The Rule of Three: The Rule of Three
In his book, “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer,” Roy Peter Clark provides insights to the magic of the number three: “The mojo of three offers a greater sense of completeness than four or more.” Clark correctly points out, “We use one for power. Use two for comparison, contrast. Use three for completeness, wholeness, roundness. Use four or more to list, inventory, compile, and expand.” For speakers, it is essential to study this, implement it, and become an expert at using it. (That was three, wasn’t it?) Here are examples relevant to speaking and delivering presentations. Deliver the Message
A Good Presentation should
Make an impact by using words that are
- Emotionally Charged
Bullet Points don’t reinforce. They
- Complicate the message
If you want the audience to remember specifics in your presentation take into account three things
- The Law of Primacy and Recency
- Something unusual
- Read them
- Study them
- Apply them
Your Introduction should answer Three Questions
- Why this subject?
- Why this speaker?
- Why now?
When Opening your presentation,
- WOW them!
For Delivering Humor
- Set up (Something)
- Set up (Something similar to #1)
- Deliver (Punch line / twist)
Slide Presentations should be
- Visual (vs. text)
So your audience GETS IT!, keep in mind the three learning styles
Your Presentation should have an
Another way of stating what a Presentation should contain is
- Tell them what you’re going to tell them
- Tell them
- Tell them what you told them
A good outline for a Persuasive Speech is to talk about the
If you want to become a Better Speaker
The Goal of All Communication
is the same. We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible, to GET IT! Using the Rule of Three will make your presentations more
- Re-Read this Post and the examples.
- Study the rule and examples.
- Use the Rule of Three in your presentations!
About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an author and a coach. Businesses and individuals hire him because they want to improve their Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. They do this because we perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality and we rather deal with Experts. He shows them how to Develop, Practice and Deliver Knock Your Socks Off Presentations! with – No Sweat! Fred E. Miller Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com nosweatpublicspeaking.com