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Leaning From Childhood When Speaking in Public

We can learn from a variety of sources on how to structure our presentations when speaking in public. Some of these sources can be surprising.

Speaking in Public

When next speaking in public, think back to all those stories and nursery rhymes you enjoyed as a child. I bet some of them were -

  • Three Blind Mice
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Remember these?

Maybe you’re now sharing them with your children.

Have you ever noticed that in many nursery rhymes and songs, there is one number that stands out?

3 -That's a magic number - (quoting the lyrics The Magic Number by De
La Soul)

Why 3?

Well, 3 is the lowest number you can use that creates a pattern we can recognise and recall. It also allows us to create a contrast, whereas 2 examples are used only to give a comparison.

Other examples are -

  • Father, Son and Holy Ghost
  • Paper, Rock, Scissors
  • Snap, Crackle and Pop
  • Small, Medium and Large

Once you start noticing, 3 is all around us.

Even a simple joke is usually created with 3 parts, with the third being the line that’s funny.

As we create our speeches, the power of 3 is useful in many different ways.

Whether you’ll speaking, presenting or pitching (there’s 3) to colleagues, clients or CEO’s (3’s again), the power of the 3 will add impact, interest and even intrigue (Yep, another 3) to your talk making it engaging, interesting and memorable (I'm saying nothing...

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Andy O'Sullivan is an international bestselling author of 5 books on public speaking, pitching and presenting. Andy is a speaker and educator on the subject of how to survive and thrive in the business world with effective public speaking, pitching and presentation skills.

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Leaning From Childhood When Speaking in Public