Business Presentations & Reports in Spanish

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

If you have to make a presentation or submit a report in Spanish, there are some key words you may need, including 'projector', 'handouts', 'data', 'information', etc. This lesson gives you such vocabulary so you can succeed.

Oral Presentations and Written Reports

When you have to make an oral presentation or write a report on a given subject, the words you use are of paramount importance. The word choice can either make you look like the professional you are or like someone who lacks a high level of knowledge.

The key words for presentations and reports in this lesson are here so you can appropriately use language for a stronger impression on your audience. The following vocabulary serves you to make a presentación oral (preh-sehn-tah-see-OHN oh-RAHL), which means 'oral presentation' or to present an informe (een-FOHR-meh), which means 'report'. We begin with sentences for the introduction and then move on to key words you may need. Finally, we learn sentences to end your presentation/report appropriately. Let's get professional!

Introducing a Presentation or Report

A polite introduction engages people. Always begin with the respective standard greeting. This can be buenos días (booEH-nohs DEE-as) which is 'good morning' or buenas tardes (booEH-nahs TAHR-dehs), which is 'good afternoon'.

The following phrase is the most common way to begin after the greeting:

Spanish Pronunciation English Translation
Gracias a todas las personas presentes por su asistencia. GRAH-seeahs ah TOH-dahs lahs pehr-SOH-nas preh-SEHN-tehs pohr soo ah-sees-TEN-seeah) Thanks to everyone who is present here for attending

Next, you could state the title of your presentation and tell the audience how long the presentation will last. To do this, you say:

Spanish Pronunciation English Translation
El tema de esta presentación es (say title) y voy a tomar (say time) de su tiempo para exponer. ehl TEH-mah deh EHS-tah preh-sehn-tah-see-OHN ehs (title) ee boy ah toh-MAHR (time) deh soo tee-EHM-poh PAH-rah ehks-poh-NEHR) The topic of this presentation is the importance of (title) and I am going to take (time) of your time to present

For example, let's take a look at Mauricio's introduction:

El tema de esta presentación es la importancia de una siesta y voy a tomar 20 minutos de su tiempo para exponer. (The topic of this presentation is the importance of a nap and I am going to take 20 minutes of your time to present.)

Note: instead of saying esta presentación, say este informe if you have a report.

Key Words

The following words are very likely to be part of your presentation/report. Let's learn them:

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