Public Speaking: Rule of 3s

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The public speaking rule of threes breaks down a basic speech into simple blocks of information. Remember the rule of threes with tips from a communication specialist in this free video on public speaking.

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Remember the rule of threes. You may or may not know about the rule of threes, but once you do, please try to remember it. Here's what the rule of threes says. When you're giving a presentation, you want to tell the audience, what you're going to be telling them. In other words, give them an overview. Give the content of your presentation, where you detail the things that you mentioned in your overview, and then wrap up by repeating the main points of your presentation. Tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them, and then tell them what you told them. It's very helpful, if you have an agenda, showing what that structure is, and if you can keep that agenda visible to the audience, throughout. Now, the nice thing about a flip chart, as low tech as they are, is you can keep them visible. You can keep pages, stuck up on walls around the room. You can keep them visible throughout a presentation. The more the audience is keyed in on where they are, relative to where they know they're going, the more they're going to understand how what you're saying, ties together, and how much longer they have to last, tiredness wise, before it all comes together, and the message is complete, so tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them, and then tell them what you told them.


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