Introducing David

As the new semester begins we will be introducing our 2017-2018 team through their favorite TED Talks. Next up is David, a Senior at Allendale Columbia School.

In today’s world, the issue of procrastination has found itself in the spotlight with increasing frequency as we  move  to a more advanced technological world. Procrastinating, a simple word that requires much effort to surmount, has played a detrimental role in many people’s’ life. However, I believe strongly that the resolution and the determination of the individual needs to be addressed in order to prevail the non-procrastinating idea, bringing people the idea of being proactive and the effective way to manage time.

“Inside the mind of a master procrastinator,” a TED Talk by Time Urban,  not only analyzed the brain of a procrastinator but also encouraged viewers to work on his/her tasks beforehand. I chose this talk because Urban, makes the calculated decision to employ a conversational rather than inflammatory tone, cites scientific evidence, and makes an emotional appeal to the audience. The talk starts with a shared question, “Why do we procrastinate?” along with his personal anecdotes about his 90-page thesis which he procrastinated on until the last three days,(eventually doing badly on the paper). In addition, the questions he  asks are so fascinating,  and  they serve as a hook to invoke my willingness to think deeply through his discussion. By relying on the personal anecdotes, the author has employed a very wise tactic to better construct his ideas and make connections with audiences.

To alleviate the hardness to understand an esoteric concept, the author utilizes the persuasive strategy of appealing to readers by providing visualization of  bizarre concepts(the gratification monkey and rational thinker) behind procrastination, letting audiences understand with alacrity. This strategy should be widely introduced to our “new” TEDx speakers.

Besides facts and science, Tim Urban used rhetorical questions and verbal irony in a superb way to make his talk more facetious. For example, he said “It’s always my dream to have done a TED talk in the past” before his preparation for the talk. The rhetorical device adds layers of meaning to a simple sentence and invokes critical thinking.

For these reasons,  I chose this talk and I believe we should implement those strategies to our TEDx speakers this year.


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