Every written or verbal communication needs a structure. The three-act structure stands the test of time because it is a straightforward, efficient structure that works effectively with our human thinking processes. An example of the three-act structure is the series “Communicating with FINESSE” on Accendo Reliability.
There is still time to jump into the second act if you have not followed from the beginning.
Act I (the Opening) establishes the foundation and frames what is to come. Act II (the Main Body) provides the heart of the matter, including the twists and surprises along the way. Act III (the Close) brings the audience back down and charts the direction for the future.
Act I – The Opening
Act I Scene I
Act I Scene II
Act I Scene III
Act II – The Main Body
The Main Body consists of three scenes: Fabulous Facilitation, Five Ways to More Effectively Facilitate and Communicating with FINESSE.
Act II Scene I
Act II Scene I includes five installments on tips for moving your facilitation from good to great in “Fabulous Facilitation:”
- Pre-Session Exchange Is Essential for Meaningful Outcomes
- Are You Asking Powerful Questions?
- How Do Engaging Exercises Create Remarkable Results?
- Are You Prepared to Work Through Disruption?
- Control The Tempo, Control The Ebb and The Flow
Act II Scene II
Act II Scene II applied the five Fabulous Facilitation tips to different topics that reliability and risk engineers (and other technical professionals) facilitate in their day-to-day practices. Act II Scene II includes seven installments on “Five Ways to More Effectively Facilitate…”
- Root Cause Analysis
- Failure Modes & Effects Analysis
- Tree Diagrams
- Block Diagrams
- Capital Program Prioritization
- Business Cases
- Reliability Assessments
Act II Scene III
Still to Come
Act III – The Close
Still to Come
Effective communication comes down to the systems thinking that is the foundation of Communicating with FINESSE. And systems thinking includes the structure as well as the content.
I hope you enjoy this version of Communicating with FINESSE in the three-act structure.
JD Solomon is the founder of JD Solomon, Inc, a consulting company specializing in program development, asset management (including reliability, risk, & resiliency), and facilitation. Sign-up for updates on his books and writings.