Three has always been Magical! THREE
• The Three Wise Men.
• Three Strikes You’re out!
• Rock, Paper, Scissors.
It is also one of the best techniques presenters can use for ensuring their audience GETS IT!
Andrew Dlugan sums the Rule of Three up like this:
“Using the Rule of Three allows you to express concepts more completely, emphasize your points, and increase the memorability of your message.”
In his book, Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, Roy Peter Clark provides insights to the Magic of the Number Three:
- Use One for power.
- Use Two for comparison, contrast.
(right – wrong, black – white, up – down, hot – cold)
- Use Three for completeness, wholeness, roundness.
- Use Four or more to list, inventory, compile, and expand.
I’ve taken Dugan’s and Clark’s advice to heart and incorporated it into my presentations. What follows are examples from my Keynote Presentation, “No Sweat Public Speaking!”
Read them with the Rule of Three in mind. You’ll understand and remember more than if I had written them without using the Rule of Three!
- I’ll talk about the
- Parts and
- Elements of a Speech.
- Name them,
- Explain them, and
- Give some examples.
- The ability to speak in front of a group will improve:
- Your career
- Your one-on-one conversations and
- Your self-confidence
- Speaking Opportunitiesare:
- Career and
- Leadership Opportunities.
- In order for the audience to GET IT!I need to do three things.
- The Communication Pyramid consists of:
- Physiology – Body Language – 55%
- Tonality – How you use your voice – 38%
- Words – 7%
- Your Introductionshould answer three questions.
- Why this subject?
- Why this speaker?
- Why now?
- Eye Contactconveys
- Self Confidence
- The Fear of Public Speakingis an Equal Opportunity Fear. It doesn’t care about your
- Education or
- Do serious athletes just “show up” for the important
- Match or
- (Perhaps they Practice a bit!)
- How about
- Great Musicians
- Singers and
- Do they just “show up”for the
- Show or
They Rehearse/Practice a lot!)
- Do they just “show up”for the
- My single best piece of advice for becoming a better speaker
- Where and
- As we’re growing up, do we make the decision that if we “fall down” we won’t get right back up?
- One great Formula for Successis:
- Fail Early
- Fail Often
- Sometimes, Fail BIG!
- There are Three Ways to help people remember your message.
- The Law of Primacy and Recency
- Something unusual
- Text on a PowerPoint Slide does not reinforce the message. It
- Competes and
- Complicates it.
Now that you know about the Rule of Three, it’s magic and benefits, I challenge you to understand it, practice it and use it in your presentations! (I just used it again, didn’t I?)
Post a comment, if you wish, and give me and others your examples.
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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and author of the book, “No Sweat Public Speaking!”
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.
They also know: Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities.
Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities.
He shows them how to Develop, Practice and Deliver Knock Your Socks Off Presentations! with –
Fred E. Miller
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