Transitions 9 Adding emphasis while discussing your workplace

Business man giving presentation to diverse colleagues
What kind of workplace would you like?

This lesson will focus on using a variety of phrases to add emphasis. The topic we will discuss is your workplace.

Introduction: 

Using the appropriate phrases to add emphasis to your arguments makes them more effective, more convincing and more natural. We're going to look at a variety of ways that you can add emphasis to your arguments or points.

Warm Up: 

What are your general opinions about your workplace? How would you describe it?

Please consider each transition phrase. Your instructor has an example and a question regarding each one, so please practice it. 

  1. The first thing to remember is... — There may be many important aspects of this issue, but this one is essential to keep in mind.
     
  2. It’s important to realize that... — This is a significant point that you may not know.
     
  3. One point that is often overlooked is that... — People often forget this, but I think it is important.
     
  4. As a matter of fact... — What I’m about to say is definitely true.  
     
  5. Not to mention... — This is another thing I think is important, and I want to emphasize it.  
     
  6. Of course... — This is obvious.
Practice: 

Now that you've had some practice using these phrases, try to answer some more questions. Use as many of the above phrases as you can.