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How to Close Your Presentation in English Powerfully

May 9, 2018 | Business Professional English , Presentations in English

What to Include in the Conclusion of Your Presentation in English

This lesson has been updated from its original posting in 2016.

You’re giving your presentation in English. You have just two minutes left. And it’s time for the conclusion …

Did you know most people only remember the first and last things you tell them? It’s true.

If you are giving a presentation in English, then you definitely want people to remember what you say at the end. And this means your closing must be powerful!

You’ve worked hard on your presentation. You searched for information online. You couldn’t sleep at night. You felt nervous about making mistakes. You spent hours preparing. You reviewed the grammar and vocabulary. You worried about someone asking a question. You practiced and practiced and practiced.

And now it’s the last two minutes. This is the last opportunity for your audience to hear your key points. It is the last chance you have to help your audience remember your comments.

A closing in a presentation should be short and clear. It should summarize your key points. And, most importantly, it should be powerful.

In today’s lesson, you’re going to learn about 3 ways to make your closing more powerful. Plus you’ll learn useful key expressions you can use in your presentation.

3 steps to a powerful closing in your presentation.

Lesson by Annemarie

3 Strategies to Close Your Presentation Powerfully

Use these 3 strategies in your conclusion to:

One: Include a Call to Action (CTA)

Is there something you want your audience to do or think after your presentation. Do you want them to take action? Tell your audience exactly what you want them to do with a Call to Action.

Here’s my example:

“ After you finish today’s lesson, please take 2 minutes to  leave a comment about your experience with presentations. You can share your thoughts or ask questions in the comments section at the bottom of this lesson – it’s the perfect place to join a discussion on this topic.”

A couple useful expressions to help you introduce your CTA is:

Two: End with a Powerful/Inspirational Quote

Is there one thing you really want your audience to remember? Or is there a specific feeling you want your audience to have after your presentation?

Using a powerful quote can help you do that. You could introduce a great quote or interesting statistic with:

Here are some example quotes that might help people be prepared to take action or to think differently. But remember! Always match the quote or statistic to your topic:

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”  – Alexander Graham Bell

Three: Add a Surprising Fact or Statistic

Is there something you’d love for your audience to think about after your presentation? Is there a statistic or fact that will help someone remember your key points?

A surprising fact can also help re-engage your audience, it will snap their attention back to you.

For example:

Did you know that the human brain’s capacity is limitless – that’s great new right? BUT … did you also know that a person is likely to remember only 25% of a presentation after 24 hours?

Uh oh. That is why it’s SO important to have a powerful ending! Remember: the key is to find a statistic or fact that connects directly to your topic.

Useful Language to Close Your Presentation

Summarize Your Key Points & Close Your Presentation

Thank Your Audience

Take Questions

Provide Next Steps or Contact Information

Get the complete Presentations in English Series:

Part 1: How to Prepare for Your Presentation in English

Part 2:  How to Start with a Great Introduction in Your Presentation

Part 3:  How to Organize Your Presentation in English

Part 4: How to End Your Presentation Powerfully

After you’ve watched the video and reviewed the lesson, I’d love to hear from you!

Tell me about the best presentation you ever heard. Who gave the presentation? And why do you remember it? Share what you remember in the comments section below.

And for the bonus question!! Have you given a presentation in English? What tips or advice would you like to share with others? You can add your advice in the comments section.

Thank you so much for joining me!

~ Annemarie

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great video series. thank you so much. you mentioned that you had a downloadable checklist in the final video. where could I find this thanks?

Hi Ellie, I’m glad the series was helpful.

When you visit the lesson, there should be an image that pops up with an opportunity to get the download. If you don’t see it, please let me know so I can fix it.


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Hello, I have a 5 minute oral presentation of a fictional book, w/the main focus on the leadership traits of the characters. I enjoyed the book, and suspect others might, so to that end, is it OK to NOT share the ending? Thank you


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Great website. I found a typo in on the presentation closings page “Useful Langauge to Close Your Presentation”.

Good eyes! Thanks so much for the note. We’ve fixed the typo.

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Dear Annemarie, thank you so much for sharing. 


Dear Annemarie, thank you so much for sharing. I learned so much from your 4 videos and I will work on improving my presentation skills. Love your spirit of excellence. For me as a presenter, its important i am passionate about the topic i share and audience will be able to apply some of the learnings in their life. Thank you Annemarie. I love your voice too. Stay blessed.

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Thanks, Jasmin! I’m so glad to know my lessons are helpful to you.


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How to Conclude a Presentation: Tips & Tricks

Nov 8, 2021

According to Guy Kawasaki, a well-structured presentation has three parts:

What is the purpose of the presentation conclusion?

Just like the introduction, your concluding remarks should express your primary message or point, producing an overall impact on your audience. The close really finishes off the entire message that has been delivered, and leaves with your listeners a sense of understanding and appreciation for what you had to say.

Let's face it: Most presentations would benefit from better conclusions. In fact, a lack of a clear and memorable conclusion is why many people dislike being forced to sit through those tedious business meetings where the presenter desperately tries to wrap up a 90-minute presentation.

Perfect conclusions for a presentation

Keep reading and you’ll find out how to make perfect conclusions for any type of presentation!

Compare your opening statement with your conclusion

When you are finished, you may want to write a short summary, but such summaries are for the audience, not for you. You should, however, compare the opening statement to the conclusions you draw. In almost all cases, your opening will make a claim and your conclusion will test that claim.

If you make an unsubstantiated claim, your conclusion will have a hard time proving you wrong. But if your opening claim is supported by evidence, your conclusion will need only support itself, and your conclusion will generally be more convincing.

Are there any places where you seem to be making the same point twice? If so, delete one of them.

Once you have finished, read your conclusion again, and ask yourself if it sounds as though it proves your opening. If it does, you've succeeded. If not, you've failed.

Communicate the core message

The conventional wisdom is that presentations have three purposes: to entertain, to persuade, and to inform. But all three are secondary. In fact, no matter how well you think you have them covered, unless your presentation has a core message, it is likely to fail.

The core message is what you want the audience to remember. You want it to be memorable, but you also want it to be true. The core message is usually a short sentence or short phrase, it conveys the interpretation in a way that doesn't depend on background knowledge. The core message is usually the hypothesis, not the answer. It's what you're going to communicate, and if it's not understood, then nothing else you do will communicate anything.

Give the audience something to take away

The phrase "give the audience something to take away" can be applied to almost any situation, whether it is an essay, a talk, or a meeting. It means not just that you have finished, but that you have something to give the audience. At conferences, for example, speakers are always being told to give the audience something to take away. But what does it mean? Usually it means that the speaker should end with a teaser, little gift, or a short summary of what he/she said.

Address any questions or concerns

If you never ask a question, you won't have an answer. But if you ask a question and the room freezes, you've lost.

So, what can you do?

As a speaker, your job is to get the audience to give you the floor, and your job as an audience member is to stay on that floor. When you make a mistake, it's a mistake of judgment, not of facts. So ask yourself: "How can I acknowledge my mistake, and still get the audience to let me ask the next question?"

Think of any mistake you make as a question. Then try to answer it. If it takes too long, try again. If you stumble, don't worry. The mistake isn't as bad as it seemed. Just keep going.

End with a story/quote/fact

The best way to end a presentation is by telling a story. Stories are what make us human. They connect us to the past and to the future. They make us laugh, they make us cry, they teach us.

A quote is good for two reasons. First, it shows the audience you have some idea what you are talking about—and you don't have to say much. Second, it shows that you are paying attention. If you end your presentation with a quote, the chances are pretty good that the audience will nod in approval, especially if that quote is from someone else. And knowing they are nodding encourages you to keep paying attention.

Whenever you're speaking, you want to end with a factual statement that the audience can evaluate. When you have done your best to summarize and synthesize your most important points, say a fact or two about them. This "fact" may turn out to be the jewel in your crown: something overlooked but which, when put together with the rest, makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Give a clear call to action

A clear call to action, by contrast, is simple to state. It tells the audience exactly what you want them to do. If they need more information, you ask for it. If they don't need more information, you ask them to take an action.

The call to action can be a question like: " Is there anything else we need to cover? ", " What questions do you have? ", " Do you have any other questions? ", " Who would like to make a brief presentation on XYZ? "

Or you can give them a clear next step: " If you need further information, please ask me. ", " If you have any questions, please raise your hand. ", " If you'd like to present, please stand by. ", " If you want to discuss this further, please call me or send me an e-mail. "

In the business world, presentations are usually over in just a few minutes, and your audience's attention will drift away. But that's no reason to rush through your presentation. A presentation is a speech, and a speech is, of course, an attempt to persuade. So the conclusion is the most important part. People are more likely to remember the conclusion than to remember any other part of the speech. Think of these tips when you create your next presentation for the wide audience!

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This is a really important point Matt – and again it is often forgotten.

To give even more emphasis to your ending, raise / lower your voice or make a change to your voice to wake up the audience – but don’t shout!

Something like:

OK! (with a bit more volume) SO! (with a rise and then a fall in your voice) Right! (with a clap of your hands – if appropriate – and a rise in your voice)

Now your audience is awake, you can finish with a bang using one of the sentences above from Matt.

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Saying goodbye isn't easy; ending a PowerPoint presentation requires the right conclusion too. Leaving your audience with a compelling conclusion of the presentation is crucial. This culmination of a PowerPoint presentation to rally your listeners' attention and help them focus on your final statements and overall presentation. Crafting a solid conclusion to summarize your main points and ideas provides a way for your audience to research the topic further or contact you to get more information.

Summary of Major Points

Provide a brief, condensed summary of your major ideas, viewpoints or persuasive arguments. The goal is to use your conclusion to stress the most relevant facts and opinions that you presented. This is the information you want your listeners to remember. Use only one "conclusion" slide, and make sure it's the last one of your entire presentation. To avoid weakening your conclusion, do not put other slides after that final slide. To avoid lengthy, cumbersome sentences, list the main ideas using bullet points.

Final Conclusions and Interpretations

Explain in a short concluding statement how you came to your final conclusions or assessments and why your viewpoints matter. For example, if your PowerPoint presentation discusses dangers associated with distracted driving, you might write "Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, drinking and attending to young children, contributes to car accidents. I have argued that driver training courses must stress the importance of avoiding these temptations and laws should reflect non-distracted driving requirements."

Discussion Question or Analogy

Include a final question for discussion on your "conclusion" slide if you plan to end your presentation with audience involvement, such as a question-and-answer session. Otherwise, you might conclude with a lighthearted joke. Choose a joke, memorable analogy or experience that's appropriate for your audience and fits the tone and mood of your presentation. For example, if your PowerPoint presentation is about investing in stocks and other securities for the long haul, you might use Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare to send your audience one final message.

Contact Information

List your contact information, such as your business email address, so your audience can contact you with questions or comments about your PowerPoint presentation. If your presentation is for a high-school or college class, you might provide your personal email address and cell phone number, if you feel comfortable doing so. If you have remaining room on your concluding slide, provide a list of websites or resources your viewers might consult in reference to your topic.

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Naturally, the way you end a presentation will depend on the setting and subject matter. Are you pitching an idea to your boss? Are you participating in a group presentation at school? Or are you presenting a business idea to potential investors? No matter the context, you’ll want to have a stellar ending that satisfies your audience and reinforces your goals.

So, do you want to learn how to end a presentation with style? Wondering how to end an informative speech? Or do you want to know how to conclude a Powerpoint presentation with impact? We’re here to help you learn how to end a presentation and make a great impression!

How to End a Presentation: 3 Effective Methods

Every presentation needs a great beginning, middle, and end. In this guide, we will focus on crafting the perfect conclusion. However, if you’d like to make sure that your presentation sounds good from start to finish, you should also check out our guide on starting a presentation in English .

Though there are many ways to end a presentation, the most effective strategies focus on making a lasting impression on your audience and reinforcing your goals. So, let’s take a look at three effective ways to end a presentation:

1. Summarize the Key Takeaways

Most presenters either make an argument (i.e. they want to convince their audience to adopt their view) or present new or interesting information (i.e. they want to educate their audience). In either case, the presentation will likely consist of important facts and figures. The conclusion gives you the opportunity to reiterate the most important information to your audience.

This doesn’t mean that you should simply restate everything from your presentation a second time. Instead, you should identify the most important parts of your presentation and briefly summarize them.

This is similar to what you might find in the last paragraph of an academic essay. For example, if you’re presenting a business proposal to potential investors, you might conclude with a summary of your business and the reasons why your audience should invest in your idea.

2. End with a CTA (Call-To-Action)

Ending with a Call-To-Action is one of the best ways to increase audience engagement (participation) with your presentation. A CTA is simply a request or invitation to perform a specific action. This technique is frequently used in sales or marketing presentations, though it can be used in many different situations.

For example, let’s say that you’re giving an informational presentation about the importance of hygiene in the workplace. Since your goal is to educate your audience, you may think that there’s no place for a CTA.

On the contrary, informational presentations are perfect for CTA’s. Rather than simply ending your presentation, you can direct your audience to seek out more information on the subject from authorities. In this case, you might encourage listeners to learn more from an authoritative medical organization, like the World Health Organization (WHO).

3. Use a Relevant Quote

It may sound cliche, but using quotes in your closing speech is both memorable and effective. However, not just any quote will do. You should always make sure that your quote is relevant to the topic. If you’re making an argument, you might want to include a quote that either directly or indirectly reinforces your main point.

Let’s say that you’re conducting a presentation about your company’s mission statement. You might present the information with a Powerpoint presentation, in which case your last slide could include an inspirational quote. The quote can either refer to the mission statement or somehow reinforce the ideas covered in the presentation.

Formatting Your Conclusion

While these 3 strategies should give you some inspiration, they won’t help you format your conclusion. You might know that you want to end your presentation with a Call-To-Action, but how should you “start” your conclusion? How long should you make your conclusion? Finally, what are some good phrases to use for ending a presentation?<br>

Examples of a Good Conclusion

In conclusion, I believe that we can increase our annual revenue this year. We can do this with a combination of increased efficiency in our production process and a more dynamic approach to lead generation. If we implement these changes, I estimate that annual revenue will increase by as much as 15%.

The example above shows a good conclusion for a business presentation. However, some people believe that the term in conclusion is overused. Here’s how to end a presentation using transition words similar to in conclusion .

Transition words help your audience know that your presentation is ending. Try starting your conclusion with one of these phrases:

However, transition words aren’t always necessary. Here are a few good ways to end a presentation using a different approach.

As you can see, your conclusion does not need to be very long. In fact, a conclusion should be short and to the point. This way, you can effectively end your presentation without rambling or adding extraneous (irrelevant) information.

How to End a Presentation in English with Common Phrases

Finally, there are a few generic phrases that people frequently use to wrap up presentations. While we encourage you to think about how to end a presentation using a unique final statement, there’s nothing wrong with using these common closing phrases:

We hope this guide helps you better understand how to end a presentation ! If you’d like to find out more about how to end a presentation in English effectively, visit Magoosh Speaking today!

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Conclusion of a Presentation

Your conclusion gives the audience their last impression of you and your content. Now is the time to emphasize your most important points. Know exactly how you plan to wrap up your presentation, and leave your listeners with an image of confidence.

By the time you reach your conclusion, the audience has been educated about your topic. You can build on this understanding in your closing. For example, you could consider the implications of your message for the future or call your audience to action.

Whatever closing words you choose, give the audience a moment to process your final idea before asking for questions or exiting.

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