Ted Talk Rhetorical Analysis

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A Lacking Conversation While watching the Ted Talk by Celeste Headlee there were multiple points that the viewer can take away when watching this. Not only does she cover the “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation”, but she also gives examples that may or may not be familiar to some people. Personally, I can now tell based off these theories Celeste makes I am already having a bad conversation with basically everyone I speak to. I am now realizing that I do not actually listen to who is speaking to me. I get easily distracted when I am being spoken to and I do not give my full attention to the speaker. In the piece “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” by Celeste Headlee she is claiming that people nowadays are incapable of communicating …show more content…
Pathos is the emotional appeal. In this speech Celeste uses humor to appeal to her audience’s emotions. She incorporates funny quotes, funny sayings, pictures and even jokes of her own. It gets the listener to really hear what is being said which eventually leads to the audience to get the message she is trying to say. One example she uses to try and appeal to her audience is she tells them “to look, nod, and smile to show you are paying attention” (Celeste Headlee). She then goes on to tell them that all the things they have been told in the past about having an enjoyable conversation they need to “forget all of that, it is crap” (Celeste Headlee). She wants the audience to engage with her rules and not what they have been told in the past, so she adds humor to get them engaged with what she is trying to say. She also says, “If you wanted to state your opinion without any opportunity for a response, or argument, or push back, or growth… write a blog” (Celeste Headlee). Although, some people may take offense to this, they know she is just trying to get her audience to laugh and have an enjoyable time. She does not mean any harm to what she is saying, she just wants them to listen and appeal to their …show more content…
Logos is the logical appeal. She is using several statistics, analogies, and evidence to back up her thesis. All of these show a great amount of effort being put into a persuasive strategy for her audience. An example of evidence and statistics she says is “peer research did a study of ten thousand American adults and they found that at this very moment we are more polarized, we are more divided than we ever have been in history” (Celeste Headlee). This shows the audience that she is doing research and there are statistics that back up her thesis. The audience can see that what she is saying actually means something and she has evidence to prove

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