [topic 1] or [topic 2]?
  • Can you please clarify what exactly you mean by [question]? I'm not sure I fully understand.
  • I'm afraid I don't have the exact figures at hand, but if you give me your email address at the end, I can follow up with you later.
  • Does that answer your question?
  • I hope that makes sense. Is that the kind of answer you were looking for?

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  • How To Bring Across Your Main Idea In A Presentation Effectively
  • 5 Effective Strategies To End A Presentation
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Talaera Talks - Transcript Episode 5

  • Topic : Deliver impactful presentations
  • Listen : Spotify , Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts
  • Duration : 22 min.

Intro Welcome to Talaera Talks , the business English communication podcast for non-native professionals. My name is Paola and I am co-hosting this show with Simon. In this podcast, we're going to be covering communication advice and tips to help express yourself with confidence in English in professional settings. So we hope you enjoy the show!

Okay, welcome back for our third episode of Talaera Talks. This is Simon, and I'm joined with Paola. Paola, how are you doing? 0:37 Hi, Simon. I'm great. Happy to do another episode. 0:41 Yeah, absolutely. And Happy Friday. 0:44 Happy Friday! 0:49 So today, our topic: Presenting in English. I'd like to start this episode with a quote I found on Harvard Business Review that I thought was really interesting. It says, "Even native English speakers often anticipate disaster when making presentations. By but for non-native speakers, the anticipatory and situational anxiety associated with their unique challenges (these challenges - being understandable, choosing the right words, speaking spontaneously), can be overwhelming. Moreover, if these concerns interfere with your willingness or ability to make business presentations, the impact can be career-limiting." So yeah, that's a pretty kind of heavy quote to start. But it is something that we see from a lot of our clients, right? 1:52 Yeah, it's super interesting. It was super interesting to read. It's something we know, but it's important to remind it that it is presentations, the topic we have today is something that is not pleasurable for anyone, not for non-native speakers, but also for native speakers. So that's something to point out. And today, we talked about that... We said that we wanted to start with those challenges or fears that we see from our clients, our learners. 2:25 Yeah, and it's usually around the same things, you know, we, at least for me, I come into contact with so many of these, so many of our students who are so competent in their, in their daily lives, what they're doing in their professional lives. And they come to me with these with these fears, like this just general lack of confidence, or imposter syndrome, right? This I don't know if I really deserve to be speaking and, you know, kind of explaining this concept to all these people. 3:05 Mm-hmm. Yes. And also the fear of not being understood, well, they know what I'm saying, well, they understand my accent. There's a lot of worries and concern around accent and our pronunciation expert, Lisa hosted a webinar, actually last week, where she explained that accent matters. But as long as people understand you, it's fine. You don't need to be perfect. Everyone has an accent. So that's also totally fine. 3:37 And this being Yeah, this being one of I think, at least for me, in my experience, one of the most frequently asked for aspects from students. So you know, and just to like, again, just say that this is a challenge for everyone, not just, you know, non-native English speakers. You know, I think all of us have a tough experience or somebody that we think of when we think about public speaking, it's, it's like this, yeah, really anxiety-riddled thing. I mean, I don't have any, you know, funny personal stories, but uh, do you, Paola? 4:20 You want me to tell my embarrassing story, don't you? 4:22 Please, you must. 4:25 So I used to teach at a university in Vietnam when I lived there, and the classes where it rains, you know, from perhaps 50 students to up to what 300 there's was a class with, you know, 2-300 students and there was a little stage it wasn't too high, but there was a little stage and I fell off. 4:46 You fell off the stage. This was during or after the presentation, or...? 4:56 It was around the beginning of the presentation. So... 5:01 During! Oh, I thought it was it was like after like you were walking off? 5:06 No, I move a lot. I use my body language quite a lot. And that was one of the moments where I overdid it, probably, and fell off. 5:17 Wow. Well, I'm glad that you're still here with us. 5:21 Yeah, you know, but that's the story that I sometimes not always tell it. But I sometimes tell it when my students say, Oh, I'm nervous, and I assume that it can happen, you know, I thought it was going to be a disaster. And then I actually ended up making friends with the students that turned out okay. 5:39 Right. Well, yeah, I mean, today, we're not necessarily going to go into the physical dimensions of how to avoid falling off the stage. But we do have some, some good tips, right? 5:54 Yes. And to provide some advice on how to deliver presentations, and lose that fear, we've divided it into three main blocks. And those are what to do before the presentation, tips for during the presentation. And then even after there's things you can do to, to get better. 6:18 Right, let's start with the first, right, what can we do before the presentation in terms of getting ready, preparing? 6:30 So preparing, it's a very general term, but one of the tips that we like to give is, think of the WHAT, WHY and NEXT. So WHAT is your presentation about? WHY should they listen to you and not look it up online (or listen to a podcast, like ours)? And in what NEXT means - what is supposed to happen next? Do they need to do anything, go on a website, send you feedback? Are you going to send them the materials? So what why our next is so straightforward and simple. But when I asked this question to our clients that are so thrown off, and they don't know what to answer sometimes, 7:10 Yeah, I think that's one of those things. And I struggle with this all the time is, when I get an idea or something like that. It's so easy to just jump over those most basic things of, you know, what, why and index, those are so, so basic, but it's such it's, they're so foundational, right? And in terms of creating something that people will understand and be able to, to really attach to. 7:41 Yep. And do you have any tips around how much you should learn? Should you write the whole thing? Or should you memorize? 7:52 Yeah, that, you know, this is a good question as well, that a lot of our learners ask in terms of, yeah, you know, I'm just going to go and write it all out. And then I'll have an idea. And I'll feel better because I can write it and change it so that it sounds more professional. It sounds like I know what I'm talking about. And I always tell people, please don't try to prepare a presentation where you're reading a script, it is just the most unnatural thing ever. And, and it, you won't end up sounding more professional, if anything, your audience is going to detach, because they're going to sense that something's not really right here, it doesn't seem genuine, right doesn't seem real, it just seems like this person is doing what he's doing, which is reading off of a script. And even still a lot of times with a lot of our learners where they know that, okay, I know this material. But I'm going to put all of my effort into making this perfect slide this perfect presentation. So I would say, focus on actually knowing the material itself really well. More than focusing on how the presentation looks, you know, these kinds of things. Because once you're in that situation where you're on the stage, and people are looking at you, at least you'll be able to Windows like kind of red Sirens of you know, panic and anxiety show up. You'll have learned the material itself so well that you can roll with that. 9:29 Yes. And you also have room for improvisation because your brain is so used to the content and you know, so well what you want to say that that's when your brain starts to come up with anecdotes and that's the fun thing that gets you hooked. And that's the main Why should people listen to you instead of reading an article online? 9:49 Exactly. Because for most of our students, you know what you're talking about. That's why you're up there. That's why you have the opportunities to speak there is because someone thinks you're qualified enough to speak to all these people. So trust in that and go with that. So yeah, so we have right not, not over learning. Don't script it right? What else can we do? 10:14 Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice in your mind, but more importantly verbalize it, say it out loud. And recording yourself is uncomfortable for everyone. But it works. I have never tried it. I always told my students should record yourself, you should record yourself and they were like, Huh. And just a few of them did it. And when we started with the webinars, I haven't done something like it before. And I said, Okay, I'll use my own tip. And it was one I'm comfortable. And two, super helpful. So if you get to go over the sound of your own voice, I would say do it. 10:54 Yeah. You know, this is one thing that I have to be totally honest here. Doing these podcasts is the first time I've actually recorded myself for a long time. And I've learned a lot about, you know, not saying the word Absolutely. 500 times, yeah, within the span of 20 minutes. So those are good learning lessons. Definitely. Okay, and then so we have that. And then the last little tip is, I would say get an English mindset before 30 minutes to an hour before the presentation. And that could be listening to a podcast, you know, like Talaera Talks, or, you know, watching a show on Netflix that's, that's in English, whatever you can do to get your kind of English mind, you know, in the zone before you go up and actually speak English. So So those are all of our kind of pre presentation tips, what you can do before, so what about during, 11:58 so for during, there's a lot of things that you can you can do to improve your presentations. But the first tip is to learn how to start to have a mind map of what am I going to do at the beginning. So you start confident already. So welcome, everyone, introduce the people introduce the topic and go to the main point, those four parts will help you have a nice start. Welcome, everyone. For example. Hi, everyone. Welcome to today's presentation. Today, we'll be talking about business events, introduce the people, you can introduce yourself , like, Hi, my name is Paula and I'm a business English instructor at Telstra, and perhaps even the audience. Today we have with us students from all different nationalities and levels, or, you know, whatever the audiences, that's also helpful for everyone to understand, introduce the topic, or give you some best practices for business emails , and a few templates, and then go to the main point. So a simple sentence like Alright, let's get down to business. So having those welcome introducing people introducing the topic and going to the main point will help you have a nice start. 13:16 Yeah, and I like that concept of that the mind map is so good. Because it's it's not the scripting, like we were talking about before, it's having a kind of a little mental checklist. So that when those first few minutes, were you're up there on the on stage, and you're like, oh god, oh, god, here we go. Here we go. You have that little checklist that I created. Okay, so I welcomed introduced the people the topic, and now to the main point, and that can get you in the zone and going I really liked that. Yeah, so so having that, that starting template. And then another thing would be, I would say slowing down, slowing it down. And this is really I think it touches on a lot of aspects. The first would be just the general anxiety, we tend to speak a lot faster when we're really anxious, you know, but by slowing down, it really helps with non native English speakers because it helps with the accent. And it helps with giving you some time to really think through your next thoughts. Now, I'm not saying that you should, while you're speaking, try to think steps three, four or five ahead of you. But giving yourself a little bit of time to Okay, I'm going through this pattern now. Now I can go to the next one, right. And doing that, you know, another with the slowing down a tip if you're really nervous to go in is prefacing your speech. So before you really get into everything, maybe after the welcome part is just to say, Hey, you know, I'm going to try to speak as clearly as possible, as English as myself. first language and really smile and maybe make a little joke about that. And I think that's a good way to open it out for the audience to show some vulnerability and and help. I mean, what do you think about that? 15:13 Yeah, I mean, we see that with, sometimes with celebrities, when they're not native speakers, and they admitted, and they, they kind of put yourself put themselves, as you said, in that vulnerable position, and that makes them even cuter. 15:28 Mm hmm. 15:29 So it's making yourself human, I think it's always a good tip. And you were saying that slowing down helps with your accent and also for yourself to gain time to really know what you're going to say. But also for the for the audience. We don't mind people making some little pulses, so that they also have time to collect their thoughts. 15:50 Right, right. Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Those are, those are two really good aspects, starting, you know, the template and then slowing down, right. Yeah, kind of diffusing the anxiety by saying, Hey, you know, this isn't my first language. And that really gets the audience on your side, right. And then another would be not reading off of your slides. I mean, this is kind of the basic, you know, what you learn in school, but it's also something that a lot of people get, yeah, get, get hooked on, just because it's like a safety net. And I would say that's where the overlearning the material that we talked about beforehand comes into play. Anything else in this? 16:42 Oh, recap for sure. After every section, do a little recap, and at the end to recap where you summarize the main points of the whole presentation? 16:54 Yeah, yeah. Good. Good. So So summarize. Yeah, yeah. And that's a that's a good, you know, I would say three aspects, four aspects that during the presentation, if you keep these in, in your mind, it's, it's, I would say, it's going to help a lot. And so now we're going to move to what can we do after the presentation? We've done it, we've walked off the stage. Whoo, I'm so glad that's over. Now, is all of our work done? No. 17:27 No, not really. That's now it's your chance to actually learn from, from everything you did. So one of the tips we suggest is try to ask for feedback. But that's not so easy, right, Simon? 17:42 Yeah, it's, I think, a big question. And that is, who do you get the feedback from? Right?

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17:50 So we, we would always suggest to try and find someone you can trust someone who is honest, and who can give you objective feedback. So in some cases, that can be your manager, but sometimes it's a colleague that understands the topic, and can really provide some feedback on how you did. 18:13 Yeah. And that's, I think, in terms of learning, this is one of the most crucial thing is reflecting back on what you did, and seeing what worked, what didn't work, and how can I take that and move forward? Because especially with presenting, it's a skill, and it takes practice, practice, practice. And, and I think, for a lot of people, you should jump at the chance to do this. So that you can continue to learn and continue to grow. But be sure to reflect by Yeah, by asking for feedback and seeing what worked, 18:47 for sure. And ideally, that would be someone, perhaps from work that can see how you did and like the actual show, if not Talaera teachers also do that. So you can present your own presentation, pretending it's the actual one. And that's how we can provide feedback on the structure, the vocabulary, the language in general. 19:08 Yeah, absolutely. I do that. Oh, there you go. Absolutely. Definitely. See, I'm reflecting back and learning as we go. I'm working. I'm learning that. Yeah. But I've done that recently with a couple of students where we've gone through their deck and looked at what are their plans in terms of presenting and we've kind of gone through in detail that together. So So yeah, so that was kind of I would say the biggest thing in terms of afterward. 19:40 So we have the pre-presentation, just as a quick recap for the pre-presentation and before your presentation, always remember the what why next, what is your presentation about? Why should people listen to you and what should happen next overnight Learn the content. be super confident about what you want to talk about. But don't script it. Don't write everything down. Otherwise, it would sound like you're just reading. 20:11 Write and practice through verbalization. record yourself, even though it may be awkward, but it's a great learning technique. And then get in that English mindset beforehand by Yeah, listening to a podcast or what have you. And then during the presentation, right, starting with the template, Paolo was discussing the welcome introducing the people the topic, and then going to the main point, 20:37 slowing down a little bit. It's not necessary to go super fast. It's not only not necessary, but people will understand you better if you take your time and make some pauses. Of course, don't read off their slides. Tell them the story. 20:54 Right, right. And remember 20:56 to recap, just like we're doing now. Send them or tell them a quick summary and the main points, 21:03 right, and don't fall off the stage as well. That's ideally we forgot. Ideally, it's final for then, as the final point, right, asking for feedback, finding that person that can get you that feedback that's so important to you. Finding what worked and moving forward. 21:21 That's right. All right. Do we have it for today? 21:25 I think that is it for today. Yeah. I had a lot of Thanks. Yeah, I had a blast. And thanks for meeting up. And we have a lot of good stuff coming up with Talaera. Right. 21:38 We have webinars, our blog is busier than ever. So go on the http://blog.talaera.com/ , check out the resources. And what else? 21:51 Find us on LinkedIn. And yeah, please ask any questions, we'd be glad to get back to you. So that is it for today. And thank you to all of our listeners. So far, we're excited to keep growing this. And as always, keep learning! 22:11 And that's all we have for you today. We hope you enjoyed it, and remember to  subscribe to Talaera Talks . We'll be back soon with more! And visit our website at  https://talaera.com  for more valuable content on business English. You can also  request a free consultation  on the best ways for you and your team to improve your communication skills. So have a great day and keep learning!

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This is a list of phrases to help you make a professional presentation in English.

Clear structure, logical progression

Good presenters always use language (sometimes single words, sometimes phrases) which shows where they are in their presentation. These ‘signposts’ make it easier for the audience to:

  • follow the structure of the presentation
  • understand the speaker more easily
  • get an idea of the length and content of the presentation.

We’ve divided the phrases and sentences into sections which follow the logical progression of a well-balanced presentation.

1. Welcoming

  • Good morning and welcome to [name of company, name of conference hall, hotel, etc.].
  • Thank you all very much for coming today.
  • I hope you all had a pleasant journey here today.

2. Introducing yourself

  • My name is Mark Watson and I am responsible for … .
  • My name is Mark Watson from [name of company], where I am responsible for … .
  • Let me introduce myself; my name is Mark Watson and I am responsible for … .

3. Introducing your presentation

  • The purpose of today’s presentation is to … .
  • The purpose of my presentation today is to … .
  • In today’s presentation I’d like to … show you … . / explain to you how … .
  • In today’s presentation I’m hoping to … give you an update on… / give you an overview of … .
  • In today’s presentation I’m planning to … look at … . / explain … .

You can also outline your presentation to give the audience a clear overview of what they can expect:

  • In today’s presentation I’m hoping to cover three points:
  • firstly, … , after that we will look at … , and finally I’ll … .
  • In today’s presentation I’d like to cover three points:
  • firstly, … , secondly … , and finally … .

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  • If you have any questions you’d like to ask, please leave them until the end, when I’ll be happy to answer them.
  • If there are any questions you’d like to ask, please leave them until the end, when I’ll do my best to answer them.

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How to Start a Presentation: 5 Strong Opening Slides and 12 Tricks To Test

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Knowing how to start a presentation is crucial: if you fail to capture the audience’s attention right off the bat, your entire presentation will flop. Few listeners will stick with you to the end and retain what you have told.

That is mildly unpleasant when you are doing an in-house presentation in front of your colleagues. But it can become utterly embarrassing when you present in front of larger audiences (e.g., at a conference) or worse – delivering a sales presentation to prospective customers.

Here is how most of us begin a presentation: give an awkward greeting, thank everyone for coming, clear our throats, tap the mic, and humbly start to mumble about our subject. The problem with such an opening performance? It effectively kills and buries even the best messages.

Table of Contents

  • The Classic Trick: Open a Presentation with an Introduction
  • Open a Presentation with a Hook
  • Begin with a Captivating Visual
  • Ask a “What if…” Question
  • Use the Word “Imagine”
  • Leverage The Curiosity Gap
  • The Power of Silence
  • Facts as Weapons of Communication
  • Fact vs. Myths
  • The Power of Music
  • Physical Activity
  • Acknowledging a Person

How to Start a PowerPoint Presentation The Right Way

Let’s say you have all of your presentation slides polished up (in case you don’t, check our quick & effective PowerPoint presentation design tips first). Your presentation has a clear storyline and agenda. Main ideas are broken into bite-sized statements for your slides and complemented with visuals. All you have left is to figure out how you begin presenting.

The best way is to appeal to and invoke certain emotions in your audience – curiosity, surprise, fear, or good old amusements. Also, it is recommended to present your main idea in the first 30 seconds of the presentation. And here’s how it’s done.

1. The Classic Trick: Open a Presentation with an Introduction

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When you don’t feel like reinventing the wheel, use a classic trick from the book – start with a quick personal introduction. Don’t want to sound as boring as everyone else with your humble “Hi, I’m John, the head of the Customer Support Department”? Great, because we are all about promoting effective presentation techniques (hint: using a dull welcome slide isn’t one of them).

Here’s how to introduce yourself in a presentation the right way.

a. Use a link-back memory formula

To ace a presentation, you need to connect with your audience. The best way to do so is by throwing in a simple story showing who you are, where you came from, and why your words matter.

The human brain loves a good story, and we are more inclined to listen and retain the information told this way. Besides, when we can relate to the narrator (or story hero), we create an emotional bond with them, and, again – become more receptive, and less skeptical of the information that is about to be delivered.

So here are your presentation introduction lines:

My name is Joanne, and I’m the Head of Marketing at company XYZ. Five years ago I was working as a waitress, earning $10/hour and collecting rejection letters from editors. About ten letters every week landed to my mailbox. You see, I love words, but decent publisher thought mine were good enough. Except for the restaurant owner. I was very good at up-selling and recommending dishes to the customers. My boss even bumped my salary to $15/hour as a token of appreciation for my skill. And this made me realize: I should ditch creative writing and focus on copywriting instead. After loads of trial and error back in the day, I learned how to write persuasive copy. I was no longer getting rejection letters. I was receiving thousands of emails saying that someone just bought another product from our company. My sales copy pages generated over $1,500,000 in revenue over last year. And I want to teach you how to do the same”

b. Test the Stereotype Formula

This one’s simple and effective as well. Introduce yourself by sharing an obvious stereotype about your profession. This cue will help you connect with your audience better, make them chuckle a bit, and set a lighter mood for the speech to follow.

Here’s how you can frame your intro:

“My name is ___, and I am a lead software engineer at our platform [Your Job Title]. And yes, I’m that nerdy type who never liked presenting in front of large groups of people. I would rather stay in my den and write code all day long. [Stereotype]. But hey, since I have mustered enough courage…let’s talk today about the new product features my team is about to release….”

After sharing a quick, self-deprecating line, you transition back to your topic, reinforcing the audience’s attention . Both of these formulas help you set the “mood” for your further presentation, so try using them interchangeably on different occasions.

2. Open a Presentation with a Hook

Wow your audience straight off the bat by sharing something they would not expect to hear. This may be one of the popular first-time presentation tips but don’t rush to discard it.

Because here’s the thing: psychologically , we are more inclined to pay attention whenever presented with an unexpected cue. When we know what will happen next – someone flips the switch, and lights turn on – we don’t really pay much attention to that action.

But when we don’t know what to expect next – e.g., someone flips the switch and a bell starts ringing – we are likely to pay more attention to what will happen next. The same goes for words: everyone loves stories with unpredictable twists. So begin your presentation with a PowerPoint introduction slide or a line that no one expects to hear.

Here are a few hook examples you can swipe:

a. Open with a provocative statement

It creates an instant jolt and makes the audience intrigued to hear what you are about to say next – pedal back, continue with the provocation, or do something else that they will not expect.

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“You will live seven and a half minutes longer than you would have otherwise, just because you watched this talk.”

That’s how Jane McGonigal opens one of her TED talks . Shocking and intriguing, right?

b. Ask a rhetorical, thought-provoking question

Seasoned presenters know that one good practice is to ask a question at the beginning of a presentation to increase audience engagement. Rhetorical questions have a great persuasive effect – instead of answering aloud, your audience will silently start musing over it during your presentation. They aroused curiosity and motivated the audience to remain attentive, as they did want to learn your answer to this question.

To reinforce your message throughout the presentation, you can further use the Rhetorical Triangle Concept – a rhetorical approach to building a persuasive argument based on Aristotle’s teachings.

c. Use a bold number, factor stat

A clean slide with some mind-boggling stat makes an undeniably strong impact. Here are a few opening statement examples you can use along with your slide:

  • Shock them: “We are effectively wasting over $1.2 billion per year on producing clothes no one will ever purchase”
  • Create empathy: “Are you among the 20% of people with undiagnosed ADHD?”
  • Call to arms: “58% of marketing budgets are wasted due to poor landing page design. Let’s change this!”
  • Spark curiosity: “Did you know that companies who invested in speech recognition have seen a 13% increase in ROI within just 3 years?”

3. Begin with a Captivating Visual

Compelling visuals are the ABC of presentation design – use them strategically to make an interesting statement at the beginning and throughout your presentation. Your first presentation slide can be text-free. Communicate your idea with a visual instead – a photo, a chart, an infographic, or another graphics asset.

Visuals are a powerful medium for communication as our brain needs just 13 milliseconds to render what our eyes see, whereas text comprehension requires more cognitive effort.

Relevant images add additional aesthetic appeal to your deck, bolster the audience’s imagination, and make your key message instantly more memorable.

Here’s an intro slide example. You want to make a strong presentation introduction to global pollution.  Use the following slide to reinforce the statement you share:

Our Iceberg Is Melting Concept with Penguins in an Iceberg

“Seven of nine snow samples taken on land in Antarctica found chemicals known as PFAs, which are used in industrial products and can harm wildlife”

Source: Reuters

4. Ask a “What if…” Question

The “what if” combo carries massive power. It gives your audience a sense of what will happen if they choose to listen to you and follow your advice.  Here are a few presentations with starting sentences + slides to illustrate this option:

What if example with an Opening Slide for Presentation

Alternatively, you can work your way to this point using different questions:

  • Ask the audience about their “Why.” Why are they attending this event, or why do they find this topic relevant?
  • Use “How” as your question hook if you plan to introduce a potential solution to a problem.
  • If your presentation has a persuasion factor associated, use “When” as a question to trigger the interest of the audience on, for example, when they are planning to take action regarding the topic being presented (if we talk about an inspirational presentation).

What if technique analysis for a Financial topic

5. Use the Word “Imagine”

“Imagine,” “Picture This,” and “Think of” are better word choices for when you plan to begin your presentation with a quick story.

Our brain loves interacting with stories. In fact, a captivating story makes us more collaborative. Scientists have discovered that stories with tension during narrative make us:

  • Pay more attention,
  • Share emotions with the characters and even mimic the feelings and behaviors of those characters afterward.

That’s why good action movies often feel empowering and make us want to change the world too. By incorporating a good, persuasive story with a relatable hero, you can also create that “bond” with your audience and make them more perceptive to your pitch – donate money to support the cause; explore the solution you are offering, and so on.

6. Leverage The Curiosity Gap

The curiosity gap is another psychological trick frequently used by marketers to solicit more clicks, reads, and other interactions from the audience. In essence, it’s the trick you see behind all those clickbait, Buzzfeed-style headlines:

Curiosity Gap example clickbait Buzzfeed

Not everyone is a fan of such titles. But the truth is – they do the trick and instantly capture attention. The curiosity gap sparks our desire to dig deeper into the matter. We are explicitly told that we don’t know something important, and now we crave to change that. Curiosity is an incredibly strong driving force for action – think Eve, think Pandora’s Box.

So consider incorporating these attention grabbers for your presentation speech to shock the audience. You can open with one, or strategically weave them in the middle of your presentation when you feel like your audience is getting tired and may lose their focus.

Here’s how you can use the curiosity gap during your presentation:

  • Start telling a story, pause in the middle, and delay the conclusion of it.
  • Withhold the key information (e.g., the best solution to the problem you have described) for a bit – but not for too long, as this can reduce the initial curiosity.
  • Introduce an idea or concept and link it with an unexpected outcome or subject – this is the best opening for a presentation tip.

7. The Power of Silence

What would you do if you attended a presentation in which the speaker remains silent for 30 seconds after the presentation starts? Just the presenter, standing in front of the audience, in absolute silence.

Most likely, your mind starts racing with thoughts, expecting something of vital importance to be disclosed. The surprise factor with this effect is for us to acknowledge things we tend to take for granted.

It is a powerful resource to introduce a product or to start an inspirational presentation if followed by a fact.

8. Facts as Weapons of Communication

In some niches, using statistics as the icebreaker is the best method to retain the audience’s interest.

Say your presentation is about climate change. Why not introduce a not-so-common fact, such as the amount of wool that can be produced out of oceanic plastic waste per month? And since you have to base your introduction on facts, research manufacturers that work with Oceanic fabrics from recycled plastic bottles .

Using facts helps to build a better narrative, and also gives leverage to your presentation as you are speaking not just from emotional elements but from actually recorded data backed up by research.

9. Fact vs. Myths

Related to our previous point, we make quite an interesting speech if we contrast a fact vs. a myth in a non-conventional way: using a myth to question a well-accepted fact, then introducing a new point of view or theory, backed on sufficient research, that proves the fact wrong. This technique, when used in niches related to academia, can significantly increase the audience’s interest, and it will highlight your presentation as innovative.

Another approach is to debunk a myth using a fact. This contrast immediately piques interest because it promises to overturn commonly held beliefs, and people naturally find it compelling when their existing knowledge is put to the test. An example of this is when a nutritionist wishes to speak about how to lose weight via diet, and debunks the myth that all carbohydrates are “bad”.

10. The Power of Music

Think about a presentation that discusses the benefits of using alternative therapies to treat anxiety, reducing the need to rely on benzodiazepines. Rather than going technical and introducing facts, the presenter can play a soothing tune and invite the audience to follow an exercise that teaches how to practice breathing meditation . Perhaps, in less than 2 minutes, the presenter can accomplish the goal of exposing the advantages of this practice with a live case study fueled by the proper ambiance (due to the music played in the beginning).

11. Physical Activity

Let’s picture ourselves in an in-company presentation about workspace wellness. For this company, the sedentary lifestyle their employees engage in is a worrying factor, so they brought a personal trainer to coach the employees on a basic flexibility routine they can practice in 5 minutes after a couple of hours of desk time.

“Before we dive in, let’s all stand up for a moment.” This simple instruction breaks the ice and creates a moment of shared experience among the attendees. You could then lead them through a brief stretching routine, saying something like, “Let’s reach up high, and stretch out those muscles that get so tight sitting at our desks all day.” With this action, you’re not just talking about workplace wellness, you’re giving them a direct, personal experience of it.

This approach has several advantages. Firstly, it infuses energy into the room and increases the oxygen flow to the brain, potentially boosting the audience’s concentration and retention. Secondly, it sets a precedent that your presentation is not going to be a standard lecture, but rather an interactive experience. This can raise the level of anticipation for what’s to come, and make the presentation a topic for future conversation between coworkers.

12. Acknowledging a Person

How many times have you heard the phrase: “Before we begin, I’d like to dedicate a few words to …” . The speaker could be referring to a mentor figure, a prominent person in the local community, or a group of people who performed charity work or obtained a prize for their hard work and dedication. Whichever is the reason behind this, acknowledgment is a powerful force to use as a method of starting a presentation. It builds a connection with the audience, it speaks about your values and who you admire, and it can transmit what the conversation is going to be about based on who the acknowledged person is.

Closing Thoughts

Now you know how to start your presentation – you have the opening lines, you have the slides to use, and you can browse even more attractive PowerPoint presentation slides and templates on our website. Also, we recommend you visit our article on how to make a PowerPoint Presentation to get familiarized with the best tactics for professional presentation design and delivery.

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Five tips to set yourself apart.

Never underestimate the power of great communication. It can help you land the job of your dreams, attract investors to back your idea, or elevate your stature within your organization. But while there are plenty of good speakers in the world, you can set yourself apart out by being the person who can deliver something great over and over. Here are a few tips for business professionals who want to move from being good speakers to great ones: be concise (the fewer words, the better); never use bullet points (photos and images paired together are more memorable); don’t underestimate the power of your voice (raise and lower it for emphasis); give your audience something extra (unexpected moments will grab their attention); rehearse (the best speakers are the best because they practice — a lot).

I was sitting across the table from a Silicon Valley CEO who had pioneered a technology that touches many of our lives — the flash memory that stores data on smartphones, digital cameras, and computers. He was a frequent guest on CNBC and had been delivering business presentations for at least 20 years before we met. And yet, the CEO wanted to sharpen his public speaking skills.

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Powerful and Effective Presentation Skills: More in Demand Now Than Ever

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When we talk with our L&D colleagues from around the globe, we often hear that presentation skills training is one of the top opportunities they’re looking to provide their learners. And this holds true whether their learners are individual contributors, people managers, or senior leaders. This is not surprising.

Effective communications skills are a powerful career activator, and most of us are called upon to communicate in some type of formal presentation mode at some point along the way.

For instance, you might be asked to brief management on market research results, walk your team through a new process, lay out the new budget, or explain a new product to a client or prospect. Or you may want to build support for a new idea, bring a new employee into the fold, or even just present your achievements to your manager during your performance review.

And now, with so many employees working from home or in hybrid mode, and business travel in decline, there’s a growing need to find new ways to make effective presentations when the audience may be fully virtual or a combination of in person and remote attendees.

Whether you’re making a standup presentation to a large live audience, or a sit-down one-on-one, whether you’re delivering your presentation face to face or virtually, solid presentation skills matter.

Even the most seasoned and accomplished presenters may need to fine-tune or update their skills. Expectations have changed over the last decade or so. Yesterday’s PowerPoint which primarily relied on bulleted points, broken up by the occasional clip-art image, won’t cut it with today’s audience.

The digital revolution has revolutionized the way people want to receive information. People expect presentations that are more visually interesting. They expect to see data, metrics that support assertions. And now, with so many previously in-person meetings occurring virtually, there’s an entirely new level of technical preparedness required.

The leadership development tools and the individual learning opportunities you’re providing should include presentation skills training that covers both the evergreen fundamentals and the up-to-date capabilities that can make or break a presentation.

So, just what should be included in solid presentation skills training? Here’s what I think.

The fundamentals will always apply When it comes to making a powerful and effective presentation, the fundamentals will always apply. You need to understand your objective. Is it strictly to convey information, so that your audience’s knowledge is increased? Is it to persuade your audience to take some action? Is it to convince people to support your idea? Once you understand what your objective is, you need to define your central message. There may be a lot of things you want to share with your audience during your presentation, but find – and stick with – the core, the most important point you want them to walk away with. And make sure that your message is clear and compelling.

You also need to tailor your presentation to your audience. Who are they and what might they be expecting? Say you’re giving a product pitch to a client. A technical team may be interested in a lot of nitty-gritty product detail. The business side will no doubt be more interested in what returns they can expect on their investment.

Another consideration is the setting: is this a formal presentation to a large audience with questions reserved for the end, or a presentation in a smaller setting where there’s the possibility for conversation throughout? Is your presentation virtual or in-person? To be delivered individually or as a group? What time of the day will you be speaking? Will there be others speaking before you and might that impact how your message will be received?

Once these fundamentals are established, you’re in building mode. What are the specific points you want to share that will help you best meet your objective and get across your core message? Now figure out how to convey those points in the clearest, most straightforward, and succinct way. This doesn’t mean that your presentation has to be a series of clipped bullet points. No one wants to sit through a presentation in which the presenter reads through what’s on the slide. You can get your points across using stories, fact, diagrams, videos, props, and other types of media.

Visual design matters While you don’t want to clutter up your presentation with too many visual elements that don’t serve your objective and can be distracting, using a variety of visual formats to convey your core message will make your presentation more memorable than slides filled with text. A couple of tips: avoid images that are cliched and overdone. Be careful not to mix up too many different types of images. If you’re using photos, stick with photos. If you’re using drawn images, keep the style consistent. When data are presented, stay consistent with colors and fonts from one type of chart to the next. Keep things clear and simple, using data to support key points without overwhelming your audience with too much information. And don’t assume that your audience is composed of statisticians (unless, of course, it is).

When presenting qualitative data, brief videos provide a way to engage your audience and create emotional connection and impact. Word clouds are another way to get qualitative data across.

Practice makes perfect You’ve pulled together a perfect presentation. But it likely won’t be perfect unless it’s well delivered. So don’t forget to practice your presentation ahead of time. Pro tip: record yourself as you practice out loud. This will force you to think through what you’re going to say for each element of your presentation. And watching your recording will help you identify your mistakes—such as fidgeting, using too many fillers (such as “umm,” or “like”), or speaking too fast.

A key element of your preparation should involve anticipating any technical difficulties. If you’ve embedded videos, make sure they work. If you’re presenting virtually, make sure that the lighting is good, and that your speaker and camera are working. Whether presenting in person or virtually, get there early enough to work out any technical glitches before your presentation is scheduled to begin. Few things are a bigger audience turn-off than sitting there watching the presenter struggle with the delivery mechanisms!

Finally, be kind to yourself. Despite thorough preparation and practice, sometimes, things go wrong, and you need to recover in the moment, adapt, and carry on. It’s unlikely that you’ll have caused any lasting damage and the important thing is to learn from your experience, so your next presentation is stronger.

How are you providing presentation skills training for your learners?

Manika Gandhi is Senior Learning Design Manager at Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning. Email her at [email protected] .

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As you become more familiar with the capabilities of Microsoft Copilot, and more skilled at creating prompts that delight, intrigue, or amaze, don't keep them to yourself. When you share the prompts you've tried and refined, particularly those you used to great effect, you not only gain the reputation for leading change but contribute to Copilot adoption and resulting task efficiencies across your organization. There are lots of ways to share prompts, and some best practices to go along with them. This article explains it all. 

Best practice: tell your prompt story

Sharing the actual prompt is easy. But before you copy and paste a prompt into your favorite app, think about this: the real learning and inspiration come from hearing your “prompt story.” Consider these elements in your story:

What you were trying to accomplish

The actual prompt (text)

Description of the prompt output (e.g., “the prompt created a PowerPoint deck complete with images and speaker notes”)

How Copilot specifically helped you: maybe it saved you time, or produced something you thought was beyond your reach

What you learned, reflections on your experience, or what you will try next

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EXAMPLE 1: Copilot drafted my monthly status deck

Every month, I need to present the status of our research project to the exec team. Normally, this takes me a few days. Instead, I tried this prompt in Copilot:

 “Draft a PowerPoint presentation for the Monthly Status Update of no more than 10 slides using the information in these files.”

Copilot created a new deck in less than a minute that had sections for Project Summary, Current Status, Recent Accomplishments, What’s Next, and Risks. Wow! Saved me hours of work, and it’s actually a more professional looking deck that I could have created myself. This is the new way.

EXAMPLE 2: Catch up on the missed meeting

My schedule got totally taken over last Thursday with an urgent customer request and I was not able to go the cross-team planning meeting for Q4. Normally, I’d try to block an hour and read all the decks from all the speakers and the notes and maybe listen to some of the recording, but this time I tried using Copilot to catch up…

“Summarize the meeting into the Top Five Takeaways including Action Items”

After just a minute, Copilot cranked out five pretty helpful highlights from the meeting along with a link to key points in the transcript. It also tracked three important action items from the discussion. Almost better than attending the meeting! I totally recommend this for when you can’t attend a meeting. It's easy to catch up and worth it.

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Share using a Viva Engage community

Many organizations set up Viva Engage communities where people with similar interests or who work in similar disciplines can exchange information and ideas. This is a perfect place to share prompts as well. For example, imagine a community dedicated to the product management (PM) discipline. There, PMs can share prompts that will help others write specs or planning documents using specific templates.

Recommendation: Post into the community using a new Discussion or Article

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Create a prompt channel in your Microsoft Teams space and encourage team members to contribute their best prompts. These contributions could be tagged with likes and get replies. Encourage testimonials as well. Trying a prompt recommended by someone else and then sharing insights about how it worked for you is a great way to kick off a conversation and inspire others to give it a try.

Channels aren’t the only way to share prompts in Microsoft Teams. Meeting chat is a quick and easy place to share prompts that are relevant to the current conversation or meeting topic. Imagine a conversation in the meeting where someone says, “I need to put together a blog post for a product announcement happening next week and I haven’t had time to start it yet.” Another person says, “I had a similar assignment and used a prompt to get me started. It really saved me some time. Here, try this.”

Write a blog post announcing a new line of eyeglasses targeted at people who suffer from chronic dry eye. The eyeglasses lock moisture in while protecting eyes from wind and debris. The glasses are lightweight, fashionable, and priced to appeal to all ages and income levels. The glasses go on sale just in time for summer and will be available everywhere you buy eyeglasses. Cite research and use an upbeat tone.

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The news feature in SharePoint makes it easy to bring your organization’s news stories to life with rich formatting, images, dynamic content, and prompts. A SharePoint communication site or team site are both good options.

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Presentations have the advantage that many standard phrases can be used at various points. Perhaps you wish to welcome the audience, introduce the speaker and the topic, outline the structure, offer a summary, or deal with questions. In all these situations, you can apply a number of useful expressions that will make your presentation a linguistic success.

At the beginning of each presentation, you should welcome your audience. Depending on who you are addressing, you should extend a more or less formal welcome.

Good morning/afternoon/evening, ladies and gentlemen/everyone.

On behalf of “Company X”, allow me to extend a warm welcome to you.

Hi, everyone. Welcome to “Name of the event”.

Introducing the speaker

The level of formality of your welcome address will also apply to how you introduce yourself. Customize it to match your audience.

Let me briefly introduce myself. My name is “John Miller” and I am delighted to be here today to talk to you about…

First, let me introduce myself. My name is “John Miller” and I am the “Position” of “Company X”.

I’m “John” from “Company Y” and today I’d like to talk to you about…

Introducing the topic

After the welcome address and the introduction of the speaker comes the presentation of the topic. Here are some useful introductory phrases.

Today I am here to talk to you about…

What I am going to talk about today is…

I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about…

I am delighted to be here today to tell you about…

I want to make you a short presentation about…

I’d like to give you a brief breakdown of…

Explanation of goals

It is always recommended to present the goals of your presentation at the beginning. This will help the audience to understand your objectives.

The purpose of this presentation is…

My objective today is…

After presenting the topic and your objectives, give your listeners an overview of the presentation’s structure. Your audience will then know what to expect in detail.

My talk/presentation is divided into “x” parts.

I’ll start with…/First, I will talk about…/I’ll begin with…

…then I will look at…

and finally…

Starting point

After all this preparation, you can finally get started with the main part of the presentation. The following phrases will help you with that.

Let me start with some general information on…

Let me begin by explaining why/how…

I’d like to give you some background information about…

Before I start, does anyone know…

As you are all aware…

I think everybody has heard about…, but hardly anyone knows a lot about it.

End of a section

If you have completed a chapter or section of your presentation, inform your audience, so that they do not lose their train of thought.

That’s all I have to say about…

We’ve looked at…

So much for…

Interim conclusion

Drawing interim conclusions is of utmost importance in a presentation, particularly at the end of a chapter or section. Without interim conclusions, your audience will quickly forget everything you may have said earlier.

Let’s summarize briefly what we have looked at.

Here is a quick recap of the main points of this section.

I’d like to recap the main points.

Well, that’s about it for this part. We’ve covered…

Use one of the following phrases to move on from one chapter to the next.

I’d now like to move on to the next part…

This leads me to my next point, which is…

Turning our attention now to…

Let’s now turn to…

Frequently, you have to give examples in a presentation. The following phrases are useful in that respect.

For example,…

A good example of this is…

As an illustration,…

To give you an example,…

To illustrate this point…

In a presentation, you may often need to provide more details regarding a certain issue. These expressions will help you to do so.

I’d like to expand on this aspect/problem/point.

Let me elaborate further on…

If you want to link to another point in your presentation, the following phrases may come in handy.

As I said at the beginning,…

This relates to what I was saying earlier…

Let me go back to what I said earlier about…

This ties in with…

Reference to the starting point

In longer presentations, you run the risk that after a while the audience may forget your original topic and objective. Therefore, it makes sense to refer to the starting point from time to time.

I hope that you are a little clearer on how we can…

To return to the original question, we can…

Just to round the talk off, I want to go back to the beginning when I…

I hope that my presentation today will help with what I said at the beginning…

Reference to sources

In a presentation, you frequently have to refer to external sources, such as studies and surveys. Here are some useful phrases for marking these references.

Based on our findings,…

According to our study,…

Our data shows/indicates…

Graphs and images

Presentations are usually full of graphs and images. Use the following phrases to give your audience an understanding of your visuals.

Let me use a graphic to explain this.

I’d like to illustrate this point by showing you…

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

I think the graph perfectly shows how/that…

If you look at this table/bar chart/flow chart/line chart/graph, you can see that…

To ensure that your presentation does not sound monotonous, from time to time you should emphasize certain points. Here are some suggestions.

It should be emphasized that…

I would like to draw your attention to this point…

Another significant point is that…

The significance of this is…

This is important because…

We have to remember that…

At times it might happen that you expressed yourself unclearly and your audience did not understand your point. In such a case, you should paraphrase your argument using simpler language.

In other words,…

To put it more simply,…

What I mean to say is…

So, what I’m saying is….

To put it in another way….

Questions during the presentation

Questions are an integral part of a presentation. These phrases allow you to respond to questions during a presentation.

Does anyone have any questions or comments?

I am happy to answer your questions now.

Please feel free to interrupt me if you have questions.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Please stop me if you have any questions.

Do you have any questions before I move on?

If there are no further questions at this point, I’d like to…

Questions at the end of a presentation

To ensure that a presentation is not disrupted by questions, it is advisable to answer questions at the very end. Inform your audience about this by using these phrases.

There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

I’ll gladly answer any of your questions at the end.

I’d be grateful if you could ask your questions after the presentation.

After answering a question from the audience, check that the addressee has understood your answer and is satisfied with it.

Does this answer your question?

Did I make myself clear?

I hope this explains the situation for you.

Unknown answer

Occasionally, it may happen that you do not have an answer to a question. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Simply use one of the following phrases to address the fact.

That’s an interesting question. I don’t actually know off the top of my head, but I’ll try to get back to you later with an answer.

I’m afraid I’m unable to answer that at the moment. Perhaps, I can get back to you later.

Good question. I really don’t know! What do you think?

That’s a very good question. However, I don’t have any figures on that, so I can’t give you an accurate answer.

Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to answer that.

Summary and conclusion

At the end of the presentation, you should summarize the important facts once again.

I’d like to conclude by…

In conclusion, let me sum up my main points.

Weighing the pros and cons, I come to the conclusion that…

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IOWA CITY — Although only two arrived at Iowa in the same recruiting class, the five Hawkeyes who will be honored Sunday have converged to create a robust senior day that'll be full of recognition and emotion.

Together, Kate Martin, Gabbie Marshall, Caitlin Clark, Sharon Goodman and Molly Davis represent everything positive that has helped turn the Hawkeyes into arguably the most popular squad in women's college basketball. During Sunday's game against No. 2 Ohio State and after, this beloved group will take center stage while delighting another raucous Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd from start to finish.

A look at how all five of these Hawkeyes got to this point and how they've left significant marks on Lisa Bluder's program.

Kate Martin, 2018 recruiting class

Although Bluder had plenty of familiarity with Martin long before she arrived in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes' veteran coach couldn't have fully fathomed the type of leader she was signing out of Edwardsville, Illinois.

Martin's Iowa career began with a torn ACL ahead of the Hawkeyes' Elite Eight run in 2019. But without that, she isn't wearing black and gold for this pivotal sixth-year campaign. A player who's seen it all in her pivotal tenure, Martin has redefined the leadership standard at Iowa as a program pillar.

She'll head into coaching whenever her playing days are done, which might not be anytime soon after this strong season as Iowa's second-most consistent scoring weapon. Martin ending up back on the Hawkeyes bench at some point feels very possible.

"I don't even know how I feel really yet," Martin said. "I just have a lot of emotions overwhelming me right now. It's very bittersweet going into this weekend. I'm sad my time is dwindling down, but I'm excited for the next chapter."

Gabbie Marshall, 2019 recruiting class

Ohio isn't always a recruiting hotbed for Iowa, but the Hawkeyes plucked a productive player from Cincinnati who's become a trusted weapon in five years on the floor.

After cracking the rotation as a true freshman, Marshall has started more than 125 games over the past four years. She's a 1,000-point scorer and the first player in program history with 200 career 3-pointers and 200 career steals.

Yes, Marshall's offensive game has been hit and miss the last two seasons, but don't be surprised if another late-season surge is on the horizon. These are the final games of Marshall's basketball career — she's off to get her master’s in occupational therapy at North Carolina — and there's no motivation like avoiding the end.

"Thinking about all the success I've gotten to be a part of throughout my five years here, just the different girls I've come in contact with and thinking about all the memories we've made with each other — but also knowing it had to come to an end at some point — I'm just going to soak it all in," Marshall said.

Sharon Goodman, 2020 recruiting class

Although Goodman's stats haven't piled up quite like the other four Hawkeyes she'll share senior day with, there isn't a better example of how to remain strong through one tough situation after another.

Her mother's death, COVID, a torn ACL — all this adversity took its best shot at Goodman during her Iowa career. All she did was endure it head-on while remaining a model teammate, student and friend.

Goodman still technically has two years of eligibility left via a COVID year plus a medical redshirt. And it wasn't an easy choice to leave those on the table. But the nursing profession — which Goodman is joining via an accelerated program, likely outside of Iowa — is about to gain a huge piece.

"I've been very blessed with the past four years here, just to be here at this time with the people who are in this circle," Goodman said through tears in what was an emotional interview. "And that's been such a big blessing from the Lord. But I'm also very excited for what's coming next."

Caitlin Clark, 2020 recruiting class

For all the things that have motivated this transcendent superstar during her four years at Iowa, playing to extend her collegiate career even one more day might be the most effective of all.

With her WNBA Draft decision and all scoring records out of the way before the postseason commences, it feels inevitable that more Clark greatness is still in store over this next month.

Other than winning a national title — which Clark hammered home Friday as the ultimate goal — this homegrown baller has accomplished just about everything possible in college basketball. Her career has reached full fairytale status with another chapter to come.

"That’s my biggest focus going into the rest of the year, just smile and have fun and play free," Clark said. "After this game this weekend, we’re really only guaranteed two (more) games. So I think just enjoying every single second and playing and having fun. There’s no reason to be tense because these moments go so fast. That’s really when I play my best basketball."

Molly Davis, 2022 transfer class

Bluder will always choose her portal picks carefully. Picking up Davis after three strong seasons at Central Michigan more than qualifies as a successful add.

Davis certainly could've gone somewhere with more playing time guaranteed. But the way she's adapted in Iowa City, especially this second season while becoming more comfortable in the Hawkeyes offense, is exactly how you want an outside add to go.

"For Molly Davis to come here from Central Michigan — not be guaranteed anything, no starting position, no amount of playing time — came here to accept her role and do whatever it takes for us to better, that took a lot of courage," Bluder said.

Dargan Southard is a sports trending reporter and covers Iowa athletics for the Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

120 Presentation Topic Ideas Help You Hook Your Audience

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Cooking is easy. The puzzle is figuring out what to eat. As soon as you know that, you can get started. The same holds for presentations. The sooner you can whip up a good, informative, and catchy topic, the easier the rest of the process becomes.

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Pick a good topic that resonates with you and your audience to set a strong foundation. But select the wrong topic, and it becomes difficult to connect with your audience, find mutual interests, or hold their attention.

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Think of the presenter as the link between the topic and the audience. A strong or a weak presenter can make a difference between a presentation being a thriving success or a boring failure.

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  • Ask close-ended questions in between to keep the audience engaged without losing time. Address them using their names to keep things interesting.
  • Share personal experiences and stories that your audience will find fascinating and relatable.
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  • Energy and excitement can be quite contagious. Make sure you exude enough to spread some to your audience.

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We've already covered the first major announcements from the Intel Foundry Direct Connect event, but it turns out that Intel miscommunicated about a presentation that was thought to be under NDA — now Intel says the presentation is open to be reported to the public, so we have some more news to share: Intel's previously-unannounced Intel 10A (analogous to 1nm) will enter production/development in late 2027, marking the arrival of the company's first 1nm node, and its 14A (1.4nm) node will enter production in 2026.  [Edit: to be clear , this means 10A is beginning development, not entering high volume manufacturing, in 2027] The company is also working to create fully autonomous AI-powered fabs in the future. Intel's Keyvan Esfarjani, the company's EVP and GM and Foundry Manufacturing and Supply, held a very insightful session that covered the company's latest developments and showed how the roadmap unfolds over the coming years. 

Here, we can see two charts, with the first outlining the company's K-WSPW (thousands of wafer starts per week) capacity for Intel's various process nodes. Notably, capacity typically indicates how many wafers can be started, but not the total output — output varies based on yields. You'll notice there isn't a label for the Y-axis, which would give us a direct read on Intel's production volumes. However, this does give us a solid idea of the proportionality of Intel's planned node production over the next several years. Intel did not specify the arrival date of its coming 14A node in its previous announcements, but here, the company indicates it will begin production of the Intel 14A node in 2026. Even more importantly, Intel will begin production/development of its as-yet-unannounced 10A node in late 2027, filling out its roster of nodes produced with EUV technology. Intel's 'A' suffix in its node naming convention represents Angstroms, and 10 Angstroms converts to 1nm, meaning this is the company's first 1nm-class node.  Intel hasn't shared any details about the 10A/1nm node but has told us that it classifies a new node as at least having a double-digit power/performance improvement. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has told us the cutoff for a new node is around a 14% to 15% improvement, so we can expect that 10A will have at least that level of improvement over the 14A node. (For example, the difference between Intel 7 and Intel 4 was a 15% improvement.)

Capacity for the Intel 4 and Intel 3 processes doesn't build as quickly as 20A/18A, but that isn't surprising — the majority of the company's wins for its third-party foundry business have been with the 18A node, which Intel says is according to plan . As shown, Intel will also steadily draw down its overall production of its 14nm, 10nm, Intel 7, and 12nm nodes as it transitions to the EUV-enabled nodes. 

Notably, Intel's slide has a footnote that says, "*roadmap: Final Scale, Pace and Processes dependent on business conditions and incentives," mirroring the company's ongoing statements that funding from the CHIPS Act will impact its ability to scale production .

Intel's 18A and 20A nodes have been in at least some form of production since 2023, which isn't too surprising — the company won a RAMP-C contract for 18A with the US government back in 2021, and companies like IBM , Microsoft , and Nvidia have been working on generating test chips since (Understandably, Intel will not share details with the public, but it has won a $1 billion award from the US Government for the program). 

Additionally, Intel's 20A finds the company integrating two new technologies at once - backside power (PowerVIA) and GAA transistors (RibbonFET). To de-risk the process and avoid stumbles like it saw with 10nm, Intel announced in April of 2022 that it had run a different flavor of 20A through its fabs , an internal test node with only backside power paired with standard FinFETs, to ensure backside power worked separately before being integrated into the final 20A node . As such, we can expect that 20A wafers have been flowing through an Intel fab for quite some time. As shown on the right, Intel will also aggressively ramp up its advanced packaging production capacity for Foveros, EMIB, SIP (silicon photonics), and HBI (hybrid bond interconnect). Advanced packaging capacity has been a key choke point for the current shortages of AI accelerators. This increased capacity will ensure a steady supply of advanced processors with complex packaging, including HBM. 

Intel's ramp of advanced packaging capacity is explosive — the company had very little production capacity for these interconnects in 2023. As an aside, Intel recently wrapped up all of its internal packaging efforts using standard packaging; it is now all-in on advanced packaging and will use OSATs (outsourced assembly and test companies) for standard packaging tasks. The second slide in the above album visualizes how Intel's move to operating as an external foundry will allow it to increase both the amount of production for each of its nodes and the length of time that each node is in production, thus maximizing profit from its fab and equipment expenditures as it serves its customer orders over longer periods.

Esfarjani also shared details about Intel's globe-spanning operations. In addition to its existing facilities, the company plans to invest $100 billion over the next five years on expansions and new production sites. The slides above outline the various locations of node production, with 18A occurring in Fab 52 and 62 in Arizona. In contrast, the advanced packaging and 65nm foundry operations for Tower will occur in Fab 9 and 11X in New Mexico. Intel didn't share where it plans to produce its 10A node, and it also has ongoing expansions in Ohio, Israel, Germany, Malaysia, and Poland. This geographically distributed production capacity, spanning both chipmaking and packaging, allows Intel to have global redundancy in its operations while also offering its foundry customers the option of leveraging a supply chain entirely located in America.

As we illustrated in our coverage of our tour of Intel's Penang, Malaysia facilities , the company leans heavily on automation in its foundries. Intel now plans to use AI in all segments of its production flows, from capacity planning and forecasting to yield improvements and actual floor-level production operations, in a '10X moonshot' effort. Esfarjani didn't provide a timeline for the company's moonshot effort but said it will impact every aspect of its operations in the future. That includes the introduction of AI "Cobots," which are collaborative robots that can work along with humans, and extensive robotic automation in the manufacturing process. In the meantime, Intel will continue to aggressively pursue any and all potential customers for its operations. You can read more about those efforts in  our interview with Stu Pann , the SVP and GM of Intel Foundry Services, who is tasked with making Intel Foundry the world’s second-largest foundry by 2030.

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  • abufrejoval Well I guess it's natural for Intel to insource the packaging when that is where much if not most of the value is actually created when you Lego commodity chiplets in order to create bespoke products. And of course they need to have packaging follow similar (ideally better) scale and cost curves as the chip(lets), or risk not being able to sell after they've produced 'their' parts. And again, the reason these packaging jobs are in lowest-cost locations to day is that they are far too manual to be affordable next to the foundries today, so without robotics and automation they'd run into endless trouble. Just too bad, that all these people currently doing these jobs, will soon no longer be able to afford Intel products, nor those from Apple or other chip giants... Reply
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  • usertests I want to see how 14A and 10A compare to the classic 14nm+++++++++. Transistor density scaling is worse than ever but you should still get what, 10x the transistors between "14nm" and "1.4nm"? Instead of the 64x if it was doubling per major node, 24x if it was +70%. 14nm - 10nm - 7nm - 5nm - 3nm - 2nm - 1.4nm Reply
  • pointa2b Its nice to see Intel fighting to regain dominance. This is a win-win for the consumer, regardless of who you like. Reply
  • Giroro The 'A' in 10A does not refer to Angstroms. It doesn't refer to anything., Reply
usertests said: I want to see how 14A and 10A compare to the classic 14nm+++++++++. Transistor density scaling is worse than ever but you should still get what, 10x the transistors between "14nm" and "1.4nm"? Instead of the 64x if it was doubling per major node, 24x if it was +70%. 14nm - 10nm - 7nm - 5nm - 3nm - 2nm - 1.4nm
Giroro said: The 'A' in 10A does not refer to Angstroms. It doesn't refer to anything.,
  • PlutoDelic It feels rather good to see that nobody trusts Intel's game on the names. This 1A will end up being 4nm. Reply
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At first glance, the images amaze and confound: A woman strides along a city street alive with pedestrians and neon lights. A car kicks up a cloud of dust on a mountain road.

But upon closer inspection, anomalies appear: The dust plumes don’t always quite line up with the car’s rear wheels. And those pedestrians are stalking that woman like some eerie zombie horde.

This is Sora, a new tool from OpenAI that can create lifelike, minute-long videos from simple text prompts. When the company unveiled it on Feb. 15 , experts hailed it as a major moment in the development of artificial intelligence. Google and Meta also have unveiled new AI video research in recent months. The race is on toward an era when anyone can almost instantly create realistic-looking videos without sophisticated CGI tools or expertise.

Disinformation researchers are unnerved by the prospect. Last year, fake AI photos of former president Donald Trump running from police went viral, and New Hampshire primary voters were targeted this January with fake, AI-generated audio of President Biden telling them not to vote. It’s not hard to imagine lifelike fake videos erupting on social media to further erode public trust in political leaders, institutions and the media.

For now, Sora is open only to testers and select filmmakers; OpenAI declined to say when Sora will available to the general public. “We’re announcing this technology to show the world what’s on the horizon,” said Tim Brooks, a research scientist at OpenAI who co-leads the Sora project.

The videos that appear here were created by the company, some at The Washington Post’s request. Sora uses technology similar to artificial intelligence chatbots, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, to translate human-written prompts into requests with sufficient detail to produce a video.

Some are shockingly realistic. After Sora was asked to create a scene from California’s rugged Big Sur coastline, the AI tool’s output is stunning.

Although “garay point beach” is not a real place, Sora produced a video that is almost indistinguishable from this real video of the Big Sur coast near Pfeiffer Falls shot by photographer Philip Thurston. If anything, the fake scene looks more majestic than the real one.

Humans and animals are harder. But here, too, Sora produces surprisingly lifelike results. Take a look at this scene of a cat demanding breakfast.

The texture of the cat’s fur, the intricate shadows on the blankets and the way the person’s face responds to the cat’s intrusion are all realistic. But take another look at that paw.

Sora seems to have trouble with cause and effect, so when the cat moves its left front paw, another appendage sprouts to replace it. The person’s hand is accurately rendered — a detail previous AI tools have struggled with — but it’s in an odd spot.

A similar thing happens in this scene from a Holi spring festival in India, which OpenAI produced at The Post’s request.

Sora produces a realistic drone shot of the colorful celebration, but some people in the crowd blur together, while others sprout clones.

Sora was created by training an AI algorithm on countless hours of videos licensed from other companies and public data scraped from the internet, said Natalie Summers, a spokesperson for the Sora project. By ingesting all that video, the AI amasses knowledge of what certain things and concepts look like. Brooks compared the model’s growth to the way humans come intuitively to understand the world instead of explicitly learning the laws of physics.

Successive versions of the model have gotten better, said Bill Peebles, the other co-lead on the Sora project. Early versions couldn’t even make a credible dog, he said. “There would be legs coming out of places where there should not be legs.”

This video shows Sora has gotten the canine thing down. But these frolicking gray wolf pups still merge and reemerge with mesmerizing weirdness.

How about a scene from a classic Hollywood film? At The Post’s request, Sora produced an actor and a sensibility that seems plucked directly from a real movie.

But Sora clearly is confounded by how to light a cigarette. It knows the process involves hands, a lighter and smoke, but it can’t quite figure out what the hands do or in what order.

There are other problems. Look closely at the telephone. It has two handsets and a cord that stretches upward to become part of the lamp. Other items on the desk look vaguely real, but it’s unclear what they’re supposed to be.

“The model is definitely not yet perfect,” Brooks said.

Other videos show struggles, too. In this one, a man runs realistically on a treadmill — except he’s facing backward.

And even when Sora gets it right, problems may lurk. Take this video Sora made of a Victoria crowned pigeon. Tech critic and author Brian Merchant pointed out that the video looks quite similar to a real one of the same bird filmed by a photographer whose images are available on Shutterstock.

OpenAI has a partnership with Shutterstock to use its videos to train AI. But because Sora is also trained on videos taken from the public web, owners of other videos could raise legal challenges alleging copyright infringement. AI companies have argued that using publicly available online images, text and video amounts to “ fair use ” and is legal under copyright law. But authors, artists and news organizations have sued OpenAI and others, saying they never gave permission or received payment for their work to be used this way.

The AI field is struggling with other problems, as well. Sora and other AI video tools can’t produce sound, for example. Although there has been rapid improvement in AI tools over the past year, they are still unpredictable, often making up false information when asked for facts.

Meanwhile, “red teamers” are assessing Sora’s propensity to create hateful content and perpetuate biases, said Summers, the project spokesperson.

Still, the race to produce lifelike AI videos isn’t slowing down. One of Google’s efforts, called Lumiere, can fill in pieces cut out of real videos. Here, it fills in the black section from the video on the left .

“Our primary goal in this work is to enable novice users to generate visual content in a creative and flexible way,” Google said in a research paper. The company declined to make a Lumiere researcher available for an interview.

Other companies have begun commercializing AI video technology. New York-based start-up Runway has developed tools to help people quickly edit things into or out of real video clips.

OpenAI has even bigger dreams for its tech. Researchers say AI could one day help computers understand how to navigate physical spaces or build virtual worlds that people could explore.

“There’s definitely going to be a new class of entertainment experiences,” Peebles said, predicting a future in which “the line between video game and movie might be more blurred.”

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Editing by Karly Domb Sadof and Yun-Hee Kim. Design editing by Betty Chavarria. Video production by Nicki DeMarco. Copy editing by Melissa Ngo.

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