25 Transitional Phrases That Will Make Your Next Speech Like Butter

In Speech101 you learned that every speech has an opening, body and conclusion. The key to a great speech is  moving well between them.  If you want to make your speech purr like a well tuned engine, you better grease it up with transitions.

Not only do transitions allow you to move between the main parts of your speech, they also allow you to move from point to point within the body. When you drop some well developed transitions into your speech, your audience can sit back and enjoy the ride.  Below are 25 transitions to help you glide from point to point in your speech.

  1. The next point I’d like to make is…
  2. Moving right along…
  3. That brings us to…
  4. In conclusion…
  5. My first point is…
  6. In fact…
  7. Not only …
  8. As you can see from these examples…
  9. First….second…. third…
  10. Finally…
  11. Now that we have established…
  12. Keeping these points in mind…
  13. Now that we understand…
  14. Let’s begin with…
  15. My next example is…
  16. Likewise…
  17. In the same way…
  18. In a like manner..
  19. In addition to…
  20. Contrast that with…
  21. At the same time…
  22. Now let’s consider…
  23. However…
  24. Nevertheless…
  25. Furthermore…

Let me conclude by stating that this list is in no way exhaustive. You can create variations and combinations of these 25 transitional statements to move your audience from point to point within your speech.  These are some of my favorites, what are yours? Please leave a comment and let me know how you use transitional phrases.

Thank you Joanna Taraba of the Univeristy of Richmond Writing Center,  the University of Southern Mississippi Speaking Center and Brian Tracy for some of the content that appears in this blog.

7 Comments

  1. Sarah

    This was very helpful. I was at an absolute loss for words while writing my speech, reading your suggestions helped me come up with some good transitions.

  2. spurnell

    Thanks so much Sarah. I’m glad my post helped. Please let me know how the speech goes.

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