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Transitions

Transitions are the signposts that help the audience navigate their way through your presentation. They can help divide information up into sub-sections, link different aspects of your talk and show progression through your topic. Importantly, transitions draw the audience's attention to the process of the presentation as well as its content. Examples include:

  • "I will begin by discussing ...";
  • "Now that we have explored the ... I would like to move on to ...";
  • "In contrast to my earlier statements concerning ...";
  • "Moving away from a focus on ....";

Transitions can also be made without speaking. Non-verbal transitions include pausing, changing a slide or other visual aid, moving to a different area of the room before resuming speaking, or making eye contact with a different group in the audience.