AEE 351: Four Steps to Explain Your Point in English

how to explain yourself in English

What should you do when someone doesn’t understand your English on a conference call or in a business meeting?

Today we’ll give you four easy steps that you can take to explain your point without getting nervous or anxious.

 

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What to do when people don’t understand you:

  • Step 1: Notice if you are feeling anxious. What is happening in your body?
  • Step 2: Go back to your breath- try to feel your feet on the floor. Feel your breath going in and out. Take just a few seconds to do this.
  • Step 3: Try to remember the main point that you wanted to communicate. What was the essential message? What do people have to understand? Do they need to take some action? Summarize this point in your own head first.
  •  Step 4: Now say the main point in a different way. Use these phrases to get started:
    • “What I meant to say was…”
    • “What I mean is…”
    • “The main point that I am trying to get across is…”
    • “Basically,….”

What other phrases do you know to get your point across?

Let us know in the comments!

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  • 1) What I meant to say was that there was too much pressure coming from learning English
    without proper strategies and study plan .
    2) What I mean is that you need to build your general English fluency skills and practice them with native speakers .
    3) The main point that I am trying / want to get across is that you should know to prepare well for the IELTS like the back of your hand .
    4) Basically , be organized ! Don’t panic ! Just breathe !

  • Minu Jasdanwala

    I would rephrase by saying let me walk you through it once again.