## Why always odd? Sharpiepresents48

May 29th, 2019

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⏰ 2 minute read

Open side

My favorite number is.... 7. Why? Because when I was young, I played rugby & wanted to play seriously & internationally. The position I played was open side flanker, number 7. All the most glamorous & greatest players i knew played 7 & open side flanker was the most glamorous position in the team. I’m not alone.

Most popular

1-10

You can try this test yourself with a small or large group of friends or colleagues. Ask them to choose which of the numbers 1 up to 10 is their favorite. Keep a note of the rank of the most to least popular. One caveat, in Chinese 8 is the lucky number so ask them to pick any other one.

3

If your group is typical of most studies, then the second most popular choice will be number 3. This is interesting because 3 is the second most important number in our presentation method. We do & you should use the rule of 3 all the time in your presentations. 3 is a historical tool for telling great stories. Beginning, middle, end.

7

But the most popular number outside of 8 if your group is Chinese, will according to research be the number 7. Try it out & see if it matches with your experience. In a 2017 study of 44,000 people, the most popular choice was number 7 & that was of any number, not just 1-10. An amazing 10% chose 7 vs 7.5% for 3.

Why?

Odds

In that study, most people chose odd numbers as their favorites. If you limit your study to 1-10 you will probably find that odd numbers come up the most often too. Only 4 & 8 make it into the study top 7 numbers. 7, 3, 5 & 9 are the others plus 13. Why are odd numbers so much more popular than evens?

Exciting

Even numbers are just a bit boring. They’re too... even. Odd numbers are a bit different, mysterious & interesting. If you think of looking at an even number of objects, it’s easy to put them into a group. With an odd number, you have to pay more attention. Remember when you present, you want more attention.

Why 7?

7 has a magical glamor. It’s a familiar number because there’s 7 days a week. There are 7 continents, 7 wonders of the world, 7th heaven. That could be one reason for its popularity. But there’s also 7 as the jackpot number on a casino slot machine. There’s also 7 deadly sins. 7. In music, there are 7 notes.

Presenting

Use odds

We always recommend to use odd numbers in your presentations. Odd numbers of words, odd numbers of data points in a table or a chart. Odd numbers of points in a list presentation. The most basic odd number 1 should be used often too; one slide for one idea, one photo per side, one chart

Rule of 3

The second most important odd number for us is 3 & the rule of 3. 3 helps to explain the magic of odd numbers. An even number can be immediately grouped but an odd number forces the viewer of your presentation to look at all 3 parts individual. Also there’s symmetry with a middle & 2 parts on either side.

Higher odds

You can use the higher odd numbers to vary the length of your presentation, depending on the event. Most of the time we use 3 main points with an Into & conclusion which gives you a perfect 7 to 10 minute presentation. For presentation training which is longer, 13 to 15 points (divided into 3 parts each) is almost perfectly 90 minutes.

7 Steps

Of course our favorite number for presentations is 7. The 7 Steps To Giving A Great Presentation. Commit to remembering these steps & following them all in exact order every time you make a new presentation. Make a calendar, Brainstorm your theme, write a script, data Into Charts, add some media, make the slides, practice X 3.

Be a great presenter!

Sebastian

My favorite number is.... 7. Why? Because when I was young, I played rugby & wanted to play seriously & internationally. The position I played was open side flanker, number 7. All the most glamorous & greatest players i knew played 7 & open side flanker was the most glamorous position in the team. I’m not alone.

Most popular

1-10

You can try this test yourself with a small or large group of friends or colleagues. Ask them to choose which of the numbers 1 up to 10 is their favorite. Keep a note of the rank of the most to least popular. One caveat, in Chinese 8 is the lucky number so ask them to pick any other one.

3

If your group is typical of most studies, then the second most popular choice will be number 3. This is interesting because 3 is the second most important number in our presentation method. We do & you should use the rule of 3 all the time in your presentations. 3 is a historical tool for telling great stories. Beginning, middle, end.

7

But the most popular number outside of 8 if your group is Chinese, will according to research be the number 7. Try it out & see if it matches with your experience. In a 2017 study of 44,000 people, the most popular choice was number 7 & that was of any number, not just 1-10. An amazing 10% chose 7 vs 7.5% for 3.

Why?

Odds

In that study, most people chose odd numbers as their favorites. If you limit your study to 1-10 you will probably find that odd numbers come up the most often too. Only 4 & 8 make it into the study top 7 numbers. 7, 3, 5 & 9 are the others plus 13. Why are odd numbers so much more popular than evens?

Exciting

Even numbers are just a bit boring. They’re too... even. Odd numbers are a bit different, mysterious & interesting. If you think of looking at an even number of objects, it’s easy to put them into a group. With an odd number, you have to pay more attention. Remember when you present, you want more attention.

Why 7?

7 has a magical glamor. It’s a familiar number because there’s 7 days a week. There are 7 continents, 7 wonders of the world, 7th heaven. That could be one reason for its popularity. But there’s also 7 as the jackpot number on a casino slot machine. There’s also 7 deadly sins. 7. In music, there are 7 notes.

Presenting

Use odds

We always recommend to use odd numbers in your presentations. Odd numbers of words, odd numbers of data points in a table or a chart. Odd numbers of points in a list presentation. The most basic odd number 1 should be used often too; one slide for one idea, one photo per side, one chart

Rule of 3

The second most important odd number for us is 3 & the rule of 3. 3 helps to explain the magic of odd numbers. An even number can be immediately grouped but an odd number forces the viewer of your presentation to look at all 3 parts individual. Also there’s symmetry with a middle & 2 parts on either side.

Higher odds

You can use the higher odd numbers to vary the length of your presentation, depending on the event. Most of the time we use 3 main points with an Into & conclusion which gives you a perfect 7 to 10 minute presentation. For presentation training which is longer, 13 to 15 points (divided into 3 parts each) is almost perfectly 90 minutes.

7 Steps

Of course our favorite number for presentations is 7. The 7 Steps To Giving A Great Presentation. Commit to remembering these steps & following them all in exact order every time you make a new presentation. Make a calendar, Brainstorm your theme, write a script, data Into Charts, add some media, make the slides, practice X 3.

Be a great presenter!

Sebastian