Near Enough is Good Enough

1100-by-600-px-72-ppi-with-hinges-taken-out--IMG_8045Near Enough is Good Enough.

  • How much effort do you put into writing your speech?
  • How much effort do you put into making it perfect?
  • Do you expend more effort refining it than writing the first draft?

The 80/20 Rule

pareto-80-20-principleYou answer should be based on Pareto’s law, also known as the 80/20 principal – which says you get roughly 80% of your results for 20% of your effort.

Once the subject matter of a speech is known, most people can write the bulk of it in a short  time resulting in ‘a speech of reasonable quality’ which will satisfy an audience.

Tweak after 20%

Given that you only expended 20% of your efforts to arrive at ‘a speech of reasonable quality’, it is then worth taking a little more time to tweak it.

  • Brighten up your word pictures
  • Add some alliteration
  • Inject some similes and metaphors
  • Change the paragraph order
  • Hone your opening and closure

Diminishing Returns

However you will soon be impacted by the law of diminishing returns and further small improvements will require more effort than they are worth.

This is when it’s time to stop and say “near enough is good enough”