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Closing a Presentation

The opening of a presentation should create a positive first impression. The closing should provide a lasting final impact.


Key Points

  • Leave a positive lasting impression
  • Persuade with logic
  • Inspire with emotion
  • Be brief
  • Build to a crescendo so your last words have impact


  • Tie back to your opening or to the theme of your message
  • Speak on a personal level
  • Dramatise ideas

Use a visual that has great impact

  1. Purpose: To Convince or Impress

    Option: Repeat the major benefit
    Example: "So, make these two simple changes and your business can be thriving in two years from now, ten years, twenty years. First..."

    Option: Use a quotation
    Example: "Never give in, never give in, never, never, nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense." -- Winston Churchill

  2. Purpose: To Inform

    Option: Repeat your key point(s)
    Example: "Finally, remember the three most important words in the property market: location, location, location."

    Option: Recap the steps of a process or plan
    Example: "Let's remember to follow these simple steps to assure consistency and save time for everyone. Step one is...."

  3. Purpose: To Persuade

    Option: Action and benefit
    Example: "Contact a customer today and ask why they like doing business with us and you will create champions who will help increase your sales."

    Option: Final recommendation
    Example: "In conclusion, we recommend the third option discussed which will have the greatest impact on our customers."

  4. Purpose: To Inspire
    Option: Appeal to nobler motives
    Example: "Let's create a greener planet for our children and grandchildren."


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