Use the Rule of 3 to Simplify Your Priorities
This framework is used for everything from visits to strategy sessions to dealing with objections. However, its best use is COMMUNICATION and SIMPLIFICATION of your message.
14,000’ is the view and perspective from the ‘top of the mountain.’ (In the Rockies, they’re called ‘fourteeners.’) At this altitude, the air is thinner and the raptors soar. If 30,000’ is about vision, 14,000’ is about focus. A place to talk about Business Models and Strategy, but most importantly, a place to finding clarity around Priorities.
One of our favorite devices for simplifying your message at 14,000’ is The Rule of 3.
The Rule of 3 is a magical rule for SIMPLICITY.
As human beings, we’re wired to understand, internalize, and remember threes. Politicians know this, as does the media. Neuroscience tells us that the brain actually finds harmony in threes.
One is lonely (no choice.)Two creates an either/or conflict. (Sophie’s Choice, anyone?)
Not only is Three just right (thank you, Goldilocks) but anything more than three is too complex!
Barry Schwartz’s The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less tells us stories of engagement DECREASING proportionate to MORE choice.
Three-Act Plays. The first act sets up the story, the second act creates conflict, and the third act is the resolution.The Holy Trinity.
Pyramids. An ancient symbol for strength.
Think BIG! Build SIMPLE! Act NOW! (Can you feel the cadence?!?!)
Today. Tomorrow. Forever.
You can use the Rule of 3 to communicate your biggest Priorities at 14,000’. For example, if you have 7 programs, you need to package those into 3 priorities, such as:
Research, Education, Service
Meals, Homes, Health & Wellness Programs
Read-Aloud Programs, Family Literacy, Teen Intervention
Action: Take the time to write out everything you do on one or two sheets of paper. Then use the attached trigger list to simplify your programs and funding needs into 3 Priorities.
And next time you’re with a prospect you can say, “Over the next 1,000 days we’re focused on these 3 Priorities, which one are you most interested in?”