Monday, October 05, 2009

How to make a dinner plan

From Ben Casnocha's blog

When no party is willing to express a preference out of politeness or genuine deference to another party of the decision -- on what type of cuisine to eat for dinner, say -- the decision-making process often gets trapped in a death spiral of deferential indecision. Certain decision-making tricks are needed. One reader taught me the 3-2-1 rule for deciding where to eat. The first person person names three types of cuisine (Chinese, Japanese, and Indian). The next person picks two of those three (Indian and Japanese). The next person picks one of those two (Indian). Done!

See the whole post o' tips at


Duncan Watson said...

I have always taken the NY approach. I suggest and argue for my first choice.

But I do like the 3-2-1 decision process.

Russell said...

Right, this strategy is mostly for the shy and retiring. :)