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The meaning of words relating to presentations and conferences.


Audience Group of listeners or spectators.
body language Communication through facial expressions, body movements, etc.
Chart Sheet of information in the form of a table, graph or diagram.
Diagram Graphic representation of a situation e.g. the results of an action.
Flip chart Pad of large paper sheets on a stand for presenting information.
Graph Diagram showing the relation between variable quantities.
Guidelines Advice or instructions given in order to guide or direct an action.
Handout Written information (report etc.) given to people at a presentation.
Key point Essential or main point.
Marker Pen with felt tip used for writing on a whiteboard.
Microphone Electrical instrument used to amplify the speaker's voice.
O.H.T. Overhead transparency : sheet of film with an image or printed information for overhead projector.
Objective What one wants to achieve; one's aim
Outline Brief description or presentation.
Overhead projector Device that projects a transparency onto a screen or wall.
Overview Short presentation of the main points.
Presentation The act of showing, describing or explaining something to a group of people.
Screen Flat, reflective blank surface on which films, slides, etc. are projected.
Signposting language Phrases used to help focus the audience's attention on different parts of a presentation.
Slide Small photographic transparency.
Summarise Make a summary of the essential points; sum up.
Topic Subject of a discussion or talk.
Transparency Image or information printed on transparent plastic or film.
Visual aids Aids such as charts, slides, etc. used at a presentation.
Whiteboard Flat white board on which to write or draw with markers.

see also: Presentations - useful phrases

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