BEP 267 – Presenting Numbers in English (Part 2)

Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on presenting numbers.

In the course of your work, you’ve probably had to sit through a dull English presentation in which the speaker reads out numbers from a chart or PowerPoint slides. And maybe you thought that your time would have been better spent just reading a report with all the data.

Sure, numbers are important. However you don’t need to give a presentation just to report the numbers. But you may need to give a presentation to explain which numbers are most important and what the numbers mean.

In today’s lesson, we’ll look at some great techniques for presenting and interpreting numbers. We’ll learn how to show causation and correlation, how to group data, and how to highlight important numbers. We’ll also look at drawing conclusions from data and making predictions.

In the dialog, we’ll rejoin Toni, who works for a large grocery chain. Toni is giving a presentation in English about recent promotional activities targeting the young singles market. We’ll also hear two company executives, Ellen and William.

Listening Questions

1. What does Toni say was the reason for increased footfall on Sundays?
2. Which key number does Toni want to highlight?
3. What does Toni feel confident will happen in the future?

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