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Hi again, and welcome to another episode of The Art of Business English. Do you have to give presentations in English at work? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you forget what to say? Maybe you forgot to mention one of the points in your talk. What do you do? How do you recover from these errors without the audience realising and still looking good in front of your boss and colleagues?

If you want to learn the expressions that you need to make sure your presentation runs smoothly, then read on, as in this episode, I will teach you some survival tactics which can help you to recover from errors.

You will learn the correct expressions to use in case you make a mistake or forget what you were saying.

First, I will present you the scenario in which you might feel stuck and then, give you the target language to help you smoothly recover from the mistake.

Let’s start learning! 

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What you think:

I’ve got my facts wrong.

What you should say:

“Sorry, what I meant is…”

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What you think:

Too fast! Go back.

What you should say:

“So, let’s just recap that…”

What you think:

I’ve forgotten to say something!

What you should say:

“Sorry, I should just mention one thing...”

What you think:

Too complicated! Make it simple.

What you should say:

“So, basically, what I am saying is…”

What you think:

I’m talking nonsense.

What you should say:

“Sorry, perhaps I didn’t make myself clear.”

What you think:

How do you say this in English?

What you should say:

“Sorry, what is the word I’m looking for?”

What you think:

Wrong! Try again.

What you should say:

“Sorry, let me just rephrase that.”

What you think:

I’m running out of time.

What you should say:

“So, just to give you the main points here…”

Final thoughts

I hope you have enjoyed this episode. As you can see, not everything is lost when you make a mistake during a presentation or a business meeting. You can use different strategies to recover from errors in a classy and efficient way.

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As always, if you have further questions or if you would like to add other problems you have faced while giving presentations or leading meetings, then why don’t you send me a message on speakpipe below or drop me a comment on the blog.

Take care, till next week.

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Andrew


Andrew is the CEO and founder of the Art of Business English. Besides teaching and coaching native Spanish speakers in Business English, he is also passionate about mountain biking, sailing and healthy living. When He is not working, Andrew loves to spend time with his family and friends.

Andrew Ambrosius

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