BRIEFING – USEFUL PHRASES
Today I would like to present to you a few expressions which can make your life easier when it comes to creating a STANAG level 3 briefing.
They will make it easier for you to structure your speech and signal to the audience what you are going to talk about next.
Why is it important? Please remember that you don’t have any visual materials to refer to. So, if you don’t signal the change of topic e.g. by saying “And now let me move on to solution 2, which is ….”, your audience don’t know what to expect next. If you do signal the change of topic, it will be easier for them to follow your speech.
The best test checking if your briefing is clear enough is when your listeners are able to repeat its details without taking notes or at least when they are able to take good notes easily and write down: the problem, solutions, their pluses and minuses and your recommendation with a justification.
Here’s the list. Enjoy!
A piece of warning thought. Don’t exaggerate by using too many of them. Your briefing cannot consist of these expressions only.
What is crucial is the CONTENT, that is: SOLUTIONS, their PLUSES and MINUSES (with appropriate (JUSTIFICATION/EXPLANATION why they are positive or negative), and your RECOMMENDATION (with JUSTIFICATION why you choose this option).
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, DON’T HESITATE TO ASK THEM BELOW THE POST.
WELCOMING THE AUDIENCE
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to welcome you today.
Let me just start by introducing myself.
Please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is…
I am …
STATING YOUR POSITION/FUNCTION
As some of you know, I’m…
I am responsible for…
I work as …
INTRODUCING YOUR TOPIC/STATING YOUR PURPOSE
My purpose today is to brief you about…
The purpose of my briefing is to …
My objective today is to …
In my briefing, I’ll focus on two solutions and recommend one of them.
I have divided my speech into three parts.
REFERRING TO QUESTIONS
There will be time for questions after my presentation.
If you have any questions, please ask them after the briefing.
STATING WHAT YOU WILL TALK ABOUT
So, let me first give you a brief overview of…
Let me start with…
First, let me focus on…
In this part of my briefing I will tell you about…
This solution has some advantages.
I will start by describing the advantages.
I would like to describe its advantages first.
To begin with,…
However, it also has some disadvantages.
On the other hand, this option also has some drawbacks.
There are also some minuses of this solution.
MOVING TO THE NEXT POINT
This brings me to my next point.
Let’s now turn to…
After examining this point, let’s turn to…
I’ll now move on to…
In addition to this,
What is more,
CONCLUDING AND SUMMARIZING
To sum up,
All in all,
I would recommend solution 1…
I suggest choosing solution 2…
I think the best course of action is to follow solution…
Thanking the audience Thank you for your attention.
And now I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you have any queries, please ask them now.