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You have to make an important presentation, but it has to be in English, not your native language. Still, it is possible to put together a really good presentation. It takes hard work, planning and practice. Along the way, the help of a professional can make all the difference. Here are a few examples. Larry Pitman 


My client was a Vice-president for Citi-bank who was invited to make a presentation at an international meeting where top executives from the bank would be in the audience. English is not her first language. We worked together so that the presentation was clear, concise, and contained some interesting stories. We then practiced the presentation until she was confident and calm. It went so well that she was invited to return as a special presenter the following year. 


My client was the Director of Marketing for a pharmaceutical firm. He needed to present the annual results at a regional meeting for the Americas. A brand-new vice president for the region was going to be present and my client knew that this was the time to make a good impression. There were many errors on the slides and the sequence was unclear. We rewrote the presentation, practiced it thoroughly working on his English and he received lots of praise for an outstanding presentation


My client was a senior government official in Peru. She was invited to make a presentation at an international conference in South Africa. Only ten minutes were allocated for the presentation and the material her staff had developed was at least 50 minutes. We had to hone down the presentation to focus on the most important points. As a result of her presentation, she was then invited to make another presentation at a meeting of the International Monetary fund in Washington, D.C. 


A well-known Peruvian journalist was invited to be a moderator for a panel on Economic Development at the World Bank Annual Meeting. We worked together to formulate a strategy so that the panel functioned smoothly in English. The session received high approval ratings from the audience and my client received a letter of praise from the Director of the World Bank. She was invited to moderate two more meetings at the next session.


My client was a Senior Manager at Price-Waterhouse. He wanted to study for an MBA at a prestigious university in the United States. His conversational English was low intermediate. He had interviews with top MBA programs coming up. We worked intensively and he received an offer from the university where he is now studying. We also worked on a strategy for him to receive the most from his MBA experience. 

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I am a Business English Coach who works with managers and other professionals helping them to perform at their best when it is most important: such as a presentation, meeting with an important client, or a job interview. I am also a resource person for teachers of Business English.

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