by Karen Susman
In a recent Power Presentations workshop I provided for engineers, I was asked, “How do you make a smooth transition from your first point to your second point and so on?” Transitions are words or phrases that show the audience that the speaker has finished discussing one concept and is moving to the next.
Making smooth transitions reveals your preparation and professionalism. It also helps your audience follow your train of thought. If you’re the leader of a group or team presentation, your job is to make the transitions between points and between team member presentations. Don’t leave transitions to chance. Plan what you’ll say to get you from Point A to Point B and from team member Sally to team member Bob.
Here are a few ways to make smooth transitions: