One aspect of finance that is, in my opinion, very colorful is the sport of describing trends and developments using verbs that are very visual (e.g. the stock market report). Consider the following paragraph.
The Stock Market Report
Helium was up. Feathers were down. Paper was stationary. Knives were up sharply. Pencils lost a few points. Hiking equipment was trailing. Elevators rose, while escalators continued a slow decline. Light switches were off. Mining equipment hit rock bottom. Diapers remained unchanged. Shipping lines stayed at an even keel. Balloon prices were inflated. And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the market.
The power of visualization
Often in meetings and presentations, you don’t necessarily need to visualize a graph in a discussion. To appeal to all learning types, use your hands to show if a trend is steady, rising or declining and use the appropriate verb.
Use the attached worksheet to practice and to expand your personal range of verbs to describe trends in money and Business English. Next, decide which verbs go well with your business needs. The end result will be that your message will come across more smoothly.