This also appeals to logic because it is very commonly known what a procrastinator is, and what they do. Tim is able to highlight the differences between the two very simply, and in a way that logically makes sense to his audience. As discussed above, Tim uses his presentation aid very effectively. The main goal of presentation aids is to help provide clarity, retention and interest for your audience. Some basic guidelines to using a presentation aid include: making the aid interesting, visual and colorful, speak to the audience, not the presentation aid, and do not let the presentation aid be distracting. Tim successfully achieves all of these requirements, making his presentation aid very effective. First off, all of his slides were very visual and colorful. He included little to no text on each slide and rather included pictures, charts and graphs. By doing this it made his presentation interesting, easy to follow and not distracting. Because there was little content on each slide, the audience focused on Tim as he was speaking and explaining the visuals, instead of looking at the slides and trying to figure everything out. Tim also did well in not speaking to the presentation
aid, and rather speaking to the audience. The only time Tim looked at his slides was to direct the attention of his audience to the slides. He simply let his audience look at his visual for a short moment then continued presenting to his audience. By doing this Tim kept the attention on himself and not his presentation aid, which is how it should be. After a lot of logical explanation of the behaviors of a procrastinator, Tim makes a claim of value by using logic to convince his audience that procrastinating on goals without set deadlines is very bad. He does this by showing a picture of many small boxes in a grid form. He tells the audience that the number of boxes on the screen equals the number of weeks in a 90- year life. He tells the audience that if you really look at it, there are not many boxes because a lot of the boxes are already used due to age. This is really effective because Tim is able to present a person’s lifespan in a quantifiable manner. By showing that there is a limit to the amount of boxes someone has, it creates a sense of reality to the matter of fact. In doing so, Tim conveys a sense of urgency to his audience. By specifically saying that many of the boxes are used up already, Tim is urging his audience to stop procrastinating on the big goals and dreams they want to achieve. Soon enough all those boxes will be used up and procrastination will have prevented one not only to accomplish their goal, but to even start trying. After showing the visual of the boxes, Tim makes his big claim of policy. He urges his audience to start making an effort to stop procrastinating in life (13:02 -13:40). Tim does a very good job of supporting this claim of policy by using logic. He brings up a concept that everyone abides by, which is time, which was shown with the boxes. No one can argue with time. There is
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