Dragons' Den

When was the last time your mind went blank while giving a presentation or sales pitch? What did you do? Do you get carried away when talking about your service or product? And do you always do your homework before a presentation?

It’s time for some more business idioms. Well, I say business idioms but it’s not strictly true. You can use the following idioms outside a business context too. I’ve decided, however in this post, to show you how you could use it in your next business presentation. You could also think of where else you’d use them and share your ideas with me in the comments box.

So here goes.

1. Do your homework
If you want your presentation to be a success, you need to make sure you do your homework, in other words, do your research.

2. Green light
As you can see, the systems are all in place, so all we need is the green light from you to get started. (the permission)

3. Fire away!
We’ll now take your questions so fire away! (over to you – informal)

4. At your finger tips
You should always have the latest sales figures at your finger tips in case you are asked about them. (easily available)

5. The personal touch
I always like to give my presentation the personal touch (aim it directly at your audience’s needs)

6. Go with the flow
You might get some technical interruptions,but don’t worry. Just go with the flow (let things happen)

7. Get carried away
In my excitement over our product, I can sometimes get too carried away when presenting. (over-enthusiastic)

8. Up your sleeve
I like to have a few extra tips up my sleeve in case they are needed. (to have a few secret plans)

9. Mind goes blank
My biggest fear about giving a presentation to a large audience is my mind going blank. (forgetting)

10. Be ahead of the game
The key to winning a sales pitch is to try to always be ahead of the game (to know more than your competitors)

Try using some of these idioms in your next presentation. It will make you sound more natural in English.

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