Rhetorical Analysis Of David Damberger's Presentation On Failure

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Often after we accomplish a task, we congratulate ourselves, receive a feeling of satisfaction, and move on in the knowledge that we made a difference. However, that difference is not always as long lasting as we expect, and what we though was a finished solution could just be repeating the mistakes of the past. This is one of the primary talking points David Damberger uses to explain his thoughts on accepting and admitting failure. Over the course of his presentation, Mr. Damberger presents his topic though emotion (Pathos), credibility (Ethos), and logic (Logos) to clearly and effectively engage his audience in the benefits of failure. During his presentation on failure, Mr. Damberger went into great detail with the purpose of the aid program in helping support those that do not have access to basic …show more content…

Damberger first introduces himself on stage, he shows an image of a young boy from Africa smiling while holding fresh water. He explains that Inook (The boy in the image) has just received fresh water for the first time in his community, just like 5 million other African natives over the course of the last 10 years. This heartwarming idea is then rattled when Mr. Damberger tells his audience that that image is a lie. This allows him to captivate his audience into his talk, touching on the emotional heartstrings of his audience with a universally liked concept- clean water to those that need it. This concept helped to pull the audience in, and allowed Mr. Damberger to get a “Foot in the door” as he catches his viewers’ full attention. By utilizing this ethos in the beginning of his presentation, Mr. Damberger was able to appeal to his audience’s sense of emotion and better allowed him to deliver his next set of thoughts. After he had caught his audience’s attention through the use of pathos, Mr. Damberger then began to discuss his experience and relationship with the aid system, highlighting his volunteer work and the Engineers Without Borders

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