The most important thing in your Japanese presentation is to show respect to your audience. For this, you need to use some polite business expressions in your introduction. Although, bear in mind that nobody knows them perfectly, and even native speakers often make a mistake.
Main principles of giving the presentation in Japan are same as everywhere:
- Attract audience
- Explain clearly.
In Japan, as well as all over the world, attracting and capturing audience’s attention is the most important part — it is said that the impression your audience gets of you is determined within first 5 minutes of your presentation. In this article we would like to show you some useful Japanese expressions, which will help you to make an introduction that will be both attractive and polite.
How can I start presentation in Japanese?
What you need to remember in the first place is to always do your presentation in “keigo (敬語)”, respectful style. Other rules are same as everywhere: look at the audience, be confident, speak loud and clear.
The most preferred form of presentation in Japan is one done in PowerPoint. You can also prepare some handouts or audio aids depending on the situation.
To show your confidence, try to walk around the room and talk to your audience about something on the subject – it will attract people, which, as we said before, it the most important thing (as most of the presentations or meetings are boring and people easily get inattentive).
For the introduction you also need some business expressions that will help show respect. Here they are.
As known globally, in the Japanese culture politeness is especially important. Introduction therefore should begin with the words of gratitude.
Thank you for coming today despite your business.
I really appreciate your coming, even though today is a harsh cold day.
If you are giving an internal presentation for your colleagues, since they are not “coming” to your office, the following expression would be more suitable – as long as you are working in the same place:
Thank you for coming despite your other duties.
Also, please remember that the Japanese don’t use phrases like “ladies and gentleman” – they are only acceptable in a specific situation.
After you welcome the audience and show respect, you need to introduce yourself – it is the next way of showing politeness.
My name is 〇〇, I will be the speaker today. Thank you for your attention in advance.
My name is 〇〇, I will make a presentation on XX. Thank you for your attention in advance.
If you are talking to the employees of the Japanese company, we would also recommend to emphasize your nationality to capture their attention – however, it strongly depends on the situation.
You also need to introduce the structure of your presentation – and here are some phrases you can use.
First, I would like to outline the structure of my presentation.
For better understanding I will briefly explain the contents of my presentation.
I will start with explaining 〇〇, then I will provide you some background on XX, and finally I will conclude with the plan for our future’s business using visual aids.
Now, when you have learned useful expressions for starting a presentation in Japanese, just make sure you are confident and polite – and your presentation for sure will be successful. You can find structural tips and example about how to make presentation in Japanese in this article.