In our age of inflammatory headlines and polarized politicians, it’s essential to have sharp communication skills. But it can be hard to get right, since persuasion is equal parts art and science. Our latest Instaread looks at a new treatise on how to win debates from famous argumentative person Medhi Hasan, the MSNBC anchor.
Use the Rule of Three
The Rule of Three states that ideas or arguments presented in groups of — you guessed it — three are more interesting, enjoyable, and memorable for your audience. Our brains naturally seek patterns, and three is the smallest number that allows us to perceive one. Patterns will emphasize your most important points, and give people a sense of order, comfort, and understanding.