Why Are Lists Of Three So Powerful In Public Speaking?

by Robert Tyson, President on September 16, 2013

  • ‘Education, education, education.’ – Tony Blair
  • ‘Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.’ – Winston Churchill
  • ‘A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.’ – John F. Kennedy

What is it about lists of three that makes them sound so good?

No-one knows, but research consistently shows that audiences respond positively to them.

They just sound ‘right’ to us, and using some kind of list of three is a tried and true way of emphasising your point.

Well, you have your chance to practice using lists of three in our first topics session of the new season, as Camden Speakers Club reopens tomorrow, Tuesday 17 September from 7pm (see venue info here)!

New face or old friend we’re looking forward to seeing you for a packed programme including:

  • TWO chances to practice speaking for everyone through the ‘topics’ sessions
  • Level 1 speech (‘Making A Start’) from new member Sarah with evaluation by Esther
  • Special session from Shane
  • Level 4 speech (‘Use Of Gestures’) from Cindy with evaluation from Walter
  • Topics evaluation from Shirley and a General evaluation from Caspar

Sadly I am basking in 31 degree heat in Cyprus (a dirty job, which someone has to do), so can’t join you for this one.

But you are in very capable hands tomorrow with meeting chairman Vince Rocks and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Tuesday 1 October!

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