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.


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.

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.