FOR YOUR NEXT PRESENTATION HERE ARE 17 IDIOMS TO WOW YOUR AUDIENCE AND SOUND LIKE A NATIVE
There are probably thousands of English idioms for business presentations out there. In this post, I select 17 for you to memorize and use in your business presentations, negotiations and even correspondences.
Without further ado, my list of idioms for business presentations:
- It’s in the bag: This is one of the nicest idiom for business negotiations but you can also use it in a presentation depending on what you are presenting on. It means that something is a “done deal”, it is guaranteed to happen. For example, let’s say your company has been negotiating with a new vender and your boss asks you how are negotiations going and whether you think the two parties will be able to make a deal? You can say “it’s in the bag.”
- They are on the fence: If you say that someone is on the fence it means that they are non-committal and are not clearly on one side or the other of an issue or negotiation. They are neither hot nor cold nor “yes” or “no” but sort of in the middle and “hedging their bets.”
- Strike two birds with one stone: This means that you can get achieve more more than one outcome and have a double impact from just the one action.
- Pass the buck: This means to shift blame to someone else and not take responsibility for an action.
- Pull the plug: To pull the plug means to end something like a negotiation because it is basically a hopeless cause. It is not unlike taking someone off a respirator and allowing them to die.
- Back to the drawing board: This means you have to start all over again to do something – including to start negotiations over again. You begin again at “square one.”
- It’s a long shot: This means that something is unlikely to happen or improbable. It is like taking a 3 point shot in a basketball game. It is long, but often times, it does work out.
- Down the drain: This means that there is failure or waste that results in a lot of effort coming to nothing. Imagine it being flushed down the toilet, for example.
- Across the board: This means that something includes everything and everyone. So for example, the management of the company fired all the supervisors across the board. It means everybody was put to the door.
- Ballpark amount: This means that a stated amount is an approximation that is near to the actual amount but not the exact amount requested. So far example, “ballpark $20,000” means close to $20,000 but not exactly $20,000. It could be a little bit more or a little bit less.
- Biggest Bang for the buck: This means the most benefit that can be received from an action, in comparison to your investment. So for example, if you say “which hotel gives you the biggest bang for the buck in your city” what you mean is which hotel gives you the most benefits for the least amount of money
- Make a go of it: This means to give something a try.
- Strike while the iron is hot: This means to act while the other person is interested and showing a desire to make a deal.
- Sell like hot cakes: Something that sells like hot cakes is something that has a very high sales rate, a high demand.
- Long haul: If you are in something for the long haul it means you are there no matter what happens. In other words, you are committed and plan to stick it out no matter what.
- Set the record straight: This means to clear things up and let your side of the story or issue be known.
- Burn your bridges: This means to exit in a way that you cannot go back to a situation such as a relationship, negotiation or job.
As noted; there are many other idioms for business presentations well as business negotiations. These are just a selected few. For more on idioms for business presentations click the link.
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