Do What You Love Speech Analysis

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Do What You Love Speech Effective or Non-Effective: A Critique Imagine it is a warm, sunny day, and perhaps the best day yet. It is the the day of college graduation, more specifically, Stanford College. Now, imagine listening to a speech given by none other than Steve Jobs: This was the reality for many graduates on June 12, 2005. Steve Jobs gave the inspirational, touching, and motivational story of his life on this very important day. In his life story, he explains all of the most meaningful hardships he had to encounter on his very exciting journey of life. For example, dropping out of college, getting fired from the business he started, and getting diagnosed with cancer. Although Jobs had faced a multiplicity of hiccups or setbacks,…show more content…
Although this life story may seem like the day-to-day typical inspiring life story of most, if not all, “famous” individuals, Steve Jobs’s story has a deeper meaning behind it: If you do what you love, you will succeed. In fact, Steve mentions in his speech “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love” (Jobs). Through the usage of argumentational skills, the overall organization, and the quality of information, Steve Jobs accurately and successfully get his message across to a multitude of people: Do What You Love. For the purpose of successfully conveying his message, Steve Jobs used a variety of argumentational skills. First, Jobs incorporated a considerable amount…show more content…
Steve uses the following techniques to attract his audience: attention to detail, the amount of information, and the use of examples. To start, Steve used a superlative amount of detail in all of stories. For example, in his third story about death he explains how a quote he read when he was 17 had helped him set his attitude for each day. In addition, when he tells his story about when he was diagnosed with cancer, he gives details such as the time he was diagnosed, what the doctor had told him, what his interpretation of what the doctor said was, and the doctors and his wife 's reaction to the cancer being curable. “I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas… The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months… Later that evening I had a biopsy… my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery.” (Jobs). Due to Steve’s attention to detail, his speech was very understandable and easy to follow. Also, Steve uses a substantial amount of information and examples in his speech. His speech started when he was a young kid being
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