But how does it work in practice--in real public speaking? How do you put things in threes when you give a presentation or talk? Luckily, I have two great video examples for you to watch, both by women speakers: Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, and Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Both of them put their talks into threes that offer you good role models for organizing a speech.
Sheryl Sandberg uses this TED talk to look at the question of Why we have too few women leaders. She uses her three points to suggest the answers to that problem, and her three points are:
- Sit at the table.
- Make your partner a real partner.
- Don't leave before you leave.
Melinda Gates, speaking at TEDxChange on What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola, shares three unexpected lessons she observed while doing her foundation's charitable work in sub-Saharan Africa. Seeing Coca-Cola even in remote locations where health care couldn't be easily delivered, she shares the lessons for what nonprofits can do better in these three points:
- taking real-time data and feeding it back into the product,
- tapping into local entrepreneurial talent,
- incredible marketing
What did you observe about how these talks are organized? Share your notes in the comments.