Transitions

Transitions connect one point in an essay, research paper, or oral presentation to the next.

The transition used in the following example is, “Beyond safety.” This simply signals to the reader that the author is done with the point about safety and is going on to the point about productivity.

First of all, the old forklift is presenting an unacceptable safety risk. Industrial Safety, had a story in last May’s issue about a gal who was killed in Texas when some heavy product tipped off a forklift and crushed her. The forklift’s steering linkage had failed while the operator was trying to avoid hitting a wall. He had to slam on the brakes causing the product to tip over on top of the woman. Our forklift has a ton of similar problems. For example, the brake discs are so badly worn and warped that the forklift shakes when they’re applied. I’m worried that something similar to the Texas incident could happen here.

Beyond safety, the old forklift is reducing productivity. Toward the beginning of last week, we were working on several rush orders for automotive parts: the blowers for Acme Corporation, the alternators for Montana Supply, and the fin extenders for Napa. The forklift kept breaking down, and we had to continually shut down production because we couldn’t get the pallets moved out of the production areas. I had to have the employees working on the fin extenders take them off the pallets, load them onto hand trucks and then re-stack them on pallets in the holding area at the loading dock. We lost about 17 man hours from this, which may have completely eaten up our profit on that order.

For Written Communication or the two-credit communication class, modify each of the paragraphs you wrote for the previous exercise so that each begins with a brief transition.

For Oral Interpersonal Communication, include a transition between body points in your oral presentations, indicated in the example outline plan.