The Magical Transitional Phrase Every Presentation Needs




Good transitional sentences and phrases are simple, elegant and clear.

They help your audience follow you from one point to the next one.

In today’s article, you will learn the “Summarize and Switch” transition phrase.

You will learn the same phrase I use in most of my presentations, keynotes and training. It’s by far the most efficient transition method I’ve ever used.

Here is how you can create a good transition phrase:

After you finish a section of your presentation, you quickly summarize that part in one or two sentences, then you switch your audience’s attention to the next point.

Here is an example:


“We just explored the impact of mobile technology on the future of education. And as you can tell, you have to embrace this technology to be able to stand out as a leading school.”


“Now, I want to give you a case study of XYZ school, and how they successfully mobilized their Ipad program in three phases before any other school in the district. And how that gave them an educational edge …”

Here is another example


“Now that you have seen the simplicity of the Summarize and Switch method.”


“Don’t let its simplicity fools you. This transitional phrase is simple yet powerful and is one of the most effective ways to transition…”

See how simple this is?

When doing a presentation at work, you want to be clear, educational and memorable. Summarizing your points will make them memorable due to the repetition, and the distinct switch will make them clear and easy to follow.

Use the Summarize and Switch Transitional phrase in your next presentation. It will work like a charm every single time.


Peter Khoury

Peter Khoury: Founder @ MagneticSpeaking X-Pharmaceutical Engineer, turned author, national speaker and executive presentation coach.

In addition to Public Speaking training, Peter is a regular speaker on the topics of Negotiations, Conflict Management and Leadership. He is the author of the book “Self-Leadership Guide.