For some expository and argumentative essays, it’s appropriate to end with a call to action as your last sentence. For example, if you’re writing an informative essay about the sea creatures that live in the very deepest parts of the ocean, you may close with a sentence like this: “It’s clear that today’s scientists should continue to observe and document these mysterious creatures, so we may all learn more about life at the bottom of the ocean.” A call to action like this can make your reader feel inspired and informed after reading your essay.
In the old cartoons, you knew that the show was over because the words “The End” came up on the screen. To utter such phrases as “The end,” “I’m done,” or “That’s it” is not really a conclusion to a formal presentation. These phrases say nothing and stop your presentation rather than finish it. A good conclusion brings closure to a presentation and also seeks a lasting impact. Because the conclusion is the last part of the talk, it is often the part the audience remembers best. So you want to leave them with a bang. Here are six techniques that can help you bring positive closure to a presentation: