The power of Three

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Resources, Useful advice for students
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A good presentation (and paper, for that matter) is one that not only:

  • is well organized, but also:
  • makes that organization clear to the audience.

Because of human memory limitations, and maybe because of the “magic” qualities of the number 3 (look at mythology, religion, tales – most important things come in 3s), powerful presentations are organized around 3 main points.

Once you have decided what your 3 main points are, use the power of 3 to deliver your presentation:

Announce (preview) the three main points at the beginning of your presentation.

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At any time during your presentation, the audience should know where you are in the structure. Make sure your presentation communicates where you are, where you are coming from, and where you are going next (same principles applies to website navigation.)

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Review the three main points at the end of your presentation.

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