This training will provide you with the skills to:
- think creatively, reason logically, and express ideas with clarity;
- define complex problem succinctly and establish the objectives and headlines of any document;
- assess your ideas and recognize their relative importance;
- structure your thinking into a clear and transparent reasoning;
- test your reasoning to confirm its effectiveness.
Applying the Minto Pyramid Principle will allow you to save valuable time in writing and waste no time in getting your message across your audience, making sure everybody grasps your meaning at once.
Managers, consultants, professionals, entrepreneurs and anyone who needs to produce clear reports, papers, analysis, presentations and memos regardless of the tools used (eg: PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Pages, etc.)
The pyramid principle and its substructure; introuction strategies; logic thinking.
THE PYRAMID PRINCIPLE: LOGIC IN WRITING
Why a Pyramid Structure?
- Sorting into pyramids:
- the magic number seven
- the need to state the logic
- Ordering from the top down
- Thinking from the bottom up
The Substructure within the Pyramid
- The vertical relationship
- The horizontal relationship
- The introductory flow
How to Build a Pyramid Structure
- The top-down approach
- The bottom-up approach
- Caveats for beginners
- Initial introductions:
- why a story?
- how long should it be?
- where do you start the situation?
- what is a complication?
- why the order
- what about the key line?
- learning by examples
Some Common Patterns
- Requests for funds
- “How to” documents
- Letters of proposal
- Progress review
Transition between Groups of Concepts
- Backward references
Deduction and Induction
- Deductive reasoning: how it works and when to use it
- Inductive reasoning: how it works and how it differs from deductive reasoning
How to Highlight the Structure of the Document
- Underlined points
THE PYRAMID PRINCIPLE: LOGIC IN THINKING
- Time order:
- incomplete thinkingconfused logic
- false grouping
- Structural order:
- creating a structure
- describing a structure
- imposing a structure
- Ranking order:
- creating proper class groupings
- identifying improper class groupings
The Problem-Solving Process
- What is the problem?
- Where does it lie?
- Why does it exist?What could we do about it?
- What should we do about it?
- Defining the problem
- Structuring the analysis of the problem:
- five typical logical trees
- use of the tree logic
- Calling to action:
- using specific words
- distinguishing different levels of actions
- Drawing an inference from a conclusion:
- finding the structural similarities
- visualizing the relationship
Presenting Concepts Clearly
- Creating the images
- Turning images into words